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A prequel to Fate/Stay night that tells the story of the 4th Holy Grail war, 10 years before.
Based on the visual novel, Fate Zero is written and created by Gen Urobuchi and illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi. The anime adaptation is produced by Aniplex, Nitroplus, Notes, Seikaisha, and Ufotable.
For audiences outside of Japan, it is broadcast on legal streaming sites such as Crunchyroll.
Fate Zero is a prequel that takes 10 years before Fate Stay Night. The 4th Holy Grail War is fought in Fuyuki City, Japan where 7 masters and 7 servants fight for the Holy Grail.
In this anime series, it revolves around Kiritsugu Emiya, Irisviel, and Saber who participate in the tournament. Even though Kiritsugu is Saber's true master, he has Irisviel take place as Saber's master, so he use his assassin skills to target the masters and plan strategies.
|An assassin who serves the Einzbern family. He marries Irisviel, and before leaving their child, Illyasviel, he devises a strategy with Saber, his servant. He plans to target the masters using his equipment and the assistance of Maiya while Irisviel pretends to be the master of Saber and fight alongside her.|
He is the opposite of Saber who is more of a chivalrous knight.
|Irisviel is a humonculus who was created by the Einzbern family to become the vessel for the Holy Grail. Technically, she is not a master, but she is a strong partner with Saber. With Saber's scabbard insider her, it grants her healing abilities when Irisviel is near Saber. Saber does not know that Irisviel has the scabbard or the fact that she is a vessel.|
|A top mage and the father of Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Tohsaka. His servant is Gilgamesh, an Archer class. Tokiomi is quite loyal and duty bound to the Church.|
|Kirei is the disciple of Tokiomi and the son of Risei Kotomine, his father who is the regulator of the Holy Grail War. He is a master, but no one knows he is one except Tokiomi and Kiritsugi. Tokiomi relies on him to uncover information on the other masters and servants. His servant is part of the Assassin class.|
|Kayneth is a powerful mage and nobleman who is proud of lineage. Because of this, he has a superiority complex. For example, he ripped Weaver's manuscript and finds his thesis ludicrous. He is engaged to his wife, Sola, through an arranged marriage. For his servant, he has Lancer because Weaver stole Kayneth's artifact.|
|He is friends with Tokiomi and his family, and he cares deeply for Tokiomi's daughters, Sakura and Rin. When he discovers Tokiomi has given away Sakura to his family, Zouken has Sakura tortured by burying her in worms. Desperate to save Sakura, Kariya agrees to participate in the Holy Grail to obtain for Zouken. He has to drown himself in the sea of worms in exchange for Sakura's freedom, and this will increase Kariya's mana to summon Berserker as his servant.|
|Waver Velvet is a student of Kayneth who is bullied by his teacher for his thesis and status as a mage. To get back at Kayneth, he steals his teacher's artifact and summons Rider, Alexander the Great.|
|He is serial murderer and a psychopath who kills people for entertainment. He accidentally summons Caster after writing "Demon" seals on the floor with human blood.|
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|Saber first in The Day It Began||
|Emiya Kiritsugu first in The Day It Began||
|Irisviel von Einzbern first in Summoning the Ancient Heroes||
|Kirei Kotomine first in Raising The Curtain||
|Weaver Velvet first in Summoning the Ancient Heroes||
|Gilgamesh first in The Day It Began||
|Rider (Zero) first in Summoning the Ancient Heroes||
|Tokiomi Tohsaka first in Summoning the Ancient Heroes||
|Kariya Matou first in Summoning the Ancient Heroes||
|Maiya Hisau first in The Land of Fuyuki||