With the confirmation of an upcoming trilogy of Japanese anime films titled “Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel” and rumours of another anime series titled “Fate/Extra Last Encore”, let us catch up on the animes related to the “Fate” franchisee till now.
This franchisee first started with the Visual Novel Game of “Fate/Stay Night” developed by Type Moon, and since then it has acquired various prequels, sequels and spinoffs under the name “Fate”.
Generally speaking, this series of animes revolves around “Holy Grail Wars”, which involves Masters (generally accomplished Magi) summoning their Servant (Heroic Sprit) and battling each other until the last pair remain and can claim the Holy Grail. This “Holy Grail” is an object or a vessel which has miraculous powers of granting any wish of the person who can claim it.
The Fate Series animes which has been released so far are:
- Fate/Stay Night
- Fate/ Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Movie
- Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2 seasons)
- Fate Zero (2 seasons)
- Fate/Kalied liner PRISMA☆ILLYA (4 seasons)
- Carnival Phantasm (A “Type Moon” Crossover)
The “Fate/Stay Night” revolves around the Fifth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. Of the three main routes you can achieve in the Visual Novel, “Fate/Stay Night” and “Fate/ Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Work” already covers two. The third is supposed to be covered by the “Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel” movie series. “Fate/stay Night’ follows Shirou Emiya, the protagonist, as he struggles to find the fine line between a hero and a killer, his ideals clashing with the harsh reality around him.
The two seasons of “Fate Zero” covers the Fourth Holy Grail War, ten years prior to the timeline of “Fate/Stay Night” but in the same city of Fuyuki. This series acts as a prequel to the original series and also helps us understand some of the character arcs more deeply.
The entire “Fate/Kalied liner PRISMA☆ILLYA” Series is based on an alternate universe spin off manga by Hiroshi Hiroyama. This time it revolves around Ilya Von Einzbern, belonging to the ‘Einzbern’ Family, which is one of the magus family, other two being ‘Tohsaka’ and ‘Matou’. Here certain new things like Class Cards and Kaleidosticks have been introduced. Here Ilya, an elementary school student, was given the job of collecting the class cards and in four seasons of this anime, her action filled life has been shown.
Carnival Phantasm takes a number of characters from Type-Moon’s original works, and puts them in a variety of light-hearted scenarios which parody their respective series.
All throughout the FATE series, the character arts were very stunning. Along with the catchy opening and the ending tracks, the series is worth the time.
So, which Fate series is the best according to you? (Image Credits – Type Moon)