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Japanese: Fate/Prototype


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 31, 2011
Producers: Notes
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Lerche
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural, MagicMagic, RomanceRomance, FantasyFantasy, ShounenShounen
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.701 (scored by 4761947,619 users)
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Ranked: #50142
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Popularity: #1603
Members: 96,191
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Dec 8, 2012
jessifer (All reviews)
This is basically what Fate/staynight could have been. The format is kind of similar to a trailer.

First of all, the animation is absolutely fantastic, and the soundtrack isn't bad either.

In this version of the Holy Grail War, the main character is instead a girl called Ayaka, whose family was involved in the previous war. She doesn't want to get involved in the present war (apparently they take place every 8 years now). However, she gets attacked by Lancer, and ends up summoning Saber. Who is male.

The rest of the OVA is composed of really quick flashes of scenes and battles. It's confusing to watch, and read more
Jan 12, 2016
OmegaKatana92 (All reviews)
I WISHED THIS WAS TURNED TO A FULL FLEDGED ANIME SERIES for fate's next 10 anniversary. Because this short work looked like it was going to be an announcement as the next big fate anime project. but it was an awesome commercial instead. The animation is top notch even if it isn't be utotable. and the fight scenes between gigamesh and male saber are epic. the female version of shirou is annoying as hell despite understanding to wanting to do anything with the holy grail war. The other characters aren't explained much in detail so that the end of that . Music was fitting but read more
Dec 25, 2017
Noctilus (All reviews)
Fate/Prototype is not a full-fledged series, or even a proper OVA - instead this is more of a trailer/preview, that was released as a bonus segment with the third season of Carnival Phantasm. This trailer shows Kinoko Nasu's original version of the Holy Grail War, which Nasu later re-worked into what we all know as Fate/Stay Night.

Shirou from the original is now a girl named Ayaka Sajyou, and servant Saber is a man (same hero though). There are many commonalities rules-wise towards how the Holy Grail War works, with the main differences being that in this version, the War takes place every 8 years; also, read more
May 4, 2020
NatsumiKagami (All reviews)
Story (9/10): The Fate Story remains the same. There are 7 Masters and 7 Servants battling for the Holy Grail, a treasure that can grant any wish. The last Master alive gets the Holy Grail. This story is very greatly executed in this short OVA, which is kind of a trailer or a preview to the world of Fate/Prototype.

Art (10/10): There is nothing bad to say about the art. It is simply outstanding. The characters and their surrounding are drawn amazingly.

Sound (9/10): The sound is very exciting and goes with the whole OVA. The background magic is amazingly composed. The voice actors also read more
Jun 18, 2020
Ferret_Brain (All reviews)
2021 will be the 10 year anniversary of the original release of this OVA.

And I still don't have a proper Prototype anime.

To say I'm bitter would be an understatement.

while Fate Prototype definitely has similar themes and ideas that have been already explored in the original Stay Night series, I feel like there is enough difference that Prototype could appeal to a very different and much wider audience than the original Stay Night could (And no, not just because there are quite a few pretty bishounen boys to look at or it might appeal to the shoujo/josei crowd), as while the premise is read more