This Shirou Emiya possesses a backstory similar to that of his mainstream counterpart, yet also different. Their goal of creating "a protagonist without a face" to comply with the nature of bishōjo games in the initial release of Fate/stay night is another reason Takeuchi had trouble drawing Shirou, who only appeared in a handful of scenes. Determined to end the sequence, Shirou, Bazett, and Avenger fight to discover the truth behind the endless four days. [48][49] Shirou also makes minor appearances in the novel Fate/Apocrypha, in which his hometown was not destroyed by the fire of the Fourth Holy Grail War. [134] Gamasutra said his childish ideals of becoming a hero and the continuation of this goal while growing up make him an interesting protagonist, The site added that the player's in-game choices dramatically alter Shirou's character arcs and allow Nasu to convey a different aspect of his ideal. After winning the fifth Holy Grail War along with his Servant Saber, Emiya Shirou was all the more inspired to pursue his dream of becoming a superhero. [13], In the Unlimited Blade Works route, Rin chastises Shirou for his ideal of becoming an ally of justice. [154][155][156] Sequart Organization noted that while Archer hates his past self because of the regrets he had when he was Shirou, he makes peace with his decisions. [84] According to Takeuchi, the final meeting between Nasu and Miura for the approval of the scenario of this battle lasted more than five hours. [78], Takeuchi described Shirou as a strange character based on his personality. [19] While fighting corrupted versions of Saber and Berserker created by Sakura's Shadow, Shirou fully taps into the arm's power, beginning the process of his mind and body breaking down. Shirou is saved by Kiritsugu Emiya, who then adopts him and teaches basic magic. Nevertheless, Ufotable kept the idea of Shirou not being able to smile too much due to his harsh past, with characters telling Shirou that he rarely expresses joy in some episodes; the staff, including series director Takahiro Miura, found this idea fitting. However, due to the film's plot, the lyrics were written to show darker tone in regards to the development of what happens to the two siblings. [51] He is also the main character of the manga Today's Menu for the Emiya Family, in which Shirou's peaceful life is shown alongside those of the other characters. 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With red hair and stubborn eyes, Takeuchi aimed for a design that was typical of a straightforward shōnen manga genre character. During in school, he wears his Homurahara Academy uniform. [14] Her servant is a future version of Shirou – Archer – who has suffered greatly from this ideal. [153] Chris Beveridge of The Fandom Post praised the protagonist's battle against Gilgamesh because both warriors had been fighting ever since their introductions. [125] In a poll containing male anime characters conducted by Anime News Network, he took both the 9th and 10th spots. [97] He expressed understanding of how Shirou's character was treated in the film, aiming for most of his lines to be done in a cool state. That’s just a big no, I don’t need to say anything about that, the we’re just classmates and there was no connection whatsoever in that way, and cannot come close to competing with the other three. [56], Shirou appears in the fighting games Fate/unlimited codes,[57] and Fate/tiger colosseum. Shirou is regularly voiced in Japanese by Noriaki Sugiyama as a teenager and Junko Noda as a child; multiple voice actors have voiced him in the English releases of the anime adaptations. Shirou Emiya is the tragic character that religiously follows the ideal that was taught to him by his foster father; Kiritsugu Emiya. She instead performs it to suppress the magical energy by placing needles in his left shoulder, belly button, and throat so that the arm won't be connected to him unless he wishes for it. [102], Once the Heaven's Feel films started being promoted, Sugiyama said Shirou acted in a different way due to the different route the films were taking based on the visual novel. [21] In the Normal ending, Shirou sacrifices himself to destroy the Greater Grail. 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