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Japanese: Fate/Zero


Volumes: 4
Chapters: 18
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 29, 2006 to Dec 29, 2007
Genres: Action Action, Fantasy Fantasy, Supernatural Supernatural
Serialization: None
Authors: Takeuchi, Takashi (Art), Urobuchi, Gen (Story)


Score: 8.521 (scored by 82748,274 users)
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Ranked: #1312
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Popularity: #641
Members: 26,952
Favorites: 941

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The Holy Grail War is a ritualistic battle fought to determine who is worthy of commanding the Holy Grail: an omnipotent wish-granting device. The war is held between seven mages, each armed with their own familiar, an ancient heroic spirit of legend.

The Einzberns, a major contender in the grail war, have recruited the infamous mage killer Kiritsugu Emiya as their representative in the Fourth Holy Grail War. Though armed with his own arsenal, Kiritsugu is faced with six other mages vying to win. From bettering humanity to garnering respect, all opponents have their own reasons for seeking the Holy Grail.

Taking place 10 years before the events of Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero illustrates the events of the fateful Fourth Holy Grail War.

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Fate/Zero was initially released as a doujinshi collaboration by Type-Moon and Nitro+ between 2006 and 2007 at Comic Market conventions. A six-volume bunkoban edition was officially published by Sekaisha in 2011.

The series received four drama CD adaptations between 2008 and 2010, an image soundtrack in 2007, as well as two anime adaptations, produced by ufotable.

It has been published in Polish by Kotori since December 18, 2017.

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Jan 15, 2023
This is the best story I have ever read.

It will be difficult to find the most psychologically revealed characters with whom you sincerely empathize.

story -10/10- suffering, pain and hope. the bitterness of parting and the joy of memories. I am extremely grateful to Uroboruchi Gen for the story he created.

text -9/10- masterful syllable of strict narration and good jokes. while reading, the thought did not leave me that I was reading a work of classical literature, in the good sense of the word.

drawings -8/10- thanks to Takashi for maintaining the dark atmosphere. I think it's the best light novel visual I've ever seen.
Apr 26, 2016
Novel Review No.2
Gen Urobuchi's "Fate/Zero"

"The Holy Grail War is a competition that decides the ownership of the Holy Grail through intense battle royale. While there have been many conflicts over supposed Holy Grails in the past, this term refers to those specifically based around Masters summoning Servants and meeting in battle until only one pair is left to claim the Holy Grail..."

This is how one would describe the entire premise of each of the storylines within the Fate franchise. In addition to its rich setting despite that there are anything else in the Fate's world that was missing, such as more of the so-called the ...
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 ...

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ufotable to Animate Novel Fate/zero [Update Jan 5]

According to the preview of Type-Moon Ace magazine vol.6, Urobuchi Gen's novel Fate/zero was announced to get an anime adaptation. The production studio is ufot...read more

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Why does it say "4 volumes"?
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