List of Fate/Zero episodes
Box artwork for the first Blu-ray Disc release of Fate/Zero, featuring the main cast of Masters and Servants.
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, TVS, TVA, MBS, CTC, tvk, TVh, TVQ, BS11, Kids Station|
|Original release||October 1, 2011– June 23, 2012|
Fate/Zero is a 2011–2012 action, thriller, fantasy anime based on the prequel light novels to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. The novels are written by Gen Urobuchi, who is also known as the writer for the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, co-founder and main artist of Type-Moon.
Set ten years before the events of Fate/stay night, the anime tells the story of the Fourth Holy Grail War, a secret magical tournament held in Fuyuki City, Japan where seven magicians known as Masters summon Servants, reincarnations of legendary souls and heroes from all across time, where they fight in a deadly battle royale where the winner obtains the Holy Grail, a magical legendary chalice capable of granting wishes. Its characters include both younger versions of characters in Fate/stay night, their parents and relatives, and original characters. Fate/Zero's main protagonist, Kiritsugu Emiya, the foster father of Fate/stay night's protagonist, Shirō Emiya, is known as a merciless mage killer who joins the tournament on behalf of his wife's family, the Einzberns.
The anime is jointly produced by Aniplex, Nitroplus, Notes, Seikaisha, and Ufotable. It is also directed by Ei Aoki; produced by Atsuhiro Iwakami; music by Yuki Kajiura; character design by Atsushi Ikariya and Tomonori Sudou; and art, 3D, and photography directions by Koji Eto, Kōjirō Shishido, and Yuichi Terao respectively. The anime premiered on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, and Gunma TV, with the first season airing from October 1 to December 24, 2011 and later dates on TVS, TVA, MBS, CTC, tvk, TVh, TVQ, BS11, and Kids Station. The second season aired from April 7 to June 23, 2012. In the first season, the opening theme song was "Oath Sign" by LiSA and the ending theme was "Memoria" by Eir Aoi. In the second season, the opening theme song was "to the beginning" by Kalafina and the ending theme is "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau" (空は高く風は歌う?, lit. "Up on the Sky, the Wind Sings") by Luna Haruna. The song "Manten" (满天?, lit. "The Whole Sky") by Kalafina was used as a special ending theme song in episodes 18 and 19.
|1||"Summoning Ancient Heroes"
"Eirei Shōkan" (英霊召喚)
|October 1, 2011|
|Eight years ago in Germany, Kiritsugu Emiya and his wife Irisviel "Iri" von Einzbern welcome the birth of their daughter Ilyasviel. Though Kiritsugu fears he will lead Irisviel to her death in the upcoming Fourth Holy Grail War, she assures him that he is a good man who will fulfill their ideals. Three years ago, the priest Kirei Kotomine learns that he has been chosen as a participant for the Holy Grail War. Kirei's father Risei Kotomine, the war's moderator on behalf of the Church of the Eighth Sacrament, and Tokiomi Tōsaka, another participant, arrange for Kirei to become Tokiomi's pupil in magecraft in order to give Tokiomi an advantage and help Kirei get over the death of his wife. One year ago in Fuyuki City, Kariya Matō visits his childhood friend Aoi Tōsaka and her daughters, Rin and Sakura. Kariya is shocked to learn Sakura has been adopted by the Matō family to be an heir who can use magic, and he is horrified to discover what has been done to her. Confronting his father Zōken Matō, Kariya strikes a deal to implant himself with parasitic worms that will give him the magic needed to participate in the upcoming war. If he wins the Grail, Sakura will be freed and returned to her family. In the present, Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald dismisses and humiliates one of his students named Waver Velvet, who theorizes anyone can be a great mage by hard work and practice, rather than by virtue of their bloodline alone. Waver decides to prove his teacher wrong by stealing Kayneth's artifact, which is needed to summon a Servant, in order to join the war himself. As Kirei, who has now summoned his Servant Assassin (Hassan-i Sabbah), and Kiritsugu learn of each other's skills, they are disturbed by how they cannot know what the other man's goals for the war are. After receiving the scabbard of the sword Excalibur, Iri is hopeful that they can summon Saber (Arthur Pendragon), but Kiritsugu worries that Arthur's chivalry will clash with his pragmatic methods. As Kiritsugu, Tokiomi, Kariya and Waver each summon their Servants, Kiritsugu and Iri are stunned to see that the summoned Saber is actually a woman.|
"Itsuwari no Sentan" (偽りの戦端)
|October 8, 2011|
|Waver has a hard time commanding his Servant Rider (Iskander), as Rider is more interested in how the world has changed since his time and intends to conquer it once he wins the war. Saber has formed a poor opinion of Kiritsugu, considering him cold-hearted, but is surprised to see him have a tender moment with his daughter Ilya. Saber also admits she admires Kiritsugu and Iri's wishes to save the world, as she also wishes to save Britain. In Fuyuki City, serial killer Ryūnosuke Uryū has murdered an entire family except a young boy to summon a demon, but inadvertently calls the Servant Caster (Gilles de Rais). When Uryū offers the boy to Caster as a sacrifice, Caster pretends to let him go, then kills him with a horrific Cthulhu-esque monster. Uryū, overjoyed to meet someone as sadistic as him, vows to follow Caster anywhere and becomes his Master. Upon learning the seventh and final Master has been chosen, Kirei orders Assassin to kill Tokiomi, only for Assassin to be killed by Tokiomi's Servant Archer (Gilgamesh), while attempting to break into his mansion.|
|3||"Land of Fuyuki"
"Fuyuki no Chi" (冬木の地)
|October 15, 2011|
|Kirei announces his resignation from the war due to Assassin's elimination and is granted asylum by Risei. However, this is actually a ruse by Kirei, Risei and Tokiomi, as Assassin is not just one person, but several dozen people. With everyone else believing him out of the game, Kirei can send the Assassins to spy on them without suspicion. Waver informs Rider of Assassin's demise, but the latter is only interested of defeating President Clinton, acquiring his country's military weapons and having a good time. Iri and Saber arrive at Fuyuki City to meet up with Kiritsugu, but decide to tour the city since this is Iri's first time abroad. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu meets up with his assistant Maiya Hisau, who informs him that the other Masters believe Iri is Saber's Master and that she has smuggled in the guns they need for the war, including his Contender pistol. As Iri has a good time at the beach come nightfall, Saber detects another Servant at the harbor. Once there, they encounter Lancer (Diarmuid Ua Duibhne), who challenges Saber to a duel.|
|4||"Blade of the Demonic Spear"
"Masō no Yaiba" (魔槍の刃)
|October 22, 2011|
|Saber and Lancer fight, while complimenting each other on their skills and chivalry. At the same time, Kiritsugu and Maiya are scouting the battle, with Kiritsugu spotting Lancer's hidden Master. As he is about to snipe him, Kiritsugu spots Assassin, who is relaying the battle to Kirei and Tokiomi. Lancer's Master orders him to use his Noble Phantasms: Gae Dearg, the long red spear that cancels any magic, and Gae Buidhe, the short yellow spear that inflicts wounds that cannot be healed. From these, Saber recognizes Lancer's identity, while Lancer discovers Saber's identity after using Gae Dearg to temporarily dispel the invisibility spell on her sword Excalibur. Saber, whose left arm tendon was wounded by Lancer's Gae Buidhe, is about to give it her all when Waver and Rider, who were watching the battle from afar, suddenly ride down to the harbor on Rider's Gordius Wheel chariot, interrupting the battle.|
|5||"The Vicious Beast Roars"
"Kyōjū Hōkō" (凶獣咆吼)
|October 29, 2011|
|Rider introduces himself to Saber and Lancer, asking them to join his army, but they both decline the offer. Kayneth reveals himself as Lancer's Master and mocks Waver, but Rider defends him. Soon after, Archer joins the battle against Berserker (Lancelot du Lac), Kariya's Servant, who uses a Noble Phantasm called For Someone's Glory, a black fog that envelops him and prevents all attempts at gauging his strength. Archer attacks Berserker with his Noble Phantasm called Gate of Babylon, transforming his sword into a key to unlock a special vault containing a vast number of weapons, but Berserker keeps evading and using Archer's weapons against him. To prevent Archer from exposing his Noble Phantasm further, Tokiomi expends a Command Seal to order him to withdraw from the battle, much to Archer's displeasure. Upon seeing Saber, Berserker attacks her, revealing his second Noble Phantasm called Knight of Honor, the ability to turn anything he wields into a Noble Phantasm. Lancer defends Saber out of chivalry, but Kayneth uses a Command Spell to force him to assist Berserker and kill Saber. However, Rider intervenes and incapacitates Berserker, who retreats, and warns Kayneth to withdraw, or else he will side with Saber and defeat Lancer. After Kayneth and a grateful Lancer retreat, Rider tells Saber he will not fight her or Lancer until their duel is finished. Elsewhere, Caster watches the battle through a crystal ball and thinks Saber is his long-lost love, while Kirei discovers that the church was being spied on by a familiar.|
|6||"Night of Schemes"
"Bōryaku no Yoru" (謀略の夜)
|November 5, 2011|
|Iri and Saber are driving to Einzbern Castle when they encounter Caster, who believes Saber is Jeanne d'Arc, but Saber tells him he is mistaken and drives him away. Returning to his lair, Caster is convinced that "Jeanne" has lost her memories. At his hotel, Kayneth scolds Lancer for failing to kill Saber. Lancer is defended by Sola-Ui Nuaba-Re Sophia-Ri, Kayneth's fiancee, who is maintaining Lancer's existence by supplying him with mana and has fallen for him due to his beauty mark under his right eye. When the hotel's occupants are ordered to evacuate due to possible arson, Kayneth realizes Saber's Master has come for them. After making sure all civilians have evacuated, Kiritsugu and Maiya blow up the hotel using explosives. Maiya is found by Kirei, but escapes thanks to Kiritsugu's smoke bomb. When the Assassins inform Kirei, Risei, and Tokiomi that Caster and Uryū have been kidnapping and sacrificing children, Risei is disgusted by their pointless murders and their jeopardizing the war's secrecy. In a meeting between Archer and Kirei, the former convinces the latter to spy on the other Masters and find out what drives them in order to discover his own desires.|
|7||"The Evil Forest"
"Makyō no Mori" (魔境の森)
|November 12, 2011|
|Risei informs all the active Masters that the war is to be put on hold until Caster, whose killings of children are attracting the public attention, is destroyed, with an additional Command Spell as a reward. In Einzbern Castle, Kiritsugu plans to use the hunt for Caster to attack the other Masters, despite Saber's protests that they should give priority to stopping Caster's atrocities. As Kiritsugu confides in Iri that he would rather escape with her and their daughter and live in peace somewhere, Iri detects Caster arriving from the forest with more children to be sacrificed and sends Saber after him. Saber is ambushed and cornered by Caster's Noble Phantasm called Prelati's Spellbook, which enables him to summon monsters, until Lancer appears and joins forces with her. As Iri and Maiya leave the castle, Kayneth, who had survived the hotel bombing thanks to his Volumen Hydragyrum, a giant magical blob of mercury, infiltrates the castle to duel Kiritsugu, who evades Kayneth using his Calico M950 and launches a surprise attack with his Contender pistol.|
|8||"The Magus Killer"
"Majutsushi Koroshi" (魔術師殺し)
|November 19, 2011|
|Iri and Maiya are about to escape through the woods until Iri detects Kirei coming their way. Instead of evading him, Iri and Maiya decide to confront him in order to protect Kiritsugu. However, both of them are outmatched. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu is able to wound Kayneth with his Contender pistol. Believing the attack was a fluke, Kayneth decides to increase the defense of his Volumen Hydragyrum even further. Saber and Lancer continue fighting Caster's waves of demonic creatures, which prove limitless due to his Noble Phantasm, his grimoire. Saber manages to clear a path for Lancer, who pierces Caster's grimoire with Gae Dearg, cutting off his source of mana and instantly destroying his minions, causing him to flee. After hiding from an enraged and injured Kayneth, Kiritsugu finally appears and shoots him with his Contender again. Because the Contender uses special anti-magic bullets, Kayneth's Volumen Hydragyrum not only fails to protect him, but amplifies his injury significantly. Lancer arrives to save his unconscious Master, while Saber rushes to save Iri from Kirei. As Kirei interrogates Iri about Kiritsugu, an Assassin informs him of Saber's approach, leading him to stab Iri before fleeing. Iri survives thanks to Saber's magical healing scabbard Avalon implanted inside her and goes on to heal Maiya.|
|9||"Master and Servant"
"Aruji to Jūsha" (主と従者)
|November 26, 2011|
|Kayneth wakes up with his body tied to a bed. Sola-Ui tells Kayneth that his Magic Circuits inside his body were destroyed by Kiritsugu's bullets and he can never use magic again. At Sola-Ui's mercy, Kayneth has no choice but to relinquish Lancer's Command Seals to her. Despite Sola-Ui becoming his new Master, Lancer wishes to remain loyal to Kayneth, but Sola-Ui convinces him to keep fighting with her, using Kayneth's honor as a pretext. Kiritsugu decides to hunt Kayneth down despite Iri and Saber's wishes to stop Caster. Meanwhile, Waver and Rider manage to find Caster's lair, where they are horrified to see the mutilated bodies of his victims. Before setting Caster's lair on fire, Rider kills an Assassin targeting Waver and drives off two more. With Waver and Rider now knowing their secret, Tokiomi orders Kirei to send his Assassins to spy on them.|
"Rin no Bōken" (凛の冒険)
|December 3, 2011|
|This episode focuses on Rin, who is Tokiomi's daughter, and her involvement in the Fuyuki City Kidnappings. Despite her young age, Rin is determined to follow in her father's footsteps as a great mage. With the Holy Grail War starting soon, Tokiomi sends Aoi and Rin away for their own safety. At Rin's new school, several children, including her best friend Kotone, have been kidnapped by the Fuyuki Serial Killer, later revealed to be Uryū. Wishing to save Kotone, Rin heads to Fuyuki City alone. Using a mana detector gifted to her by her father, she eventually finds Uryū using a magic bracelet to hypnotize children. Rin follows Uryū to his hideout, where she is found by him. Rin overloads Uryū's bracelet with mana to destroy it, incapacitating him and freeing the children from his control. With everyone safe, Rin heads home only to be ambushed by one of Caster's monsters. However, Kariya comes to her rescue and later hands her to Aoi. Kirei, who had been spying on them through Assassin, orders his Servant to continue monitoring Kariya.|
|11||"The Grail Dialogue"
"Seihai Mondō" (聖杯問答)
|December 10, 2011|
|Saber is surprised by the sudden arrival of Waver and Rider at Castle Einzbern. Rider declares his intention to have a peaceful discussion with her and Archer on the subject of kingship and the wishes they want the Grail to grant. Archer wants it merely so that people can't "steal" it from him, while Rider wants it to be reincarnated and get his dream of world conquest. Saber argues that a king should serve his people selflessly and wishes to use the Grail's power to save Britain. Rider criticizes her, saying that Saber's emotional distance from her subjects led to their dissatisfaction and proposes his own ideal, namely that people should serve the king, whose extravagant ambitions inspire them in turn. Their talk is interrupted by the arrival of the Assassins. When they rebuff Rider's offer to join the feast, Rider summons his Noble Phantasm called Ionian Hetairoi, composed of the vast number of loyal soldiers who also became Servants after their deaths. Rider and his army easily decimate every single Assassin. With their meeting over, Rider tells Saber that he no longer recognizes her as a king and departs. A conflicted Saber reveals to Iri that one of her knights left Camelot because he was dissatisfied with her rule.|
|12||"The Grail's Invitation"
"Seihai no Maneki" (聖杯の招き)
|December 17, 2011|
|Thanks to the information provided by the Assassins before their annihilation, Tokiomi and Kirei now know about Rider's Noble Phantasm and decide to let him attack the other Servants first before engaging him. While Maiya transports Iri and Saber to their new base of operations, Kiritsugu reviews his intel about the other participants' whereabouts. At their new base, Saber points out Iri's odd behavior, which forces her to admit that her powers have weakened. Archer questions Kirei about what he learned by spying on the other Masters and points out that Kirei has shown an unusual degree of interest in Kariya, despite the minimal threat he poses. From this, Archer concludes that Kirei enjoys seeing the pain and suffering of others. Though initially reluctant to acknowledge his dark nature, Kirei eventually gives in, at which point the Command Seals reappear on his hand, signifying that he is still meant to be a contestant. Since he currently has no Servant, however, Archer hints that he should kill another Master and take control of their Servant.|
"Kindan no Kyōen" (禁断の狂宴)
|December 24, 2011|
|Uryū and Caster return to their lair and are dismayed to see their "artwork" destroyed by Rider's fire. Uryū cheers Caster up by sharing his twisted view that God, who Caster hates the most for Jeanne's death, is just a spectator who enjoys seeing humans do whatever they want. Impressed by his Master's beliefs, Caster plans a "grand spectacle" for God to look upon. Meanwhile, Waver has second thoughts about whether he is a worthy Master for Rider, but Rider encourages him to believe in himself. Suddenly, Waver, Rider, Iri and Saber sense magic from the Mion River. When they arrive, they witness Caster summoning a giant demonic monster. Rider informs the other contestants and they all agree on a temporary alliance to stop Caster before his monster destroys the city. With Rider leading the vanguard, Saber joins him to give Lancer an opening to use his spears on Caster.|
|14||"The Bloody Battle of Mion River"
"Miongawa Kessen" (未遠川血戦)
|April 7, 2012|
|Saber, Lancer and Rider struggle to prevent the demon summoned by Caster from reaching the shore, but it regenerates at an astounding pace, making it difficult to destroy. Kirei Kotomine and Risei Kotomine discuss plans to cover up the incident. As Archer and Tokiomi Tōsaka watch the battle aboard Archer's aircraft named Vimana, Tokiomi pleads with Archer to assist in destroying Caster, but Archer refuses after "sacrificing" four of his weapons to damage the beast. A pair of F-15 Eagle jets are caught in the battle while patrolling the area. One of them is consumed by Caster's demon, while the other is hijacked by Berserker, who engages in aerial combat with Archer. A crowd of bystanders begins to gather along the riverbank to witness the battle. Kariya Matō confronts Tokiomi over his treatment of Sakura, and is enraged when Tokiomi simply dismisses his wife and daughters as "rabble". Ryūnosuke Uryū, watching from the riverbank, is sniped by Kiritsugu Emiya and dies. Caster senses the death of his Master and vows to fulfill the promise he made to him. Kiritsugu deduces that Caster's demon is an immortal being that will regenerate itself if even a small piece of it is left, and that Saber is the only Servant with a Noble Phantasm strong enough to destroy it.|
"Ōgon no Kagayaki" (黄金の輝き)
|April 14, 2012|
|As Archer and Berserker continue to battle in the sky, Saber and Rider are forced to retreat from Caster's demon to rethink their strategy. Rider proposes to transport the demon inside of Ionian Hetairoi, where his armies will hold it off as long as they can while Saber and Lancer find a way to finally destroy it. Kiritsugu calls and explains to Waver Velvet how they will defeat the demon and tells him to inform Lancer about Saber's Noble Phantasm. Lancer realizes what Kiritsugu means and destroys his Gae Buidhe to allow Saber's wound to heal and fully use her Noble Phantasm. Tokiomi defeats Kariya by burning him with a blast of fire and causing him to fall from the building, but Kirei later finds Kariya and decides to heal him. Berserker destroys Archer's Vimana, but is drawn by the unveiling of Saber's sword and begins attacking her instead. Lancer and Archer attack Berserker and destroy his jet. With the coast clear, Kiritsugu fires a flare gun to signal to Waver where Rider should transport the demon. With the demon in position, Saber uses Excalibur to finally destroy the demon along with Caster, who has a vision of Jeanne before his death. With the threat over, Rider and Archer discuss whether Saber's life as king was incredible or tragic before both leave, with Rider hoping to duel Archer in the future and Archer now smitten with Saber.|
|16||"The Terminus of Honor"
"Eiyo no Hate" (栄誉の果て)
|April 21, 2012|
|Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald visits Risei and asks for his reward for Lancer's role in defeating Caster. Risei agrees to reward Kayneth with a Command Seal, but after receiving it, Kayneth immediately shoots and kills Risei to ensure that no other Masters can get one. During the battle at the Mion River, Maiya Hisau finds Sola-Ui Nuaba-Re Sophia-Ri and cuts off her Command Seal-bearing arm before kidnapping her. Kayneth scolds Lancer for not protecting Sola-Ui and mocks him. Saber and Irisviel "Iri" von Einzbern, tipped off by Kiritsugu, arrive at Kayneth's hideout, where Saber and Lancer decide the time is right to finish their duel. Kiritsugu confronts Kayneth and, holding Sola-Ui at gunpoint, gives Kayneth a contract of geis that will prevent Kiritsugu from killing him and Sola-Ui if he uses his last Command Seal to force Lancer to commit suicide. Desperate, Kayneth agrees to the deal, causing Lancer to curse everyone around him, especially Saber, before he dies, impaled on his own lance. However, since the contract only binds Kiritsugu from harming them personally, Maiya immediately shoots Kayneth and Sola-Ui, killing the latter. As Saber ends Kayneth's suffering, she confronts Kiritsugu for the terrible and dishonorable things he would do to win the Grail. Kiritsugu counters that there is nothing honorable about chivalry, as all war is hell, and he will do anything, including great evil, to fulfill his wish to save the world. As Kiritsugu leaves with Maiya, Iri collapses from exhaustion.|
|17||"The Eighth Contract"
"Dai-hachi no Keiyaku" (第八の契約)
|April 28, 2012|
|After Tokiomi hears from Kirei about Risei's unexpected death, Archer believes that Kirei is furious upon missing his chance to be the one to murder his own father. Iri and Saber, being informed by Maiya, head to the church to discuss with Tokiomi his proposal to form an alliance. Tokiomi visits his daughter Rin, giving her a magus book and some wisdom before going to the church. During the meeting, Tokiomi suggests a temporary alliance to defeat the other Masters first. Iri agrees, provided that Tokiomi complies to having Kirei leave the city and be no longer involved in the war. As they depart, Iri reveals to Maiya that she is the embodiment of the Holy Grail in human form and will soon die to create the Grail near the end of the war. Maiya promises to protect her until that time comes. Meanwhile, Kirei reveals to Archer that his father's dying act was to leave Kirei the remaining Command Seals, restoring Kirei's ability to contract with a Servant. The secret reason behind the war is that the Holy Grail can be activated only if all seven Servants are sacrificed. Tokiomi has been reluctant to use his Command Seals, as he needs at least one to force Archer to commit suicide. Furthermore, Kirei still wants to explore his dark desires, and Archer yearns for a more stimulating Master. Later, Kirei meets with Tokiomi, who entrusts him with the guardianship of Rin should anything happen to him and an Azoth dagger as a symbol of his completed apprenticeship. Kirei stabs Tokiomi in the back with the dagger, saying even his own father and master never really understood him. With Tokiomi dead, Kirei and Archer form a new contract as Master and Servant.|
"Tōi Kioku" (遠い記憶)
|May 5, 2012|
|When Kiritsugu was a child, he lived on Alimango Island in the Philippines with his father Noritaka Emiya and his father's assistant, a local girl named Shirley. Noritaka conducted research on immortality using plants, which had Shirley convinced that this would one day change the world, as she hoped that Kiritsugu would follow in his father's footsteps. Before leaving one morning, Noritaka tells Kiritsugu to stay in the house, after the former believes that someone went into his lab the previous night. However, Kiritsugu went out to search for Shirley instead, only to find her at her house in a frenzy, devouring live chickens. Shirley revealed that she went into the lab and used the immortality formula on herself, which turned her into a Dead Apostle, a vampire caused by magecraft. Kiritsugu hesitated to kill Shirley while she was still herself, causing him to flee, but she later attacked the townsfolk, turning them into Ghouls. As chaos spread across the island, the Church Executors and the Mage's Association Enforcers arrived to stop the outbreak and cover up the incident. Kiritsugu was saved by a mercenary named Natalia Kaminski, whose mission was to eliminate the magus responsible for the outbreak. Kiritsugu confronted Noritaka over his work and its consequences, but the latter simply shrugged them off as an accident and planned to continue his experiments elsewhere, leading Kiritsugu to kill Noritaka as a result. Emotionally broken and with nowhere to go, Kiritsugu agreed to escape with Natalia.|
|19||"Where Justice is Found"
"Seigi no Arika" (正義の在処)
|May 12, 2012|
|After leaving the island, Kiritsugu began living with Natalia, who trained him to become a mercenary like her and traveled around the world on various missions for several years. Due to his unique magic, Natalia removed several of Kiritsugu's ribs and uses them to create sixty-six magic bullets that have a devastating effect against magi. Later on, Natalia and Kiritsugu were assigned to kill Odd Vorzak, a Dead Apostle mage who controls bee familiars that turn their victims into Ghouls. While Natalia boarded the plane that Vorzak is taking from Paris, Kiritsugu headed to the destination of New York to kill the mage's associate there. Both Natalia and Kiritsugu successfully eliminated their targets. However, Vorzak was concealing bees in his body, which turn all the passengers and flight crew into Ghouls, forcing Natalia to secure herself in the cockpit and await for Kiritsugu to carry out his plan. As her plane drew closer to New York, Natalia and Kiritsugu talked via radio, reminiscing about the time they spent together and the bond they shared. When her plane was in view, Kiritsugu used a Stinger to blow up the plane in order to prevent an citywide infestation. Before he pulled the trigger, he told her he was glad to have her as his mother. Kiritsugu then collapsed in grief over losing another loved one.|
|20||"Return of the Assassin"
"Ansatsusha no Kikan" (暗殺者の帰還)
|May 19, 2012|
|Back in the present day, Kiritsugu visits an ailing Iri in the storehouse. She gives her husband the scabbard Avalon and asks him to bring their daughter Ilya to see Japan once the War is over. Learning from Maiya that Saber has gone to battle Rider, Kiritsugu assigns Maiya to protect his wife while he goes to assassinate Tokiomi. Meanwhile, Waver heads to the forest where he summoned Rider in order to replenish his mana before Rider's intended fight with Saber, whom he wishes to battle to set her straight on what it means to be a king. Kariya has a nightmare in which Berserker speaks to him before awakening chained in the cellar of the Matō house. To heal Kariya, Zōken Matō forces him to swallow the crest worm that first tasted Sakura's purity. Iri talks with Maiya about the latter's past as a child soldier and implores her to live her own life after the war. She then tells Maiya of her wish that this war will be the last so that Ilya can live a normal life. At the same time, Kiritsugu arrives at the Tōsaka mansion, only to discover that Tokiomi is dead. In the interval, Rider attacks Iri and Maiya. Kiritsugu uses a Command Seal to order Saber to return to the storehouse, where she finds Maiya injured and Iri abducted by Rider, prompting her to give chase on her motorcycle. On reaching the storehouse, Kiritsugu finds the dying Maiya and comforts her in her last moments through his own tears.|
|21||"Knight on Two Wheels"
"Sōrin no Kishi" (双輪の騎士)
|May 26, 2012|
|As Saber chases Rider through the city on her motorcycle, eventually catching up to Waver and Rider and realizing Iri is not with them. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu investigates that Rider is not responsible for attacking Iri and Maiya, leading him to conclude that Kariya was behind his wife's kidnapping. He tortures Kariya's brother Byakuya concerning Kariya's whereabouts. Kariya is revealed to be working with Kirei, who made a deal with Kariya to kidnap Iri using Berserker's For Someone's Glory, in order to disguise himself as Rider, in return for the restoration of the two Command Seals this consumed and the promise of a duel with Tokiomi at the church. When Kariya leaves, Kirei orders Zōken to come out of hiding, and Zōken remarks how Kirei relates to his enjoyment of watching Kariya suffer, but Kirei drives him away. Saber later has a duel with Rider and destroys Rider's Gordius Wheel before departing. Kariya arrives at the church only to find Tokiomi's corpse, but Aoi Tōsaka arrives at the church soon after and assumes Kariya to be her husband's killer. Kariya attempts to explain the situation and places blame on Tokiomi for his treatment of her and Sakura, but Aoi reprimands him for misunderstanding her and showing no love to anyone. Kariya snaps and strangles Aoi in a mental breakdown. By the time he comes to his senses, she is lying motionless on the floor. As Kariya stumbles out of the church in despair, Archer and Kirei are shown to have been watching from the balcony, enjoying the tragedy as it unfolded.|
|22||"All the World's Evils"
"Konoyo Subete no Aku" (この世全ての悪)
|June 2, 2012|
|Waver returns home to the Mackenzie household, and is greeted by Glen Mackenzie, who Waver put under a spell, along with Martha Mackenzie, to make them believe he was their grandson. However, Glen notes that he and Martha are aware that Waver is not related to them, but still enjoyed his and Rider's company. In Caster's lair, Iri is interrogated by Kirei, who believes he is like Kiritsugu, but Iri states that an empty man like Kirei has nothing in common with Kiritsugu, who is fighting for the Grail to wish for eternal world peace. Disappointed, Kirei kills Iri and vows to destroy Kiritsugu's dream. Later that night, Waver and Rider see magical flares sent up the theater, meant to lure them into a duel with Archer. As Rider summons his horse Bucephalus, Waver decides to use all of his Command Seals to give Rider the power he needs to win and conquer the world, as he feels he is no longer worthy of being his Master. Instead, Rider tells Waver he considers him a friend and wants him to ride with him into battle. Kiritsugu and Saber sees the flares as well, aware they are a trap meant to gather the remaining Masters and Servants in the same area. Having sent out the flares, Kirei prepares for his fight with Kiritsugu, sending Berserker to deal with Saber and Archer to face off with Rider. Meanwhile, Iri's soul awakens inside the Holy Grail.|
|23||"The Sea at the End of the World"
"Saihate no Umi" (最果ての海)
|June 9, 2012|
|As Kiritsugu and Saber arrive at the theater on separate paths, Saber is attacked by a gun-wielding Berserker in the underground parking lot. Meanwhile, Waver and Rider encounter Archer on the bridge. As they share a final toast before their duel, Rider asks Archer to join forces with him and conquer the world and beyond, but Archer politely declines. Saber manages to destroy Berserker's gun, but is startled to find he knows the exact length of her cloaked sword. She is shocked and devastated when Berserker's true identity is revealed to be Sir Lancelot, one of her most trusted knights. At the same time, a dying Kariya begins hallucinating due to his guilt over strangling Aoi. Rider summons Ionian Hetairoi and charges at Archer, but Archer pulls out his sword Ea and uses his Noble Phantasm Enuma Elish, which causes a massive rip in space-time, destroying Ionian Hetairoi and sending them back into the real world. After Waver agrees to be Rider's retainer, Rider removes Waver from his horse and orders him to live on and pass down the tale of his final battle. Archer kills Rider with Ea and states that he respects Rider as his equal before the latter passes away. In admiration of his loyalty to Rider, Archer spares Waver's life and departs, leaving Waver in mourning. Kiritsugu finally reaches Kirei, who has laid out his wife's body on the theater's stage.|
|24||"The Last Command Spell"
"Saigo no Reijū" (最後の令呪)
|June 16, 2012|
|As Kiritsugu and Kirei engage in an intense duel, Saber shares a last conversation with Berserker before he dies by her hand. As Kiritsugu and Kirei both prepare to deliver the finishing blow to the other, a black ooze pouring from the Grail crashes through the ceiling and covers them. Kiritsugu finds himself in an illusory world where the Grail, taking the form of Iri, tells him he is worthy of using it to make a wish. However, Kiritsugu is shocked to find that the Grail is evil after seeing it deconstruct his belief in killing the few for the sake of the many and being told that it cannot save the world and end conflict without killing off all of humanity. The Grail attempts to convince Kiritsugu to make his wish by assuming the forms of both Iri and Ilya and promising he will be together with his family again. However, Kiritsugu rejects the Grail and kills both his wife and child, declaring that he will not sacrifice the rest of humanity for the sake of his personal happiness. For this, he is cursed by the Grail. Back outside, Kirei scolds Kiritsugu for refusing the Grail and wasting the wish. Kirei pleads with Kiritsugu to give the wish to him so that he may find the meaning of his existence, but Kiritsugu kills him without hesitation. Saber soon arrives at the Grail's stage and encounters Archer, who demands that she surrender and devote herself to him as his wife. Kiritsugu appears in the middle of their exchange and, to the horror of both Servants, uses his two remaining Command Spells to force Saber to destroy the Grail with Excalibur.|
|June 23, 2012|
|The theater is demolished after Saber destroys the Grail, but Kiritsugu is shocked to see the Grail's black ooze pour down from the sky and flood the city, destroying everything it touches and engulfing Archer. Kariya is seen leaving his basement to finally reunite Sakura with Rin, but in reality, he collapses down the stairs and is consumed by the crest worms below. Kirei awakens to see that the Grail has resurrected him and granted Archer a mortal body. Seeing that his wish of destruction and tragedy has come true, Kirei laughs hysterically at his own lack of humanity, but he seeks to fully understand his desire for more, and Archer agrees to follows him. In the aftermath of the destruction of the Grail, Kiritsugu desperately searches for survivors in the burning rubble, and is overjoyed to find a young boy still alive. The next day, Waver asks Glen and Martha to let him stay with them a while longer as he earns money to travel around the world and find his own path. After presiding over Tokiomi's funeral, Kirei meets Rin and her mother Aoi, who has survived but suffered severe brain damage and does not comprehend that her husband is dead and Sakura is gone. Kirei gives Rin the Azoth dagger and relishes in her grief. Saber relives her final moments on the battlefield during her life and remembers Lancelot's final words to her as he expressed his regret over having betrayed her and falling in love with Guinevere. Saber grieves that she does not understand anyone and weeps for having failed as a king. A voiceover reveals that Kiritsugu attempted to return to the Einzberns many times, but Jubstacheit von Einzbern, the head of the family, refused to open the forest's barrier since Kiritsugu did not return with the Grail, and thus he never saw Ilya again. Instead, he decides to live in Fuyuki City and adopt Shirō, the boy he saved from the fire. Five years later, Kiritsugu tells Shirō one summer night how he once wished to be a hero. Shirō promises his father that he will fulfill that dream for him, and Kiritsugu quietly passes away, reminiscing about the time when Shirley asked him what he wanted to grow up to be.|