English: Fate/stay night
Synonyms: Fate - Stay Night
Japanese: Fate/stay night
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2006 to Jun 17, 2006
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.671 (scored by 143630 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
action drama fantasy romance supernatural
SynopsisRaised by a mysterious sorcerer after the horrific death of his parents, Shiro Emiya has only just begun to help others using the small tidbits of magic that he's learned. However, when he's suddenly caught in a battle between two more powerful Magus, Shiro finds himself performing a spell above his expected ability, summoning the beautiful spirit warrior Saber to protect him! But safety is only momentary as Shiro and Saber now find themselves thrust into in a secret world of dark magic and deadly challenges: a no-holds barred duel to the death known as the Holy Grail War! At stake: a prize of unimaginable power. But can the inexperienced Shiro and Saber survive long enough to even enter the contest? First they'll have to withstand waves of treachery and assassination, even as Shiro scrambles to learn everything he'll need to know to stay alive as seven teams of Magus and Spirit Servants face off in mortal combat!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Fate/stay night
Alternative version: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Prototype, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV), Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel
Summary: Fate/stay night TV Reproduction
Character: Carnival Phantasm
Prequel: Fate/Zero 2nd Season
Alternative setting: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
Characters & Voice Actors
Just finished this show a couple of moments ago, the hype I got before watching this was IMENSE, but after sitting trough it all I can definitely see where it comes from... for the better and the worse.
I will refrain myself from commenting on the show before I give my view on specific issues. I will try my best to refrain myself from spoilers, but rest assured, some will exist SO if you didn`t watch it yet you are better jumping straight to my conclusion.
In simple words it’s GORGEOUS. If you take into account it’s from 2006 it gets even better, surely nothing that year can get remotely close to it, and even for today standard’s it is top notch, specially on the color pallet department.
The backgrounds, the CGI, the still animations, the fight sequences... everything clicks beautifully, but what really shines are the character designs and the color employed on the scenes.
This show is definitely worth HD (I got the THORA release) and I wouldn`t settle for anything lower then 720p, it really deserves it.
I`ve tried my best to find issues with the sound, but to put it simple it’s not bad at all!
The songs are catchy in their own merits and somewhat memorable. They do come off occasionally on the wrong scenes but for the most of the time they are spot on.
Aside the soundtrack, the sound effects are also ok and fit the scenes they take part into.
The voice acting is also pretty well done, and I would like to add a special note that the English and German segments are amongst the best I have ever seen in an anime (as cheesy as they might be).
This show reeks ambition so much it ended up being smacked down by the usual budget / time frame reality, and this is the part where we feel it the worse.
More than once I felt like I needed a manual to watch the show and it wasn`t included. Terms they use all the time never get explained and this gets in the way of understanding stuff every now and then, it’s quite annoying and you have to put up some effort to understand stuff based solo on the sentence context.
The arc`s are well staged, but again the lack of proper treating and over ambitious director leave us with some problems. It is aggravating that some important stuff that happens later on have to rely on quick flashbacks to pack any meaning and even then the results are quite bad.
This gets the most aggravating when we deal with relationships between characters, but I will write about that on the latter topic.
Overall the story is nice and has a tremendous amount of care to it, sadly the director didn`t have time to fulfill all he had in mind and it suffers a lot from it. If I had to pinpoint what areas suffered more I would have to say the romance. The action can carry itself pretty well due to the beautiful visuals and the drama focus on the “sacrifice” aspect most shounens drag from so no biggie, but the romantic relationships between Shirou and Saber are awkward to say the least, and his relation with Rin and Sakura are simply “deleted” from the plot halfway through for no apparent reason!
All the characters are well made. They all have distinct traits, they all have particular looks, they all have background, objective and dept, but the problem is most of the time this is all crammed up so much it end up not living to the expectations.
I could go on in this subject for hours, but instead of pointing out how obviously Saber lack proper introduction about her past, or how Shirou desperately needed some more development and diversity or even how some characters like Sakura disappear from the plot after a few episodes (and we actually miss the continuation) I will just use my favorite character as an example, Rin.
Rin is an astonishing character that actually carry the show trough its worse moments all by herself, but the lack of episodes this show is plagued with (it deserved at least another season) makes some of her most interesting aspects lack and most of her relationships with other characters underdeveloped.
Why does she care so much about Sakura? Is the preach a fatherly figure to her? Does she love Shirou? I really wish all these aspects where developed, but instead they throw a few flashbacks and rush everything out to the point they don`t make the slightest sense and hurt the otherwise REALLY cool character she is.
Even her relationship with archer is crammed up to the point he barely shows his face and 5 episodes latter they kill him and we are supposed to care?! And that is another major issue, the servants have NO development AT ALL so all the cool traits they own are wasted since we don`t know who they are, why they fight for or even their origin... we don`t even get introductions to them it’s just sad.
Value/Enjoyment & Conclusion
From the moment the show start to the end its quite clear the director set the standard on the stratosphere but sadly got smacked down by reality mid way through it. Either lack of budget, lack of time or both the fact is, most of the show builds such a tremendous hype around itself and sadly don’t live up to it leaving many shortcomings by the end.
I do however congratulate the director for taking the hard route and abiding itself for making a complete show instead of a “first part” that would never seen an end. Still, it hurts to see so much potential being left untouched.
I would say this show is really worth for people that like the genre, this IS a shounen after all, and even though it have many qualities that deviate from the standard and make it different, the typical affair is all here… like people never EVER getting killed, the main weak protagonist with untapped potential and the usual good = good | bad = bad ordeal where every good guy is a saint and every bad guy have snake eyes, do rough voices and have a satanic smile… so it does tick all the boxes for the standard show.
Now for other people that are not all that into shounen, I would still highly recommend this but with a warning, you WILL get disappointed. This anime was destined to be a masterpiece but it faced shortcomings that hindered expectations in every possible way. This would’ve been bad on a regular show, but the amount of greatness this anime reeks is unparalleled and this just make it all the bitter. read more
Fate/Stay Night is a bit of a sore spot for me. It's the first time I ever sat down, giddy to watch a certain series and came away scratching my head thinking "this is what all the commotion was about?" But in all fairness, Fate/Stay Night is not a terrible anime, just a very overrated one.
The story takes place in modern-day Japan, revolving around a boy named Shirou Emiya and has reluctant participation in a city-wide battle royale known as the Holy Grail War. While this sounds like a shounen set-up, Fate is rather talkative. Scratch that, Fate is way too talkative for its own good. Boring and pointless conversations about ideals and the ethics of battle get put up front in the first half and the action the premise attempts to indicate is shoved to the background. Fortunately for those of you who turned in for the super-powered free-for-alls, you won't be disappointed too much. There are a handful of extravagant fights, but only a handful.
The second half does its best to reward patient viewers with impressive revelations, some good twists, and an amped-up focus on the war rather than on whether its okay to fight in the war. Unfortunately in its quest to make up for all it wasted early on, Fate ultimately burns out and fizzles through the last few episodes, which unfortunately are constructed to make us think this is some kind of grand climax.
The cast runs the gamut from expendable to enjoyable. Those who watch will surely take not of complacent victim-turned-mage Shirou who does nothing but whine and whine and whine some more for 12 episodes. This is not a biased complaint. He really does complain about his situation that much. He does grow past this, but not enough to prove he's entirely past that part of himself. His servant, Saber, is hardly any better. The silent type for the majority of the series, she does not provide much for conflict or relationships. She's there and she occasionally fights.
The real stars though have to be Rin and Archer. Rin originally serves as an antagonist to Shirou and her blatantly in-your-face personality and no-nonsense attitude gives this series a much needed and appreciated shot of energy. More so, she's one of the more interesting characters, especially when her past is later called into question. Her servant, Archer, is mostly famous for one particular episode, but the episode demonstrates enough of his ability and a revelation about his identity which enables the series to be seen from a second parallel perspective. If it weren't for them, I'd probably have dropped this a few eps in.
Art is often heavy-handed, especially with uses of light and shadow. Both are incredibly exaggerated at all times, often for dramatic purposes, but it only serves to annoy and makes the series look cheaper than it should. The series often cuts corners with long scenery pans, especially in the first part of the series. Fight scenes that aren't interrupted often show where the animation budget went for the series. They're extravagant and jaw-dropping, but only a minute or two each and then the energy drops off once more.
Character designs stay true to the game, inventive and hinting at future revelations. You can tell a lot of time and effort went into them and it shows in spades.
Sound had a few bright points, but it was often unmemorable. Voice work was standard, and the theme music was just below great.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Fate/Stay Night left me wondering what all the commotion was about. It's a very uneven series that shows rays of hope often, but never capitalizes on any of their finer moments. Even more irritating, it never expands on revelations and expects you to go play the game if you want the full story. It's a 24 episode series with an animation budget for 12 episodes and a story that could have been 39 episodes long. You do the math.
Overall, I give Fate/Stay Night a 6 out of 10. read more
In an earlier review, Bluesnow talked about how despite being a good anime, F/SN has a tradition of being overrated. I pretty much agree with this sentiment. This is a good anime, but it definitely has plenty of areas that could be improved.
The plot of this series, is to be honest, pretty horrible. It's extremely linear, it's pretty boring, and there isn't really very much in terms of plot twists or suspense. And what little they had, which was more towards the end of the series, was executed rather badly with bad pacing and ass pulls galore. In mitigation, this was likely caused by the developers buckling under the twin strains of running out of budget and having to merge the three different scenarios from the visual novel together. However, it's still bad.
The saving grace of the series lies, frankly, outside. The backstory, the concepts dealt with, the underlying metaplot, the thoughts provoked - fantastic is an understatement. Sadly, in order to be able to enjoy this, reading the Visual Novel is a must. The anime simply did not have enough time to cram in all of the information, resulting in a jumbled mess.
Another strong point of this series lay in the characters. Every single character positively exudes personality - from just hearing one line, you can basically pinpoint which character it is from. However, this is coming after I've read the Visual Novel, and also all the associated mythologies of the characters. If just watching the anime itself with no prior knowledge, the Servants can be a bit... one-sided. The thing you have to remember is that you're *supposed* to know the characters beforehand, and that the development present is an expansion on preexisting perceptions of these characters.
However, there's one exception to the strong characterization - the main character. Given that this was an adaptation from an eroge (hardly a medium known for strong main characters), you wouldn't really expect much of Shirou. However, Shirou does not possess the usual blank self-insert personality typical of eroge protagonists. Quite the opposite, in fact. He has an extremely strong personality, and it's grating to the extreme. There are plenty of times where you wish you could just slap the damn child out of him, and unfortunately, the scenario where that *does* happen was not animated.
Animation quality was extremely well done, with a clean art style that's extremely refreshing, and well animated fight sequences. Sadly, this tended to suffer near the end of the series as the animators ran out of budget.
Sound is a non-sequitter. Nothing really stands out, nothing's really bad.
In conclusion, Fate/Stay Night has a marvelous backstory, beautiful characters, and a mediocre plot. In trying to shake things up from the Visual Novel, the director appears to have set too high a bar for himself to attain, running beyond the limits of himself and the budget. While the animated medium makes for a much better flow of story than the Visual Novel, which had shaking pacing at best, in the end it fell prey to the pitfall of no money. read more
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Before i start, i just want to say that apparently this series is demographized as a Seinen anime, but the way that this anime was made is barely border-line shounen. If not for the violence, i could give this to little kids to watch...
What irks me the most is that this anime is all over the place, yes, the series does span out in a fairly linear fashion, and yes, there is a fairly noticeable central theme; but none of it actually seems to make any sense. Although the series had an pre-determined ending, the actual content of the series was outright shallow and disappointing. The main character was utterly clue-less and retarded throughout the entire series, but the other character's personality seemed to change every episode (whats up with that?) This had made it terribly difficult for me to even gather any sympathy for the characters. The lack of story-driven plot, and any signs of character development had removed my little spark of interest in this anime.
The basic idea of this anime revolves around the "Holy Grail." This grail materializes itself every few years in order to grant ones wish. Seven world champions are bound with seven humans for a fight to the death, only the last to survive is worthy of making a request for a wish. Survival of the fittest concept is actually appealing for me, which encouraged me to watch this anime.
This series is mostly devoted to fighting; which ironically made it more boring for me, as it was just the same sword-swing and trash talking over and over again, it seems like the creators just throws in a few fight scenes just to fill up time on each episode. Just like how everybody predicts, introduction of new side characters are just punching bags for the mc Shirou and Saber, there are no plot twists as saber always seem of emerge victorious. Generally, after a few slashes of saber's sword, the new characters disappears faster than they were even introduced.
The art was not bad at all, considering the time in which the anime was made. The animation was fairly smooth, and Saber's character design was pretty cool, this made watching the 24 episodes much more bearable.
I don't really see any flaws in the sound track and voice acting as i don't care about this section that much. 9.9 because nothing is perfect :p
To be honest, i hated the male protagonist, as his ignorance makes me want to vomit. He cannot seem to realize that he, Shirou, has summoned one of the most powerful hero to fight by his side. Being totally oblivious to the fact that Saber, who wears plate armor and holds a legendary sword, Shirou is going to protect everybody! His stupidity has no bounds, even as a teenager; but anime women dig stupidity i guess, with a spot of harem here and there.
The side characters were not all that interesting, as they all fight similarly, to be destroyed by Saber in the end.
This was a ok anime, due to my love for Saber. A similar comparison can be the HellSing series; where a single bad-ass character made me give the series a higher score than what i should have.
Action-packed anime with magic-girl as leading cast heavily supported by a guy who only looks out for her safety.
Sword Wielding Otherworldly female main characters that are overly obsessed for their duty who eventually fall for a poor unsuspecting man who accidentally met them and feel a duty to protect the female cast. To make it even better, in both anime the main female characters have no clue how love should feel and are confused =P.
Similar kind of action and romance rooted in a developed backstory.
the 2 anime are base on destroy something to acquire something.us It's all about normal people who have to fight even if they dont want to.
Both are have heavy shounen plot lines mixed with a variety of mythological allegories and a dash of romance. I personally find Shana to be the superior, especially in the romance an umour department, nut F/SN has better fights and mythological connections. Both are great shounens that are not to long, like some of the very popular ones, and are excellent choices if you want a lighter anime with fights and love.
In both, the boy's world is suddenly turned upside down upon meeting a supernatural being that almost had him killed but got saved by a girl, with magical powers, wielding a sword and great fighting skills. This marked the begining of a bizzare relationship.. Also you will find that the boy is also special that caused them to live in a world far from the ordinary
Both series start off featuring a male lead whose life is (mostly) normal, until that one moment where he ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, which results in the addition of a female sword-wielding partner and a battle of life or death. Also in both is a latent ability hidden within each of the male leads not fully exploited until the arrival of said partner, an ability that, when finally tapped, proves useful for overcoming the obstacles each side must face.
Magic, fighting, colourful art. They both have em and are great watches. Although Fate Stay Night gives off a more colder feel than Shakugan no Shana.
Powerful girl + weak guy who strives to become stronger. Romance + action + fantasy
Shana; powerful but confused with feelings and duties Saber
Yuji; powerless, useless, just a pain the ass Shirou
Similar historical plot and legendary names, not enough explained characters and turn of events..
Both are cute girls who battling with sword
Both animes offer the exact same experience, though fate/stay night does it better imho.
They both have a heroine that is a talented blade worker .. both are confused about their own feelings and both are strong and beautiful .. they both defend the honor of what they believe in .. and both are willing to give their lives to protect the ones they love ..
Both are about a high school guy with some magic inside them who has a magical girl with a big sword appear in his life, suddenly all sorts of magical monsters start attacking, and then they have to go into battles.
Similar plotlines. Plenty of fighting. Tsunderes. Animation quality is relatively similar. Relatively similar tone and level of tension. Strong female characters.
Similar Premise, although fate/stay night has a darker tone.
similar plotlines, sword wielding female main characters and both are a must to see
In both animes they got a master whom they are fighting together with to become the last ones left and win the competition.
Same plot. Servants fighting each other, but Fate/Stay Night doesn't have the ecchi stuff in it.
Same deal with people fighting to reach a supreme goal.
Same concept, Similar story.
Both are very similar because of the "game" the characters are forced into : there's a war in the city, and the masters[fsn] / ashikabis[sekirei] fight with their servants[fsn] / sekireis for the title of strongest.
Then again, lots of similarities if you pay attention: both main characters are worried about their woman and dont want to let em fight or cry about not being able to help them etc. Servants however are not all women with oversized boobs! Fate stay night doesn't rely on the fan service, as it's a serious anime with a deep setting and storyline : less echi, more action, beautiful effects...
I recommend it for those who liked the idea of a battle royale in the city!
its the same: It's a war (competition) with a master and warlike (one or more) which makes a team and which fights of another teams. But it's more funny and ecchi ;)
In sekirei plot stories you will find out that it has similarity with fate stay night.The only differences is in Fate Stay Night master can only have 1 servant but in Sekirei the master can have as many servant they want and in sekirei you will find the female character have voluptuous body and bouncing boobs(echi..)
just imagine Fate/stay night and ah my Goddess put together= Sekirei
-Both animes are about receiving or meeting a partner (coincidence or not) to fight in a survival game, and aim to defeat the other partnerships to win the game.
Both Anime's feature a guy that aquires a guardian/fighter and are forced to make battle with other "masters" until they are the only one left.
They both have a master servent thing going they both have the main dude falling and love with his servant/s and always wanting to protect them/her
Same plot. Servants fighting each other.
It's similiar atmosphere and nice battles too.
Like Shirou, Raki finds himself with a powerful and attractive female warrior. They both come to realize their harsh realities and even develop deep feelings for them while finding out their history and their inevitable dark fates.
Similar strong female character + (Weak) male. Romance and good storyline.
Similar in the way that the female protagonist is the one engaging in most of the battles and they are accompanied by a weaker male role. Both guys fall for the girls and there is a heavy amount of action.
Saber is a lot like Clare. Both animes have action, a female main character which fights with a sword and protects a boy... and so on....
On the surface, Claymore and Fate/stay night share similar characters. Saber, the female lead of Fate/stay night, and Clare, the female lead of Claymore, share both attitude and fighting style. Saber and Clare act tough and speak formally, in a way, and they both use large swords to fight. They both can take plenty of damage. The male leads, Raki, from Claymore, and Shirou, from Fate/stay night, help take care of the female leads. They have more differences, but they're both supporting leads, in a sense.
For story, on the surface, they look completely different. Claymore has more violence and focuses around fighting monsters, while Fate/stay night focuses on winning a contest for the Holy Grail, so the fighters must fight each other. The more you dig into the story, however, the more alike they seem. For example, Claymore and Fate/stay night both share the same character development between the male and female leads, and it also shares the growth of the male lead through the series.
The feel of each series is different. Claymore comes across as far more violent, with richly colored blood, while Fate/stay night comes across as more dramatic violence, with less blood and more character interaction. Claymore does have it's emotional moments, but they're rare and don't really show up until the end of the series.
Through most of the differences, Claymore and Fate/stay night do share a lot, and I'm recommending this series for mainly the characters. There are other things, as I said above, but characters are really the main similarity.
Both Animes deal with swordsmanship, fighting, romance between the main characters, a strong woman, and weaker but then eventually strong man, who she has to protect. I think they are pretty similar anime, so if you liked one you will surely like the other. BOTH ANIMES ROCK =)
both have a virtually useless male lead with an extremely awesome female swordsman counterpart.
there's lots of blood and fighting.
while claymore is set in a somewhat medieval setting, fate stay/night is like taking that stuff and putting it into a modern setting.
there's a lot of swords.
fate/stay night and claymore both have action and fantasy. the main guy in both seris' look alike and have similiar personalties in wanting to protect the main female. The main female leads kinda look alike there personalties are really alike both the quit and strong type.
Main character is helpless boy with powerful female sidekick kicking ass. Both have a decent story.
Both anime have strong sword or weapon wielding secondary female characters who decide to protect the weaker but "good" and "innocent" main male character who has latent talent and power. They inevitably begin to fall in love throughout the anime. The main characters discover their own strength as the anime progresses.
Both series originaly derive from visual novels by Type-Moon.
The stories are also somewhat similar, both featuring a teenage boy being drawn into a conflict, supported by many female characters, and both series have strong female main characters.
If you by any chance liked the anime of the highly-celebrated eroge game Tsukihime, there's no reason for a person who played Fate/Stay Night to not see the anime. Despite lacking the in-depth story telling present in the games, any fan should at least watch it and compare it to them. Of course that for those who haven't played both games, and loved or enjoyed watching Shingetsutan Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night should be something they should watch as well. Same universe, different place, different setting. Can you make any connections between both series or their characters?
In both animes the main character is a boy whose life is in danger. Then he gets involved with a girl from another world who becomes his fighting partner. Both animes have quite a sad, serious feeling. Fate/stay night might be a bit more flashy.
Very similar in tone and look. Involves supernatural themes in a vaguely similar way and the male protagonists are similar in their approaches as well. Definitely worth a look.
Based on one of TYPE-MOONs visual novels as well. Written by Nasu Kinoko.
Both by Type-Moon. Almost everything besides the shows specific things seem the same.
When the main male char runs into the vampire princess Tsukihime one day, his life changed drastically. Together with Tsukihime he fights against the evil guy, so in this way it is similar to Fate/stay night. It has also a similar ending.
Although the plot itself has nothing to do with Fate, people who liked Fate usually like more productions by Type Moon, and this is one of them.
Also Produced by Type-Moon and takes place in the same universe
From the same creators, Type-Moon
Both based on the visual novel.
Set within the same universe.
These are both fantasy anime about a man who has a contract with a rather skilled girl that comes from nowhere. Moreover, the guy seems really useless at the beginning but will begin to fight along with her.
In both anime, the main character makes a contract with another character. You also get the same vibe from watching both.
Both anime are about an average and boring guy who suddenly meets a strong and cute girl who has super powers. The two make a contract together and (initially) have a master-servant relationship, where the girl fights, and the guy is basically useless.
Also, in both anime the main guy is an orphan, and has a childhood friend who is clearly in love with him (Sakura in FSN, Akane in Kurokami).
Both are shounen anime which have fantasy, magic, action, and drama.
Kurokami is more fast-paced and overall better than FSN, though.
In both anime we have a more or less normal male protagonist who makes a contract with powerful supernatural being (or more precisely a girl). As time passes both are trown into a lot of fights and they learn to how to effectively support their supernatural partners (althought they are always supporters and they practically cannot fight on their own).
The story is about a man who make contract with unknown woman because he was in the verge of death,after he was been saved by the woman he is find out about doppel liner system bit by bit then he find out that he was root.although he was not root he still fight to change his destiny.
They both surrend teams of tweo people working together for a cause.
They both have's similar aspect's like FSN...In both anime's there are mark's on the hand's of the fighter and in both anime's just 1 person fights and the other one give's commands.Very similar stories
These two anime have a similar air to them. Shirou can be compared to Kurokami's male protagonist Keita, as they both enter a world of fighting with beings far greater than themselves. In F/SN we have servants while in Kurokami, we have Motutsumitama. If you like F/SN, you'll definitely enjoy Kurokami
although the ambition of the protagonist in each anime is different but both protagonist character is rather similar very determined despite their lack of power and willing to sacrifice itself to save the people. theres also about forming contract however in kurokami is not a contract between ancient champions but more with a powerful race known as motosumitama.
-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.
Fate Stay Night and Mirai Nikki both tells about Survival Game in which the contestants battle against each other to win the prize. They also features similar protagonists who were initially weak and pathetic, but grows as the series progresses. In FSN, Emiya Shirou is accompanied by Saber while in Mirai Nikki Yukiteru is accompanied by Gasai Yuno. Yuno and Saber are both powerful heroines able to surpass the heroes in combat.
Both animes began to unveil dark, hidden secrets as the story progresses.
Both the protagonists have been dragged into a war (both against 11 other characters) without a choice, a fight for survival with the reward being something of great importance. Both have very dark themes
They both are survival games - in fate/stay night, it is a game between 7 masters, each with their servants.
Both anime deal with the competition, where the winners receive supernatural power.
As well, both the main hero has a complex relationship with one of the participants in the competition.
The characters are forced to participate in a game where they must kill in order to be granted any one wish. There are no familiars, but the concept is similar. The main characters are both unwilling, but this anime is more horror though.
Fate/stay night and Mirai Nikki involve Emiya Shirou and Yukiteru Amano, respectively, being dragged into a survival game against their will. The games in both involve goin against a set of opponents with a certain objective. In Fate/stay night, the objective is to eliminate all the opposing servants of the other contestants. In Mirai Nikki, you must destroy all other future diaries owned by the contestants. If one were to win in Mirai Nikki, one would become god of their universe. If one were to win in Fate/stay night, one would receive the all powerful Holy Grail. Both main characters are portrayed to be weak and soft in their personalities. The two characters receive help from strong-willed, more experienced females--Tohsaka Rin in Fate/stay night, and Gasai Yuno in Mirai Nikki. Both shows can be lighthearted but can also become very dark. They were both very enjoyable to watch.
Both animes involve a winner-take-all game where the combatants have to fight one another to the death.
Both have a protagonist who is reluctant to fight unless absolutely necessary
Both have a female main character who is clearly more skilled than the protagonist (and is much more willing to play the game)
In both this female character assists the protagonist in trying to win the game
Both are quite dark and have a lot of bloodshed and deaths as the story progresses
Both have very good fight scenes and story exposition, as well as good character growth
Mirai Nikki uses cellphones as diaries to predict the future and the characters have to fight amongst themselves, whereas F/SN the characters summon servants to help them fight
Mirai Nikki the game is held to determine the next God of Space and Time, F/SN the game is held to determine a worthy recipient of the Holy Grail
In both anime there is a survival game and participants need to fight each other for some price.
Opening Theme#1: "disillusion" by Tainaka Sachi (eps 1-14)
#2: "Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni (きらめく涙は星に)" by Tainaka Sachi (eps 15-23)
Ending Theme#1: "Anata ga Ita Mori (あなたがいた森)" by Jyukai (eps 1-13, 15-23)
#2: "Hikari (ヒカリ)" by Jyukai (ep 14)
#3: "Kimi to no Ashita (君との明日)" by Tainaka Sachi (ep 24)
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