Night of Schemes

Night of Schemes is an anime episode of Fate/Zero that was released on 11/05/2011


A car screams down the moonlit streets of Fuyuki City, with a very happy-go-lucky Irisviel behind the wheel and a slightly unnerved Saber sitting next to her. The evening takes a bad turn when a mysterious shadow darts in front of them. The person claims to be Saber's loyal retainer, yet Saber has no memory of them.

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Plot Summary

Ryuunosuke decides where the thumb goes
Ryuunosuke decides where the thumb goes

Irisviel demonstrates how fast the car can moves as she and Saber enjoy their joy ride that night. Then, Saber stops the car when Caster appears. Caster bows down for his holy virgin, and Saber tells Irisviel that she does not know him. Caster freaks out when he hears this. He explains that he has prayed for her resurrection, Jeanne. Due to her code of honor, Saber tells him her real name is Arthuria, and Caster finds this is madness and pounds into the road until Saber shuts him with a demonstration of her power. She warns him, and Caster swears that he will free her soul. With Caster gone and Saber's left hand injured, two assassins find Saber and Caster. Elsewhere, Caster ruins Ryuunosuke's art, and Caster displays his rage and that they must create a mountain of sacrifices. Ryuunosuke is sad that it's now quantity over quality. Caster tells him that they need another set of children after he goes off and slaughter the ones they already captured.

Sola finds Lancer's performance excellent
Sola finds Lancer's performance excellent

In a hotel, Kayneth asks Lancer why he couldn't kill Saber, and Lancer swears he will defeat Saber. Sola enters the room and states that Kayneth made an error in judgement while Lancer perform well. She reminds him that he holds an advantage over the master, herself as a secondary master and a source of mana. Lancer tells Sola to stop disrespecting her master. Kayneth notices that Lancer's beauty mark's seductive charm on Sola. When the fire alarm rings, Kayneth thinks that Saber's master is behind this, and he orders Kayneth to go out and seek Saber. Kayneth announces that he has countless traps for the intruders. Outside, a man calls for Kayneth, and Kiritsugu answers him. He calls Maiya and triggers the bomb in the hotel. Then, Maiya informs Kiritsugu that the target has not moved, and when Kiritsugu tries to call Maiya, he notices Maiya is in danger. At Maiya's location, Kirei states how the mage killer resorts to bombings as he notices Maiya. He asks her where is the man, and he throws the blade at Maiya who gets her hand wounded. Then, a can is thrown with gas, and Kirei notices that Maiya did not throw it. An assassin informs Kirei about Caster's location.

At the Church, Kirei informs Tokiomi about Caster who is abducting children and how they are not interested in the Holy Grail. Risei states that he cannot stand for this, and that they have to execute them. Risei tells Tokiomi that they will have the masters help them. IN Kirei's room, Kirei finds Gilgamesh drinking and ransacking his wine cabinet. Gilgamesh finds Tokiomi's goal of finding the Root boring, and he asks Kirei about his desires for the Grail. When Kirei states he has none, Gilgamesh tells him to wish for bliss, and Kirei finds it sinful. However, Gilgamesh finds his logic not working and Kirei, interesting. He explains about bliss and happiness which Kirei finds Gilgamesh disrespectful. He tells Kirei to indulge in pleasure. With Gilgamesh gone, Kirei wonders what his desires are. He also wants to lear what motivates Kiritisugu to get the Grail.

Points of Interest

  • Irisviel enjoys her car as her most favorite gift from Kiritsugu.
  • Caster's real name is Gilles de Rais.
  • Caster mistakes Saber for Jeanne d'Arc.
  • When Kiritsugu notices a girl crying in her mother's arm, he calls Maiya to fall back. It is implied that these two remind Kiritsugu of Irisviel and Illyaviel.


  • Japanese Episode Name: "Bōryaku no Yoru" (謀略の夜)
  • Opening Theme: "Oath Sign" by LiSA
  • Ending Theme: "Memoria" by Eir Aoi

Characters & Voice Actors

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Saber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayako Kawasumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Caster (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Satoshi Tsuruoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Lancer (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hikaru Midorikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Emiya Kiritsugu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rikiya Koyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Irisviel von Einzbern ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sayaka Ohara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Assassin (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Megumi Toyoguchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yamazaki Takumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ryuunosuke Uryuu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akira Ishida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Maiya Hisau ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayumi Tsunematsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kirei Kotomine ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Jouji (George) Nakata ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tokiomi Tohsaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sho Hayami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Risei Kotomine ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Masashi Hirose ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Gilgamesh ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Seki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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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 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.
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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