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How To Watch Fate Anime? A Complete Watch Order Guide

There is no doubt that when magic, mind-numbing plots and timelines, and roaring actions are mixed together it results in some of the best anime that fans can only dream of. 

So, when we talk about one of the complicated yet beautiful anime franchises, Fate, sometimes it might be an understatement to say that it has it all to be a successful franchise.

A creative blend of fantastic storytelling and action-packed animation, Fate is a battle of powerful characters that are always in constant call for bloodshed and mayhem.

With many narratives and a perplexing timeframe, this anime series may appear to be a train wreck to novices trying to enter the Fate realm, but this is precisely what has made it such a success and entertaining in its own right.

Since its release, there have been so many adaptations that even a die-hard anime fan could become confused and lose track of the core plot. So, it is only fair to ask about the correct order to watch it.

Let me ease you down, take you further into the details, and show you how to enjoy this genre-defining anime.

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1. The Release Order

I. TV series

  • Fate/Stay Night (2006)
  • Fate/Zero (2011)
  • Fate/Zero season 2 (2012)
  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014)
  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blades Works season 2 (2015)
  • Fate/Apocrypha (2017)
  • Fate/Extra: Last Encore (2018)
  • Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Illustrious Tendousetsu (2018)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia (2019)

 II. Movies

  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Unlimited Blade Works (2010)
  • Fate/Zero Cafe (2013)
  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel: I. Presage Flower (2017)
  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel: II. Lost Butterfly (2019)
  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel: III. Spring Song (2020)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 1 – Wandering; Agateram (2020)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 2 – Paladin; Agateram (2021)

III. OVAs

  • Fate/Stay Night TV Reproduction (2010)
  • Fate/Prototype (2011)

IV. ONAs

  • Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family (Emiya San Chi No Kyou No Gohan) (2018)

V. Anime Specials

  • Fate/Prototype (2011) 
  • Fate/Zero: Please! Einzbern Counselling Room (2012)
  • Fate/Zero Remix (2012)
  • Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Prologue (2014)
  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Season 2 – Sunny Day (2015)
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order (2016)
  • Fate/Apocrypha Recaps (2017)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Himuro no Tenchi – 7 Nin No Saikyou Ijin Hen (2017) (anime short)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom (2017)
  • Lord El-Melloi II Case Files – Rail Zeppelin Grace Notes – A Grave Keeper, a Cat, and a Mage (2018)
  • Manga De Wakaru! Fate/Grand Order (2018)
  • Lord El-Melloi II Case Files –   Rail Zeppelin Grace Notes (2019)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia – Initium Iter (2019)
  • Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia Recaps (2019)

VI. Spin-off Series

  • Fate/Kaleid Prisma☆Illya (2013)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆ Specials (2013)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya: Undoukai De Dance! (2014)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! (2014) 
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Specials (2014)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Mahou Shoujo In Onsen Ryokou (2015)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! (2015)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! Specials (2015)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei! (2016)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei! Specials (2017)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Sekka No Chikai (2017)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Sekka No Chikai – Kuro Sakura No Heya (2018)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya: Prisma☆Phantasm (2019)

VII. Upcoming Installments

  • Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon (anime movie) (to be released on 30th July 2021)
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya Licht – Namae No Nai Shoujo (anime movie) (to be released on 27th August 2021)

2. The Chronological Order

  • Fate/Zero (2011-2012)
  • Fate/Stay Night (2006)
  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2010-2014)
  • Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel (movie trilogy) (2017-2020)
  • Fate/Grand Order (anime movie) (2020- ongoing)
  • Fate Apocrypha (2017)
  • Fate/Extra Last Encore (2018)

In a nutshell, a person can gain a good grasp of this never-ending universe of magicians and conflicts simply by looking at the chronological order listed above. 

How To Watch Fate Anime? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Fate/Stay Night | Source: Netflix

However, there are many more contents, such as the specials and spinoffs, that require their own order in addition to the original timeline to gain a better understanding of this particular series.

Let’s dive into a more detailed order.

3. The Detailed Chronological Order

  • Fate/Apocrypha 

(The events of this anime happen during the 3rd Holy Grail War but in an alternate timeline, completely separated from the original plot.)

I. Fate/Zero 

II. Fate/Stay Night

  • Lord El-Melloi II Case Files 

(The events of this anime special take place after Fate/Zero (4th Holy Grail War) and before Fate/Stay Night (5th Holy Grail War).)

  • Today’s Menu for Emiya Family  

(This is an alternate ending to the 5th Holy Grail War where nobody dies and everybody is happy.)

III. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

IV. Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel (movie trilogy)

V. Fate/Grand Order

(This happens in a completely different timeline, totally separated from the original plot. In this timeline, the 1st Holy Grail War does not happen at all.)

VI. Fate/Extra Last Encore

(The Fate/Extra Universe also takes place in its own world, with its own timeline, wholly separated from the original plot. Fate/Extra Universe splits off from the 3rd Holy Grail War of the original plot.)

VII. Fate/Kaleid Prisma☆Illya

(This spin-off series directly diverges from the main timeline. Instead, the events occur in an alternate universe, separating from the core plot before the start of the 1st Holy Grail War.)

VIII. Fate/Prototype 

(This is also an installment in this franchise, and similarly, it is totally isolated from the actual plot, and the events of it take place solely in its own universe.)

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4. Where to watch Fate Anime in Sub or Dub?

People other than the country of Japan will have their preferences of watching an anime with subtitles or dubbed.  Fate anime are evenly scattered in all of the official streaming platforms and it is just a matter of time to swim in the vast ocean of Fate.

Fate/Apocrypha | Trailer [HD] | Netflix
Fate/Apocrypha | Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Here is the list –  

  • Fate/Stay Night – Crunchyroll, Hulu, Tubi
  • Fate/Zero – Netflix US, Crunchyroll, Funimation
  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (series) – Netflix US, Hulu, Funimation
  • Fate/Apocrypha – Netflix US
  • Fate/Extra Last Encore – Netflix US
  • Fate/Kaleid PrismaIllya – Crunchyroll
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order, Fate/Grand Order – Moonlight/Lostroom, Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen – Babylonia – Funimation, Crunchyroll.

Netflix, Funimation, Crunchyroll, Tubi, and Hulu, all provide the option of both subtitled and dubbed versions. 

5. How much time will it take to watch Fate?

The overall official runtime of Fate is 94 hours and 3 minutes when all the series, movies, OVAs, ONAs, specials, and the recently released movie, Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 2 – Paladin; Agateram, are added together.

How To Watch Fate Anime? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Fate/Grand Order | Source: Crunchyroll

A complete list of each installment’s running time –  

  • Fate/stay night – 576 minutes
  • Fate/stay night TV Reproduction – 120 minutes
  • Fate/stay night Movie: Unlimited Blade Works – 100 minutes
  • Fate/Zero – 364 minutes
  • Fate/Prototype – 12 minutes
  • Fate/Zero: Onegai! Einzbern Soudanshitsu – 90 minutes
  • Fate/Zero Remix – 48 minutes
  • Fate/Zero Season 2 – 288 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya – 240 minutes
  • Fate/Zero Café – 20 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Specials – 25 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Undoukai de Dance! – 25 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! – 230 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Specials – 25 minutes
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Prologue – 51 minutes
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – 336 minutes
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season – 299 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!: Mahou Shoujo in Onsen Ryokou – 26 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! Specials – 30 minutes
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season – Sunny Day – 9 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! – 288 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! Specials – 30 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order – 74 minutes
  • Fate/Apocrypha – 575 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Sekka no Chikai – 89 minutes
  • Fate/Apocrypha Recaps – 48 minutes
  • Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower – 120 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: Himuro no Tenchi – 7-nin no Saikyou Ijin-hen – 14 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom – 32 minutes
  • Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan – 169 minutes
  • Fate/Extra: Last Encore – 240 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Sekka no Chikai – Kuro Sakura no Heya – 6 minutes
  • Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Illustrias Tendousetsu – 96 minutes
  • Manga de Wakaru! Fate/Grand Order – 14 minutes
  • Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly – 117 minutes
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Prisma☆Phantasm – 62 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia – Initium Iter – 27 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia – 483 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia Recaps – 69 minutes
  • Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song – 122 minutes
  • Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 2 – Paladin; Agateram – 96 minutes

6. How to download and watch Fate offline?

Watching an anime offline is as easy as it gets. Since the Fate anime series and the movies are streaming in all the official streaming services, one only needs to have the proper subscription.

Netflix subscribers can download and watch it anywhere and at any time since it already has a download option.

How To Watch Fate Anime? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Fate/Stay Night | Source: Fandom

In Crunchyroll, people can watch it offline only if they have a Mega Fan subscription ($9.99 per month) or an Ultimate Fan subscription ($14.99 per month).

Similarly, for people having a Funimation subscription, they can download the videos on iOS and Android devices if they have a Premium Plus subscription ($7.99 per month) and use Premium Plus Ultra ($99.99 per year).

In the case of Hulu, the offline download option is restricted to viewer’s that has the No Ads Plan, which is at $11.99 as compared to the monthly subscription at $5.99

7. Conclusion

Given the chronological order, it is naturally tempting for anyone to want to watch it in that order. However, I strongly advise the beginners who are serious about diving down this wild rabbit hole to follow the release order properly.

Those who already know what this is all about and have seen every single episode, movie, or specials, can save time by following the chronological order.

8. About Fate Series

Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel developed by Type-Moon, released initially as an adult game for Windows.

The story revolves around Shirou Emiya, an honest and hardworking teen who is forced to enter The Fifth Holy Grail War.

In this deathmatch tournament, participants fight with magical abilities, as the winner gets to chance to have their desires come to life. Following a near-death experience, he meets Saber, an artificial personification of the legend Arturia Pendragon, designed to help the participants.

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