I really do feel that the fate/zero anime is good despite ufotable’s greatest efforts, rather than because of. The action scenes are fluid and smooth, but the dialogue is compact and functional, rather than impactful. Call me biased, for I have read the novels. I truly feel that the anime does not add to the experience, which is the only requisite I ask of adaptations.
Kiritsugu’s dialogue with Irisviel (slash indirect monologue towards Arturia) is my most memorable scene from the novels. The power with which he tries to convince Irisviel of his convictions and his contempt for those who are called heroes, justified slaughterers. It radiates Kiritsugu. It’s his entire being. It was overwhelming.
It’s a bland, monotonous thing of reproduction, in its anime form.
It’s such a “perfect” reproduction, in fact, barely anything is missing. Dialogue intact, no details left out, even the pacing is matched with the amount of words at their respective passages. But this doesn’t cut it for me. I’m better off reading the damn novels.
Edit: I forgot I wrote nearly the same thing for the 12 days series. Whoops.