Fate/Zero Episode #01 Review

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EPISODE 1: Summoning the Heros

Taking place 10 years before the events of Fate/stay night, this series chronicles the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War.

The first episodes runtime is 47:40, It is a huge 1st episode with alot, alot of talking and then some summoning.

Germany -Einzbern Castle- -8 Years Ago

The episode opens in Germany, at Einzbern Castle with Lady Irisviel von Einzbern giving birth to a baby girl, not just any girl a mage named Illyasviel. Irisviel is simply used for birthing magicians into the Einzbern bloodline, and will gladly accept her death. Her husband Kiritsugu Emiya, is obviously perturbed at this because his wife now has to die. The scene now shows the newborn baby Illyasviel, Iri, and Kiritsugu all talking about how the grail will save him, and it shows the command seal on his right hand signifying that he is a participant in the Holy Grail War.

Torino, Italy -3 Years Ago-

The next scene opens 3 years prior in Torino, Italy. Tokiomi talks with 2 priests, one a fellow Holy Grail War participant and explains that the command seal is a Stigmata, bestowing the power to command a Servant. The next participant is Kirie Kotomine, Kiritsugu then explains that it unusual for Kirie to be chosen so early simply because he has no real connection to magic, and the priest still finds it hard to believe that he has been chosen to fight in this war and to summon Servants. The Church gets involved and sends an observer, Kirie’s Father.

Tokiomi explains that everything they have spoken is already known, and that the holy grain will appear randomly in some Japanese town called Fuyuki, but that it is not the one that belongs to son of God. Tokiomi Tohsaka explains that the Fuyuki grail is still powerful and that it shouldn’t be ignored, and that it can still grant wishes….and it could bring disaster should it fall into the wrong hands. the priests and Tokiomi agree to maintain the appearance of enemies but secretly work together to defeat the the other Command Seal Masters, and attain certain victory. Kirie is then transferred from the Church, to the Mages Association, and he becomes Tokiomi’s apprentice. Kirie is given 3 years to go to Japan, and study magic to help him command his Servant. We also learn that the grail chooses Masters who need it the most, but that is can also choose anybody. Kiries father hopes that this will help Kirie get over his wife who died a few days ago

We then move onto Fuyuki City

Fuyuki City  -1 Year Ago-

Aoi Tohsaka is sitting on a bench, Kariya Matō, and Rin Tohsaka all appear in the same scene. Kariya is back to Fuyuki City from a business trip, RIN is excited because she gets a present from Kariya, and also has a present for Sakura Matō, but Sakura is gone. Sakura happens to be Aoi Tohsakas Daughter, and RINs little sister. Sakura has been taken to the Matō clans household, they want child who carry the blood of mages. The Tohsaka have decided to give their allies the Matō, a clan bearing the blood of a mage can never experience the happiness of a normal family so she willingly gave Sakura up, because it wasn’t her place to speak out. Apparently Kariya has given up the world of the mages, and then Kariya goes off to his father house where Sakura is kept, and “educated.” Kariya apparently decided to give his family the middle finger, and not learn the secrets of the Matō. Kariya has a brother called Byakuya who cannot command a Servant, and thus they decided they needed Sakura because they wanted to fight in the Holy Grail War, they will use her to produce a mage who can fight in the next War. Kariya then decides he wants to get some balls, and fight in the War, and states he wants Sakura Freed.  Kariya wants a bug seal implanted inside him, his Father Zouken disagrees at first. Kariya is way too late at trying to help Sakura get out of this mess, old man Zouken Matō has already started her “education.” He says she has been in the bug chamber for twelve hours, and that she is still alive “Tohsaka are very powerful.”  Kariya agrees to try and help save Sakura but Zouken Matō will keep it going until Kariya shows results, and if Kariya gets the grail Sakura will only be kept for 1 year.

Back at Einzbern Castle In Germany. Iri, and Kiritsugu talk about spies he planted in London and say that another Master has been chosen. Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald has been chosen next.

London Clock Tower -Present Day-

Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald is a teacher at the London Clock Tower, and he has to go out of his way to talk to his class about bloodline, and bring up a student’s paper about if you have a greater understanding of a spell and if you control your mana more, would enable one to overcome this handicap, and then even someone with thin blood could become a master mage. Waver Velvet is now introduced, meet him, say hello, he isn’t going anywhere. Archibold is now upset that one of his students would indulge this nonsense. Archibold then proceeds to put down his 3 generations of mage family, and Waver runs into the mail boy who then pretends he is doing an errand for Archibold, the package boy gives Waver a package meant for Archibold, Bad choice mister mailman.  We then learn that 3 families the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tohsaka all managed to get the Grail to appear, they realized that they Grail would only fulfill one wish, so they decided to try and kill each other to solve that problem. Only once every 60 years does the Grail appear in Fuyuki, The seven Servants are

  • Archer
  • Saber
  • Lancer
  • Rider
  • Assassin
  • Caster
  • Berserker

To summon a Servant a relic of theirs is needed to act as a catalyst.

There is a secret meeting between Kirei, and Tokiomi. We meet Hassan, master of Stratagems, Say Hello to Hassan.

Einzberns are solely devoted to Alchemy, and then they suddenly let in an outside mage, Kiritsugu Emiya, and he gets Saber. They want him to complete the 3rd true magic “Heavens Feel”  This scene explains how Emiya was a mercenary, and how ruthless he was.

Mages Chosen

  • Tokiomi Tohsaka
  • Kariya Matō
  • Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald
  • Kiritsugu Emiya
  • Kirei Kotomine

and the next meeting is between Zouken, and Kariya who just barely survived the bugs. The bugs have deformed Kariya, he then gets stabbed in his left leg to see if it still works.

we then learn that Waver has now been chosen by the Grail

Mages Chosen

  • Tokiomi Tohsaka
  • Kariya Matō
  • Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald
  • Kiritsugu Emiya
  • Kirei Kotomine
  • Waver Velvet

Emiya gets Excaliber! and he wants to summon King Arthur, he learns that he can also use the sword in tandem with his own mana.

Rin and Aoi are leaving to go and live with Zenjo Family, Rin and Kirei have a discussion about protecting Rins father. Kirei and Tokiomi are together again, Tokiomi’s relic has arrived, It is The First snake’s skin he intends to use this as his catalyst. Sakura and Kariya meet in the hallway they talk, he explains that he has to do something very important and that he might get to talk to her alot anymore, he invites her after everything is finished to go out somewhere to have fun, she says Grandfather told her that she should forget her family like they never existed, Kariya says they should take rin and aoi from the tohsakas and run away. Kariya then promises Sakura she will see her family again. Kariya has to leave.

Summoning time

  • Tokiomi Tohsaka – Archer
  • Kariya Matō – Berserker
  • Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald – Lancer
  • Kiritsugu Emiya – Saber
  • Kirei Kotomine – Assassin
  • Waver Velvet – Rider

And That’s All Folks Next Episode 02.False Start


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