Television Fate/Zero

Overview: A prequel to Ufotable's Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

Recommendation: I enjoyed watching Fate/Zero, but would only recommend watching it after Unlimited Blade Works (and not the other way around).

20170806:
I began watching the first episode with Ada but about halfway through I fell asleep. Ada continued to watch up to and including the fifth episode.


Saber (JP: Ayako Kawasumi / EN: Kari Wahlgren)

20170818:
Ada and I watched the fifth to eleventh episode together.

20170819:
Today I went back to watch the first episode.

20170821:
After watching the third episode, I noted that the series thus far is good. However, I occasionally felt like pieces of plot were missing from the episodes.*

*[20170823] It's possible that Netflix had automatically skipped past the opening credits which would omit the first scene of an episode..

20170917:
Today Ada and I finished the last three episodes.

Kiritsugu Emiya (JP: Rikiya Koyama / EN: Matthew Mercer)

Ada said that she didn't like how it ended. I reasoned that perhaps this series would have been better to watch after Unlimited Blade Works.

One answer on anime.stackexchange.com suggested that the best option is in fact to watch (Ufotable's) Unlimited Blade Works, then Heaven's Feel, then Fate/Zero. But the next best option would be to watch Fate/Zero before Unlimited Blade Works.

In any case, I was left confused by the actions taken by the Grail in the last episode; namely, the resurrection of Archer and Kirei, and to a lesser extent, Kiritsugu's decision to destroy the Grail. However, various reddit threads served to remove my confusion.

Regarding Kiritsugu, the Grail said it didn't grant wishes, it granted power to make wishes come true and hence required to be within the realms of the wisher. In Kiritsugu's case, the logic came down to killing everyone except Irisviel and Illya. However, Kiritsugu rejects this offer and decides to destroy what he deems an evil source of power. I believe it follows that the Grail feels threatened by those who seek to destroy it and consequently decides to resurrect Archer and Kirei.

Lancer (JP: Hikaru Midorikawa / EN: Grant George)


Season 1

Episode 1:
2: Oh, a lot of the story/background is divulged in the conversation.
1: Lol. They're walking around.
1: Rin appears in this episode.
2: "Where's Sakura?" "Sakura's gone now." [I was too tired to understand the conversation the first time around.]
2: "I ask you, are you worthy to be my master?"
1=20170806, 2=20170819

Episode 2:
1: Illya!
1: Why does there feel like there's a gap between this episode and the previous episode.
1: Holy shit. That was scary. (When he kills the kid after pretending to let him free.)
1=20170820

Wzaver Velvet (left, JP: Daisuke Namikawa / EN: Lucien Dodge) and Rider, (right, JP: Akio Otsuka / EN: Jamieson Price)

Episode 3:
1b: Uh... why isn't she able to return to spirit form? [apparently it's because she became a heroic spirit without dying; I found this answer online, and I'm wondering why it wasn't explained in the anime - it's not the first piece of missing information either]
1a=20170820, 1b=20170821

Episode 4:
1: Lol. He gives up his name.
1=20170821

Episode 5:
1=20170818

Irisviel von Einzbern (JP: Sayaka Ohara / EN: Bridget Hoffman)

Episode 6:
1: Emiya.
1=20170818

Episode 7:
1: Ha, pants.
1=20170818

Episode 8:
1: Two secret mechanisms in this episode.
1=20170818

Episode 9:
1: Lol. The pants.
1=20170818

Rider

Episode 10:
1: Rin!
1=20170818

Episode 11:
1=20170818

Episode 12:
1: 7 by 7 Chess-like table
1=20170823

Episode 13:
1=20170823

Season 2

Kiritsugu and Illyasviel von Einzbern (JP: Mai Kadowaki / EN: Stephanie Sheh)

Episode 1:
1=20170823

Episode 2:
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Episode 3:
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Episode 4:
1: And so... we have Fate/Stay Night...
1=20170827

Saber and Lancer

Episode 5:
1: Taking place in the past (relative to the current story), this episode was different compared to the rest.
1=20170827

Episode 6:
1=20170914

Episode 7:
1=20170914

Episode 8:
1=20170916

Waver uses his intellect and science to find the enemy.
Episode 9:
1=20170916

Episode 10:
1=20170917

Episode 11:
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Episode 12:
1=20170917

Fate/Zero

Relevant Links:
Fate/Zero (IMDb.com)

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