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  • TV-MA
  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.2  (14,652)

Fate/Zero is a Japanese anime television series produced by Aniplex that was released in 2011 and continued until 2012. It is an adaptation of the light novel by Type-Moon, which is a prequel to the Fate/Stay Night series. The show follows seven Masters, who are powerful magicians and are chosen by the Holy Grail to compete in a battle royale known as the Holy Grail War. The Holy Grail is a powerful magical artifact that has the ability to grant wishes to whoever manages to claim it by defeating all the other Masters and Servants in combat.

The Servants are powerful legendary figures summoned by the Masters to fight for them in the Holy Grail War. Each Servant is a powerful warrior with their own unique set of skills and abilities, and they are often based on historical or mythological figures such as King Arthur, Gilgamesh, and Alexander the Great.

The show is set in modern-day Japan, but it often features flashbacks to earlier periods in history to explore the backstories of the various characters. One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the way it explores the themes of fate and destiny, which are central to the mythology of the Fate series.

The main protagonist of the show is Kiritsugu Emiya, who is a skilled and ruthless assassin that always puts his mission before everything else. Kiritsugu is chosen as one of the Masters in the Holy Grail War and he summons Saber, who was King Arthur in a past life. Saber is a skilled swordswoman and a powerful warrior, but she struggles with the fact that she was unable to fulfill her duties as king and protect her people.

The other Masters include Kirei Kotomine, who is a priest that has been chosen by the Holy Grail despite having no interest in the war. Kirei summons Assassin, who is based on the historical figure of Hassan-i Sabbah and is a skilled ninja. Kirei's true motivations and loyalties are shrouded in mystery, and he becomes one of the most complex and intriguing characters in the show.

Another important character is Tokiomi Tohsaka, who is a powerful magician and one of the most skilled Masters in the Holy Grail War. Tokiomi summons Gilgamesh, who is the king of all heroes and possesses a vast array of powerful abilities. Gilgamesh is one of the most popular characters in the Fate series, and his snarky personality and powerful abilities make him a formidable opponent for the other Servants.

The other Masters include Waver Velvet, who is a young student from the Mage's Association and a relatively inexperienced magician. Waver summons Rider, who is based on the historical figure of Alexander the Great and is a charismatic and powerful leader. Rider and Waver form an unlikely partnership, and their relationship becomes one of the most heartwarming aspects of the show.

The other Masters are Ryuunosuke Uryuu, who is a sadistic serial killer that is chosen by the Holy Grail despite having no interest in it. Ryuunosuke summons Caster, who is based on the historical figure of Gilles de Rais and is a twisted and powerful mage. The final Master is Kiritsugu's wife, Irisviel von Einzbern, who is chosen by the Holy Grail to act as a mediator in the war. Irisviel teams up with Saber and Kiritsugu, and the three form a powerful trio that is determined to win the war no matter the cost.

Overall, Fate/Zero is an action-packed and emotionally complex anime that explores some of the most intriguing themes in the Fate series. The animation and art style are top-notch, and the voice acting is superb, with a cast of talented actors bringing each character to life. The show is not afraid to explore dark and difficult subject matter, and it often subverts the expectations of the audience by delivering unexpected twists and turns. Fans of the Fate series will not be disappointed by this prequel, and newcomers will be drawn in by its compelling characters and epic battles.

Fate/Zero is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 2011.

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25. Fate/Zero
As commanded by Kiritsugu, Saber unleashes her Noble Phantasm on the Holy Grail, with a completely unexpected result. Who will end up winning the war?
The Final Command Spell
24. The Final Command Spell
Two heroes, two masters, one grail; a winner will be decided.
The Ocean at the End of the World
23. The Ocean at the End of the World
June 8, 2012
The end of the battle is drawing near and relationships between Masters and Servants are changing. Many players have dropped off the field, and a very special one is next to go.
All the Evil in the World
22. All the Evil in the World
The end of the battle is drawing near and relationships between Masters and Servants are changing. Many players have dropped off the field, and a very special one is next to go.
Knight On a Two-Wheeled Steed
21. Knight On a Two-Wheeled Steed
May 25, 2012
Saber is hot on the trail of Rider, much to his delight. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu sets off on a different lead. The new player, Matou Kariya, watches in the background as his play unfolds perfectly.
The Assassin Returns
20. The Assassin Returns
May 18, 2012
Irisviel's time is running out and Kiritsugu is doing what he can to make her comfortable. But the game continues and he leaves to eliminate his next target. A surprise attack against his hideout leaves him a man down and heart broken.
Where Justice Dwells
19. Where Justice Dwells
May 11, 2012
Natalia has raised Kiritsugu since rescuing him from the island. He has followed her in every step in becoming an assassin. Over the years their relationship has grown to the point of mother and child, so what Kiritsugu does next is...
Distant Memories
18. Distant Memories
May 4, 2012
As a child, Kiritsugu lived on a small island with his father Nori. Nori's magical work with flowers has captured the attention of a local girl.
The Eighth Contract
17. The Eighth Contract
April 27, 2012
With rules being broke and new players entering the tournament, the remaining Heroes and Masters are entering a new phase of the tournament. What Tokiomi does next will affect everyone.
The End of Honor
16. The End of Honor
April 20, 2012
With all the Heroes exhausted from their win against Caster, Saber has challenged Lancer to a final battle. A battle fought with honor and respect between two Knights. Kiri doesn't care for honor or respect, he will win by any means necessary.
Golden Light
15. Golden Light
April 13, 2012
Rider is shifting Caster into his Reality Marble to buy some time. He asks the other Heroes to come up with a plan to finish Caster off. A phone call from Kiri gives them a fighting chance, but it comes down to Lancer making a difficult choice.
Bloody Battle On the Mion River
14. Bloody Battle On the Mion River
April 6, 2012
The battle against Caster continues as the Heroes have no way of stopping him. Toki is trying to appeal to Archer to use his Noble Phantasm to obliterate the monster. Kiri meanwhile, is planning to destroy the source of the monsters powers
Where to Watch Fate/Zero
Fate/Zero is available for streaming on the Aniplex website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fate/Zero on demand at Amazon Prime and Hulu.
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (14,652)