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* Based on Urobuchi Gen and Type-Moon`s 2006-2007 Fate/Zero novel, a prequel to Type-Moon`s much acclaimed Fate/Stay Night 2004 visual novel.

The Holy Grail War is a death-match between 7 magi (Masters) and their summoned heroic spirits (Servants). In this battle royale, the prize is the legendary Holy Grail, said to be an omnipotent wish-granting device which will produce any sort of miracle in order to bend reality to accommodate the wishes it grants. The winning Master and Servant shall be granted one wish each, after which the Holy Grail will not be activated until the next War.

The 4th Holy Grail War is about to take place, and the 3 preceding Wars had ended without a victor. In pursuit of their individual goals and ambitions, the competing magi congregate at a Japanese city called Fuyuki. All the magi will do anything, rationalize away any atrocity, in pursuit of the Holy Grail. All of them, but one.

Kotomine Kirei is a Master, but one without a reason to fight. Unable to release himself from the threads of Fate, he is reluctantly drawn into the War. To enter the War, he even had to stray from his path in the Holy Church and join the ranks of the Mage`s Association, an organization with which the Church is not on good terms, but which it has to tolerate and sometimes even cooperate with.

However, as Fate would ironically have it, one of his rival Masters, Emiya Kiritsugu, is a man more merciless than anyone else, an assassin who killed many people and intervened in many conflicts, for reasons no one is able to understand. Kirei`s fight against this interesting yet strange sort of enemy might prove to be his most troubling task so far. Kiritsugu is equally puzzled by Kirei, and both of them still have the other Masters and Servants to take care of.

— written by Hinoe

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Fate/Zero has a lot of good things, and a lot of bad. I've just recently watched it as my very first Fate entry, and heck, I love it. From everything to the elements of mystery, the relationships between Masters and Servants, the animation, and especially the soundtrack, I'm glad it was my first Fate entry. Of course, that doesn't even begin to make it perfect.

I don't tend to mind gore and "worm room"-like things in anime, but even Fate/Zero felt slightly sickening at times, so if you're not one for gore or disturbing images, I wouldn't recommend Fate/Zero even considering the rest of it. Of course, watching Fate/Zero first would also be a bit unfortunate, because then you certainly wouldn't get parts of it, which, although not always, could detract from the experience.

But with a definite slew of interesting plot points, ideologies, and characters, Fate/Zero is definitely worth a watch if you don't mind vampires, lots of bugs, and general bloody dismemberment of all sorts. And with its beautiful animation, Fate/Zero is certainly an exceptional anime.

I am glad I watched it before either Stay Night, Stay Night(Unlimited Blade Works), or Heaven's Feel, as it gives a lot of characterization to some characters, like Kotomine Kirei...

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Watch Fate/Stay Night First

A while back, I tried to watch Fate/Zero, as I was thinking it was the first one in the series. However, it was completely boring. In most cases, including this one, watching anime in the order they aired is a much better idea, even if you have to watch the sequel first. Fate/Stay Night explains everything really well that Fate/Zero does not. After watching Fate/Stay Night, I finally understood all the stuff that was happening. Although, there were several instances where I wanted to drop it, not from it being bad, but from being flat out scary. If you cannot handle bugs, zombies, or gruesome murders, you probably want to skip over this title (just go watch the new Fate/Stay Night: UBW which doesn't have any of those things.) However, if you don't mind those things, Fate/Zero does a fantastic job of creating an anime you won't forget.

The Good 
1) Great animation
2) Both the masters and servants are really strong, to make for great fights

The Bad 
1) Caster's team is disturbing to say the least
2) Anything dealing with the Matou family is also disturbing

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