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The Holy Grail War - A death-match between 7 magi (Masters) and their summoned heroic spirits (Servants) in which the prize is the legendary Holy Grail, said to have to power to grant miracles. This is now the 4th Holy Grail War. The 3 preceding Wars had ended without a victor. In pursuit of their individual goals and ambitions, the magi congregate at a place called Fuyuki. All the magi will do anything, rationalize away any atrocity, in pursuit of the Holy Grail. All of them, but one...
Kotomine Kirei is a mage, but one without a reason to fight. Unable to release himself from the threads of fate, he is drawn reluctantly into this War.
However, as fate would have it, one of his rival Masters turns out to be an old enemy, Emiya Kiritsugu, a man more severe and merciless than anyone else. A man who desires the miracles offered by the Holy Grail...
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Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Tradegy
Fate/Zero takes place ten years before the events in Fate/Stay Night, detailing the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. Adapted from the novel, Fate/Zero.


Seki Tomokazu as Archer Koyama Rikiya as Emiya Kiritsugu, Oohara Sayaka as Irisviel von Einzbern, Nakata Jouji as Kotomine Kirei, Kawasumi Ayako as Saber, Abe Sachie as Assassin, Okiayu Ryoutarou as Berserker, Tsuruoka Satoshi as Caster, Tsunematsu Ayumi as Hisau Maiya, Kadowaki Mai as Illyasviel von Einzbern



Can't wait to see the story get into high gear.


Well developed storyline. Artistry doesn't particularily stand out, but (it) isn't poor. Makes you ponder about whomyou should be rooting for. A little struggle at first to grasp the story, but everything is explained in the episode, which they jam pack it full and feels much longer than the episode actually is. Definitely makes you want to watch the next one.


Anime noir is fine if the plot is interesting, but thisjust a bunch of disconnected backstories that are all equally creepy. The Holy Grail War is suppose to be the unifying factor, but I can't work up a preference for which family I'd rather see win, especially since there's no point of view character and it's hard to keep track of who's who.

Michael Eh?

We watched the original Fate/Stay Night series years ago. Seeing the characters from that series as small children and knowing their future makes their fate even more tradgic. Mages fight on basis of lineage and status. Seeing the sins of the generations pass through this story makes me sad.

Kudos for handling the history of Grail Wars by having the young student research the information. It makes what most animes do -- boring dialogue or monologue -- as excitment of discovery through the eyes of youth.

Once again, we don't see all the players of this game. Oddly not all the same servants are in this prequel as they explained that summoning is based on having an item tied to that hero. We know this series ends badly for all. It is watching the train wreck that we have to watch but will we learn from the truth... that some wishes have too high of a price to quote JMS. It is more than worth to watch this tradgey which rarely gets made. We want good news shows but then ... we never learn anything from them.


very slick. informative too. ep1 is a good teaser for this prequel series.


As a relative newcomer to the Fate/Stay Night Franchise (with only the Type Moon wiki to sustain me) I was relatively unprepared for the goings-on of the Nasuverse's latest entry. Hearing of this series phenominal reputation and the deep pockets of studio UFOtable.

Drawn in, I was somewhat disappointed. The vast quantities of information the viewer was supposed to digest was delivered effectively, but at a cost to chatacterization. The herd of a cast will take some time to get acquainted with the viewer.

Plot-wise, this is too early to tell whether it will be a flop or iff it will hold up to the popularity Fate/Stay Night supposedly warrants. A Highlander-esque scenario between Mages seems like it could be entertaining, but until some volition happens amongst the talking heads, I will remain unconvinced.

Overall, this series has promise, but it's still too early to tell whether this show is worthwhiel or not. Only time will tell.

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Date reviewed: October 23, 2011

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