False Start to the War

False Start to the War is an anime episode of Fate/Zero that was released on 10/08/2011


Kiritsugu and his daughter Ilyasviel stroll through the Einzbern woods. As Saber watches the happy parent and child, she ponders why Kiritsugu has not spoken to her since she was summoned. And in Fuyuki City, the battle ground where the Holy Grail War will be fought, the seventh and final hero is summoned.

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Plot Summary

Rider destroys the garage door after taking a book which he receives scoldings from Weaver. Weaver yells at him to get lost, but Rider does not seem to mind. Rider appears again and answers that he wants to see where his kingdom is on the atlas. He laughs at how small his country is. When Weaver brings up the Grail, Rider asks him what his goals are. Rider wants to rule the world, and Weaver wants to be treated fairly. Rider slaps him for having a small dream and tease him by telling him that he should wish to be taller. Weaver hesitates to use the command seal. When Weaver asks Rider to prove himself, Rider demonstrates by summoning his ancient transportation, a cart driven by bulls. Rider states that his ride is a gift from Zeus.

Illyasviel finds her daddy hard to beat
Illyasviel finds her daddy hard to beat

Over at the Einzbern's place, Illyasviel and Kiritsugu stroll through the snowy forest to search for something, the day's first walnut bud. Kiritsugu finds one, and his daughter finds another one. Her father finds a wingnut, a cousin of walnut. He takes Illyasviel up on his shoulders. Meanwhile, Saber observes the two, and she remarks to Irisviel that she cannot believe her master is a cold, ruthless man. She feels that Kiritsugu is disappointed with her. Saber explains that she pretend to be a man, but Irisviel and Kiritsugu is surprised. She feels that Kiritsugu may viewed her less after learning the truth. Irisviel states that Kiritsugu is angry at the people who forced Saber to become a king. Saber tells her that it is her destiny, and Irisviel comments that Kiritsugu is probably bothered about that. Furthermore, Irisviel explains that Kiritsugu and King Arthuria will not see eye to eye. Saber informs Irisviel that she wish to save Britain and that she believes that Irisviel and Kiritsugu are fighting for a noble cause.

Caster's monster tears up the young boy to pieces
Caster's monster tears up the young boy to pieces

Somewhere in Japan, Ryuunosuke is going over his demon seals. He looks at the television where the TV reporter mentions the blood sigils and murders, and he greets the young boy who is tied up. Ryuunosuke explains he found an ancient document in his family's storehouse and thinks his family were researching how to summon demons. He tells the young boy to let the demon to kill him if he manages to summon the demon. When the boy cries out, he jumps at joy. Suddenly, Ryuunosuke finds a command seal on the back of his hand, and Caster appears. Caster asks Ryuunosuke for his name, and Ryuunosuke explains that he enjoys killing people, preferably children and women. Caster informs him that they have to hunt for the Holy Grail, and Ryuunosuke asks if Caster is hungry and points to the young boy. The young boy screams and cries, and Caster unties the boy. He smiles at the boy and lets him go. When Ryuunosuke protests, Caster demonstrates how he kills after the the young boy is eaten alive by a tentacle monster.

Meanwhile, Kirei informs his assassin that the seventh servant has been summon. He instructs assassin to infiltrate Tohsaka's mansion and to assassinate Tokiomi Tohsaka. At the manor, the assassin arrives and passes through the barriers. Suddenly, Rider strikes and kills Assassin.

Points of Interest

  • Illyasviel calls her father, Kiritsugu, not daddy. The reason is unknown. Kiritsugu calls her princess.
  • Rider's real name is Iskander (Alexander the Great).
  • Saber is the female incarnation of King Arthuria.
  • The seventh master is Uryuu Ryuunosuke, and his servant is Caster, Bluebeard.


  • Japanese Episode Name: "Itsuwari no sentan" (偽りの戦端)
  • Opening Theme: "oath sign" by LiSA
  • Ending Theme: "MEMORIA" (メモリア) by Aoi Eir

Characters & Voice Actors

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Saber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayako Kawasumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Gilgamesh ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Seki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Caster (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Satoshi Tsuruoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rider (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akio Ohtsuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Illyasviel von Einzbern ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mai Kadowaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Irisviel von Einzbern ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sayaka Ohara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Emiya Kiritsugu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rikiya Koyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Weaver Velvet ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Namikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ryuunosuke Uryuu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akira Ishida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Assassin (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )


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Ei Aoki Director
Gen Urobuchi Original Concept Gen Urobuchi is a Japanese author and the original creator of the Fate/Stay Night series.
Takashi Takeuchi Character Artist/Designer original char. des.
Yuki Kajiura Music A anime composer who is known for providing music anime created by Bee Train and the .hack series.
LiSA LiSA is a Japanese singer who sings the "oath sign" in Fate Zero and "crossing field" in Sword Art Online.
Eir Aoi Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer known for her song "MEMORIA" used in Fate Zero.


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