Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel

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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel
Fate-stay night Heaven's Feel Trilogy Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for the first film featuring Sakura Matou
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel
Anime film
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower
Directed byTomonori Sudō
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Written byAkira Hiyama
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2017 (2017-10-14)
Runtime120 minutes
Anime film
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly
Directed byTomonori Sudō
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Written byAkira Hiyama
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
MVM Entertainment
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2019 (2019-01-12)
Runtime117 minutes[1]
Anime film
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song
Directed byTomonori Sudō
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Written byAkira Hiyama
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
MVM Entertainment
ReleasedMarch 28, 2020 (2020-03-28)
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel is a Japanese anime film trilogy produced by Ufotable, directed by Tomonori Sudō, written by Akira Hiyama,[2] and featuring music by Yuki Kajiura.[3] The trilogy adapts Heaven's Feel, the third and final route of the Fate/stay night visual novel. The main heroine is Sakura Matou who is affected by a conflict between mages known as the Holy Grail War.

The first film in the trilogy, titled Presage Flower premiered in Japan on October 14, 2017,[4][5] and premiered in the United States between November and December 2017.[6] Its English dub premiered on June 5, 2018 and June 7, 2018 in the United States.[7]

The second film, titled Lost Butterfly premiered in Japan on January 12, 2019.[8] Aniplex of America announced it would release the film in the United States in 2019.[9]

The third and final film in the trilogy, titled Spring Song, is scheduled to premiere in Japan on March 28, 2020.[10]

It is the fourth anime adaptation of Type-Moon's works by Ufotable, following The Garden of Sinners film series, the Fate/Zero television series, and the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works television series[11][12] and also the fourth adaptation of the Fate/stay night visual novel, after Studio Deen's adaptations Fate/stay night, a television series, and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, a movie; and Ufotable's adaptation Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. The trilogy also is the first anime adaptation of the Heaven's Feel route.


Part 1 - presage flower[edit]

Shirou Emiya, an apprentice mage, has been dragged into the 5th Holy Grail War, a fight to the death amongst 7 mages and their Servants, familiars who are famous heroes from the past.

Shirou is determined to win the Holy Grail War to save the world and be a hero of justice, as well keep his friend, Sakura Matou, safe from the war and her abusive brother, Shinji Matou, with the help of his Servant, Saber, and his classmate, Rin Tohsaka, while strange occurrences start happening in the war and Sakura comes down with a mysterious sickness.

Part 2 - lost butterfly[edit]

Having lost the war and Saber, Shirou finds himself unable to not keep participating in the Holy Grail War. As Sakura is revealed to be a Master in the Holy Grail War, Shirou is ever determined to keep her safe.

As Sakura starts succumbing to her mysterious illness, and the mysterious shadow keeps killing people, Shirou and Rin are ever determined to finish the Holy Grail War.

Part 3 - spring song[edit]


Main characters[edit]

Shirou Emiya (衛宮 士郎, Emiya Shirō)
Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook[13] (English)
The main character of the trilogy and the master of Saber. Shirō is a survivor of the Fourth Holy Grail War and is adopted by the magus Kiritsugu Emiya. Following in the footsteps of his adoptive father, Shirō decides to be a hero of justice. As the story progresses, he falls in love with his friend Sakura and, after learning of her past, ultimately forsakes his ideals to protect her - despite the risk she poses to Fuyuki. He later bonds with Illya and loses his left arm protecting her from the Shadow, resulting in the dying Archer transplanting his own arm to save him. After Sakura falls to the Shadow's corruptive influence, Shirō risks self-destruction by using Archer's arm to continue fighting Zōken.
Sakura Matou (間桐 桜, Matō Sakura)
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese); Cristina Vee[13] (English)
The main heroine and the driving force of the story. She is Shirō's long time friend and the true master of Rider. She has been visiting his home very frequently since they met and helps him with house work, especially when it comes to cooking. Sakura endures an abusive relationship with her brother, even though she tries to hide it. She is later revealed to be Rin's younger sister, given to the Matō family by Rin's father as magi families are only allowed one heir each. She was then converted by Zōken into an artificial Grail Vessel, meant to subvert the Heaven's Feel system - and unwittingly connecting her to the corruption in the Grail, which manifests through her as an entity called "the Shadow." She eventually becomes Shirō's lover but, as her sanity erodes, she tries to protect him by leaving. After snapping and killing Shinji, the Shadow corrupts and fuses with her.
Rider (ライダー, Raida)
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese); Melissa Fahn[13] (English)
Just like Saber was the focus in Fate and Archer was in Unlimited Blade Works, Rider is the servant protagonist in Heaven's Feel. She is Shinji's servant, summoned to fight for him in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Rider bonds with Sakura and seeks to protect her from her abusive family. Rider's identity is revealed to be Medusa, the Gorgon monster of Greek myth. After Sakura is revealed as her true master, Shinji permanently loses his contract to her and Rider exclusively defends Sakura. She later moves into the Emiya household with Sakura and Shirō, acting as its guardian in place of Saber. Eventually becoming the only surviving Servant outside Zōken's control, Rider is ordered by Sakura's final Command Spell to protect Shirō before Sakura succumbs to the Shadow.
Illyasviel von Einzbern (イリヤスフィール・フォン・アインツベルン, Iriyasufīru fon Aintsuberun)
Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh[13] (English)
The secondary heroine. She is one of the seven participants of the Fifth Holy Grail War and the master of Berserker. She plays a vital role in the war as the Einzbern's representative. She is ultimately revealed to be the biological daughter of Kiritsugu Emiya - Shirō's adoptive father - whom she resentfully believes had abandoned her to raise a new family in Shirō. At first, Illya appears to be an enemy to Shirō and Rin but later becomes very close to the former, forming a sibling-like bond with him. Following the destruction of her castle and the loss of Berserker, Illya takes shelter with Shirō and Sakura. Eventually, Illya overhears Taiga talk about Kiritsugu and realizes he tried to rescue her before he died, allowing her to finally forgive him.
Rin Tohsaka (遠坂 凛, Tōsaka Rin)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese); Mela Lee[13] (English)
Rin is a model student and idol of Shirō's school. She is one of the seven participants of the Fifth Holy Grail War, being the master of Archer. Even though she starts as an adversary, Rin is Shirō's most prominent ally during the story, as both the one to revive him from Lancer's deathblow and the one who introduces him to the world of the magus. Rin and Sakura tend to keep an eye on each-other from afar, due to the fact they are actually sisters, but eventually Sakura's unstable state makes Rin consider killing her to protect Fuyuki. When Shirō refuses to let Sakura die, Rin briefly dissolves their alliance but is forced to rejoin him after losing Archer to the Shadow.
Saber (セイバー, Seibā, lit. "Saber")
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese); Kari Wahlgren[13] (English)
Saber is Shirō's Servant for the Fifth Holy Grail War. Loyal, independent, and reserved, Saber acts coldly but is actually suppressing her emotions to focus on her goals. Her class is considered the "Most Outstanding", with excellent ratings in all categories. Since her Master cannot effectively provide her with Mana, she minimizes her activity to preserve her energy. Saber is frustrated by Shirō's "protective" tendencies, believing his erratic and reckless behavior will jeopardize their chances of winning the Holy Grail War. She ultimately is devoured by the Shadow during her fight with True Assassin and, while trapped inside it, is confronted by a tainted copy of herself.
Saber Alter (セイバー・オルタナティブ, Seibā Orutanatibu, lit."Saber Alternative")
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese); Kari Wahlgren[13] (English)
A black-clad, corrupted version of Saber that confronts the original within the Shadow, bearing inverted morals and a cold, nihilistic disposition. She is the embodiment of Saber's darker nature, born from the despair she experienced in both her life and in the previous Holy Grail War. She becomes an antagonist for the second and third film, serving as the primary enforcer of the Shadow. With her sense of restraint gone and fueled by the tainted Grail's immense power, she proves strong enough to face even Berserker head-on.
Zoken Matō (間桐 臓硯, Matō Zōken)
Voiced by: Masane Tsukayama (Japanese); Michael Donovan[13] (English)
Zōken is a shrewd, powerful, and ancient sorcerer who is patriarch of the Matō family and is known to be the grandfather of Shinji and Sakura. He is the primary antagonist of Heaven's Feel. He was originally a Russian magus under the name Zolgen Makiri and one of the original three Magi to propose the Heaven's Feel Holy Grail system, being the designer of the Command Seals. He has amassed a large and extensive library of sorcery knowledge, yet his lessons are strict and harsh. Zōken considers Shinji to be a disgrace of a sorcerer, believing Sakura may have more potential than her brother. He is the master of True Assassin and later manipulates the Shadow to control Saber.
Shinji Matō (間桐 慎二, Matō Shinji)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese); Kyle McCarley[13] (English)
The supposed master of Rider and Sakura's older brother. A very vain and self-assured person who prides himself as being an equal to Rin. He was once a good friend of Shirō's, but became more distant after Sakura started spending her time with the latter. He is later ousted as a false Master, as his spellbook is burned and Rider returns to her true Master; Sakura. After Rider permanently dissolves their contract and leaves him, Shinji attempts to blackmail Sakura into leaving Shirō with knowledge of his abusing her, causing Sakura to lash out and kill him.
True Assassin (真アサシン, Shin Asashin)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Patrick Seitz[13] (English)
Summoned by Zōken Mato, bursting out from within Assassin's flesh when Zōken uses the dying Servant's body as the catalyst to summon him. True Assassin manages to defeat Lancer by blindsiding him while the spearman is occupied by the Shadow, gouging his heart out and devouring it in order to increase his own mental acuity. He uses this same tag-team method to defeat Saber. Though she succeeds in slashing right arm off before he can remove her heart, it proves in vain as he manages to re-attach the limb while Saber is ultimately devoured by the Shadow. He attempts to kill Shirō immediately after but is defeated by Rider, who comes to Shirō's defense. After Berserker is defeated, he is ordered to abduct Illya but is injured and driven off by Archer.
Kirei Kotomine (言峰 綺礼, Kotomine Kirei)
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese); Crispin Freeman[13] (English)
The church priest and the mediator of the Fifth Holy Grail War. He is close to Rin as her personal mentor since her father's death. He is the master of Lancer and a former participant of the previous Holy Grail War, where he fought Shirō's father Kiritsugu. He later saves Sakura's life after her powers go out of control, as he is curious to see how far Shirō will go to protect her.

Supporting characters[edit]

Archer (アーチャー, Āchā)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); Kaiji Tang[13] (English)
Servant of Rin. He is injured early in the war by Saber, forcing Rin to sacrifice the second of her three Command Spells to save him and form a truce with Shirō. Archer harbors a desire to kill Shirō, but abandons his goal when he learns of what contaminated the Grail. He is then mortally wounded protecting Rin, Illya and Shirō from the Shadow, though he lives just long enough to graft his left arm onto Shirō after the latter loses his own.
Berserker (バーサーカー, Bāsākā)
Servant of Illyasviel von Einzbern. As a powerful brute, he is nearly unstoppable. Waiting for Shirō and Rin to exit the church, he takes this opportunity to attack them. Saber intervenes and is almost defeated by him until Shirou takes a hard blow for Saber. Due to Illyasviel's confusion, they leave. When Zouken confronts Illya, Berserker fights and is ultimately overpowered by the blackened Saber Alter, shortly before he is consumed by the Shadow.
Gilgamesh (ギルガメッシュ, Girugamesshu)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); David Earnest[13] (English)
Unknown to everyone, Gilgamesh is a servant. Seemingly out of nowhere, he pops up into the church while Shirou talks to Kirei. He is later seen standing in front of Sakura, chatting to her. Eventually he attempts to kill Sakura, but she manifests the Shadow and commands it to devour him, resulting in his death.
Taiga Fujimura (藤村 大河, Fujimura Taiga)
Voiced by: Miki Itou (Japanese); Julie Ann Taylor[13] (English)
Shirō's homeroom teacher and legal guardian following Kiritsugu's passing, whom Shirō regards as an older sister. She is aware of how close Shirō is to Sakura and encourages - or occasionally teases - him to be more open to her about it. She later comforts Sakura when she worries about Shirō and unwittingly helps Illya to forgive Kiritsugu.
Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā)
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese); Megan Hollingshead[13] (English)
Servant of Souichirou Kuzuki. First seen in Ryuudou Temple with her master. She leaves to go check on Assassin who is watching the gate. When arriving, she sees his sword at the bottom of the steps as it disappears. She returns to the temple as she sees her master maimed by True Assassin. Threatening to kill her master, she is told to use her Noble Phantasm, Rule Breaker, on herself. After doing so, True Assassin stabs her and kills Souichirou. Zoken's bugs drag her body away, later to be reanimated and used to fight against Shirō, Rin, and Saber before the Shadow interferes and devours it.
Souichirou Kuzuki (葛木 宗一郎, Kuzuki Sōichirō)
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese); Lex Lang (English)
Master of Caster. A teacher at Homurahara Academy, the school where Shirō, Sakura, and Shinji attend. Meeting Caster at Ryuudou Temple, he is sliced up by True Assassin. As his limbs and head are cut but not severed, he is used as leverage for True Assassin against Caster. He is later killed once Caster uses Rule Breaker on herself.
Assassin (アサシン, Asashin)
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn[13] (English)
Servant of Caster. When first shown, Assassin has dropped his sword down the steps of Ryuudou Temple. Bloodied and on the ground, True Assassin explodes out of his body. Later, his body disappears into a shadow.
Lancer (ランサー, Ransā)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese); Tony Oliver[13] (English)
Servant of Kirei Kotomine. Obeying orders from his master, he follows Zoken to the Ryuudou Temple, where Caster is located. He sees True Assassin killing Caster as well as her Master. He pursues True Assassin through the city and to a lake, where he falls for True Assassin's trap. The Shadow holds Lancer down long enough for True Assassin to gouge out and consume his heart before the Shadow finishes him off.
Sella (セラ, Sera)
Voiced by: Haruhi Nanao (Japanese); Julia McIlvaine[13] (English)
One of Illyasviel's retainers. She is staunchly protective of Illya and often chastises her companion Leysritt's behavior.
Leysritt (リーゼリット, Rīzeritto)
Voiced by: Miho Miyagawa (Japanese); Brianna Knickerbocker[13] (English)
One of Illysviel's retainers. She is far more relaxed then her companion Sella, often earning a rebuke from the former.
Issei Ryūdō (柳洞 一成, Ryūdō Issei)
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese); Robbie Daymond[13] (English)
A friend of Shirō's and the student body president of his school. His father is the head priest of Ryūdō Temple, where he and the other monks are left unconscious after True Assassin's attack on Caster and Kuzuki. Issei is later questioned by Rin in the hospital while mourning Kuzuki, whom he respected greatly.
Ayako Mitsuzuri (美綴 綾子, Mitsuzuri Ayako)
Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa (Japanese); Brina Palencia[13] (English)
The captain of the archery dojo and senior to Shirō, who often wishes him to return to archery after his injury. She ends up having her blood sucked by Rider on Shinji's orders as petty revenge, but is saved by Shirō and Saber. Shirō takes her to Kotomine for treatment before she is hospitalized for recovery.


On July 28, 2014, it was announced that an anime film adaptation of the Heaven's Feel route of the Fate/stay night series was green-lit at a press conference at Shinagawa, Tokyo, where it was revealed that Ufotable would be producing the adaptation, and Takahiro Miura would be storyboarding the adaptation.[11] The staff later announced at AnimeJapan 2016 that the film adaptation would be split into three films, with the first film, titled Presage Flower, scheduled to premiere in 2017.[5]


Box office[edit]

Presage Flower[edit]

Presage Flower in its opening weekend reached #1 at the Japanese box office, grossing ¥413,030,840 from 247,509 admissions within two days.[14] It has grossed $19,035,675 worldwide as of February 2019, including ¥1.5 billion ($13.7 million) in Japan,[15] $4,685,622 in China, $417,439 in South Korea and Australia, $193,833 in the United States and Canada,[16] and $38,781 in Argentina and New Zealand.[17]

Lost Butterfly[edit]

Lost Butterfly debuted at the top of Japan's box office selling 363,080 tickets to earn ¥602,841,741 ($5.55 million) in three days. The film sold 12% more tickets and earned 18% more in its opening weekend than the first film in the trilogy.[18] By its 12th day, the film surpassed ¥1 billion, once again surpassing the record of Pressage Flower.[19] By February 19, 2019 it has sold over 1 million tickets and grossed over ¥1.5 billion ($13.54 million) in Japan.[20]

Overseas, the film grossed HK$1.15 million (US$148,153) in Hong Kong.[21] The North American debut of the film earned $420,595 at the box office in March 2019.[22] In China, where the film released on 12 July 2019,[21] it debuted with an opening weekend of $3.5 million.[23] As of 14 July 2019, the film has grossed $19.8 million worldwide.[24]

Critical reception[edit]

Presage Flower[edit]

Kim Morrissy from Anime News Network gave Presage Flower an overall grade of 'A', calling it a fine work of cinema and the best Fate adaptation yet.[25] As the movie focused more on Sakura, the Fandom Post stated that her interactions with Shirou make the best scenes since Shirou's personality did not differ too much from Unlimited Blade Works.[26] In another review, the Fandom Post enjoyed how Shirou's posttraumatic stress disorder over the fire in his city is shown connecting the story with the ending of Fate/Zero, thus exploring deeper area of his past. While the writer enjoyed his interactions with Sakura and Saber, he did not find him as engaging as the Shirou from Unlimited Blade Works persona.[27] UK Anime Network criticized his traits, finding them "bland," but they also thought that the anime adaptation was able to properly capture Nasu's writing.[28]

Kim Morrissy from Anime News Network also listed it as the best film from 2017.[29]

Lost Butterfly[edit]

Kim Morrissy from Anime News Network gave Lost Butterfly an overall grade of 'A', calling Lost Butterfly "even better than the first film", and that the film "amped up the stakes considerably".[30]


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