Anime Review: Fate/Zero

Fate Zero

General Information:

Type: TV
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller
Seasons: 2
Episodes: S1 13 Episodes – S2 12 Episodes
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011 – Apr 8, 2012 to Jun 24, 2012
Premiered: Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Producers: Aniplex, Nitroplus, seikaisha, Notes
Licencors: Aniplex of America
Studios: ufotable
Source: Light novel
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)


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]

As the Fourth Holy Grail War rages on with no clear victor in sight, the remaining Servants and their Masters are called upon by Church supervisor Risei Kotomine, in order to band together and confront an impending threat that could unravel the Grail War and bring about the destruction of Fuyuki City. The uneasy truce soon collapses as Masters demonstrate that they will do anything in their power, no matter how despicable, to win.

Seeds of doubt are sown between Kiritsugu Emiya and Saber, his Servant, as their conflicting ideologies on heroism and chivalry clash. Meanwhile, an ominous bond forms between Kirei Kotomine, who still seeks to find his purpose in life, and one of the remaining Servants. As the countdown to the end of the war reaches zero, the cost of winning begins to blur the line between victory and defeat. [Written by MAL Rewrite]


Fate/Zero is the prequel for Fate/Stay Night. Its one of the best action/supernatural anime out there. The first season was was full of action and the second season explained more of the story. Putting the two season together makes it just perfect. However the ending of season two was a bit vague… or disturbing. It was still a great anime. I highly recommend it. Specially if you haven’t watched Fate/Stay Night yet.

The most interesting parts of the anime were Kiritsugu’s back story, and Saber & Irisviel relationship.

Overall Rate: 8/10

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