Ranked #75


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
Source: Light novel
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Fate/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

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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Nov 22, 2015
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, read more
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Nov 20, 2015
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 read more
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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 12, 2015
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 read more
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