List of Fate/stay night episodes
Cover artwork for the first DVD collection of Fate/stay night, featuring Saber
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original network||TVS, CTC, KBS, tvk, Tokyo MX, SUN, TVA, AT-X|
|Original release||January 6– June 16, 2006|
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 from January 6 to June 16, 2006, in Japan on TVS and at later dates on CTC, KBS, tvk, Tokyo MX, SUN, TVA and AT-X. 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|
|01||"The First Day"
"Hajimari no Hi" (始まりの日)
|January 6, 2006|
|In Fuyuki City, a duel between two Servants destroys the entire area and engulfs it in flames. Ten years later, Shirō Emiya, The sole survivor of the destruction, devotes his life to following the ideal of his late adoptive father Kiritsugu: to become a hero of justice. In the present days, he helps out with tasks at his school and the local businesses freely with the aid of the magical powers taught to him by Kiritsugu, but is concerned about the sudden rise of violent crimes and lethal gas leaks in the city. At home, he is raised by his legal guardian Taiga Fujimura, with some assistance by his classmate Sakura Matō, who secretly has a crush on Shirō. While walking home one night, Shirō comes across the ruins left by the fire ten years ago and muses about a warning by Kiritsugu that if he saves one life, he will lose another. He then comes across a silver-haired girl who warns him to summon a Servant before abruptly vanishing. Meanwhile, another student at Shirō's school, Rin Tōsaka, summons an Archer-class Servant in preparation for the Fifth Holy Grail War and begins her search for magi with other Servants.|
"Unmei no Yoru" (運命の夜)
|January 13, 2006|
|After having a dream about her father, who participated in and died during the previous Holy Grail War, Rin expresses her disappointment at not being able to summon a Saber-class Servant as she originally intended. She then asks Archer to reveal his real-life identity, although he is unable to recall his past. At school, Shirō learns from Ayako Mitsuzuri, head of the archery club, that Sakura's older brother Shinji has been acting more aggressively, presumably due to having his pride damaged after being rejected romantically by Rin. When he tries asking him about it, Shinji dodges the topic and later requests Shirō to clean the school's kyūdō dojo, which he accepts. The following night, while still at the school, Rin and Archer are confronted by a Lancer-class Servant, who engages Archer in battle. The duel is witnessed by Shirō, who is noticed by Lancer. Shirō tries to flee, but is caught by Lancer, who kills him before escaping. Moments later, Rin discovers Shirō's corpse and revives him with a magical jewel in a moment of pity, despite the Holy Grail War's rule that innocent witnesses must be killed. When Lancer comes back to kill him again at his home, Shirō accidentally summons Saber, the most powerful Servant. Upon spotting her, he becomes astounded by her beauty.|
|January 20, 2006|
|Saber refers to Shirō as her Master, which puzzles him, before she runs off to battle Lancer. She is wounded by Lancer's Noble Phantasm, from which she deduces his true identity, the ancient Irish hero Cú Chulainn. Lancer voices his disappointment at that before leaving, citing that his Master specifically ordered him to return. Shirō and Saber then introduce themselves to each other, though Shirō finds himself confused by Saber's strange terminology. Saber then attacks an approaching Rin and Archer, but is stopped by Shirō. After Rin discovers Shirō does not know even the most basic of spells, or the fact that he is a participant in the Holy Grail War, she takes him to a magus and her legal guardian, Kirei Kotomine, the overseer of the Fifth Holy Grail War. Shirō learns more about the Holy Grail War from him and decides to join it after learning the fire he survived ten years ago was a product of the previous war. Afterwards, Shirō, Saber, and Rin are confronted by the same silver-haired girl Shirō encountered earlier, who is accompanied by a massive Servant.|
|04||"The Strongest Enemy"
"Saikyō no Teki" (最強の敵)
|January 27, 2006|
|The girl introduces herself as Illyasviel von Einzbern, then has her Servant, identified as being of the Berserker class, attack Saber, who is still wounded from her battle with Lancer. Shirō and Rin are both helpless to stop Berserker, known in real life as the ancient Greek hero Heracles, from severely wounding Saber. Unable to see Saber suffer so grievously, Shirō eventually blocks a fatal blow intended for her. Puzzled by this, Illyasviel has Berserker de-materialize and leaves. As he dies, Shirō has a flashback to the night where Kiritsugu died, in which Kiritsugu confessed his wish to become a hero of justice and Shirō decided to take his place in accomplishing that wish. The next day, Shirō wakes up at his home to find that his body has miraculously healed itself, similar to Saber's self-regeneration ability. Later, he finds Saber at his dojo and starts to understand more about the type of person she is. As they walk back at the main home, Shirō begins contemplating about his feelings towards Saber.|
|05||"Two Magi (Part 1)"
"Majutsushi Futari <Zenpen>" (魔術師二人<前編>)
|February 3, 2006|
|Feeling guilty about how he has been making Saber hide away from plain view, Shirō decides to introduce her to Sakura and Taiga during dinner, saying she is a distant relative of Kiritsugu's. Feeling threatened by her presence, Taiga challenges Saber to a kendo duel, but winds up losing quickly and having to allow her to stay. Meanwhile, as they investigate the gas leaks occurring throughout the city, Archer asks Rin what she would do if she comes across Shirō, her sworn enemy, again, to which she replies she will kill him. After eating breakfast, Shirō heads for school alone, but not before Saber urges him to use a Command Seal to summon her if he ever thought he was in danger. At school, he learns Mitsuzuri had gone missing and that Shinji is suspected of having a connection to it. Afterwards, once school is out, Rin unexpectedly attacks Shirō, with the chase being witnessed by an unknown female Servant.|
|06||"Two Magi (Part 2)"
"Majutsushi Futari <Kōhen>" (魔術師二人<後編>)
|February 10, 2006|
|A fleeing Shirō is eventually cornered by Rin, who offers to spare his life if he gives her his Command Seals. However, he refuses, prompting Rin to try and kill him. Both are then distracted by a scream downstairs and he and Rin find an unconscious girl. As Rin attempts to heal her, a dagger flies through an open door, aimed for Rin, but Shirō blocks it with his arm, wounding himself in the process. He runs outside to find the female Servant, which is of the Rider class, and repels an attack by her. Shirō considers summoning Saber via Command Seal, but decides it is too risky to get her involved and resolves to confront Rider himself. Rider resumes her assault, and Shirō is nearly killed by her until Rin rescues him. At Rin's home, Shirō and Rin decide to form a temporary truce to find Rider's Master. Later on, Rin learns more about Shirō's magical training, which infuriates her, as Kiritsugu unconventionally prioritized fatherhood over the responsibilities of being a magus, something she found unforgivable. Shirō is later escorted home by Archer, who expresses his disapproval of Shirō's ideals and warns him that Saber will dislike not being able to fight because of Shirō's concern for her.|
|February 17, 2006|
|Saber confronts Shirō over not summoning her against Rider. Later on, she insists on accompanying him and Sakura to school. The exchange becomes even more tense when Rin stops by, lying that she and Shirō have agreed to walk each other to school, which causes Sakura to believe the two of them are dating and rush off in tears. Rin then successfully negotiates with Saber into allowing Shirō to walk with her alone. At school, after making up with Sakura, Shirō learns from Rin that Mitsuzuri was found alive, having been attacked by a Servant, presumed to be Rider. After discovering that Shirō can detect sigils related to a magical barrier placed over the entire school, Rin and Shirō set out to destroy most of them. Afterwards, the two bond over drinks and Shirō learns about Rin's late father. At the end of the day, after Rin leaves, Shirō feels the presence of an extremely large sigil and discovers it in the school dojo. He is then confronted by Rider and her Master, who is revealed to be Shinji.|
"Fukyō no Oto" (不協の旋律)
|February 24, 2006|
|Shinji defends his decision to set the barrier up over the school, explaining that it was a defensive measure against Rin. He also denies his involvement in Mitsuzuri's attack, and informs Shirō that the entire Matō family was once a clan of mages. Shinji then offers to form an alliance, stating that he too barely has any experience in using magic. Shirō turns down the offer and later informs Rin and Saber about a witch at the local shrine, Ryuudou Temple, who is also a Master, information that was given to him by Shinji. Saber insists they attack the Master directly and immediately, but Shirō and Rin believe it is more tactical to prioritize Illyasviel and Berserker over Rider and the Master at Ryuudou Temple. After this, Rin decides to officially move in with Shirō to make communications between them easier, which shocks Sakura and Taiga when they learn about it. Meanwhile, Shirō and Saber still cannot meet eye to eye regarding the strategy against the Master at Ryuudou Temple. Eventually, Saber decides to disobey Shirō's wishes and heads off for Ryuudou Temple alone.|
"Gekka Ryūrei" (月下流麗)
|March 3, 2006|
|Arriving at Ryuudou Temple, Saber battles an Assassin-class Servant claiming to be Sasaki Kojirō, who is guarding the temple gateway. Simultaneously, Rider breaches the temple's perimeter, but is attacked by skeletal beings called Golems and confronts their creator, a Caster-class Servant. Sensing the danger Saber is in, Shirō rushes to Ryuudou Temple on his own. After dodging Assassin's specialized attack, Saber uses whatever mana she has and prepares to use her Noble Phantasm, which gives Rider an opportunity to escape when she is outmatched by Caster. Saber's Noble Phantasm is then interrupted by an arriving Shirō, which prompts Assassin to leave and Saber to collapse from a lack of mana. Shirō then carries her back home, where she regains consciousness. When Saber criticizes Shirō for repeatedly protecting her and forcing her to not fight, Rin responds that it is because he simply does not want to see her hurt. As a result, Saber agrees to teach him how to fight with a sword.|
|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||"Fresh Blood Temple (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.|
"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||"End of 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 Trials"
"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.|
|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 Trace 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 Divided 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||"All Too 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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