The Fate Series’ Magical Animated Portofolio – Part 2

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Welcome back! Eager to learn more about the Fate franchise, aren’t we? After going over some technicalities and the main starting point of the series as far as anime adaptions are concerned in Part 1 of this article, it’s time to move on to new heights. Here are 3 more of the franchise’s instalments, all linked in some capacity to the one previously discussed.

 

Fate/Zero

Another production by Ufotable and based on the light novel of the same name, Fate/Zero began airing in 2011. The anime took a break of a few months after 13 episodes before airing its second season of 12 episodes in 2012. Unlike its predecessor, Fate/Zero has a single, linear plotline, and tells the tale of Emiya Kiritsugu as he fights his way through the Fourth Holy Grail War.

This instalment essentially acts as a prequel to Fate/stay night, although a number of insignificant inconsistencies between the works have led to it being deemed an alternate timeline to the Fourth Holy Grail War described in Fate/stay night. Fate/Zero is another starting point in the Fate franchise, albeit a bit more complicated: while it is a prequel of sorts, it can spoil certain plot points of Fate/stay night, and as such it is better watched after you’ve already read the visual novel or seen its anime adaptions.

 

Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note

Set in the same universe as Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero, and adapting the Rail Zeppelin storyline of the light novel The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II,  this entry in the franchise is a bit different. Unlike the other instalments where Holy Grail Wars and Servants are, if not a prominent plot point, at least a significant part of the world-building, this anime adaptions follows the ins and outs of the mage society. The series’ 13 episodes aired in 2019 and followed the life of Lord El-Melloi II, better known as Waver Velvet, a surviving Master of the Fourth Holy Grail War and actual Lord of the Clock Tower of London, as well as teacher of Modern Magecraft and detective extraordinaire.

At the time of this article’s writing, it had already been announced that the series would receive a special edition, premiering on December 31st, 2021.

 

Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA

Often bitterly joked about as the “Illya route”, Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA is an anime adaption of the manga by the same name and combines aspects of the Fate franchise with the magical girl genre to create something entirely new. Unlike the previous two works, this one is set in an entirely different universe, borrowing elements from its predecessor series only to do its own thing. The protagonist of the series is Illyasviel von Einzbern, a young girl who will soon discover the beauty of making new special friends and of becoming a magical girl in order to save her city.

The series’ first season aired in 2013, with subsequent new seasons appearing in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, each season having 10 episodes expect for the last, which had 12. In 2017 a prequel to the series was released in the form of the movie Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Vow in the Snow, with a second movie coming out in 2021, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Licht – The Nameless Girl. A sequel to the second movie has already been announced. Watching this series before Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero may spoil the two a little bit, so that should be kept in mind.

This series is often seen as the black sheep of the franchise, and for good reason. The suggestive nature of this entry in tandem with the sizeable cast of too young characters involved in such scenes, as well as Illya’s infantilization compared to her original self in Fate/stay night, have led to fans blacklisting this series. If you believe you have the stomach for it, then here is the watching order: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya -> Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! -> Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! -> Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei! -> Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Vow in the Snow -> Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Licht – The Nameless Girl.

 

And that’s if for all the works related to Fate/stay night, one way or another! Be on the lookout for Part 3 of this article, where we’ll go over the last three animated entries: Fate/EXTRA Last Encore, Fate/Apocrypha and the anime adaptions of Fate/Grand Order.

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