Ranked #79


Alternative Titles

English: Fate/Zero
Japanese: フェイト/ゼロ


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: ufotable
Source: Light novel
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


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Ranked: #792
Popularity: #44
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With the promise of granting any wish, the omnipotent Holy Grail triggered three wars in the past, each too cruel and fierce to leave a victor. In spite of that, the wealthy Einzbern family is confident that the Fourth Holy Grail War will be different; namely, with a vessel of the Holy Grail now in their grasp. Solely for this reason, the much hated "Magus Killer" Kiritsugu Emiya is hired by the Einzberns, with marriage to their only daughter Irisviel as binding contract.

Kiritsugu now stands at the center of a cutthroat game of survival, facing off against six other participants, each armed with an ancient familiar, and fueled by unique desires and ideals. Accompanied by his own familiar, Saber, the notorious mercenary soon finds his greatest opponent in Kirei Kotomine, a priest who seeks salvation from the emptiness within himself in pursuit of Kiritsugu.

Based on the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi, Fate/Zero depicts the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War—10 years prior to Fate/stay night. Witness a battle royale in which no one is guaranteed to survive.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Fate/Zero is based on the light novel of the same name by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel Fate/stay night.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Emiya, Kiritsugu
Emiya, Kiritsugu
Koyama, Rikiya
Koyama, Rikiya
Kotomine, Kirei
Kotomine, Kirei
Nakata, Jouji
Nakata, Jouji
von Einzbern, Irisviel
von Einzbern, Irisviel
Ohara, Sayaka
Ohara, Sayaka


Iwakami, Atsuhiro
Iwakami, Atsuhiro
Mori, Yasunori
Mori, Yasunori
Kondou, Hikaru
Kondou, Hikaru
Aoki, Ei
Aoki, Ei
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 Summoning Ancient Heroes
Eirei Shoukan (英霊召喚)
Oct 2, 2011
2 False Start
Itsuwari no Sentan (偽りの戦端)
Oct 9, 2011
3 Land of Fuyuki
Fuyuki no Chi (冬木の地)
Oct 16, 2011
4 Blade of the Demonic Spear
Masou no Yaiba (魔槍の刃)
Oct 23, 2011
5 The Vicious Beast Roars
Kyoujuu Houkou (凶獣咆吼)
Oct 30, 2011

Opening Theme

"oath sign" by LiSA

Ending Theme

#1: "oath sign" by LiSA (ep 1)
#2: "MEMORIA" by Aoi Eir (eps 2-13)

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Jan 14, 2012
Type-Moon have made a habit of finding success with their dark blend of magic and supernatural elements in modern day settings, but with the release of the Fate/Stay Night visual novel on the PC in 2004, the developer seemed to have found its flagship title. Unfortunately things never really work out the way people expect, and while Studio Deen's 2006 anime adaptation of the "Fate" storyline was well received by fans, many who were unfamiliar with the source material found it all a bit ... juvenile.

At the end of 2006 the developer began collaborating with Nitroplus in order to create a prequel light novel series, read more
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Nov 11, 2011
Animerican Pie (to the tune of "American Pie")

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that Emiya
used to make me smile.
And I knew if it had a chance
Fate/Zero could make those haters dance
and maybe, we'd all be happy, for a while...
But Studio DEEN made me shiver
As Blade Works was delivered
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more ep
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about ufo (in all it's pride)
But something touched me deep inside
The day
That ufotable...


So bye, bye crappy CGI
Urobuchi writing this stuff (I could really just die)
TYPE-MOON fanboys jerking left and right
Singing this'll be the day that I cry!
This'll read more
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Dec 20, 2011
Being the prequel of the well known franchise Fate/Stay Night, Fate/zero certainly captured the attention of many very easily. What is immediately clear about this production though is not only does it match its predecessor, it far surpasses it in every way imaginable. Whether it be the directing, visuals, character exposition, or anything you can possibly think of, Fate/zero manages to move into a class of its own. In the end, this all adds up to a much more complex and interesting tale, which one will certainly not be soon to forget.

The very base of Fate/Zero is no different from Fate/Stay Night. It revolves around read more
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Oct 23, 2011
Every once in awhile there will be an epic masterpiece that appears which is truly outstanding and fascinating. Fate/Zero is one of them, and i believe it has the potential to be one of the best anime of the year.

Story wise, it's been following the light novel consistently with great precision, picking up almost every single finest detail that are required to elaborate the story into a fine piece. The battle scenes are just simply amazing, you could never get enough of the fighting scenes, some of the episodes filled with action just make your blood boiled when you watch them. The way how they read more
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