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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
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 28 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.281 (scored by 841642841,642 users)
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Ranked: #2682
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #73
Members: 1,467,339
Favorites: 33,377

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With the promise of granting any wish, the omnipotent Holy Grail triggered three wars in the past, each too cruel and fierce to leave a victor. In spite of that, the wealthy Einzbern family is confident that the Fourth Holy Grail War will be different; namely, with a vessel of the Holy Grail now in their grasp. Solely for this reason, the much hated "Magus Killer" Kiritsugu Emiya is hired by the Einzberns, with marriage to their only daughter Irisviel as binding contract.

Kiritsugu now stands at the center of a cutthroat game of survival, facing off against six other participants, each armed with an ancient familiar, and fueled by unique desires and ideals. Accompanied by his own familiar, Saber, the notorious mercenary soon finds his greatest opponent in Kirei Kotomine, a priest who seeks salvation from the emptiness within himself in pursuit of Kiritsugu.

Based on the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi, Fate/Zero depicts the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War—10 years prior to Fate/stay night. Witness a battle royale in which no one is guaranteed to survive.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Fate/Zero was simulcasted around the world, with subtitles covering eight major languages. It is currently licensed by Aniplex of America for release in North America.

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"oath sign" by LiSA  (eps 2-10, 12-13)

Ending Theme

1: "oath sign" by LiSA  (eps 1)
2: "MEMORIA" by Eir Aoi  (eps 2-13)


Jul 25, 2023
Fate/Zero proved to be a captivating initiation into my quest of critically rewatching anime. From the onset, it held my attention with its masterful storytelling and intricate character dynamics. However, a word of advice to prospective newcomers to the Fate series: while Fate/Zero is the earliest chronologically, it assumes a certain level of familiarity with its universe, making it advisable to begin with one of the STAY NIGHT routes, preferably UFOTABLE's "Unlimited Blade Works," for a more seamless introduction.

Fate/Zero truly shines in its masterful portrayal of compelling character relationships, which lies at the heart of its narrative brilliance. Throughout the series, viewers are treated to ...
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 ...
Aug 17, 2023
As someone who has not previously watched anything related to the Fate franchise, I went into Fate/Zero with no expectations. I knew of the popularity and praise for Fate/Zero on its own, however it never caught my attention and never became something I wanted to prioritize; for whatever reason, it didn't give me a good vibe. Now, having completed the first season, I can safely say that my vibe was correct in steering me away.

Fate/Zero has a lot to offer. A war for a mystic object, the Holy Grail, is happening, and magic-wielding contestants are given the ability to summon legendary heroes to do their ...

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