Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
26 min. per ep.
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SynopsisFate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the "Holy Grail," which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.
Founded by the Einzbern, Matou, and Toosaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another's life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.
However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family—his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya—and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu's greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"oath sign" by LiSA
Ending Theme#1: "oath sign" by LiSA (ep 1)
#2: "MEMORIA" by Aoi Eir (eps 2-13)
This is my very first review on MAL. I found this series on AMV by titled Final Spark (u can check on YouTube). I watched this series after Fate/stay night:UBW so it was reverse from the point of Fate's story.
*Maybe contains some spoiler*
Character & plot: I found Kiritsugu is the not typical protagonist. His ideal and how he cooperates with Saber-his servant-is unique. Though, the series itself is about dark fantasy with some magical-thing, but the main hero is against the magic user because of his past. The story is amazing, better than Fate/stay night UBW. Character development is good enough for the side character, I mean usually the portion of side chara's development is lack.
Animation & sound: As expected from ufotable and type moon, the animation is stunning. The soudtrack fits the scene. The color is amazed me when it comes to fighting scene. I like both OP and ED. Thumbs Up!!
Overall: A must watch series for who likes fantasy with a deep plot. Not your typical magic-series, because it has mature logic, idealism, and story. High quality animation with great sound. read more
Tired of "red-haired walking-cliches-of-a-character"? Fed up with silly romances? Desperately trying to forget the atrocity that is Fate/Stay Night? Fear not my friends, your savior has arrived. Welcome to Fate/Zero.
*This review covers both seasons of Fate/Zero(2011) *
Fate Zero acts as the prequel to Fate/Stay Night(2006). Both shows differ immensely with different themes and motifs in each. I suppose you're wondering whether you should watch F/S before F/Z? It's ultimately up to you, but if you ask my opinion F/Z is good enough that stand on its own two feet. If you are looking for a better introduction to the world and have more free time on your hands, F/S is the better option of the two. However, if you are looking for the better story, writing, characters, animation etc. then F/Z takes the cake. At the end of the day, it is still YOUR DECISION. * PS: If you decide to watch both shows, Please ensure that you watch F/S first as by watching F/Z first, you will be incredibly disappointed at how F/Z is better than F/S in every single molecule*
Now that we've finished that, lets talk about the anime itself. The first thing you will notice about F/Z is how mature and dark the show is. It is very much so a nihilistic type of story. This allows the anime to feel fresh and new despite it having the same main plot as F/S, which is a lot more light-hearted. It expects you to pay attention which people may find difficult with it's 40 minute first episode. Despite it's overload of characters in the first episode, as soon as you watch the second episode you will find it moves smoothly along and in a fast paced manner. The fact that the show remains fast paced right through to the end is a very impressive feat with most anime's ending up lost near the end. That's all I'm going to tell you about the story, as it is best to go in blindfolded to get the most enjoyment out of it. Story: 9/10
This show is very much so character orientated which is a good thing as it allows the series to show off its expansive cast. Instead of characters' motivations based purely off emotions, here they are instead based off their own separate morals and ideals. Utilitarianism, Sadism, Honor, Egotism, Hedonism and Fatalism are all shown throughout F/Z and it is always very interesting to see these ideals clash.
The characters are all black and white, with characters ranging from a ruthless assassin to an honor bound knight to a serial killer to a tortured unsung hero. This makes it difficult to chose a favorite as practically every character has one fatal flaw. A problem I had with F/S was that it focused entirely on Shirou and Tohsaka for the most part. While here all 14 master and servants are showcased in all their glory and madness.
It is common knowledge as this stage of F/Z's amazing visuals when it comes to animation and it is definitely not an overstatement. However, it is not merely a bunch of eye-soaring visuals. Fight scenes involve well devised strategy and tactics. This makes for my favorite fight scene in all of anime towards the end of F/Z. I won't spoil anything, but I will say it involves no pointless talking or overly long fighting. Just a quick clean fight.
The other thing that is in play during fights is the internal thoughts of the two opponents. The fight going on between each character's internal beliefs is much more important than the fight going on between their spectacular weaponry. Again, I'm NOT saying the fight scenes are boring, quite the opposite actually with Ufotable's animation being enough to appease anybody.
Although, it goes without saying that the fight scenes wouldn't pack half as much of a punch without it's exceptional soundtrack. The soundtrack is so good it can turn even the slight few dull scenes into a beautifully bombastic scene of pure and utter glory. The orchestra was a well placed addition especially in fight scenes. I'm not going to use any more words like 'bombastic' and 'exceptional', all you need to know is it's f*cking amazing.
If you have lost faith in anime recently or need a more mature anime, then fret no longer as Fate/Zero is perfect for you. If you haven't seen the show, then I completely envy you and hope this review has convinced you of it's incredible writing, unique characters, awesome animation and beautiful soundtrack. I'm not saying that F/Z is perfect, as its clunky first episode and confusing ending are setbacks. It is however a fantastic work of art that anyone can enjoy and love.
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, but this time the story was penned by the relatively unknown Urobuchi Gen (with Type-Moon co-founder Takeuchi Takashi providing illustrations). Set ten years before the events in the visual novel, Fate/Zero chronicles the events leading up to and during the fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City, Japan - the same place where the battle will be held in Fate/Stay Night. After three successive failures in the contest, the Einzbern family recruits the notorious mercenary Emiya Kiritsugu, also known as the "Mage Killer" - a man who is willing to use whatever means are necessary to realise his goals.
Meanwhile, the other principal magic families - Matou and Tohsaka - are preparing for the coming conflict, and although the church is taking part as well, they have also sent someone to assist the Tohsaka family - Kotomine Kirei.
At first glance it may seem as though Fate/Zero is just another action anime, but nothing could be further from the truth. The series has a very different tone than either Fate/Stay Night or Unlimited Blade Works, and in many ways it has more in common with the dark, brooding atmosphere of the Kara no Kyoukai movies. That said, the series does assume that the viewer has some familiarity with the franchise, but this is balanced by a much tighter plot than that of either of its predecessors, and more focus on preparation, planning, and even dialogue between the different parties. The result is that the narrative has far more depth and structure than one might expect in a supernatural action anime, and there are layers of subtext that are gradually added as the series progresses.
One of the most noticeable aspects of Fate/Zero is that it's a far more mature story than the original visual novel or its adaptations, and unlike many other shows, there are very few occasions where the characters engage in pointless conflicts or endeavours. The series carefully tries to avoid insulting the viewer's intelligence by adopting a patient, methodical build-up to the action set pieces, and on many occasions the story focuses on information gathering and planning. In addition to this, the battle lines shift constantly as the combatants form short-term alliances in order to counter the moves of other opponents, but there's always the understanding that the foundation of these is nothing more than "the enemy of my enemy".
In truth, this anime has far better examples of tactics and strategy than anything found in Code Geass, and certain plots are Machiavellian enough to give Death Note a run for its money.
When it comes to production values, Fate/Zero could be considered the final evolution of everything Type-Moon and Ufotable have learned from each other during their long collaboration on the Kara no Kyoukai franchise. The series looks every bit as good as one might expect, and the darker colour palette is offset by the high standard of animation. That said, although the action sequences are fluid and very well choreographed, the real testament to the quality of Ufotable's work are the subtle differences in the way the characters move.
While there are plenty of new faces in this prequel, it's actually the design of recurring characters like Sabre that really sets the standard. Fate/Stay Night's popularity turned her into one of the most iconic female leads in anime, but while she may appear to be exactly the same in Fate/Zero, there's an edge to her features and a preciseness to her movements that was missing in the original series. This fact is also true for the characters that are unique to this show, and even Tohsaka Rin's "adventure" has been given the same level of care and attention to detail.
The series opens with a well choreographed sequence that blends action with a montage of the main participants in the Holy Grail War, all set to the rather pacey rock song "Oath Sign" by LiSA. Each episode closes with "Memoria" by Eir Aoi, a bittersweet rock ballad that fits well with the images of the heroic spirits as pieces on a game board and at moments in their own history. Fate/Zero also has one of the most diverse scores in a 13 episode anime, with martial themes, operatic pieces, strange little tunes with drums or pianos as the major instrument, and more besides. The audio effects or of a very high quality, and the clash of steel on steel is as sharp and clear as the sound of the lightning whenever Rider makes a dramatic appearance.
One of the areas where Fate/Zero excels is the dialogue, and while there are occasions where conversations go on a bit too long, the script is intelligently written, rational, and insightful. One of the best examples of this is Rider's discourse on the true nature of kingship and Saber's reaction to it, but even that is nothing more than words on paper as everything lies in the delivery - so it's a good thing that the acting is of a high standard.
Kawasumi Ayako reprises her role as the King of Knights (Saber/Arturia) from Fate/Stay Night and Unlimited Blade Works, but her performance here is markedly different. Her portrayal of Saber is colder, deadlier, and far more focused than before, while Tomokazu Seki's performance as the King of Heroes (Archer/Gilgamesh), is more arrogant, more proud. That said, it's Ootsuka Akio in the role of the King of Conquerors (Rider/Iskander), who really steals the show, and his testosterone-fuelled proclamations and battle-born wisdom are one of the pillars that support the series.
When it comes to development, a large group of characters often means that some will undoubtedly fall by the wayside. Fate/Zero neatly sidesteps the entire issue of development because it's first and foremost a prequel of an existing story, but in addition to this the series has created a set of individuals who leave extremely strong impressions on the viewer, and much like Baccano!, there is a distinct lack of a true main character. Because of these factors the series can focus on showing how each of the combatants became what they are, and this plays a major part in one's enjoyment of the anime.
The emphasis on characterisation rather than development allows for a remarkable degree of definition, and although it's ultimately the personalities of each individual that captures the viewer's attention, standing at the top of them all is the King of Conquerors - Rider. His addition to the franchise has been nothing short of a revelation, and while die-hard fans will continue to worship the ground that Saber and Archer (not Gilgamesh, the other one), walk on, Rider's enjoyment of life, his exuberance and almost boyish eagerness for battle and glory, have captured the imaginations of many fans.
In many respects he, more than any other character, is the epitome of the heroes of old, but simply having a bunch of overzealous combat junkies beating each other to a pulp isn't really entertainment (unless you have an IQ equal to your shoe size), so there has to be something to balance it - and there is. Each of the mages taking part in the Holy Grail War is more like a chessmaster, planning as many moves ahead as possible, whilst preparing themselves for anything their opponents may try.
The simple fact is that Fate/Zero wouldn't work as either a story or entertainment if it was just the mages or the heroes, and it's this aspect of the series that separates it from not just its predecessors, but also many other action anime out there.
Unfortunately it's not all sweetness and light.
One of the main criticisms of this series is the episode about the young Tohsaka Rin, which many people found unnecessary. Now although there's some truth to that perception, one could also have the opinion that Rin's actions tie-in to an event in the previous episode, and together they lead up to the end of the series. Both are fair arguments, but in all honesty the whole thing doesn't really fit with the rest of the anime, and it seems like nothing more than an attempt to allow Matou Kariya some long overdue screen-time.
Fate/Zero isn't a perfect show, but while it does have several minor issues (and one "filler" episode), it does exactly what it sets out to do - capture the attention of the audience and make them want more. The story is intelligent, and while conversations and discussions can sometimes feel a little tedious, the dialogue is often quite interesting - moreso than the show's predecessor's anyway. Although the series can boast stylish, fast-aced action set-pieces, it also studiously avoids combat for the sake of gratuitous violence.
That said, Fate/Zero is still a prequel series, and at this point only half of the story has been told. Unfortunately the anime industry has a habit of messing things up, but given the quality of this show, the fact that the original story was written by Urobuchi Gen, and the knowledge that the series is being produced by Type-Moon's long time collaborators - Ufotable, fans can be cautiously optimistic about the second installment.
All we can do is wait and see ... read more
Fate/Zero is set in a fictional world based in real life, where "magic" is an important element that the characters in the anime use. In conjunction with magic, the magic users also have the potential to summon familiars, who have been regarded as true warriors/heroes, hence the familiars being historical warriors. Fate/Zero delivers a positive view, based on;
The synopsis of Fate/Zero seems very well done, the characters summon or conjure these familiars in order to beat the 6 other challengers who have also summoned their familiars, all 7 familiars are classified in these classes; Saber - Sword Wielder and one of the three knight classes, Archer - Ranged Projectile and also one of the three knight classes, Lancer - Spear Wielder, also one of the three knight classes, Rider - Cavalry or any other riding characteristics, Caster - Spell/Magic Caster, Assassin - Sneak-like and cunning abilities, and Berserker - Batshit-crazy-strong guy. Taking these classes into account, we get to see how each familiar deals with each other in order to obtain the "Holy Grail", which is supposedly supposed to grant you any wish, and each character and their familiar get to obtain this wish, if they win, by means of; killing all other familiars and/or their masters, of if all other masters are taken out (death or forfeit). The plot certainly gives an interesting aspect to view at, which should not bore you at all, since its a very unique and original idea, this is also before the events of Fate/Stay Night, and if you are having trouble deciding which one to watch, I recommend the release order, which is Fate/Zero, then the events of Fate/Stay Night, and is also even the chronological order. Story is 7/10.
The animation and artwork in Fate/Zero has improved with its new studio producing on it - Studio Ufotable, in the original anime, Fate/Stay Night, the art was not as good as Fate/Zero, but that was because the original anime did production during the early 2000s, which does not quite match up with today's current anime artwork, but still, the animation and art in Fate /Zero has been done very well, it looks very modern, which can be watched easily with fascination entertainingly, even the anime surpasses most other anime in today's time with the animation and art. Art is 8/10.
The music presented in Fate/Zero is also good, the openings and endings of the anime sounds very nice, it combines various instruments in conjunction with harmonious melodies which is so cool! The soundtrack is mediocre, but the sound effects in the anime is amazing, it sound so nice when destruction is caused and the weapons clashing with each other. Sound is 7/10.
Most characters in Fate/Zero have at least medium detail regarding the character plot and their development, which is really good, as most anime do not concern the character's history and their development in full detail, but Fate/Zero says otherwise. The characters are very interesting, and the history of the familiars do relate to actual historical figures, which is pretty amazing. The research done on the characters is magnificent, well done Type-Moon and Kadokawa Shoten, in at least providing character details. Character is 8/10.
Of course, the anime delivers a positive view on whoever watches this anime, as every episode just keeps you on edge; the action, the thrills, the tsundere moments with Rin Tohsaka, some comedy, and possible romance keeps the anime balanced. I can guarantee that you will be entertained during and after watching the anime. Enjoyment is 9/10.
Ultimately, Fate/Zero has many positive aspects about it; the story, art, sound, character, and enjoyment, will keep you watching this anime, and give you wonderful experiences and moments that you will be able to feel when you watch Fate/Zero. Overall score is 8/10. read more
Both animes are about receiving or meeting a third party to supply you with powers to fight in a survival game, and aim to defeat the other parties to win the game.
Both have groups that build bonds over the time they spend together.
Both are really high quality anime overall.
Both deal with a survival competition between people and a lot of mind games and fighting. Watch them, You won't be disappointed
Both focus around a group of people fighting each other to obtain a God-like power. They both take place in modern day (more-or-less) and each character is given a special power to help them fight (Zero=Servants/Nikki=Diaries).
Fate/Zero is basically a prettier and way less convoluted version of Future Diary.
Both anime have a kind of competition of survival and domination. If they win, they'll get something that can change their life and the world..
The characters are given something special to use for the whole competition.. They might die in the competition too..
Both anime have genre of action, drama, fantasy, and good plot twist and character development..
I score both anime 10 (masterpiece)
Like survival? Like action? Like good OST and art? Then, both these series may spark some interest as they share the collected theme of capturing a reward upon winning a battle-royale between other characters. Both series has spectacular soundtrack as well.
They both have to do with killing people. And kinda like survival of the fittest thing. Also there is blood. And the Main female character is strong.
•both animes are more or less just a bunch of people thrown/expected it to happen, into a game where they will have to battle others until there is 1 winner to obtain enormous power.
•both are different in the way they do battle, as in one the actual person/diary has to die, but the other there 'avatar' has to die, to make them lose and not be in the running to be the victor.
•both contain fair amounts of great action which motivates the viewer for a particular person to win, and a slight somewhat of romance, to also add a bit of humour.
•both animes are different in the way how they act out how to kill others aswell, with MN its dark/malicious/brutally murdering the intended party with mind games and backstabbing with lots of twists throughout the whole show, while F/Z is mainly just action and quick alliances, but it does have its fair share of dark/murdering/evil/malicious bits here and there.
•they are fairly similar in the 'battle royale'/'hunger games' sense that there is only 1 victor. but if you liked one you will possibily like the other.
>Both anime have a "battle royale" background, if you live, you win a great power, in the other hand if you die, you lose.
>Both have a lot of action, even if they are different in that, Mirai Nikki have a more realistic style (guns, knives etc), Fate/Zero fights are between GDR role (Saber, Archer, Caster, Lancer etc).
>I really enjoyed both anime, hope you will have the same fun if you decide to try them ;)
Battle Royale story with top-notch writing and action...
though I feel Fate/Zero is better in every aspect EXCEPT the conclusion...where Mirai Nikki is better.
Morally ambiguous characters fighting to the death for an all powerful prize.
Both involve a survival game between a group of people aided by a supernatural power in order to win a near omnipotent power. They both feature a large variety of "players" with different motives to win. They both have fantastic, but very different soundtracks.
Both series involve characters fighting each other in a survival game and they must fight each other in order to win whether they defeat or even kill each other.
Both series can be very dark at times with characters facing difficult situations such as loss and death.
Each of the characters in both series have motivations to win and utilize the prize from the victory of the competition. However, within Fate/Zero, there is more emphasis on all of the participants yet in Mirai Nikki, there is more emphasis on Yukiteru and Yuno.
There is action within both series, yet Fate/Zero is much more fluent while Mirai Nikki is more gruesome.
They both have a "battle royal" setting where the many different characters fight to the death to gain something such as the holy grail in fate or to become god in Mirai Nikki.
Both animes have similar plot. They focus about death match and strange people that are participating in it.
In the Mirai Nikki, characters are fighting to become a god, while in Fate/Zero they are fighting for Holy Grail, which can make any wish come true.
In both anime an omnipotent being is letting a group of people fight in a tournament to the death in order to achieve their individual goals.
Both shows are about a big survival game. One must fight to survive and beat the other parties to win. They both use a third party which aid the main character. One show uses servants and the other simply uses a overly attached yandere. Over time the main groups grow bonds as they fight for survival.
If you like battle royale esque anime then these two are for you. However, I think Mirai Nikki is extremely flawed and I urge you to check out Fate/Zero over it.
Same director, same composer, both based of Type Moon novels, along with both containing a similar feel and atmosphere. If you like one, you will most definitely like the other.
Same director, same composer, both based of Type Moon novels, along with both containing a similar feel and atmosphere. Both have a mature history. If you like one, you will most definitely like the other.
Similar atmosphere with plenty of tragic characters; both take place in the nasuverse, though the stories themselves are very different. Heavy emphasis on dialogue, but good looking animation regardless.
Hail ufotable, hero of nasuverse!
If you enjoyed Fate series you must watch Kara no Kyoukai series since the stories are in the same universe and its by the same creators
Both series have similar art style and dark mood. A myriad of exchange of words between characters of various factions is only to be expected, and whether the dialogue is pretentious or philosophical is really up to the audience to decide. There are also a huge amount of gorgeous blade and magic action in both series. In the end, it is really no surprise that the two series are so much alike. They are both based on Type-Moon novels, produced by Ufotable, and have Yuki Kajiura as the music arranger.
Same producer, same composer, same action, same enjoyment. You just have to wait, don't judge "Kara no Kyoukai" from the first movie, it gets better.
Both are in the Nasuverse! They're also both animated by the same studio: ufotable. And both were originally light novels, both are owned by TYPE MOON, both have OSTs by Yuki Kajiura, AND both have the same director! How could I not recommend this??
They're both about magic and supernatural beings..They have a lot of action,great animation(it's ufotable afterall!) and many emotional moments..
You will see the best effects, drawing and styling at those two. Awesome fights, mystery, bright colors! It is a bit more magic and fights in Fate/Zero, while Kara no Kyoukai has more phiplosophical stuff and a bit detective.
• Both anime were produced by Ufotable, Aniplex, Notes,
• Both light novels were made by Type-Moon
• Music for both was by Yuki Kajiura
• Both had vocals by Kalafina (technically, this doesn't apply to Fate/Zero season 1)
• Both directed by Ei Aoki
• Kinoko Nasu worked on both
• Both fantasy-action genre
• Both very mature
I feel like I'm missing some stuff, but I don't think that matters at this point. If you enjoyed one and haven't seen the other, watch it. Be warned that Kara no Kyoukai is certainly not for children.
(switch the two anime around) Both are related to Type Moon, both are animated by ufotable, and both are scored by the one and only Yuki Kajiura (the music she did in Kara no Kyoukai is some of her best work). Both have great to amazing fights, and while Kara no Kyoukai has a slow start similar to Fate Zero, it will be really be worth it in the end.
Because Gen Urobuchi is an amazing writer. If you've watched and enjoyed one, you will be very likely to enjoy the other; ignore that they seem to be completely different genres.
Both series written by Gen Urobuchi. Both series' music done by Yuki Kajiura. Both series deal with granting wishes, all of which come at a big price.
Both are created by the same writer, Urobuchi Gen, which shows. Homura and Kiritsugu share quite a few traits character-wise, and both shows deal with themes such as the nature of ideals in similar ways.
Both are Urobuchi Gen's works. They have the similar "fight to have your wish granted" theme. Epic masterpieces. Have unpredictable stories and twists. Most characters die.
These are both brilliantly written animes from Gen Urobuchi , featuring beautiful animation and a breathtaking soundtrack from Yuki Kajiura. They may seem like they belong in completely different genres , but both Fate/ Zero and Madoka Magica are dark and deeply poignant tragedies that do an amazing job at exploring and deconstructing their respective themes.
These are both amazing stories in their own right and if you enjoyed one, you will probably love the other.
Both written by Gen Urobouchi. They involve the concept of granting wishes. Both are very dark, and many characters die. Also, Homura and Kiritsugu are kinda similar. Also, being Lancer is suffering.
+ Dark, mature, and unique stories which aren't afraid to extend the boundaries of their genres (survival game for Fate/Zero and magical girl for Madoka Magica)
+ Gen Urobochi + Yuki Kajiura
+ Great animation and character designs
+ Interesting characters with unique motives, emotions, and interests yet you can still relate them to characters from other shows and see how well they fit into their stories
A dark fantasy anime with a strong cast and dark secrets.
They are both written by the same person and produced by Nitroplus but are different in terms of genres. Despite that, both have dark themes and based on the use of magic.
Though not thematically similar, both were originally written by the same person. Fate/Zero has the same slow-paced, yet dark and intellegent style of storytelling that Madoka Magica has and they both feature an equal amount shocking and emotial scenes, as well as some bright, heartwarming scenes just to lighten up the otherwise dark atmosphere. If you enjoyed one, it is unlikely you won't enjoy the other.
Both are written by Gen Urobuchi, who has a distinct story style. If you like one, you will like the other, despite the complete differences in both anime character types, artwork, and story.
Both main characters are somewhat fictional in the world that the action is taking place, deal with swords and increasing inner strength/ skill. Also, in both shows the art and sound are great.
Both main characters are somewhat fictional in the world that the action is taking place, deal with swords and increasing inner strength/ skill. Also, in both shows the art and sound are great.
So basically both series have people involved in some kind of "game". The servants in fate zero are similar to the game avatars in SAO because they both have abnormal super natural powers. The music for both of these anime are made by Yuki Kajiura
Both have great sword fights and beautiful animation. Unlike SAO, however, Fate/Zero has well written characters and a story that isn't contrived.
Both series have an emphasis on action with intense battles and impressive animation.
Both series involve a plot that surrounds around winning a game for the sake of survival (Sword Art Online) or gaining prestige or receiving a prize (Fate/Zero).
Both series have dark premises by dealing with themes of death and loss.
Character archetypes are somewhat similar such as Kazuto and Saber both being motivated individuals who wish to win and use swords.
Made by same productions, awsome fight scenes, great action with a hint of drama
The soundtracks for SAO and Fate/Zero sound very similar. Both are filled with great dramatic themes as well as light sad tunes. They are both of course composed by the legendary Yuki Kajiura. The two shows also have equally superb action sequences and animation.
NOTE: It is more of "If you liked Sword Art Online, then you might like Fate/Zero".
From a musical standpoint, Sword Art Online almost obviously took inspiration from the success of Fate/Zero's soundtrack, with both having the same musical composer, (Yuki Kajiura) and almost same set of artists singing their opening themes and ending themes (LiSA ['Oath Sign' and 'Crossing Field'], Aoi Eir ['Memoria' and 'Innocence'] and Luna Haruna ['Up On The Sky, The Wind Sings' and 'Ovefly'; the only difference is that Fate/Zero has Kalafina ['On The Beginning'] while SAO has Haruka Tomatsu ['Yume Sekai']. Both also have very interesting premises, although Fate/Zero worked with its unique premise, characters and storyline very well far more than SAO. Lastly, both series are highly entertaining to watch, just in different ways and varying degrees of success.
Action shows with involving stories, dark atmospheres and very pretty, very flashy battles.
Strong main male characters in Hei and Kiritsugu, both distant but powerful. 'Contractors' in Darker Than Black are the main source of supernatural power, whereas in Fate/Zero they come from a third party 'Servants'. Both have plots you can sink your teeth into and have a very similar feel to them, though differing plot.
Both shows set a pretty dark mood. There's death involved, which includes a decent amount of blood, which makes both of these shows pretty serious in comparison to shows that only have people getting beat up instead of actually dying. Both shows are set in the near future, where not many things have changed, but enough to where it definitely affects the plots of both shows. Both shows have a decent amount of action, and little to no comedy, but the great action and serious tone make for a great plot. So if that's what you're into, then watch it!
Both Anime have relatively dark plots and multiple twists
Hei has a very similar personality to Fate Zero's Emiya Kiritsugu
Both are not afraid to kill off characters
Based around a supernatural phenomena:
Darker than Black- Hell's Gate
Fate Zero- Holy Grail
Both titles have relatively dark plots. The main male characters has a very similar personality. Both do wrong to achieve things which are right to them, both have a dark past which constantly taunt them, both are emotionless when it comes to kill people. And both titles are based around a supernatural phenomena: Darker than Black - Hell's Gate and Fate/Zero - Holy Grail.
Two men who undertand each other more than anyone else but have completely opposite goals.
Made by the same writer. Both have amazing art and some of the characters and plot are similar even though their settings are different (Psycho-Pass: sci-fi, Fate/Zero: supernatural).
same author, incredibly deep stories, awesome action. just incredible anime
Both series written by Gen Urobuchi, which contain dark themes of murder and death. They are both thrillers and are somewhat similar in terms of having rogue lead characters.
Both Psycho-Pass and Fate/Zero share equally compelling main characters, who make you question your perspective; both anime also feature gory and dark atmospheres, courtesy of them sharing the same creator.
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