I never liked the Fate path. Anger boiled up in me toward Ilya. That little... My favorite character, brutally turned into mush by an insane Master. I felt sick. Sick of what happened, and sick that I could do nothing to stop it. Ilya quickly dropped in my character rankings. Like a rock.
After the sadness of Fate, I got into UBW. Now, UBW was better. Nothing lifted my hearts than of hearing of Shinji's happy fate in the conclusion. UBW would quickly become my favorite path. Both for my lovely Shinji, and because of the sheer GARness of Unlimited Blade Works. "DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH SWORDS, KING OF HEROES?". I loved that path. The ending was nice, I felt accomplished and happy that I could save my favorite character, and it just felt happy and satisfying.
But than Heaven's Feel got me. Now, yeah, I was a bit conflicted. Not everything Shinji did necessarily made me comfortable, but he was still my favorite. To see him manipulated by Zouken tugged at my heartstrings. Bad. And than to see the rather undignified end he got...blech. Heaven's Feel was a tearjerker. I felt like I was reading Nana's Everyday Life. Shinji was my woobie. p
I was glad to see Shinji get a nice important role in most of the paths, but I was horrified to hear that Heaven's Feel was the 'canon' ending. It feels unsatisfying. So unsatisfying. Everyone gets a happy ending except Shinji. It's just not fair. I want my happy ending for Shinji! Isn't it sad, Shinji?