Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero is an anime episode of Fate/Zero that was released on 06/29/2012

Synopsis

As commanded by Kiritsugu, Saber unleashes her Noble Phantasm on the Holy Grail, with a completely unexpected result. Who will end up winning the war.

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Plot Summary

After Kiritsugu commands Saber to destroy the Holy Grail against her will, Saber thinks this is her punishment for not understanding her people as a king. Her Excalibur shines brightly in the night. Kiritsugu realizes that the Holy Grail is not destroyed because the black hole into the sky unleashes a deadly volatile liquid into the vicinity. It burns the surroundings, and Illyasviel notices something. She tells her mother that she had a nightmare about turning into a cup and inside her were seven large lumps. Illyasviel tells her mother that a large black hole opened up and burn the world. She notes that her father cried and asks her mother if Kiritsugu is all alone. Iris reassures her daughter that she won't have to be scared. Illyasviel is confident that her father would finish his job and returned home to her.

Kariya's dream is just a fake illusion
Kariya's dream is just a fake illusion

Later, Kariya arrives to Sakura and tells her to come with him. He brings Sakura to Rin Tohsaka who is overjoyed. Kariya sees Aoi and the sister thanking him. However, this is all an illusion of Kariya, and Sakura remarks how Kariya is an idiot for going against Zouken. At the site of the Holy Grail, Kirei finds himself alive and that his servant is buck naked. He asks Gilgamesh who states that the Grail has spit him out. Kirei finds out that his heart is not beating, and Gilgamesh states that his contract with him still binds them. He states that the Grail has granted what Kirei had desired, the total destruction of everyone's lives. Kirei laughs maniacally about his wish, and how he enjoys the suffering of others. When Gilgamesh asks Kirei if he is satisfied, Kirei states that he must search for the answers. Gilgamesh wears his shattered robe, and Kirei vows to find Angra Mainyu and its proof of existence. Kirei spots Kiritsugu who does not noticed him.

A young boy narrates and explains that Kiritsugu is overjoyed that he is alive. The boy notes that Kiritsugu is happy that he has saved someone. In Glen's home, Weaver lied her that Rider has gone to England and he tells them that he wants to travel. He heads into his room to see the mess that Rider let. Weaver wished that Rider could have taken him, and he spots Rider's bag and sees his shirt. Over at the cemetery, Kirei reads a eulogy for Rin's deceased father. He tells Rin that her father would be proud of her. Rin goes to her mother who wonders whose funeral is today. Unfortunately, her mother has dementia and acts like she speaks to her husband. Kirei tells Rin that he is departing Japan, and he gives Rin, an Azoth dagger.

Shirou vows to be a hero to continue Kiritsugu's dreams
Shirou vows to be a hero to continue Kiritsugu's dreams

Somewhere and elsewhere in time, Saber finds herself among the dead bodies of her people. She cries for Lancelot who is unable to forgive himself. Lancelot comments that he wished for her judgement. Saber cries that she is unworthy, and she vows to obtain the Holy Grail. Lancelot states that his queen is the greatest king in history. Kiritsugu states that he cannot contact the Einzbern or even get through the barrier. Yet, Kiritsugu is glad that he has adopted Shirou, the boy he saved. Five years later, Kiritsugu tells Shirou that he gave up being a hero. Shirou tells his adopted father that he will be a hero to continue Kiritsugu's dreams. Meanwhile, Saber is enveloped in holy light. Shirley's voice is heard, and Kiritsugu answers that he wants to be a hero.

Points of Interest

Fan service for the ladies!
Fan service for the ladies!
  • Ironically, Kirei gives Rin, an Azoth dagger, which Kirei used to murder her father.
  • Shirley's voice is heard at the end, and Kiritsugu finally answers that he wants to be a hero. She's not seen in this episode.
  • Like Shirley, Iris's voice appears, but she is not seen in the episode.
  • This episode marks the first time that Gilgamesh is naked.
  • A young Taiga can be seen in the background during the epilogue.

Miscellaneous

  • Japanese Episode Name: None
  • Opening Theme: "to the beginning" by Kalafina
  • Ending Theme:"to the beginning" by Kalafina

Characters & Voice Actors

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Emiya Kiritsugu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rikiya Koyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Saber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayako Kawasumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Gilgamesh ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Seki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Illyasviel von Einzbern ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mai Kadowaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kariya Matou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tarusuke Shingaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sakura Matou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Noriko Shitaya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rin Tohsaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kana Ueda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Aoi Tohsaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hasumi Ito ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kirei Kotomine ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Jouji (George) Nakata ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Shiro Emiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Junko Noda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Weaver Velvet ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Namikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Glen and Martha Mackenzie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ikuo Nishikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Berserker (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryotaro Okiayu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Shirley ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayahi Takagaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Irisviel von Einzbern ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sayaka Ohara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Taiga Fujimura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Miki Itou ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)

Credits

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Ei Aoki Director
Takashi Takeuchi Original Concept Character artist and cofounder of Type Moon, who's work includes the originals of Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night, Kara no Kyoukai, and CANAAN.
Gen Urobuchi Original Concept Gen Urobuchi is a Japanese author and the original creator of the Fate/Stay Night series.
Yuki Kajiura Music A anime composer who is known for providing music anime created by Bee Train and the .hack series.

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