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Fate/Zero (Novel)


Alternative Titles

Japanese: Fate/Zero


Type: Novel
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 18
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 29, 2006 to Dec 29, 2007
Authors: Type-Moon (Story & Art), Nasu, Kinoko (Story), Takeuchi, Takashi (Art), Nitro+ (Story), Urobuchi, Gen (Story)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.741 (scored by 2737 users)
Ranked: #382
Popularity: #536
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War of the Holy Grail—Pursuing the power of the "Holy Grail" which grants a miracle, this is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete for it. In that battle whose conclusion was postponed three times, now, the fourth war commenced again. Entrusting their dearest wish of victory, the magi joined the battleground called "Fuyuki," but amongst them, there was a man who was always alone, and could not find out the meaning behind his fights. His name was Kotomine Kirei. Not comprehending the guidance of fate, Kirei was lost, and had kept questioning. Why someone like his was given the Command Seals. However, the fate of his fights crossed Kirei's path with a nemesis by chance. That person is—Emiya Kiritsugu. A man who was sterner than anyone else, more merciless than anyone else, and who sought the miracle of the Holy Grail.

Merely recited in fragments in Fate/stay night, this is the Fourth War of the Holy Grail 10 years ago. The truth which unfolded behind the battle between Shirou's foster father, Rin's father, and the younger Kotomine Kirei, is finally revealed...

(Source: Baka-Tsuki)


Fate/Zero was initially released as a doujinshi by Type-Moon from 2006 to 2007. A bunkouban edition was officially published by Sekaisha in 2011. The doujinshi contains an opening color page and black and white illustrations; the official published version contains only scenery images. The text content of the latter remains the same with few improvements.

From 2008 to 2010, the series received four drama CD adaptations. It also received two seasons of anime adaptation, produced by ufotable, with the first season broadcast from October 1 to December 24, 2011 and the second season from April 7 to June 23, 2012.

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Apr 8, 2011
After hearing that Fate/Zero will be made into anime. I decided to read its novel and in the end I was very impressed with the storyline and the characters in here.

The storyline of Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night. You don't have to play or watch Fate Stay Night first to understand its story but it would be better if you do so because it will give you much more understanding about this novel.

Fate/Zero is about war between 7 magi in the event named Holy Grail War, in this war each of the magi summon their own servant(the heroic read more
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Sep 15, 2011
Fate/zero Is the prequel of Fate/Stay Night. I only watched the anime series , but there's a manga and a few eletronic games named Fate/Stay Night.

Fate/Zero has a different mood compared to FSN, it's more dark, and more dramatic. Also it's more mature , with many intelligent quotes around the history.

History:in short, the history is about 7 mages that become masters of 7 heroic spirits summoned to fight for a artefact called Holy Grail, that can realize 1 wish. while FSN is about the 5th grail war, this one is the 4th, with many characters of the FSN present, but at the same time, read more
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Aug 28, 2015
Read, or at least watch, Fate/Stay Night before getting into this novel. It should make the reading experience much smoother and way more enjoyable.

I find the anime adaptation of the novel to be superior in virtually every way. I’d suggest reading the novel only if you want to learn more about the Fate universe, or if you are interested in checking out the writing style of this story.

Fate/Zero by Gen Urobuchi is a prequel to the highly acclaimed, overly popular and endlessly adapted visual novel: Fate/Stay Night. The story sheds light on the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War, the contents of which were read more
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Manga: Sword Art Online
Both have fantasy battles centred around a protagonist with a burdened past. SAO is lighter in tone and has romance, whereas F/Z is undoubtedly darker and focuses on character motives. In each series, you will find a good mix of battles and mechanics, with amazing character interactions.  
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