The Assassin Returns

The Assassin Returns is an anime episode of Fate/Zero that was released on 06/15/2012


Irisviel time is running out and Kiritsugu is doing what he can to make her comfortable. But the game continues and he leaves to eliminate his next target. A surprise attack against his hideout leaves him a man down and heart broken.

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Plot Summary

Iris rests for a bit
Iris rests for a bit

Kiritsugu checks up in Irisviel while Maiya is on lookout. Irisviel gives Avalon to Kiritsugu once her body cannot function. She tells Kiritsugu that she is happy because she has a husband and a daughter. Irisviel wants Kiritsugu to bring their daughter to Japan someday. Kiritsugu tells Maiya that he is going to hunt down Tokiomi since Saber is searching for Rider. He instructs Maiya to stay here and protect Irisviel. Meanwhile, Saber is searching by car while Weaver is shopping. At Tokiomi's mansion, Kiritsugu finds it odd that no barriers are set.

Elsewhere in the forest, Weaver chats with Rider and wonders why he has not used Weaver's mana. He notes that Rider has used his own mana twice, and Rider does not want to endanger his master's life. The two talk about if the Holy Grail does exist. Rider shares his experiences about showing Oceanus is real, and he had to accept the fact that the world is round in the old days. Weaver asks Rider why he wants to go after Saber. Rider replies that he has to beat some sense in Saber before she goes off the wrong path.

Somewhere in the Matou manor, Kariya suffers from a nightmare when Berserker consumes him. He wakes up and finds out he has been chained to the wall with worms in his wounds. Zouken forces Kariya to eat a worm that has fed on Sakura's chastity and mana. Kariya feels disgusted as he writhes in pain and anguish. At the hideout, Irisviel asks Maiya why she fights for Kiritsugu. Maiya replies she had nothing before Kiritsugu who gave her a name. Somewhere in Fuyuki city, Saber is still looking for Rider while Kiritsugu treks carefully in Tokiomi's manor. With all of these things going at the same time, Maiya explains her background and that her life has full of strife because people kidnap children and force them to fight. She has been taught to point and shoot. Maiya states that Kiritsugu is free to use her life as he see fit. She tells Irisviel that she is surprised at Irisviel's passion to fight for Kiritsugu's ideals. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu finds a bloodstain and deduces that Tokiomi is dead. Maiya asks Irisviel if she has a wish. Irisviel wishes for Saber and Kiritsugu to obtain the Holy Grail and end all strife by making this fourth Grail war the last one. Irisviel asks Maiya what she will do, and Maiya states that she has no purpose. She tells Maiya that she can search for her family. Finally, Irisviel wants Maiya to live your life.

Maiya dies smiling
Maiya dies smiling

Suddenly, something attacks the hideout. Maiya gets her gun read and calls Kiritsugu. Kiritsugu uses his command seals to teleport Saber to the hideout. After being warped, Saber finds Maiya down, and Maiya explains that Rider took Irisviel. Saber takes off on her motorcycle after she spots Rider in the sky. Later that night, Kiritsugu finds Maiya fatally wounded. Maiya tells Kiritsugu not to cry and to save his tears for Irisviel. She states that Kiritsugu looked like his old self this morning. Kiritsugu tells Maiya that her job is complete.

Points of Interest

  • Maiya Hisau's name: She explains to Irisviel that Kiritsugu gave her that name due to the passport he created for her.
  • Maiya's last words: "This morning, you finally looked like the old Kiritsugu. You can't falter now."
  • Kiritsugu's last words to Maiya: "Your job is complete."


  • Japanese Episode Name: "Asashin no kikan" (暗殺者の帰還)
  • Opening Theme: "to the beginning" by Kalafina
  • Ending Theme: "Up on the Sky, the Wind Sings" by Haruna Luna

Characters & Voice Actors

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Emiya Kiritsugu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rikiya Koyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Maiya Hisau ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayumi Tsunematsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Irisviel von Einzbern ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sayaka Ohara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Saber ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayako Kawasumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Weaver Velvet ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Namikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rider (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akio Ohtsuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kariya Matou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tarusuke Shingaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Berserker (Zero) ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryotaro Okiayu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Zouken Matou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Masane Tsukayama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Aoi Tohsaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hasumi Ito ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sakura Matou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Noriko Shitaya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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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.
Ei Aoki Director
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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