During the third Holy Grail War, the Holy Grail was stolen and taken to Romania. The Yggdmillennia group claim to have the Holy Grail and intend to create a rival mages association. To do this they have summoned seven servants to fight in the Great Holy Grail War.
The mages association must find seven masters and servants of its own to battle Yggdmillenia. As before the last mage standing will win the Holy Grail and have a wish granted. Only this time there are another thirteen mages and servants to beat first.
A fifteenth servant appears claiming to be Jeanne d’Arc and heads towards Romania to oversee the Great Holy Grail War. All of the pieces are moving to place for what promises to be an epic battle.
Alright… where to begin with this one then. Firstly, I’ll give you some information that they don’t make explicitly clear in the series. The fourth and fifth Holy Grail Wars never happened. This is an alternate timeline.
That should save you some confusion, but don’t relax just yet, you’re going to need all of your mental faculties to keep track of what’s going on. There are way too many characters thrown at us from the very beginning. You have very little time to decide if you like anyone or not. Some you will probably just forget about.
It’s not really until the final quarter of the series where it starts to make sense and thankfully a number of the characters are no longer with us.
For the longest time, I wasn’t sure who the series was about, but eventually, it appeared that Seig was the main character… and that was a terrible idea. Sure he went through some interesting thought processes and dilemmas, but he was such a flat character it was impossible to really care what happened to him.
Yes, there are a lot of very cool fights with big magical powers and special abilities, but it just wasn’t enough to make up for the story that was just too confusing and all over the place.