Here’s the ultimate guide of Fate series watch order!
As the summer makes its way into our lives, we Otakus make ourselves busier with anime than usual. Yeah! It feels great to watch anime and chill, especially in hot summer days. Let’s say you want to watch a series that can last for a while. Well, it could be any of the long-running anime, but what if you’re going to watch anime like Fate Series? The first thing that’ll get into your mind is how we should watch it to understand it completely.
If by any chance, you watched it in the wrong order, then you’ll regret it later. Don’t worry! We’ve got your back. We’re here to guide you in the right path so that you can experience the fate series to the full extent. Well then, shall we dig in the solution to your question by starting our post of fate series watch order? We’ll take it as a yes.
Fate Series Watch Order!
1. Fate/Zero (2011-2012)
Actually, there are two ways to watch Fate Series- Narrative order and Chronological order. But Narrative order is quite challenging to take on, so we might’ve to watch it in the chronological order. Even though Fate/Zero is not the first part of the Fate Series franchise, according to the timeline of the anime, this is the first part of the story that introduces you to the beginning of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Fate/Zero is also known as the essential part of all since the entire series is the base for developing characters, and also it has some stunning visuals.
Well, some people might not accept this order because they find it the creator of the anime has done this intentionally to connect the viewers emotionally. But this statement only applies to the people who are the least bit familiar with the visual novels of the Fate series. The rest of the audience will feel much better and attached to the characters easily if they watch Fate/Zero before going to Fate/stay night. So, it’s up to you whether you watch Narrative order or Chronological order, but make sure you choose that suits you the best. Thus, Fate/Zero is the first one of the fate series watch order.
2. Fate/Stay Night (2006)
As we mentioned earlier, Fate/stay night released five years before the Fate/Zero. You might think there has to be a reason for releasing the prequel after five years of the first part. But as we said earlier, it is only to hammer you own through intense sorrow ness and tragic storyline. Fate/Stay Night makes a well-rounded approach in merging each timeline to create the viewer understand the further parts easily. But Fate/Stay Night isn’t as impressive as the Fate/Zero. But Fate/stay night is still one of the best ones from the Fate Series.
You might want to watch Fate/stay night first because you might want to attach emotionally to the anime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it another way around. If you go through the chronological order, you have two advantages. You get to witness the story clearly, and also it connects you emotionally, though to an extent. But it always good to watch in an exact go, right? So, it wouldn’t hurt either way if you watch whichever you watch it. Thus, Fate/stay night is the second part of the fate series watch order.
3. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014-2015)
Here comes the third part of the Fate Series with an exciting title. In reality, there is an anime movie and series with the name Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. But the difference between those two is nothing much than watch time. While the series takes you around 10 hours to cover the story of the visual novel, the movie does the same thing in 2 hours.
But the only thing you can’t experience completely is the depth since the series involves more screen time with the characters than the movie. However, if you want to rush through the series, then you can skip the series and watch the film. But we’d recommend a superior option, and that would be going through the series to ensure the real beauty of the anime. Thus, Fate/ stay night: Unlimted Blade Works is the third part of the fate series watch order.
4. Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel (2017-)
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel is the third and last adaption of the visual novel. But instead of series, the creators made it into a trilogy. Out of those three ones, two have already released, and the last one of them, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III spring song was supposed to release in March 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, this part is the fourth one of fate series watch order and a must.
When the creators announced about this trilogy, everyone thought these might not reach the heights of the fate series. But thankfully, the last route is the best one so far. Well, the least you can expect from the studio Ufotable is stunning visuals and animation quality. The entire Heaven’s Feel started with a bang, but the even more exciting thing is, the second part exceeded the first one. So, we might not have to surprise if the third one surpasses the rest two.
5. Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA (2013-2016)
Finally, we’re here for the side story adaptions, or you can simply call them as spinoffs. Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA is the adaption of the Fate Series that follows the girl Illya who transforms into a magical girl to fulfil a task of magic cards that scattered all over the city. You can watch this part at any time since it is a spinoff. But if you watch it after the completion of all parts because you’ll have a good grip on each character.
Apart from this, there are other spinoff series following Fate Series like “Fate/Apocrypha” and “Fate/Extra Last Encore.” These spinoffs are not as good as the main parts of the Fate Series, but still, these are something you can watch if you’re greatly attached to the Fate Series. And also, these adaptions have different studios in charge of animation so that you might feel some difference in them. Besides that, these are pretty good adaptions if you’re willing to kill some time. Well, even though it is a spinoff, still, it is a part of fate series watch order.
There you go, the best order of watching Fate Series, and if you ask us whether watching Narrative order or Chronological order is better, we’d recommend you to watch in chronological order. It is always good to dive into some new universe like Fate Series, especially if it is a series with top-notch animation.
In the end, it all comes down to one single thing, whether you’re enjoying or not. So, it doesn’t matter in whichever order (We meant Chronological or Narrative) you watch it, but make sure you enjoy it to the fullest. Well then, what do you think about our post? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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