How to watch and Understand the Fate Series (Review)

Fate is one of the most amazing animes I’ve watched, Its also one of the first animes I’ve watched. Hands down, it has the best animation and story line I’ve ever scene. And the battles are so epic. I like to rewatch this anime a lot.

There are way to many Alternate Universes in this anime, so if you want to watch these animes, I’ll list the nessecities to understand everything.

In summary, Fate is about the Holy Grail War. The Holy Grail grants one person, one wish. the wish can be anything they desire. Anything at all. Seven Mage families go at war with each other to see who gets the holy grail, The last Mage standing is granted their wish.

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Rin summoning her Servant

The Servant Classes

When participating in the Holy Grail War, the Mage must summon a servant to fight for them in the war. The servant is a hero from the past, a Heroic Spirit. There are 7 Servant Classes. Each Servant has a Class, active skills, passive skills, and Noble Phantasm. They are also grouped into 3 types the Knight classes (Saber, Archer and Lancer), Cavalry classes (Rider, Caster, Assassin and Berserker)

Saber uses a sword to fight, Archer a bow and Lancer a Lance. They are considered the knight class due to the weapons they use. Rider usually has an animal or a thing that they ride. In fate Zero, Rider had a Chariot. Caster uses Magic while assassin likes to take out their prey by lurking in the Shadows.

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Lancer vs Archer

Command Seals

A mage can bound the servant to their will three times using command seals. Command seals are marks on the mages body that appear once they summon their servant. The servant cannot break the command seal. This is just the basics of command seals, it goes into depth but im covering the basic right now.

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Assassin vs Saber


The holy grail war happens once every 60 years, but if a war is left incomplete, the Holy Grail War will happen 10 years after the previous war.

A servant has a noble Phantasm which is his strongest asset. It takes up a large amount of mana so they usually only use it once.

Incase you dont know, Mana is life force. Mages are born with more mana than usual humans so they can summon servants or belong to a Mage Family.

Servants and their Master share Mana, so for a servant to heal, he or she must use the Mana of their master to do so. If a master cannot make enough Mana to heal their Servant, the servant will actually need human things such as food and sleep.

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Saber vs Berserker

What order to watch The Fate series?

There many alternate Universes in Fate: I think that if you want to understand the story, you should start with Fate/Zero 2011. This story is based around 4 mage families, The Tohsaka’s, The Emiya’s, The Einzberns and the Mato’s and also some other side characters. After you watch that, Watch Fate: Stay night(Ultimate Blades Work) 2014, this one is about the Fate/Zero Characters children. Make sure you watch the ones that are animated by Ufotable.

If you want to take the Heavens Feel route, which is the same characters as Fate/Zero and Fate: Staynight UBW, its just that they take a different approach to who gets which servants. It is more revolved around Sakura and Shirou than Tohsaka and Shirou. The heavens feel route is made up of movies rather than seasons. Watch Fate/stay night [Heavenโ€™s Feel], there are 2 movies so far, another is coming out in a couple months.

A few alternate universes of fate are Fate/Apocrypha, Fate: Grand Order. These revolve around different characters.

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Gilgamesh vs Berserker

My opinion:

I think that that Fate series are amazing, and they quality of the animation is Absurd! Ufotable makes the battles epic. The heavens feel route is very dark compared to the Ultimate blades work. Its when the nice person snaps, if you know what I mean by that.

My favorite battles from Fate would be:

  • Lancer vs Archer(UBW)
  • Saber vs Lancer(Fate/Zero)
  • Saber vs Caster (Fate/Zero)
  • Saber vs Assassin(Fate UBW)
  • Berserker vs Gilgamesh (Fate UBW)
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Lancer vs Saber

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