List of Fate/stay night episodes
The Fate/stay night anime is based on the visual novel Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. The episodes are directed by Yuji Yamaguchi, animated by Studio Deen and produced by the Fate Project, which included Geneon Entertainment, TBS, CREi, Type-Moon and Frontier Works Inc. The plot of the episodes is primarily based on the Fate storyline in the Fate/stay night visual novel, although certain elements of the other two storylines, Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel, are incorporated into the plot of the episodes.
The episodes were originally aired between January 2006 and June 2006 in Japan on Chiba TV, Tokyo MX TV, Sun TV, TV Aichi, TV Kanagawa, and TV Saitama. The series later received its international television premieres on the anime television network Animax in 2007, also receiving its English-language television premiere on Animax's English networks in Southeast Asia from June 2007, as well as its other networks in South Korea, Hong Kong and other regions.
Five pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: two opening themes and three ending themes. The opening themes are the first two singles made by Japanese singer Sachi Tainaka: "disillusion," which is a remixed version of the visual novel's opening theme, "THIS ILLUSION" is used for the first fourteen episodes, and "Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni" (きらめく涙は星に?, lit. Glittering Tears Change To Stars) is used for the remaining episodes. The first ending theme was "Anata ga Ita Mori" (あなたがいた森?, lit. The Forest In Which You Were) by the J-pop band Jyukai, which was used for all episodes except episode fourteen and episode twenty-four. Episode fourteen featured Jyukai's "Hikari" (ヒカリ?, lit. Light) and episode twenty-four played Sachi Tainaka's "Kimi to no Ashita" (君との明日?, lit. Tomorrow with You).
Eight DVD compilations, each containing three episodes, have been released by Type-Moon in Japan. The first of these compilations ranked number five on the Oricon listing charts as of April 5, 2006. Geneon Entertainment has released six DVD compilations, each containing four episodes, in North America, with the sixth released on October 9, 2007. The original soundtrack for the episodes, containing forty tracks of music, was also released by Geneon Entertainment on January 16, 2007.
|#||Title||Original air date|
"Hajimari no Hi" (始まりの日)
|January 6, 2006|
|After being rescued by his adopted father, Kiritsugu Emiya, Shirō Emiya devotes his life to following his father's ideal — to become a man of justice. Moving to the present, Shirō helps with tasks at his school freely with the aid of the magical powers his father taught him, but is concerned about the rise of violent crimes in the city. Meanwhile, a student at Shirō's school, Rin Tōsaka, summons the Servant Archer and begins her search for magicians with other Servants.|
"Unmei no Yoru" (運命の夜)
|January 13, 2006|
|While staying late one day at school, Shirō inadvertently witnesses a fight between the Servants Archer and Lancer and is promptly killed by Lancer, though is brought back to life by Rin shortly afterwards. When Lancer comes back to kill him again, Shirō accidentally summons the most powerful Servant - Saber.|
|January 20, 2006|
|After Rin discovers Shirō does not know even the most basic of spells, she takes him to a magician she has known for ten years, Kirei Kotomine. Shirō learns more about the Holy Grail War and decides to join it.|
|04||"The Strongest Enemy"
"Saikyō no Teki" (最強の敵)
|January 27, 2006|
|When Berserker and his Master, Illyasviel von Einzbern, attack Saber, Shirō is helpless, but blocks a fatal blow intended for Saber. The next day, Shirō has miraculously healed himself and starts to understand more about the type of person Saber is.|
|05||"Two Magi (Part 1)"
"Majutsushi Futari <Zenpen>" (魔術師二人<前編>)
|February 3, 2006|
|Feeling guilty about how he's been treating Saber, Shirō introduces her to Sakura Matō and Taiga Fujimura during dinner. Afterwards at school, Rin unexpectedly attacks Shirō while Saber is still at his house.|
|06||"Two Magi (Part 2)"
"Majutsushi Futari <Kōhen>" (魔術師二人<後編>)
|February 10, 2006|
|During his fight with Rin, Shirō is distracted by a scream downstairs and he finds an unconscious girl. As Rin attempts to heal her, a dagger flies through an open door, but Shirō blocks it with his arm. Shirō runs outside to find the Servant Rider, who nearly kills him until Rin rescues him. At Rin's home, Shirō and Rin form a temporary truce to find Rider's Master.|
|February 17, 2006|
|Saber confronts Shirō over not summoning her against Rider. After discovering that Shirō can detect magical spells related to the force field at school, Rin and Shirō set out to destroy most of them. However, at the end of the day, Shirō discovers in the dojo at the school a very large magical seal and finally finds out who Rider's Master is.|
"Fukyō no Oto" (不協の旋律)
|February 24, 2006|
|After declining Shinji Matō's offer to form an alliance, Shirō informs Rin and Saber about a witch at the local shrine who is also a Master. After this, Rin decides to officially move in with Shirō for the time being. Meanwhile, Shirō and Saber still cannot meet eye to eye.|
"Gekka Ryūrei" (月下流麗)
|March 3, 2006|
|Disobeying Shirō's wishes, Saber goes to fight with the Servant Assassin at the shrine but their battle ends soon after Shirō and Rider arrive. Once back at home, Saber makes a deal with Shirō in order to train him for battle.|
|10||"A Peaceful Interlude"
"Odayaka na Makuai" (穏やかな幕間)
|March 10, 2006|
|Shirō has his first training session with Saber but fares poorly against her in battle. That same day, Shirō meets Ilya in town and they converse in the park. After he returns home, Rin tells Shirō to swallow a jewel, which switches on his power to use magic.|
|11||"A Fresh Blood Shrine"(Fresh Blood Shrine (Blood Fort Andromeda))
"Senketsu Shinden (Burāddofōto Andoromeda)" (鮮血神殿(ブラッドフォート·アンドロメダ))
|March 17, 2006|
|After being tricked to come to school by Shinji, however he finds himself in the midst of a trap after the Blood Fort Andromeda is activated by Rider. He manages to hold his own against Shinji, however, Shinji orders Rider to kill him. Rider's blade is unable to deal Shirō a killing blow, so she kicks him out of the window. With Shirō's death imminent, he summons Saber just in time. Saber fights Rider, and Shirō defeats Shinji, forcing him to call off Blood Fort. Rider uses her Noble Phantasm to escape from the school.|
|12||"Tearing The sky"
"Sora o Saku" (空を裂く)
|March 24, 2006|
|Shirō and Saber travel through town trying to find Shinji and Rider but are unsuccessful at first. When the fight between Saber and Rider commences, Saber is forced to unleash her Noble Phantasm, Excalibur, to defeat Rider, after her plan to defend to wait for an opportunity for Rider to be defenseless falls through when Shirō appears on the roof. Shirō carries Saber back after she collapses from using her Noble Phantasm.|
|13||"The Winter Castle"
"Fuyu no Shiro" (冬の城)
|March 31, 2006|
|Rin tells Shirō that he would have to use a command spell and make Saber assault humans to regain mana if Shirō is shown a glimpse of Saber's past and learns that she pulled the sword from the stone and became king, and her prowess in battle was talked about by everyone. Archer tells Shirō that Saber knew using her Noble Phantasm would result in her disappearing and did not plan to do so but used it because she chose to protect him over everything else. While Saber is still weak, Shirō is captured by Ilya, who gives him the proposition to become her servant, which he refuses. After Saber wakes up, she, Rin and Archer go looking for Shirō.|
|14||"Beyond The Ideal"
"Risō no Hate" (理想の果て)
|April 7, 2006|
|Ilyasviel sets Berserker on them. Archer battles Berserker while Rin, Shirō and Saber get away. Archer manages to defeat Berserker once when he is battered by him to the hall. Ilya is surprised when Archer calls her by her nickname, saying she is still as merciless. Archer knows that he will lose in the end but decides to deal as much damage as possible first, and uses his Noble Phantasm - Unlimited Blade Works, a reality marble. Archer manages to take five of Berserker's lives in total before he is ultimately defeated. Rin's last Command Spell disappears and Saber collapses in the forest.|
|15||"The Twelve Ordeal"
"Jūni no Shiren" (十二の試練)
|April 14, 2006|
|In order to replenish Saber's mana, Shirō gives a part of his magical circuit to Saber, which means that he will never be able to use some sorcery or be on par with other magicians. After the transfer, Ilya and Berserker come back for a final match.|
|16||"The Sword of Promised Victory"
"Yakusoku Sareta Shōri no Ken" (約束された勝利の剣)
|April 21, 2006|
|After Shirō manages to trace a sword powerful enough to defeat Berserker - Caliburn, he and Saber work together to defeat him. Afterwards, Shirō takes Ilya home with him.|
|17||"Branded as a Witch"
"Majo no Rakuin" (魔女の烙印)
|April 28, 2006|
|With mass comas now occurring within the city, Shirō and the others decide to go after the Master and Servants at the Ryudōji shrine. After confirming that Sōichirō Kuzuki, one of Shirō's teachers, is Caster's Master, Sakura is taken captive by Caster to serve as a sacrifice in order to summon the Holy Grail.|
|18||"A Decisive Battle"
|May 5, 2006|
|Shirō, Rin and Saber attempt to rescue Sakura and to stop the Holy Grail from being summoned. While Saber fights Assassin, Shirō attempts to fend off Kuzuki, and Rin tries to save Sakura.|
|19||"The Golden King"
"Ōgon no Ō" (黄金の王)
|May 12, 2006|
|With victory all but won for Caster, an eighth Servant in golden armor appears and kills Caster and Kuzuki. After Shirō and the others escape, Saber reveals who this new Servant is and how she knows him.|
|20||"Distant Traces of a Dream"
"Tōi Yume Ato" (遠い夢跡)
|May 19, 2006|
|Upon realizing his feelings for Saber, Shirō asks her to go out on a date with him around town. Afterwards, they get in a fight and Shirō ends up running off back to his house.|
|21||"The Star of Creation that Split Heaven and Earth"
"Tenchi Kairisu Kaibyaku no Hoshi" (天地乖離す開闢の星)
|May 26, 2006|
|While walking back home together, Shirō and Saber are attacked by the Servant Gilgamesh, who had previously saved them from Kuzuki and Caster. After Shirō traces a sheath for Excalibur, they manage to repel him. Later that night, Shirō makes his feelings clear to Saber and tells her that he wants her to stay with him after the war is over.|
|22||"At The End of Wishes"
"Negai no Hate" (願いの果て)
|June 2, 2006|
|After going to Kirei's church, Shirō is captured and nearly killed by Kirei, but Saber comes in time and heals his wounds. Kirei orders Lancer and Gilgamesh to kill Shirō and Saber, but Lancer battles Gilgamesh in order to allow the two to escape. He is subsequently overwhelmed by Gilgamesh and slain.|
|June 9, 2006|
|After Ilya is taken by Kirei, Shirō and Saber head to the Ryudōji shrine in order to defeat him. Saber fights with Gilgamesh while Shirō goes after Kirei.|
|24||"The Ever-Distant Utopia"
"Subete Tōki Risōkyō" (全て遠き理想郷)
|June 16, 2006|
|By combining their powers, Shirō and Saber are able to defeat Gilgamesh and Kirei together. The final order Shirō commands to Saber is to destroy the Holy Grail. As Saber disappears, she admits her love for Shirō. An epilogue then takes place, with everyone returning to their normal lives, as if awakening from a long dream, and with Shirō satisfied with the life he has led forever remembering Saber and to enjoy a good life with Rin, Ilya, Sakura and Taiga. Meanwhile, Saber has returned to her own time, where she tells Bedivere that she had a wonderful dream, and asks if one can relive dreams, to which Bedivere replies "of course". She then asks Bedivere to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and, moments after Bedivere has accomplished her order, Saber peacefully dies under a tree.|
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