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Japanese: フェイト/ゼロ
English: Fate/Zero
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: ufotable
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.271 (scored by 867747867,747 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3012
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #79
Members: 1,512,592
Favorites: 33,684

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Mar 11, 2014
Mixed Feelings
I’m fairly confident this review is going to get near as damn 0% helpful marks simply because of my ratings. If anyone feels what I said wasn’t helpful in this review, drop me a message, if you disagree with something I said, drop me a message, thanks.

Story – 3
Oh dear…

Firstly, I think it is a bit of a cheat essentially splitting fate zero into two separate series, so that all the good bits can be condensed into ‘one’ of those series. Nonetheless, I will still assess this as a single series, in terms of setting the stage for the second season.

Fate Zero ...
Dec 6, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Where do I begin with Fate/Zero? The first time I watched this series (roughly two years ago) I, admittedly, adored it. However, I recently rewatched it after reading the Fate/Stay Night light novel. It was then that my opinion of the seriess dropped substantially. Don't worry! This won't be a review where I bitch about how Fate/Zero messed up the characters that had been lovingly crafted in Fate/Stay Night! Indeed, I will try my best not to mention that wonderful novel (and godawful fanbase) and will instead focus on analyzing the content at hand. There will, however, be MILD SPOILERS. Consider yourself warned.

Mar 28, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Fate/Zero - 6/10
Fate/Zero 2nd Season - 7/10
One major let down of Fate/Zero is it's characters. Plain and boring, sometimes they do things for absolutely no reason behind it whatsoever. Only interesting characters are Archer, Kiritsugu Emiya (So Edgy that Matoi Ryuko seems like a fairly balanced person) and Kirei Kotomine (Especially Kirei literally the only reason to watch the show). The rest are just stupid and look like they've been copy-pasted from some saturday morning cartoon. Shitty pacing issues, an actual filler episode (the show is only 13+12 episodes long, get ur shit together). Action scenes look patheticly low-budget and are normally only 20 secs ...
May 28, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Ok, so as someone partially familiar with the manga of F/SN, and watched all of FSN, and now F/Z, I have to say, this did not at all feel like Fate to me.

If you consider for example "worm girl Sakura," this is one of the most disgusting things I've seen! It's basically the notion of a character who is kind of turned into the perfect weapon by virtue of being kind of permeated with like killer worms or something, or so.

Pretty much everything in F/Z is about people just going into conflict and fighting and then fighting and then they fight and duel ...
Nov 28, 2012
Mixed Feelings
This is a very highly reviewed anime and a great deal of people seem to really like it. That means that I am about to accrue a host of.....displeased responses. So, with loins girded, I will say this. I didn't find this anime compelling in the slightest. To begin with the characters are not good. They are all cliched, and most of their time is spent brooding in one manner or the other. Then the brooding is interrupted by fights between more cliched and uninteresting characters. And why is King Arthur a girl? I know that they wanted at least one girl "hero" but was ...
Sep 5, 2015
Mixed Feelings
I had my doubts when I wanted to watch Fate. I didn't know which series to start with, I chose Fate/Stay Night and to this day i don't regret that choice, I think that way everything became clearer in my head.

Fate/Stay Night didn't become my favourite anime, but I consider it something worth watching.

95% of people I spoke with about the anime said Fate/Zero was a lot better than the previous.
High expectations usually generate bad results, isn't that right?
Without wanting to spoil anything, iI will try to explain the reason I disliked Fate/Zero:

✦The characters even though diverse, don't outshine those of Fate/stay Night. Non of ...
Apr 4, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Between the high school level philosophy and "knights honor" crap there is a rather decent show to be watched here. For the most part the characters and their motives are rather well thought out and you want most of them to win, but the way they go about achieving that leaves much to be desired. The art is pretty good with the occasional ps2 graphics cg and odd lighting hindering it. The story is rather simple but it incorporates a bunch of arbitrary intricacies that are vaguely explained or are explained in a boring fashion, thus making you think that it was never explained. Also ...
Oct 14, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (5/13 eps)
Since it's my first foray into the Fate universe (this arc starts the series chronologically), I found the world building, back story and exposition to be quite sparse in the beginning. As the summary explains, a magical war is fought between several prominent mage families for control over a powerful object none other than the Holy Grail, with each side represented by a champion magic user who can summon a servant, generally some powerful warrior based on world mythology, etc. A few extra champions are selected seemingly at random by the Grail itself to take part in the war, adding variety and spice ...
Feb 23, 2016
Mixed Feelings
This review applies for both seasons of Fate/Zero and it is my only experience of the Fate universe, so I will review it from the perspective of a standalone anime, with no universe tie in. I assume that there's a lot of things that were done to show tie ins and could be interesting for Fate fans and the people that have knowledge of the universe and they will have a different appreciation of this. Just know that this series sets the events of its sequel in motion and I think, and this is definitely not a guarantee, merely a suspicion so you might want ...
Apr 8, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Ah yes, Fate/Zero, the anime that everyone seems to love. Let's see, where do I start with this one?

The story is about a bunch of people fighting to the death to get their hands on the Holy Grail. Riveting stuff, really. I mean, who doesn't love a good old-fashioned death match? It's not like we haven't seen that before in every other shounen anime out there.

As for the style, well, it's your typical dark and edgy anime with lots of blood and gore. Because nothing says "mature storytelling" like excessive violence, right?

Let's talk about the characters. There's Kiritsugu Emiya, the brooding protagonist who's all about ...
Jul 27, 2018
Mixed Feelings
As a prequel Zero does alot to revitalize the Fate franchise and improves on many aspects of it's predecessor Fate/Stay Night.

Unfortunately while the improvements are many I personally felt some aspects were still overlooked and ultimately held the series back. Primarily the story, which while talked about between the characters in an epic fashion is rather plain and without much structure. The Holy Grail war sounds about as epic as you can imagine and as I say the characters do a good job through dialogue making the whole thing very grandiose sounding but ultimately in this first season it amounts to nothing more than random ...
Jul 8, 2017
Mixed Feelings
why is this anime so highly rated and revered?? i put off this series for a long time due to the sheer size of the entire franchise, which intimidated me, but the fantasy lover in me couldn't let one of anime's most iconic series in recent years just pass me by without even giving it a shot. so i did. and i regret it.

i think a lot of the problem with fate/zero is that it's just so FLAT. 13 episodes in, nothing important enough to get the plot really moving has happened. no machiavellian schemes, no jaw dropping plot twists- not even the most baseline ...
Sep 25, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Disclaimer: This review will count for both seasons of the series.

I’m sure anyone who is genuinely reading this review knows what Fate/Zero is, as it has gained a large following in the anime community, from, what only I could discern being the high quality of the animation and the fanbase it has already received from its predecessor series, what many often refer to as Deen/Stay Night. It has been generally positively reviewed by the community, but, as one could most definitely tell from my score of it, I don’t particularly follow that train of thought. This is due, in a brief exposition for those who ...
Apr 6, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Fate/Zero pits historical heroes and their contemporary human partners against each other in a slow-burning battle for the holy grail.

This anime focuses on the different motivations for ambition, how rulers see the world around them, and the personal relationships between legends and their partners. Although the series has philosophical undertones, there are several fight scenes between the opposing teams. The anime falls somewhere between anime for college students and anime geared towards teenagers.

The first season introduces the characters, and the second season develops the two primary antagonists. I group both seasons together in this review. Although this anime is part of a larger universe, you ...
May 12, 2017
Mixed Feelings
it was pretty good. i have yet to see the main series and im halfway through the second season.

The Art and Sound is good - as should be average.
I liked the Characters and trying to figure out if they have a future and what else might make for a great backstory. Its what i enjoyed most.
The Story isnt weak. There is often a lot of philosophical exposition which is fine but is more about the Characters and not the Story itself.

since this is the prequel i was kinda trying to figure out whod win the war. cant be the guy trying to prevent Sakuras tragic ...
Jan 4, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I really wanted to like this show. The OP was good, the animation was dope, the fights were decent. But it just felt like the show expected me to like and understand the characters so early on. I really wouldn't of understood who some of the servants had I not watched it with a fate veteran. Understanding who some of the servants were gave me some enjoyment because then i knew some of their backstory.

The summoners really hurt me the most. As a GoT/ASOIaF fan I expected to enjoy getting to know the summoners and who they represent. Instead we got right into the ...