The BEST Episodes of Fate/Zero
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 18, 2020
Network: Tokyo MX
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. As the 4th Holy Grail War progresses, several camps raise the stakes, and the challenges only become bigger and more difficult. Each Master and Servant will be faced with the impact of their own shortcomings, and some of the competitors would do well in remembering that deceit and betrayal do not send prior warning...
#1 - Fate/Zero
Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Jun 23, 2012
Saber destroys the Grail along with the theater before disappearing. However, much to Kiritsugu's horror, the Grail spreads its lethal black ooze from the sky, causing death and destruction throughout half the city. With the city in flames, Kirei wakes up, surprise to be alive and to see Gilgamesh(Archer) as well. Gilgamesh reveals the ooze created a body for him and resurrected Kirei as well. Realizing the city's destruction was his wish, Kirei laughs on how abominable he is and wants to repeat it again which Gilgamesh joins him. Mortified of the destruction he seen, Kiritsugu finds joy and hope after rescuing a young boy who survived. A delusional Kariya believes he has save Sakura and reunited her with Rin and Aoi, unaware he has died falling into a pit of Crest worms under Matō estate which Sakura witness coldly. As morning arrives, Waver tells the Mackenzies he would like to stay with them while he travels around the world to find his own path. After presiding over Tokiomi's funeral, Kirei meets Rin and her mother Aoi, who survived but brain damaged, oblivious to what happen to her husband and Sakura, and gives Rin the Azoth dagger. Due to the curse and interference by the Einzberns for his failure, Kiritsugu is unable to reunite with his daughter Ilya so he decides to live in Fuyuki City and adopts the boy he rescued, Shirō. Saber finds herself where she fought her last battle during her life and cries to her knights for failing while she remembers Lancelot final words on how he regretted betraying her by having an affair with her wife Guinevere, which drove him into madness while still proclaiming his loyalty to his King. As she regrets for not understanding her people nor winning the Grail, the sun suddenly shines on her, giving her hope. Five years later, Kiritsugu tells Shirō how he dreamed to be a hero which Shirō promises his father that he will live out his dream for him. As Kiritsugu closes his eyes peacefully, he remembers the question Shirley ask
#2 - The Last Command Seal
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 16, 2012
With Kiritsugu and Kirei fight with all of their skills, Saber finally kills Lancelot, leading to Kariya's death, where they share one last talk. As both Kiritsugu and Kirei are about to give each other the finishing blow, the Grail's power spreads it's self over them. Kiritsugu finds himself in an illusionary world where the Grail, taking the form of his wife Iri, tells him he is worthy to make a wish for the Grail. However, Kiritsugu is shocked that the Grail is evil when it deconstructs his belief of killing the few for the sakes of many and tells him it cannot save the world and end conflict unless all of humanity must die which it wants to do once it is born onto Earth. The Grail attempts to convince Kiritsugu to make his wish by promising he will be together with his family again by taking the form of both Iri and Ilya, but Kiritsugu kills them as his personal happiness is not worth the lives of the world. Now back in the real world, Kirei tells Kiritsugu it was a waste to refuse the wish and he should have give it to him so he find the meaning of his existence but Kiritsugu kills him. Saber arrives at the stage where the Grail is only to encounter Archer, who tells her she should surrender and be his wife. Kiritsugu arrives but much to both Saber and Archer's shock, he uses all of his Command Seals to force Saber to destroy the Grail using Excalibur.
#3 - The Sea at the End of the World
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 10, 2012
As Kiritsugu and Saber arrive at the theater separately, Saber is attacked by Berserker armed with guns in the underground parking lot. Meanwhile, Rider and Waver encounter Archer at the bridge. After having a drink before their duel, Rider asks Archer to join forces to conquer the world and beyond but Archer politely declines. Elsewhere, Saber manages to destroy Berserker's guns but is startled that he knows the exact length of her sword. She ask for his true identity, but when Berserker removes his mask, she is shocked to find out he is Sir Lancelot, one of her trusted knights. At the same time, a dying Kariya begins hallucinating due to his guilt over Aoi. Rider summons Ionian Hetairoi and he and his army charge at Archer. Archer pulls out his sword Ea and uses his Noble Phantasm Enuma Elish to destroy Rider's army and Ionian Hetairoi, which sends them back to the real world. Rider asks Waver if he would like to become his retainer, which he does, so Rider pulls out Waver from his horse and orders him to live so Waver can tell the tale of his final charge. Rider charges at Archer and is slain by Archer's Ea but not before Archer tells Rider that he respects him as his equal. Archer decides to let Waver go after admiring his loyalty to Rider and departs, after which Waver mourns for Rider. Kiritsugu finally encounters Kirei while his wife's body is placed on the theater's stage.
#4 - The End of Honor
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 21, 2012
Kayneth visits Risei and asks for his reward for Lancer helping defeat Caster. Risei agrees to reward Kayneth a Command Seal before Kayneth kills him to ensure the other Masters don't get one as well. However, Sola was kidnapped by Maiya during the battle at Mion River which she also cut off Sola's arm containing her Command Seals. As Kayneth scolds Lancer and mocks his chivalry, Saber and Iri, tipped off by Kiritsugu, arrives at Kayneth's hideout, where Saber wishes to finish her duel with Lancer which he agrees. As Saber and Lancer duel, Kiritsugu confronts Kayneth and having taken Sola hostage, gives Kayneth a magical unbinding contract that he will no longer harm or kill him and Sola if he does one thing for him; use up all of his Command Seals to force Lancer to commit suicide. Desperate to save Sola, Kayneth does so which Lancer curses everyone around him before dying. But because the contract only applies to him, Maiya snipes Kayneth and Sola, killing her instantly. As Saber ends Kayneth's suffering, she finally calls out on Kiritsugu for the terrible and dishonorable things he'll do to win which he retorts there's isn't anything honorable about chivalry and he will do everything to win to ensure his and Iri's wishes to save the world. As Kiritsugu leaves with Maiya, Iri collapses from exhaustion.
#5 - Where Justice is Found
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 12, 2012
Since the incident, Kiritsugu began living with Natalia who trained him to become a mercenary just like her and travel around the world in various conflicts. Due to his unique magic, Natalia creates special anti-magic bullets from Kiritsugu's ribs. During a mission, Natalia and Kiritsugu are assigned to kill a mage who control bees familiars that turn their victims into ghouls. While Natalia boards the plane that he is in from Paris to New York, Kiritsugu heads to New York to kill the mage's associate. Both Natalia and Kiritsugu successfully eliminated their targets. However, the mage have hidden bees in his body which turns the passengers on board into ghouls. Natalia manages to get into a cockpit safely, but with the plane filled with ghouls, she request Kiritsugu to do something for her. As her plane arrives to New York, Natalia and Kiritsugu have a talk reminiscing the time they spent together and the bond they shared. With her plane within his view, Kiritsugu does what Natalia told him to do; destroy the plane to prevent a ghoul infestation with a Stinger but not before he tells her he was glad to have her as his mother. As her plane crashes, Kiritsugu goes into grief of losing another love one.
#6 - Knight on Two Wheels
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 26, 2012
As Saber chases after Rider throughout the city on her motorcycle, Kiritsugu investigates and concludes that Rider was not responsible for attacking Iri and Maiya. Saber finds the real Rider and Waver and concludes that they did not kidnap Iri. The two servants duel which results in the destruction of Riders chariot. Meanwhile, concluding that the Matōs were behind his wife's kidnapping, Kiritsugu tortures Kariya's brother who reveals that Kariya was working with Kirei. It is soon revealed that Kirei made a deal with Kariya to kidnap Iri using Berserker's noble phantasm which allows him to disguise as another hero, in this case Rider, in exchange for two Command Seals (which he used to command Berserker to capture Iri) and a duel with Tokiomi at the church. When Kariya leaves, Kirei orders Zōken, who has been hiding and watching them, to come out. Zōken comments that he and Kirei are the same in enjoying watching Kariya suffer before he is driven away by Kirei. Kariya arrives at the church to duel with Tokiomi only to find him dead. Aoi arrives at the church immediately afterwards and becomes convinced that Kariya is her husbands killer. As Aoi weeps for Tokiomi, she angrily asks Kariya if he is happy now. A confused Kariya attempts to explain the situation and places blame on Tokiomi but Aoi reprimands him stating that he doesn't understand her and that he's never loved. Kariya snaps and strangles Aoi; by the time he comes to his senses, he has killed her. 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.
#7 - Golden Brilliance
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 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 will transport the demon into Ionian Hetairoi where his armies will try to hold it off as long as they can while Saber and Lancer will have to find a way to finally destroy it. Kiritsugu calls and explains to Waver on 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 shooting a fireball, burning him and falling off from the building where he is later found by Kirei who heals him. As Berserker destroys Archer's Vimana, he now sets his sights on Saber but his jet is destroyed and driven away by Lancer and Archer respectively. 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 her Noble Phantasm, Excalibur to finally destroy Caster and the demon which the former has a vision of Jeanne before his death. With the threat over, Rider and Archer have a discussion on whether Saber's life to become King was either incredible or tragic before both of them leave with Rider hoping to duel Archer in the future and Archer now smitten with Saber.
#8 - Distant Memories
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 5, 2012
Years ago, a young Kiritsugu lived on an island in the Pacific with his father Noritaka and befriended a local girl named Shirley who called him Kerry. Noritaka was researching on immortality using plants with Shirley as his assistant. Despite being told by the townsfolk to stay away from Noritaka, Shirley is convinced his research will help the world and tells Kiritsugu she hopes he grows up to be great man. But one day, Kiritsugu is told by his father not to leave their home after asking him if he went into his lab. Kiritsugu ignores his father's warnings to search for Shirley only to be find her eating live chickens wildly. Shirley reveals she went into Noritaka's lab and use his immortality formula on herself which turned her into a Dead Apostle vampire who madly craves for blood. Shirley begs Kiritsugu to kill her while she can still have a hold on herself but he is unable to do it which leads her to attacking the townsfolk and turning them into Ghouls. As chaos spread throughout the island, Church Executors and Mages from the Mages Association arrive to stop and exterminate the outbreak and cover up the incident. Kiritsugu is saved from Ghouls when a gun-wielding mercenary named Natalia Kaminski saves him. Natalia explains she is there to eliminate the magus responsible for the outbreak which Kiritsugu realizes is his father. Kiritsugu confronts his father over his work and it's consequences which the latter only shrugs it off as an accident and states his plans to continue his experiments elsewhere. Angered with his father's response, Kiritsugu kills him. Emotionally broken and having nowhere to go, Kiritsugu agrees to escape together with Natalia.
#9 - The Mion River Battle
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 7, 2012
Saber, Lancer, and Rider fight to stop Caster's Demon from reaching the shore, however the beast regenerates at an astounding pace, making it difficult to destroy. Kirei and Risei discuss plans to cover-up the incident, while Archer and Tokiomi watch the battle aboard Archer's aircraft, the Vimana. Tokiomi pleads Archer to assist in destroying Caster, but the latter refuses after "sacrificing" four of his weapons to damage the beast. A crowd of bystanders begin to gather around the river and a pair of F-15 jets are caught in the battle while patrolling the area. Berserker appears and takes control of one of the jets and engages in aerial combat with Archer's Vimana while the other jet is consumed by Caster's Demon. Kariya confronts Tokiomi on the shore about their family, and is enraged when Tokiomi simply dismisses their family as "Rabble". Kirei watches the conversation as Kariya and Tokiomi begin to fight. Elsewhere on the shore, Uryū is shot and killed by Emiya Kiritsugu. Caster senses the death of his master, and vows to fulfill the promise he made to his master. Kiritsugu deduces that Caster's Demon is an immortal being that will regenerate itself if even a small piece of it is left, hence, it must be destroyed in a single, powerful attack. He reveals that Saber possesses one such Noble Phantasm capable of doing so.
#10 - All Evil in This World
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 2, 2012
Waver returns to his hideout at the Mackenzie's household. The Mackenzies, whom Waver put a spell on them to made them believe he was their grandson, are actually aware he isn't but they enjoyed his and Rider's company. At Caster's lair, Kirei interrogates Iri about Kiritsugu, believing both of them are similar. However, Iri tells him her husband is nothing like him who is empty as Kiritsugu is fighting for the Grail to wish for a world without conflict. Disappointed, Kirei kills Iri and vows to destroy Kiritsugu's dream. Later that night, Rider and Waver sees magical flares from the theater as a sign for 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 to be his Master. Instead, Rider still consider Waver his friend and wants him to ride with him for the battle. Kiritsugu and Saber sees the flares as well, knowing it's a trap to gather all of the contestants at the same area. Having sent the flares, Kirei prepares his fight with Kiritsugu while he sends Berserker to deal with Saber while Archer faces off with Rider. Meanwhile, Iri's soul finds herself inside the Holy Grail.
#11 - The Magus Killer
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 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, Maiya is outsmarted and taken down by Kirei despite her terrain advantage and Iri fails to restrain Kirei with her magic. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu is able to wound El-Melloi with his Contender pistol. Believing the attack was a fluke, El-Melloi vows to increase Hydragyrum's defenses to prevent it from happening again. Elsewhere, Saber and Lancer continue fighting off Caster's endless waves of demonic creatures due to Caster's Noble Phantasm, his grimoire. To damage the grimoire, Saber manages to clear a path long enough for Lancer to pierce Caster's grimoire with Gae Dearg, effectively cutting off his source of mana and instantly destroying his minions. Caster escapes while an enraged El-Melloi, suffering from blood loss hunts down the "cowardly" Kiritsugu throughout the castle, which the man himself shows up and shots El-Melloi with his Contender pistol again. Despite preparing for it, Hydragyrum defenses are futile as the Contender's bullets are in fact special anti-magic bullets, causing El-Melloi's Magic Circuits to go berserk and tear him from the inside-out. 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 arrival which he leaves but not before stabbing Iri. However, Iri survives thanks to Saber's magical healing scabbard Avalon implanted inside of her while she heals Maiya.
#12 - The Eighth Contract
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 28, 2012
Kirei discovers Risei's body and informs Tokiomi. Kirei is saddened over his father's death, although Archer suggests that his sadness is due to not having the chance to kill his own father himself. Maiya informs Iri and Saber that Tokiomi wishes to discuss an alliance, and Iri agrees to go to the church to discuss the offer. Before his meeting, Tokiomi visits his wife and Rin, giving his daughter a spell book and some wisdom before leaving. During the meeting between Iri and Tokiomi, Tokiomi suggests a temporary alliance to defeat the other contestants first. Iri agrees, but on the condition that Kirei leaves the city and can no longer be involved in the Grail War. Tokiomi complies. As Saber, Iri and Maiya leave the church, a sickly Iri reveals to Maiya that she is actually the embodiment of the Holy Grail in human form and will die to form the Grail once the war ends. Maiya promises to protect her until that time comes. Meanwhile, Kirei is preparing to leave, but reveals to Archer that his father's dying act was to leave Kirei the remaining Command Seals, restoring Kirei's ability to be a master in the War. He also reveals the secret reason behind the war; the Holy Grail can be activated only by the sacrifice of seven Heroic Spirits. Thus, even a victorious Servant must die - which is why Tokiomi is reluctant to use his command spells, as he needs at least one to command Archer's suicide should they be triumphant. Furthermore, Kirei still wants to explore his dark desires, and Archer yearns for a more stimulating master. Later, Kirei meets with Tokiomi, who gives him guardianship of Rin should anything happen to him, and an Azoth dagger as a symbol of his completed apprenticeship. Kirei then stabs Tokiomi in the back with the dagger, telling him that, just like his own father, both men never really understood him. With Tokiomi dead, Archer and Kirei form a new contract as Master and Servant.
#13 - The Vicious Beast Roars
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2011
Picking off immediately after the previous episode, Rider introduces himself as Alexander the Great to Lancer and Saber. Lancer's master is revealed to be Waver's teacher, Lord El-Melloi. Amidst the conversation between the masters and servants, Rider reveals that other teams were watching the battle as well - Archer and Berserker both materialise and display their powerful Noble Phantasms in a short but intense clash with each other; Rider deduces Berserker's Noble Phantasm to be one that allows him to "Turn anything he grabs into his Noble Phantasm". Before Archer exposes his Noble Phantasm further, Tokiomi orders Archer to withdraw from the battle through the use of a Command Spell, enraging the servant. Berserker loses control and rushes to attack Saber, using a street lamp pole as his Noble Phantasm, but Lancer defends Saber as the duel was between him and Saber. Lord El-Melloi forces Lancer to assist Berserker in killing Saber with a Command Spell, but Rider threatens to side with Saber if El-Melloi does not withdraw. Rider succeeds in incapacitating Berserker and forces both Lancer and Berserker to withdraw. Elsewhere, Caster watches the battle through a crystal ball and identifies Saber as his long-lost love, while Kirei discovers that the church was being watched by a familiar.
#14 - Return of the Assassin
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 19, 2012
Kiritsugu visits an ailing Iri where she gives her husband the scabbard Avalon and asks him that after the war is over, he should bring their daughter Ilya to see and explore Japan. Learning from Maiya that Saber is off 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 where the latter wishes to battle Saber to set her straight on what it means being a King. Elsewhere, Kariya is communicated by Berserker in his nightmare before waking up to find himself in the Matō estate. In order to heal Kariya, Zōken forces his son to eat the Crest worm that took Sakura's purity. Iri has a talk with Maiya over her past as a child soldier which Iri ask Maiya to live her life after the war and hopes this will be the last Grail War so that Ilya can live a normal life. At the same time, Kiritsugu arrives at the Tosaka mansion only to discover that Tokiomi is dead. Soon, Rider attacks Iri and Maiya's location which Kiritsugu uses his command seal to order Saber to return there where she finds Maiya injured and Iri taken by Rider which she pursues on her motorcycle. As he returns, Kiritsugu cries for a dying Maiya and comforts her in her last moments.
#15 - The Grail Dialogue
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 2011
Rider, accompanied by Waver, unexpectedly arrives at the Einzbern Castle on Gordius Wheel. Greeting Saber and Iri, Rider announces he came to have a drink with Saber. Saber accepts and everyone gathers at the castle's garden, only to be joined by Archer who Rider invited. Archer expresses distaste on the wine Rider brought for them so he brings out a better wine from his collection. As the three discuss Kingship and their wish for the Grail, Saber and Rider have an argument of philosophy over being a King. Saber argues a King should serve for his people and wants to win the Grail to save Britain which she failed in the past but Rider believes it's the people who should serve for their King and was proud on his reign even when Macedonia fell after his death. Furthermore, Rider criticizes Saber for being a protector to her people rather than a King which lead them to resent her and rebel while his Kingly ambitions made his people love him and inspire them to seek their own ambitions. Their talk is soon interrupted when the Assassins arrive and surround them. When they refuse Rider's offer to drink with them, Rider transforms into his armor and summons his Noble Phantasm, the Reality Marble "Ionian Hetairoi", the Armies of Macedonia composed of the soldiers who remained loyal to him and became Servants themselves where they outnumbered the Assassins and proceed to decimate them. With their drink over, Rider departs with Waver but not before saying he no longer recognizes Saber as a King with Archer leaving as well before telling Saber she should stick to her beliefs because her suffering amuses him. Iri rushes to Saber, who reveals she once had a knight who left Camelot because he was dissatisfied with her rule which makes Saber question if the Knights of the Round Table felt the same way.
#16 - The Forbidden Banquet
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 24, 2011
Waver has a dream of Rider's past in his search for Oceanus before waking up. Caster and Uryū returns to their lair and are mad to see their "artwork" destroyed by the fire. But Uryū soon cheers up Caster by telling him his twisted logic 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 idea, Caster plans a "grand spectacle" for God. Meanwhile, Waver and Rider go shopping where Waver has second thoughts about being Rider's master. As they head home, Rider learns about Waver's problem but gives him some words encouragement for him to not look down on himself. Suddenly, Waver and Rider detects something at the city's river where Saber and Iri arrive to see Caster turning himself into a giant demonic monster. Realizing the threat he pose, Rider has inform the other contestants and they all agree on a temporary alliance to stop Caster before his monster attacks the city and kill the civilians. With Rider leading the vanguard, Saber joins him to allow Lancer an opening to use his spears to target Caster.
#17 - Forest of Demons
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2011
From his church, Risei informs all of the active Masters that the war is to be put on hold until Caster, who's killings of children are attracting the public, is killed with the reward of another Command Spell. Back in Einzbern Castle, Kiritsugu plans to use the Masters hunt on Caster to attack them despite Saber's protests that they should stop Caster rather than use his obsession for her to lure him. Later, Kiritsugu admits to Iri he doesn't want to do this and would rather run away with her and their daughter Ilya. However, Kiritsugu and Iri detects Caster arriving from the forest with more children to be sacrifice which Iri allows Saber to go after him. As Caster howls his mad, twisted love for "Jeanne", Saber is ambushed by Caster's summoned monsters until Lancer intervenes and joins forces with Saber to defeat Caster. As Iri evacuates the castle with Maiya, El-Melloi, who had survived the hotel bombing thanks to his Volumen Hydragyrum, a giant magical blob of mercury, infiltrates the castle to duel Saber's master but instead trips booby traps set up Kiritsugu which El-Melloi's Hydragyrum protecting him. As Kiritsugu evades El-Melloi using his Calico M960, he launches a surprise attack at El-Melloi with his Contender pistol.
#18 - Blade of the Demonic Spear
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2011
Saber and Lancer fight for supremacy. After some fierce and defensive fighting from both sides, Lancer's master allows Lancer to use his noble phantasms. Lancer's magic-canceling spear and cursed spear capable to causing unrecoverable wounds catch Saber by surprise. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu is keeping watch over the fight with Maiya. Kiritsugu finds Assassin watching over the battle as well, so he decides not to act rashly. From far away, Rider and his master Waver spot the battle between Saber and Lancer. Against his master's wishes, Rider rides his Gordius Wheel down to the harbor and interrupts the battle.
#19 - Master and Servant
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2011
After having a dream of Lancer's past, El-Melloi wakes up with his body tied on a bed. Sola tells El-Melloi that his Magic Circuits were destroyed and he can no longer use magic but she also tells him to give up his Command Spells to her or she will torture him and cut off his arm. Despite Sola becoming his new Master, Lancer refuses to accept her and remains loyal to El-Melloi but Sola manages to make Lancer accept her by convincing him to fight for his old master's honor. Elsewhere, Kiritsugu decides to go hunt El-Melloi down despite Saber and Iri wishes to stop Caster. Meanwhile, Waver and Rider manages to find Caster's lair in the sewers where the former is horrified in seeing the dead bodies of Caster and Uryū victims. As Waver vomits in disgust, Rider saves his life when he kills an Assassin targeting Waver and face off two more Assassins before they escape. Now knowing Assassin is not yet dead, Waver and Rider leaves the Caster's lair but not before destroying it and burning the bodies. With Waver and Rider knowing their secret, Risei orders Kirei to send his Assassins to spy on them.
#20 - Rin's Adventure
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2011
Focusing on Tokiomi's daughter Rin, the story tells how Rin was involved in the Fuyuki City Kidnappings. Rin is determine to follow in her father's footsteps as a great mage by learning the art of Crystal Magic. With the Holy Grail War starting soon, Tokiomi tell his wife Aoi and Rin that they have to leave Fuyuki City for their own safety. Rin wants to help her father but accidentally opens a dangerous grimoire until her father saves her. Tokiomi gives Rin a magical compass that detects Mana and warns her that if the compass reacts violently, it means a powerful mage is nearby and she must avoid them. However, in her school, several students including her best friend Kotone have been kidnapped by the infamous Fuyuki City Killer. Wishing to save Kotone, Rin head to Fuyuki City alone to find the culprit using her Mana Compass. Eventually, Rin finds the culprit, Uryū, using a magical bracelet made by Caster, to hypnotize the children to follow him to his hideout. Arriving at his hideout, Rin finds Kotone and several children hypnotized but is found by Uryū. To free the children, Rin destroys Uryū's bracelet by overloading it with Mana, blinding him and freeing the children from his control and escapes. With Kotone and children picked up by the police, Rin heads home only to detect and confronted by one of Caster's monsters but is saved by Kariya. Aoi searches for Rin in Fuyuki City and finds her in a park guarded by Kariya who tells her he will win the Grail to bring back Sakura to her. An Assassin monitors their encounter with Kirei ordering Assassin to continue monitoring Kariya. As Aoi drives Rin home, Rin admits she didn't do much but at least she did something and wants to learn to become a better mage.
#21 - Invitation of the Holy Grail
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 2011
Thanks to the information provided by the Assassins due to their sacrifice, Tokiomi and Kirei now know about Rider's Noble Phantasm and decides to let him attack the other servants first before engaging him. With Maiya transporting Iri and Saber to their new headquarters, Kiritsugu reviews his current information about the other contestants whereabouts. At their new headquarters, an old dojo, Saber notices that Iri has not touch anything and asking others to do tasks she normally does which Iri reveals she has become weaker possibly because she is a homunculus but she assures Saber she is fine and ask her to help prepare a defensive spell at the dojo. Returning to his room, Kirei tells Archer that he is no longer a Master due to the Assassins death and his Command Spells gone which will return to the Grail or given to his father the war's moderator. Archer ask Kirei about the favor he ask in spying the other Masters and notices that Kirei has taken an interest with Kariya when he isn't an important threat which Archer concludes what Kirei desires are; he enjoys seeing the pain and suffering of others. After Archer convinces Kirei of his desires, his Command Spells returns which suggest the Grail still has a use for him but since he has no Servant, Archer gives a subtle hint on which Master he should kill.
#22 - Land of Winter Trees
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2011
Tokiomi's servant Archer, Gilgamesh, shows dissatisfaction of killing Assassin as it is later revealed at Risei's church where Kirei announces his resignation from the war and granted asylum, that the attack was a ruse to fool the other participants as "Assassin" is not one but several dozen people so that Kirei can secretly send the Assassins to scout the others without suspicion. Waver informs Rider of Assassin's demise but the latter is only interested of defeating President Clinton and acquiring his country's military weapons and having a good time. Saber and Iris arrive at Fuyuki City to meet up with Kiritsugu but decides to tour the city after Iris reveals to Saber that this the first time she has ever been abroad. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu meets up with his assistant Maiya Hisau, who informs him the other Masters believe Iris is Saber's master and she has smuggled in the guns they need for the war including his Contender pistol. Kiritsugu fears that he has become too soft due to his daughter but Maiya tells him to focus on their mission and kisses him. As Iris has good time at the beach, Saber detects another servant where they both face the servant at the harbor. The servant Lancer introduces himself and ask for a duel with Saber which both him and Saber prepare themselves.
#23 - False Start
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 2011
Waver has a hard time commanding his servant Rider, who is actually Alexander the Great, as Rider is more interested how the world has changed since his time and wants to return to Macedonia and conquer the world once he wins the War. Rider assures Waver that he is reliable by summoning Gordius Wheel, a magical ox-drawn chariot. In Germany, Kiritsugu is playing with his daughter Ilya while Iris and Saber are watching them. Saber is surprise to see this side of Kiritsugu since she assume he was cold hearted and was upset upon learning she was a woman but Iris tells him what actually upset Kiritsugu was that Saber was forced to become the King of Britain at a young age and accepted her fate. Still, Saber admires Kiritsugu and Iris's wishes to save the world as she also wishes to save Britain when she failed to do at her time. In Fuyuki City, serial killer Ryūnosuke Uryū has murdered a family except a young boy to summon a demon, becoming a Master and summoning the servant Caster. Impressed, Uryū gives Caster the young boy as a sacrifice but Caster let's the boy go. However it is revealed to be a ruse as just when the boy thinks he can escape, Caster viciously kills him by a horrific creature, revealing Caster enjoys giving his victims a moment of hope before horrifically killing them. Uryū is overjoyed to meet someone as sadistic as him and vows to follow Caster anywhere which Caster reveals he use to be called Bluebeard. Upon learning the Seventh and final Master has been chosen, Kirei orders Assassin to kill Tokiomi at his mansion, only to be killed by Tokiomi's servant, Archer.
#24 - Summoning of the Heroic Spirits
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 2011
Eight years ago in Germany, Kiritsugu Emiya and his wife, Irisviel von Einzbern, welcome the birth of their daughter, Illyasviel. Though Kiritsugu fears he will lead Irisviel to her death with the upcoming Fourth Holy Grail War, Iris assures him that he is a good man who will end his torment and fulfill their ideals. Three years ago, the priest Kirei Kotomine learns that he has been chosen as a participant for the Holy Grail War; his father Risei, the war's moderator on behalf of the Catholic Church, and Tokiomi Tosaka 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, but he is shocked to learn Sakura has been adopted by the Matō family as the Matōs want a heir that uses magic and is horrified to discover on what has been done to her. Confronting his father, Zōken, Kariya strikes a deal to become a mage in the upcoming war and win the grail in order to free Sakura and return her to her mother and sister. In the present, at the London Clock Tower, Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi dismisses and humiliates a thesis by one of his students, Waver Velvet, who theorizes anyone can be great mage by hard work and practice other than by their bloodline. Angered by the humiliation, Waver decides to prove his teacher wrong by also joining the Grail War by stealing Kayneth's artifact needed to summon a Servant and heads to Fuyuki City. As Kirei 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 Excalibur, Iris is now hopeful that they can now summon King Arthur of the Saber class but Kiritsugu worries that Arthur's chivalry will clash with his pragmatic methods. As Kiritsugu, Tokiomi, Kariya and Waver summoned their servants, Kiritsugu and Iris are stunned to see th
#25 - Night of Stratagems
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2011
Iri and Saber are driving to the Einzbern Castle at the outskirts of Fuyuki until they encounter Caster. Caster believes Saber is Jeanne d'Arc but Saber tell him he has mistaken her and forces him to withdraw, while all three of them were being watched by two Assassins. Returning to his lair, Caster is convinced "Jeanne" has lost her memories and tells Uryū they will be performing more sacrifices. At his hotel, El-Melloi scolds Lancer for failing to kill Saber but Lancer is defended by Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri, El-Melloi's fiance who is maintaining Lancer existences by supplying him with prana, which makes El-Melloi uncomfortable since she has fallen for Lancer due to his magic Love spot. When the hotel is ordered to evacuate, El-Melloi realizes Saber's master has come for them and has prepared a floor filled with traps and defenses. However, Kiritsugu and Maiya have rigged the hotel with explosives and blow it up after confirming all of the civilians have evacuated. Maiya is soon 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 and are the serial killers the news have been talking about, Risei is disgusted by their killings and they are exposing the war so he orders the other Masters to eliminate them. Kirei encounters Archer in his room and asks Kirei what he desires for the Grail which he reply's nothing as he doesn't understand why he was chosen as a Master. Archer convinces Kirei to help him spy on the other Masters and it might help him understand what the other Masters desires.