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Fate/stay night (フェイト/ステイナイト, Feito/sutei naito?) is a Japanese eroge visual novel game created by TYPE-MOON, which was originally released on January 30, 2004. It is TYPE-MOON's first commercial work, following its transition from a doujin soft visual novel group.

Set in the same universe as previous TYPE-MOON releases, it is among the most well-known and popular visual novels.[1] It was ported to several platforms, and its three narrative routes—Fate, Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel—received numerous adaptations in manga, animated movies and animated series format. While the original work never received an official English translation, numerous unofficial patches were produced by fans and its adaptations gathered a large audience outside of Japan.

Fate/stay night spawned a number of other works within the Fate series, beginning with its sequel Fate/hollow ataraxia, and introduced fan-favorite characters used in subsequent works, even when they did not take place in the same continuity as stay night.

Story[edit | edit source]

Setting[edit | edit source]

Fate/stay night takes place in 2004, and its beginning happens at around the same time as the events of Tsukihime end.[2][3] Fuyuki City is the setting for a secret and violent war among competing magi. For the past two centuries, seven magi were gathered and engage in a Battle Royale, each gambling his or her own life to obtain the Holy Grail, a legendary chalice capable of granting wishes. The past four Holy Grail Wars have typically occurred every sixty years, but the fifth war has eerily started prematurely, only ten years after the fourth war.

Each magus, better known as a Master, is aided by one of the seven summoned spiritual familiars known as Servants, who are the reincarnations of legendary souls from all across time. These resurrected Heroic Spirits possess superhuman characteristics and wield powerful artifacts or abilities called Noble Phantasms. A Noble Phantasm's hidden abilities may be released by invoking its true name, but casual brandishing of a Noble Phantasm is best avoided, for symbolic Noble Phantasms usually belie a Servant's identity, diminishing their competitive advantage. Specific legends may be summoned with the aid of catalysts, which are artifacts, ideas, or experiences similar to or of value to the desired Servant. Only one Servant can be summoned in each war from one of seven classes: Saber, Archer, Lancer, Berserker, Rider, Assassin, and Caster.

The Holy Grail is a spiritual artifact, so only astral entities, such as Servants, are capable of touching it. This forces Masters and Servants to cooperate with each other against rival pairs, even if a situation entails fighting to the death. A Master can control a Servant with three Command Spells, which are crystallized miracles issued by the Holy Grail that manifest on a Master's hand. When activated, a Command Spell permits the Servant to accomplish an incredible feat, or permits the Masters to issue an irrevocable and absolute order to the Servant. In the event of a Master's demise, a Servant may choose to bind him or herself to another Master. If a Servant is slain, a Master may ally with a wayward Servant, or pursue sanctuary with the Holy Grail War's impartial supervisor, who is traditionally a delegate of the Church.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Fate/stay night chronicles a two-week period in the life of Shirou Emiya, an amateur mechanic who attends a school called Homurahara Gakuen in Fuyuki City.

Ten years ago, Shirou was caught in a massive fire that incinerated his parents and consumed a large portion of the city. As he was dying, an enigmatic man named Kiritsugu Emiya discovered, saved, and adopted him. The two maintain a distant relationship because of Kiritsugu's frequent departures from Fuyuki City.

One moonlit night, Kiritsugu and Shirou have a discussion outside their home. Through this conversation, Shirou learns of Kiritsugu's failed ambition to become a "Hero of Justice" (正義の味方, Seigi no Mikata?), a guardian of mankind who could protect the weak and innocent. Touched by Kiritsugu's conviction, Shirou decides to achieve that distant ideal, much to Kiritsugu's chagrin. To do this, Shirou pleads with a begrudging Kiritsugu to teach him magecraft, but Shirou makes no progress in almost any the fundamental magecraft disciplines.

Kiritsugu warns his son that the life of a magus leads to destruction, but if he is truly set on benefiting people, he should apply his knowledge and hone his craft in secret. After Kiritsugu dies, Shirou becomes frustrated with his progress, feeling inadequate about his good deeds through magecraft. Shirou becomes unsure how to orient his future.

After cleaning his school's kyudo (archery) dojo late one night, Shirou stumbles upon two Servants, Archer and Lancer, battling in the school courtyard. To preserve the secrecy of the war, Lancer chases Shirou and pierces him in the heart with a spear. Shirou's classmate Rin Tohsaka finds him bleeding and near death, and she uses a heirloom filled with concentrated magical energy to resuscitate him. Shaken and dazed, Shirou goes back to his home, but Lancer attacks him again. Shirou weakly defends himself but is overwhelmed by the powerful Servant's attack. Shirou falls into a storage room, and being cornered, he prepares for the worst. But before Lancer can inflict a fatal blow, a young woman in armor blocks Lancer's spear. She drives Lancer away, introduces herself as Saber, and greets Shirou with the words: I ask of you, are you my Master?

Characters[edit | edit source]

As with Tsukihime, the character base in Fate/stay night is extremely comprehensive and expansive, with characters possessing varied and extraordinary abilities.

Shirou Emiya
Shirou is the main character of the story. He is a serious yet helpful, hardworking, and honest teenager. His hobbies include fixing a variety of broken things, from VCRs to stoves, as well as cooking and cleaning. He has some slight talent with magecraft, though he was discouraged by his foster father Emiya Kiritsugu from improving his gifts. He is initially confused about the Holy Grail War and attempts to irrationally shield others from danger, including his own Servant, Saber.
Saber
She is Shirou's Servant, an agile but powerful warrior. Loyal, independent, and reserved, Saber acts coldly but is actually suppressing her emotions to focus on her goals. Her class is considered the "Most Outstanding", with excellent ratings in all categories. Since her Master cannot effectively provide her with magical energy, she minimizes her activity to preserve what she has. Saber is frustrated by Shirou's "protective" tendencies, believing his erratic and reckless behavior will jeopardize her chances of winning the Holy Grail War.
Rin Tohsaka
A model student and idol of Shirou's school who is secretly a magus and Master in the Holy Grail War. She is a descendant from a long line of magi, and though she lacks a formal magecraft education, she is extremely powerful in her own right. Her father was killed in the fourth Holy Grail War, and she has trained since his death to succeed him. She is perceptive, resourceful and avidly competitive. She tried to summon a Saber-class Servant, but she accidentally called Archer instead.
Archer
His true identity is that of Shirou Emiya of an alternate timeline from that of Fate/stay night who made a contract with the world and became the Heroic Spirit EMIYA. He acts as a Counter Guardian for the world as payment for the contract. He is summoned because he still has the jewel pendant that Rin used to save his life after Lancer stabbed his heart. He considers Shirou Emiya (his past self) a target to eliminate in the hope he can erase his existence and escape his fate as a Counter Guardian.
Illyasviel von Einzbern
A young German aristocrat, she traveled to Japan to participate in the Holy Grail War as a Master. Illyasviel has an angelic appearance and an unsurpassed degree of magical power. She lives in a castle on the outskirts of Fuyuki City, accompanied only by her Servant and two maids. Illyasviel asks those she feels comfortable around to simply call her "Ilya".
Berserker
The Servant of Ilya, who appears as a swarthy giant with adamantine skin and gross brawn. He wields a colossal stone axe-club, and is capable of causing massive destruction with the mere backlash of his swings. As a Berserker, he is stripped of his sanity and reason, acting feral and animalistic in combat. Berserkers are praised as members of the "strongest" class, though they are difficult to control and always turn on their Masters. Ilya appears to have little trouble managing him.
Sakura Matou
A student in her first year of high school, sister of Shinji Matou, and Shirou's underclassman. After Shirou's father Kiritsugu died, Sakura often visited Shirou's home to help him with his daily chores. Though Shinji is from a family of magi, he asserts that she has no knowledge of her family's craft or history. Sakura is outwardly shy and timid, but possesses great inner strength. She has a long standing and obvious crush on Shirou Emiya.
Shinji Matou
Sakura's older brother, and a long-time friend of Shirou. Shinji is very popular as vice-captain of the archery dojo despite being chauvinistic and a narcissist. Like Rin, he is of a distinguished lineage of magi, though the Matou blood has thinned and no longer produces heirs naturally capable of magecraft. Shinji feels uncomfortable with his sister's daily visits to Shirou's home. He has an open crush on Rin, but she does not return his favors.
Rider
The Servant of Shinji, first seen scouting around Homurahara Gakuen. Rider is silent, sultry, and vigilant, never hesitating to shield her Master from harm. With Shinji incapable of lending magical energy to her, she is forced to seek alternative means to augment her abilities. To compensate for her weakness, Rider employs covert battle tactics and takes full advantage of territory around her. Her weapon of choice is a pair of long iron nails fastened to opposite ends of a single chain, which she effectively thrusts from distances.
Caster
The Servant of Souichirou, she is a crafty woman who's appearance is much like a sorceress; donning a hooded cloak and a dress. She has a gift in using Divine Words that surpass regular magecraft; therefore, her prowess is beyond the capabilities of modern mages including Masters of Servants. She's bitter from her life experiences and her treatment from her previous Master, which warranted her cynical personality and tactics.
Souichirou Kuzuki
A former assassin-turned-teacher. He becomes a Master of Caster following the demise of Caster's original Master and chooses to assist her in all of her schemes.
Assassin
A false Servant summoned by Caster to guard Ryuudou Temple. He goes by the name of "Sasaki Kojirou."
Lancer
The Servant of an unknown Master who lost Lancer to Kirei Kotomine. Lancer obediently follows his Master's orders and serves the role more like a watchdog and an assassin.
Kirei Kotomine
The head of the Church and the overseer of the 5th Holy Grail War. He is also Rin Tohsaka's legal guardian. He is responsible for convincing Shirou to participate in the War.
Gilgamesh
The Archer-class Servant from the 4th Grail War, who survived to the present day and acts as the secret, eighth Servant.
Zouken Matou
The elderly head of the Matou house and Shinji and Sakura Matou's "grandfather." Zouken partakes in the Holy Grail War in the Heaven's Feel route as the Master of True Assassin.
True Assassin
The "true" Assassin-class Servant of the 5th Holy Grail War, summoned using the body of the fake Assassin as a catalyst and becomes the Servant of Zouken Matou. He only appears in the Heaven's Feel route.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Screenshot of the original Fate/stay night title screen with English patch applied when player has completed story mode.

The gameplay of Fate/stay night requires little interaction from the player as most of the game's duration is spent on reading the text that appears, representing either dialogue between the characters or the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Often, players will come to a "decision point" where they are given the chance to choose from options displayed on the screen, typically two to three at a time. The time between these decision points is variable and during these times, gameplay pauses until a choice is made that furthers the plot in a specific direction. There are three main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each of the heroines in the story. To view all three plot lines, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and choose different choices during the decision points to progress the plot in an alternate direction.

Fate, Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel are the three branching stories found within the game. Each diverge at certain points, and depending on the player interaction, will end in one of several possible ways. The Fate scenario features Saber as the main heroine. In Unlimited Blade Works, Rin Tohsaka is the main female lead, but the plot focuses on her Servant, Archer. Heaven's Feel expands on the dark history of Sakura Matou and her family.

There are forty bad endings that can be reached within the game, and each has a section called Tiger Dojo (タイガー道場, Taigā Dōjō?) following it. It features alternate versions of Taiga Fujimura and Illyasviel von Einzbern elaborating on the endings and how to avoid them. The majority of the content has little to do with the actual endings, instead focusing on the skits performed between the two of them.[4] Einzbern Consultation Room is a prequel story that ends with Taiga preparing to establish her own dojo to avoid all the bad endings.

Development[edit | edit source]

Before Kinoko Nasu wrote Fate/stay night, he claims he was a big fan of the Samurai Resurrection manga, which involved battles between dead historical figures from around Japan.[5] Nasu first began writing 'Fate/stay night in college and had not intended it to be a game. Initially, Nasu only wrote what would become the game's Fate storyline however the game went on to have three storylines, the Fate scenario being one of them.

In his early drafts, Saber was a man, and the protagonist was a girl with glasses. This early draft was embodied in the short original video animation (OVA) Fate/Prototype, which was released with the final volume of the Carnival Phantasm OVA series. Nasu set aside the project and went on to found TYPE-MOON with artist Takashi Takeuchi.

After the success of their first visual novel Tsukihime in 2000 TYPE-MOON transitioned from a dojin soft organization to a commercial organization. Nasu and Takeuchi decided to turn the old Fate story into a visual novel as TYPE-MOON's first commercial product. In the beginning, Nasu was worried that because the main character was a girl, the story might not work as a bishōjo game. It was artist Takeuchi who suggested switching the genders of the protagonist and Saber to fit the game market.

There were originally to be four heroines with four routes. Saber and Rin would have comprised the first half, met in the middle of the story, and then it would have split into four routes from there. Their stories were written in one go, so Nasu felt he needed to "flip the story over." Within the theme of Fate/stay night, Saber's route is posing a question, Rin's is the answer, and Sakura's is a practical application. Ilya was one of the heroines originally, and would have been part of the practical application with Sakura. Rather than only choosing to become Sakura's hero or fulfill his ideals as an Ally of Justice on the ninth day of Heaven's Feel, Shirou would have also had an option to become Ilya's hero instead.

Due to the length, they thought to release Saber and Rin as Fate/stay night and Sakura and Ilya in a separate release titled "Fate/other night", but they thought it would have been too expensive. IIya's route was instead combined with Heaven's Feel because they decided to include Sakura's route in Fate/stay night. There was also a Caster route in development, but it was discarded entirely with the exception of the plot regarding the cooperation with Rider that is continued in a portion of the actual game.[6][7] While not present in-game, the script files contain a joke about Shirou teaming up with Shinji.[8] The Unlimited Blade Works (route) was written in the preview section of the 2001 winter Comiket booklet.[9]

While Nasu was designing parameter rules and various attributes in Fate, he was hoping to make another game similar to a wargame like Romance of the Three Kingdoms.[10]

Release History[edit | edit source]

Fate/stay night was released in Japan on January 30, 2004 for Windows PCs.

Fate/stay night was later released on the PS2 platform, originally scheduled to be released in late 2006. However, it was postponed until April 19, 2007 known as Fate/stay night Réalta Nua. Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel are the three branching storylines found within the game. They were released separately through digital download on Windows (but as the Réalta Nua version) in the beginning of 2012

TYPE-MOON Fes. announced a PlayStation Vita port of Réalta Nua released in Japan on November 29, 2012.

On 30 January 2014, TYPE-MOON released a special bundle for Windows PC, only available until the 29th January 2015, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fate franchise. The bundle comes with Fate/stay night, Fate/hollow ataraxia, Fate 10th Anniversary Art Book「Fate/Art Chronicle」 and Fate/side material. This bundle was rereleased on June 28, 2019.[11]

Réalta Nua[edit | edit source]

In 2007 Type-MOON released a CERO C-rated version of Fate/stay night. This version provided voice acting but the sex scenes (colloquially known as “H-scenes”) and other explicit sexual references were removed. They are replaced with new scenes involving alternative mana sharing processes: in Fate, Shirou transplants his Magic Circuit in Saber's body to repair their flawed connection; in Unlimited Blade Works, Rin transfers her Magic Crest to Shirou to create a link she can use to provide him magic energy; in Heaven's Feel, Sakura's lust is replaced by a craving for blood, and additionally the phallic appearance of Zouken's worms is modified and wording has been changed to tone down Shinji's attempted rape on Sakura. The updated re-release also provided a new epilogue to the Fate route, called Last Episode, accessible through the main menu once all five endings have been unlocked. The PS2 theme was performed by Number 201 feat.MAKI - Ougon no Kagayaki (黄金の輝き?, lit. "Golden Glow").

The PlayStation Vita port of Réalta Nua received a new opening animation by anime studio Ufotable. Earthmind provided three themes for each route:

  • Fate - "Arcadia"
  • Unlimited Blade Works - "Horizon"
  • Heaven's Feel - "Another Heaven."

The mobile port of Réalta Nua released in 2015 on the PlayStore and AppStore. The Fate route can be played free of charge, but the other two routes must be purchased individually for 1,600 yen. This port had been downloaded over 100,000 times at the end of January 2020.[12]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Anime[edit | edit source]

Studio Deen[edit | edit source]

Studio Deen made a television anime adaptation of the Fate route. The episodes originally aired between January 2006 and June 2006 in Japan. The title was given a special summary released in two episodes called Fate/stay night TV reproduction. Studio Deen went on to make a movie adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works route. It was titled Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works movie and released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010. The staff from the anime television series returned to work on the film, including director Yuji Yamaguchi, with most of the voice cast also reprising their roles. The film earned 280 million yen at the Japanese Box Office. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Unlimited Blade Works film and releasaed it it on DVD and Blu-ray on June 12, 2012 featuring an English dub produced at Bang Zoom!

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Music[edit | edit source]

  • Opening Theme:
  1. 1: "disillusion" by Sachi Tainaka (eps 1-14)
  2. 2: "Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni" by Sachi Tainaka (eps 15-23)
  • Ending Theme:
  1. 1: "Anata ga Ita Mori (あなたがいた森)" by Jyukai (eps 01-13, 15-23)
  2. 2: "Hikari (ヒカリ)" by Jyukai (ep 14)
  3. 3: "Kimi to no Ashita (君との明日)" by Sachi Tainaka (ep 24)


ufotable[edit | edit source]

Unlimited Blade Works[edit | edit source]

ufotable made an anime adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works route. The first season premiered December 27, 2014, and the second premiered on April 4, 2015. Takahiro Miura directed the series, and Atsushi Ikariya, Tomonori Sudou, and Hisayuki Tabata adapted Takashi Takeuchi's original character designs. The storyline features original content scripted by Kinoko Nasu, the original writer of Fate/stay night.[13] The series was originally planned to adapt the Fate route, but it was changed to Unlimited Blade Works after production began. For the first season, Mashiro Ayano's "Ideal White" was the opening song and ufotable's "believe" was the ending song. For the second season, Aimer's "Brave Shine" was the opening song and Kalafina's "Ring Your BelI" was the ending song. The Realta Nua visual novel version of Fate was instead set to be released for free on IOS and Android devices afterward.[14]

Music[edit | edit source]
  • Opening Themes:
  1.  "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano (eps 1-12)
  2. "Brave Shine" by Aimer (eps 13-24)
  • Ending Themes:
  1.  "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano (ep 0)
  2.  "Unlimited Blade Works" by Hideyuki Fukasawa (composer) (ep 0)
  3.  "Believe" by Kalafina (eps 1-11)
  4.  "THIS ILLUSION" by LiSA (ep 12)
  5.  "Ring Your Bell" by Kalafina (eps 13, 14, 16-24)
  6.  "ring your bell (in the silence)" by Kalafina (ep 15)
  7.  "Deep Slumber (UBW Extended)" by Hideyuki Fukasawa (composer) (ep 25)
  • Insert songs:
- "THIS ILLUSION" by LiSA (ep 12)
- "Last Stardast" by Aimer (ep 20)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trailers[edit | edit source]

Heaven's Feel[edit | edit source]

Ufotable also announced they would be making a movie adaptation of the Heaven's Feel route. During the AnimeJapan 2016 it was announced it would comprise three films. The first movie, titled Presage Flower, was released on October 14, 2017.[15] The second movie, Lost Butterfly, was released on January 12, 2019.[16] The third and final movie, Spring Song, was released on August 15, 2020.[17]

Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trailers[edit | edit source]

Adaptations and sequels[edit | edit source]

Sequel[edit | edit source]

On October 28, 2005, TYPE-MOON released a sequel to Fate/stay night, titled Fate/hollow ataraxia. Its plot is set half a year after the events of Fate/stay night and features new characters such as Avenger, Bazett Fraga McRemitz, and Caren Hortensia, alongside returning characters such as Shirou Emiya, Saber and Rin Tohsaka

Prequel[edit | edit source]

On November 22, 2006, TYPE-MOON announced a new installment in the Fate/stay night franchise, titled Fate/Zero. A novel prequel detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War 10 years prior to the 5th one told in Fate/stay night. In contrast to Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero is a series of light novels instead of a visual novel, and is told in a third person narrative that follows the actions of multiple characters.

The series is a collaboration between TYPE-MOON and a fellow developer, Nitroplus. The first volume was released on December 29, 2006. The second volume was released on March 31, 2007. The third volume was released on July 27, 2007. The fourth and final volume was released on December 29, 2007, along with the Fate/Zero Original Image Soundtrack "Return to Zero."

Related media[edit | edit source]

Fate/stay night was the beginning of a whole franchise of various media. Important related products include:

Manga[edit | edit source]

  • The Fate/stay night manga illustrated by Dat Nishiwaki, began serialization in the manga magazine Shounen Ace, published by Kadokawa Shoten, on December 26, 2005. Although it is titled to be an adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works route, it is more of an adaption of a combination between the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works routes while pooling some elements of the Heaven's Feel route. The English manga has been translated by Viz Media and available digitally on BookWalker Global.
    • On 3 April 2015 A second Fate/stay night manga has been announced. The manga is based on the Heaven's feel route and is illustrated by Task Ohna, who also illustrated the manga.
  • Himuro's Universe - Fate/school life is a comedy 4-koma manga revolving around the normal life at school of the minor characters of Fate/stay night and Fate/hollow ataraxia, specifically the character Kane Himuro, classmate of Fate/stay night protagonist Shirou Emiya. It is serialized Manga 4-koma Kings Palette and currently eleven volumes have been published by Ichijinsha.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA written and illustrated by Hiroyama Hiroshi it was first serialized in Comp Ace in 2008 and later release into two bound volumes. A manga featuring alternate-universe Illya as a protagonist.
    • Anime adaptation by Silver Link. Directed by Shin Ounuma.

Games[edit | edit source]

  • Fate/tiger colosseum, a 3D fighting game for the PlayStation Portable featuring the Fate/stay night and some Tsukihime cast
  • Fate/Unlimited Codes, a 3D fighting game for arcades, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable featuring the Fate/stay night and Fate/hollow ataraxia cast
  • Fate/EXTRA, an action RPG for the PlayStation Portable set in an alternate reality from the F/sn story and featuring redesigned Fate/stay night characters along with some new ones
  • Fate/EXTRA CCC, an action RPG for the PlayStation Portable in continuation of Fate/EXTRA

Books[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fate/stay night is ranked #1 in popularity and #9 in rating on The Visual Novel Database
  2. [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Miscellaneous, p.136

    Q: About Tsukihime, which has the same background world setting as Fate/stay night, which story happened first chronologically? And how many years apart are they?

    Q: About Tsukihime, which has the same background world setting as Fate/stay night, which story happened first chronologically? And how many years apart are they?

    A: The end of Tsukihime is the beginning of Fate/stay night.

    Q:「Fate/stay night」と背景世界の設定を同じくする「月姫」ですが、物語上の時間軸的にどちらが先に起こっている事件なのでしょうか?そして何年ぐらい離れているのでしょうか?

    A:「月姫」の事件の終わりが「Fate/stay night」の始まり。

  3. [v] Nasu's Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Episode 00 Twitter commentary

    Pastebin:
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518429658019164160
    Episode 00: Prologue - Welcome, everyone watching the TV broadcast. The Nico Nico live broadcast starts at 25:00! And the original author, Kinoku Nasu-san, will livetweet the broadcast!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430343657840640
    I have coffee prepared in one hand.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430562185252866
    How's this for dandyism? With that smile, you can tell that this is the protagonist's reliable tutor.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430614341443584
    But after that, this person will die! Being dandy just isn't enough after all!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430687511072768
    How's this for Rin's cuteness? It's the best, no matter how you look at it...
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430789067763713
    And here we have an (falcon-like) expression. Rin Tohsaka. Currently a magician in hiding, right now she's the true star of this show!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430829236592640
    Who is this beauty? (Perplexed)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430894911025152
    A noble lady's morning now begins~!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518430937940369408
    And here we have the familiar Tohsaka basement. If this were Dark Souls, there'd be a hidden passage somewhere.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431000536174592
    How heartwarming the Tohsaka mansion has become after Tokiomi's death! No matter how you look at it, this is a magician's house.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431044454711296
    Ah, but how overgrown this house has become after ten years. Rin must have thought that hiring a gardener was too much of a luxury. But it's okay; in ten minutes, a pro butler will arrive who'll help with not just the garden, but with all kinds of housework!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431095189041152
    That said, here's the title screen. Unlimited Blade Works - a special episode centering on Rin - begins softly.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431156811747328
    Rin: "...It's too quiet, though."
    Nah, it's always been too beautiful, hasn't it?
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431192694026240
    And you're Cure Ma--, no, Mitzusuri-san! Ayako Mitsuzuri, president of the Archery Club and Rin's partner-in-crime.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431315700363264
    Forehead tap!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431406737719297
    ! (Calm down, all you gentlemen whose love for anime characters is unrequited)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431406737719297
    Yup, a perfect mob character underclassman without no suspicious traits whatsoever.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431667468267520
    Shinji! An unwavering gentleman through all of Fate's ten years! So perfect~! Embrace me~!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431813186772994
    What's with this Shinji guy... he's moving more than he should be! This guy must be a chihuahua! Or more like a breasts kind of guy; what a disappointing man!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431884267638784
    A strong "No!" from Tohsaka!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518431932321771520
    Toratoratora
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432008117039105
    Ryuudou Issei (in kanji and hiragana). Student council president. Son of the Ryuudou Temple's head priest.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432076597432320
    What a saintly voice for this president though! Can't say I'd expect this dignity from a senior student...
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432140162125825
    And he shows up: A freshly-made, perfect mob character.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432194453180417
    Winter! It's currently winter in the show!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432242666721280
    I can't handle this strange sense of distance.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432298367066113
    This guy's doing his best paying attention to Rin by greeting her. Like, "You're here so early in the morning. So great of you."
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432351601168386
    Azaka! That's Azaka, isn't it?!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432404445229056
    And Super Himu Time is starting!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432534644793346
    Makiji's lunch is overflowing with a maiden's energy that I can't help but laugh (lol)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432623727636480
    This black panther's so cute though...
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432707328479232
    The galge aura is overflowing! But that's okay.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432822738968576
    Up front: a perfect student; in private: always lonely. That you have to be both is one of the difficult parts of being from a famous lineage of magicians.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432890997055488
    Oh, it's the cast-off skin of a snake that ate a certain hero's Immortality Herb.
    Hey, the Kaleidostick isn't here.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518432960416997377
    Let's put off the difficult explanations of Rin's words for later. For now, please leave it vague and just roll with the feeling.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433066281205761
    Ah, answering machines, how nostalgic. It's 2004 in the show right now; 2004!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433121390194689
    It's me. (lol)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433203938287618
    An almost manly way of hanging up without any regrets. This is the height of her Kirei-ignoring powers.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433300906401792
    Miniskirt! Kneesocks! The Rin that we know has arrived!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433345038864385
    Can't see (won't unravel)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433514165768193
    Are spell incantations that important? Well of course they are; it's a ritual. You put in your password in your smartphones, don't you? It's pretty much the same thing.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433619400863744
    Why can't we see? (part 2)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433684123172864
    So, is everyone ready?
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433771020771328
    What a suspicious person! (lol)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433836753883136
    This stylish suspicious person looks so self-important though...
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518433928932122627
    Everything about this girl is so erotic though.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434031017279489
    The reason why this living room is so messed up is because of the shock from this suspicious person being mistakenly summoned above ground.
    This is not Mr. Redcoat's fault; it's Ms. Kneesocks's thoughtlessness.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434289155719169
    Can't you just say "I'll be in the front lines while you just stay behind me and watch" honestly?
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434474049028096
    Fitting words from a Servant.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434550976753664
    But Archer isn't blameless.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434684372385792
    Without second thoughts, Rin is cute!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434822591492096
    Rin is cute while contemplating!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518434943903363072
    Command Spells. Rights to three absolute orders.
    In short, a very powerful billing item! You can only use it thrice, but just once will allow almost all impossibilities to happen! But Servants are already way above the Master's level to begin with, so you only leave some for when it's incredibly important to *******; this is fundamental knowledge for the Holy Grail War!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435020944314369
    Rin's embarrassed contemplations are also cute!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435270803218432
    Will raise you up and let you down: this is the handsome guy's modus operandi. Please be careful.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435513825366016
    More precisely, magical energy is a form of energy for the Servant's activities. It's also an important "keystone" for the contract with a Master to remain active in this world.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435550965927938
    Once a Master disappears, the Servant has to use this "keystone" to remain in existence, but will then vanish soon enough.
    If the catalyst used for summoning was a relic rather than a concept, the relic can also act as a keystone, and the summoning becomes closer to perfection.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435744172367872
    Fate/stay night: The End.
    Please look forward to Tohsaka-sensei's next battle.
    What a great story!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435813692936192
    But the story of the tsundere (obsolete term) continues.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518435908970741761
    But. Why. Can't. We. See.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518436059911159809
    So easy! ...is what I thought, but anyone would fall for it if said in Suwabe's voice.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518436567384207361
    A pleasant before/after: [????] (かーらーのぉ), Royal Copenhagen Teaset! So perfect that Rin. Will. Die.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437258769100800
    This is a baton pass to Hollow Ataraxia after.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437346291634176
    Rin can see "that guy" from this height because of her eyesight being reinforced by magical energy. Reinforcing your five senses or your body is one of the basics of the basics of being a magician.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437528957751296
    It's not that she doesn't have a wish, but rather she won't wish for anything she can't get with her own efforts, is Rin's pragmatic point of view.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437606162321408
    And this wild animal-like simplicity. Like a gazelle running through a savannah, huh.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437668472885248
    I'm just reaffirming this, but there's no mistaking Rin as the heroine.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437804942954496
    A commonplace scene. No matter how you look at it, this is a scene where a foreigner is being shown the way. A common scene in Asakusa.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518437989416845312
    The passionate priest whose job is cleverly gathering information. There's such a thing as working too hard.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518438260884795392
    It's a bit difficult to understand, so I'll supplement: Rin knows how many (formal) magicians there are in Fuyuki City, and that she confirmed beforehand that within the school, no magicians who are also on track to being Masters are within the school.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518438440447131648
    Within two years, Rin had been managing the school and Fuyuki City, so she's especially unforgiving of "whoever trespassed into the school yesterday". But, well, Rin was absent yesterday, so her opponent must have went "HYAHAHA IT'S MY CHANCE".
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518439047149006848
    Thanks for waiting. Now begins the real thing.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518439211519602688
    If this suspicious blue guy in tights wasn't a Servant, that would be real trouble.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518439700676104192
    Who called this guy a not-handsome Lancer? This Lancer's plenty handsome! (delight)
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518439992209588224
    An intense battle scene. I'm so happy I could die.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518440085201489920
    The battle's mood is a wonderful Chinese martial arts-like swordfight; with that said, Lancer makes use of his incredible speed and plain strength as weapons. This is action where you can tell that with one blow.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518440592171229184
    The suspicious person loitering within campus ran away. Everyone, please be careful when staying out late at night!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518440658768379904
    Lancer wastes no time in going out to kill. What very efficient movement.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518441207618236417
    She didn't think of saving someone because they were dying; she thought of saving them because there's a life to save.
    ...Her ten years worth of savings for winning the war just went down the drain though!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518441267542233088
    The reasons why Rin thoughtlessly left the jewel behind are the savings (magical energy) that Rin left inside the jewel had pretty much vanished, and the regret from using up ten years worth of savings is still spinning in her head. I'm such a moron.
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518441622367772672
    Saber's entry sure has no hesitation!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518441678470803456
    And here we have the preview. Yup, they've caught everything perfectly!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518441808569720833
    A wonderful first episode! To the director and all the staff, good job, good job!
     
    https://twitter.com/Fate_SN_Anime/status/518442281137737728
    Rin's prologue now ends here. The main story begins next episode, so please look forward to it!

  4. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Tiger Dojo [Others], p.065 [T]

    Tiger Dojo [Others]
    A no-questions-asked Q&A corner that accompanies dead ends. Of course, since it only gives vague hints, it's not as helpful as it might seem.
    There are forty episodes in total, with an overarching plot that runs from start to finish.
    Even just two months before the game went gold the scenario director, art director, and chief director were conspiring to cram in more and more content. At one point there were plans to change the title card every single episode, add animations, and give Illya forty different outfits. In the end, though, they realized that if they had the time and resources to do all that they should probably spend it polishing the main game instead, and so the Tiger Dojo took on its current form.
    The fact that it ended up being so lively and amusing even after being scaled back was mostly due to the chief director's efforts.
    By the way, the bonus Tiger Mini-Theaters were actually supposed to be part of the main Tiger Dojo story at first.
    Ah, now that I'm thinking about it, there's something nice about text-window type visual novels, don't you think? Let's make one of those next time!

    タイガー道場【その他】
    デッドエンドの友、問答無用のQ&Aコーナー。
    一応ヒントらしきものを教えてくれるので助かりそうで助からない。
    全四十回もの長期連載で、一話から最終話まで、それなりに流れがあるようですよ?
    マスターアップ二ヶ月前までは毎回タイトルインを変えようとか、アニメを入れようとか、イリヤは四十種類の服替えをさせようとか、シナリオ担当と原画担当と演出担当の問たけで悪巧みが進行していたが、そんな余裕っていうか、余力があるなら本編をクオリティアップすべきでは?と気がつき、現在の形に落ち着いた。
    それでも演出担当によるおもしろ演出は健在。
    おまけで作られたタイガーミニ劇場は、当初タイガー道場本編の一部として作られたものである。
    ああ、テキストウインドウタイプのノベルゲームもいいなあ。
    次回作はこんな感じで!

  5. TYPE-MOON History
  6. Nasu: "That's right, when I finished writing the Saber and Rin route all in one go...
    Nasu: "That's right, when I finished writing the Saber and Rin route all in one go, part of me thought the game wouldn't be settled unless I flipped it over. As the theme of Fate/stay night, if we assume the Saber route to be posing a question, the Rin route is the answer and the Sakura route is a practical application. In the beginning there were plans for an Illya route, but if we were to add it, the game would have wound up being incredibly huge. So we had this plan to release the Saber route and Rin route as "Fate/stay night", and the Illya route and Sakura route as "Fate/other night". But when we thought of the 8800 yen price, we decided we should include the Sakura route after all, so in the end, we decided to combine the Illya route and Sakura route into one route. So, although it had been finished during 2002, we took more time to reorganize the plot in January or February of the following year."
  7. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Scrapped Routes [Others], p.072

    Scrapped Routes [Others]
    Literally, the scrapped ideas about route.
    "FATE" was, originally, planned to have 4 heroines with 4 routes.
    The first part would be temporarily playing either Saber or Rin, the two would meet at the middle part, and the last part would proceed into 4 routes...... or like so, it was made into a very confusing plot.
    The first of the scrapped routes was, the well-known Ilya route.
    The Caster route has completely extinguished, but the plot regarding a cooperation with Rider is continued in a portion of the actual game.
    If there was the Ilya route, there would have been a choice in the 9th day of Sakura route which would have chosen to be not the hero of justice, nor Sakura's hero, but Ilya's hero. Unfortunately, the possibility has disappeared in the actual game.

    没ルート 【その他】
    その名の通り、没になったルート案。
    「Fate」は初め、四ヒロイン分の四ルートとして考えられていた。
    前半まで士郎と凛のどちらかを任意でプレイ、中盤に達した時点で二人が出会い、その後の後半戦を四ルートに分けて行う......という、なんだかよく分からないプロットをしていたのである。
    没になったルートの筆頭は、ご存知イリヤルー卜。
    その他、凛&セイバーコンビと戦うライダールート、 キャスターをロリっ娘にしてパートナーにしようというキャスタールートがあった。
    キャスタールートは完全に消滅したが、ライダーと協力する展開は、一部本騙で受け継がれている。
    イリヤルートがあるとしたら、桜ルート九日目で正義の味方でもなく桜の味方でもなく、イリヤの味方を選ぶコトで分岐するのたろう。
    残念ながら、本騙でその可能性は途絶えてしまったのだが。

  8. Fate/stay night - セイバールート六日目-02.ks file

    "Yay, I'll cooperate"
    "Really?"
    "Of course. Betraying Tohsaka and selling her out, betrayed by Sakura and getting sold out, the Baka-Nii-chans are now born!"
    "...? I don't get your high tension, but does that mean I can trust you?"
    "Yeah! But I'll betray you in the end!"
    ...So, the 20million-powers route with Shin-chan starts here.
    Well, it would if we had the time.
    "Eject!"
    Optimus Prime will appear too!?

  9. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Unlimited Blade Works [Others], p.055 [T]

    Unlimited Blade Works [Others]
    The title of Rin's route, also the subtitle of certain chapters of Fate route.
    It was written in the preview section of the 2001 winter Comiket booklet, but how many people in Japan actually paid attention to it !?

    アンリミテッドブレイドワークス【その他】
    凛ルートのタイトルにして、「フェイト」プロット段階でのサブタイトル。
    2001年の冬コミで配った小册子があるのですが、 そこに次回作の予告と、このタイトルが入っていたのに気付いた人が日本に何人いるのかしら!?

  10. [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Miscellaneous, p.136

    Q: Looking at the parameter rules and various attributes in Fate, I got the feeling that it was something that could be made into a game outside the visual novel genre. Were you hoping to make another type of game as well?

    Q: Looking at the parameter rules and various attributes in Fate, I got the feeling that it was something that could be made into a game outside the visual novel genre. Were you hoping to make another type of game as well?

    A: Yes, a simulation game. I think a wargame like Romance of the Three Kingdoms would be interesting.

    Q:「Fate」のパラメータールールを属性を見ていると、なんだかビジュアルノベル以外のゲームもできそうな感じなのですが、「こんなゲームにもしてみたかった」的な夢はあったのでしょうか?

    A:シミュレーションゲームですね。「三国志」みたいな国奪りゲームとか面白そうです。

  11. Type Moon Official Site
  12. Fate/stay night official website
  13. [1]
  14. Twitter - I read the newtype article and at first the Fate anime was to be the Fate route (Saber route) and they made a little progress although though they changed it to UBW (Rin route) among other things. After the change, Fate was released for free, UBW became the TV anime and HF became the movie version, among other things.
  15. 1st Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Film Reveals Full Title, October 14 Premiere. Anime News Network (2017-03-25).
  16. Fate/stay night twitter 7/28/18
  17. 3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Rescheduled for August 15 After COVID-19 Delay. Anime News Network (2020-06-26).

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