If you were a fan of Game of Thrones (excluding the disappointment that was the final season) and you are a fan of anime, then it’s possible that you would also love Fate/Zero. The prequel to Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero is a dark and captivating masterpiece that, like Game of Thrones, features complex characters, intricate political intrigue, epic battles, and high fantasy elements. And for those who are lucky enough to watch it for the first time, the series is currently streaming on Hulu.
Fate/Zero, the prequel to Fate/stay night, is in our opinion, a fantastic anime for fans of Game of Thrones high-fantasy.
Since its release in 2011, Fate/Zero has garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan following. It’s a series that takes viewers back to the beginning of the Fate franchise, to the Fourth Holy Grail War, where seven Masters summon seven heroic Servants to vie for the miraculous Holy Grail, a relic that grants any wish.
At the heart of Fate/Zero are two intriguing characters: Kirei Kotomine, a man plagued by doubts about his role in the war, and Kiritsugu Emiya, a ruthless and enigmatic figure who desires the Holy Grail for his own reasons. As the war unfolds, alliances are formed, secrets are unveiled, and moral boundaries are tested. Fate/Zero unravels to become a rollercoaster of tension, action, and philosophical exploration.
Fate/Zero may serve to fill a void left by the ending of Game of Thrones in 2019.
Fate/Zero received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. Anime enthusiasts and critics alike praised its intricate storytelling, complex characters, and stunning visuals. Jacob Chapman of Anime News Network described it as “a treasure worth unearthing to its end,” highlighting its ambitious narrative, character depth, and masterful craftsmanship. The series also garnered attention for its exploration of dark and mature themes, making it a standout in the world of anime.
The series’ success extended beyond critical acclaim. It set sales records with its Blu-ray box sets and received several awards, including Best Studio for ufotable, Best Soundtrack, and Best Title of the Year at the 2nd Newtype Anime Awards. Fate/Zero earned a place on multiple lists of the best anime of the 2010s, including those by Polygon, Crunchyroll, and IGN, cementing its status as a modern classic.
Fate/Zero may serve to fill a void left by the ending of Game of Thrones in 2019. While the Game of Thrones sequel, House of the Dragon, was released on HBO (now Max) in 2022, the second season isn’t expected to be released until 2024, at the earliest. Until then, fans of exciting, morally corrupt fantasy series may enjoy the 25 episodes Fate/Zero has to offer.
Much like Game of Thrones, Fate/Zero features a rich ensemble of characters, each with their own motivations, flaws, and moral dilemmas. It’s a character-driven narrative that draws viewers in as they watch how the lives of these multifaceted characters unfold.
Also, like Game of Thrones, both series explore the intricate web of politics, alliances, and betrayals. In Fate/Zero, the battle for the Holy Grail is as much about strategy and manipulation as it is about brute force. This paves the way for dark themes, including the consequences of power, morality, and the sacrifices individuals are willing to make for their goals, similar to what Game of Thrones fans witnessed in the battle for the throne.
Much like Game of Thrones, Fate/Zero features a rich ensemble of characters, each with their own motivations, flaws, and moral dilemmas.
Like any good fantasy series, Fate/Zero also features epic battles and intense action sequences as heroic Servants clash in visually stunning and well-choreographed fights. The anime boasts high production values, with top-notch animation and compelling soundtracks that enhance the overall viewing experience.
If you end up loving Fate/Zero, there’s more where it came from. And, unlike House of the Dragon, there’s no need to wait potentially years for another season. Fate/Zero is part of the Fate/stay night universe, which also features a host of other stories, including Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel I to III, Fate/Strange Fake: Whispers Of Dawn, and Fate/Prototype, to name a few.
Fate/Zero is a standout in the world of anime, captivating audiences with its complex characters, intricate plot, and thought-provoking themes. For fans of Game of Thrones seeking a new dark fantasy epic, Fate/Zero is a compelling choice that offers a similar blend of intrigue, action, and moral ambiguity. Whether you’re new to the Fate franchise or a seasoned fan, this anime promises an immersive and unforgettable experience in the world of magic, heroes, and the quest for the miraculous Holy Grail.