In the ED, we see each character (that appears in the show) is connected by (the proximity of) a hand.

Right as the ED of Carnival Phantasm ends, we see Saber extending her hand to someone, but we never see who that person is.

Was the identity of this hand ever revealed? If so, who is it?

Who's that hand?!


That arm could be the arm of Kiritsugu Emiya. In the picture the characters are connected to thier masters. The masters of Saber would be Shirou Emiya and Kiritsugu Emiya.

It could also be the arm of Irisviel van Einzbern, who wasn't the real master of Saber but some sort of stand-in, while Kiritsugu was doing his dirty work.


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    I'm not really convinced by this. Carnival Phantasm doesn't have any Fate/Zero characters, and Kiritsugu exists in Fate/Stay Night only in a small number of flashbacks (and Irisviel not at all). Do you have any sources to back up this claim?
    – Logan M
    Mar 30 '13 at 1:24

There's a zerochan image suggesting that it's Irisviel:

However, it credits a Pixiv user so chances are that it ain't official. Nevertheless, there are some bases for such an assumption:

  • Irisviel has a connection to Saber (being the stand-in Master during Fate/Zero)
  • the arm looks feminine
  • Despite Logan M's comment Fate/Zero characters do appear in the Ahnenerbe party after the credits, even Iris.

Omigawd it's Irisviel

Real Emiya family

So it stands to reason that Irisviel is the most likely candidate.


This is an interesting question, but without an official source to confirm the answers, they can only remain as speculations.

If you pay attention to the forearm of the hidden character, it is not covered in sleeves, nor is it decorated with anything, like a wrist band, so Kiritsugu is out. Saber's friendly gesture towards the unknown person shows a moderately close affinity between them, so again it can't be Kiritsugu because Saber dislikes him and would have shown an anxious face like Bazett's if it's his hand that is reaching out to her. While Irisviel von Einzbern fits all these bills and is indeed a very likely candidate, the size of the hand seems to be slightly larger than that of Saber and about equal to that of Shirou, which suggests a hand of a delicate man over a hand of a delicate woman.

I think Saber is extending her hand to her male archetype counterpart: Prototype Saber from Fate/Prototype, which was released as a twelve minute anime segment released with Season 3 of Carnival Phantasm.

Prototype Saber in casual wear

It makes sense to reveal only the hand because we don't even know of the existence of Prototype Saber until after Ayaka Sajou has called Ahnenerbe in the final segment of the last episode, so the hand serves as a good lead-in to Fate/Prototype.

  • Why Aoko and not Arcueid? She and Saber they seem pretty compatible character-wise. Since they actually have recurring appearances in the show, it would probably more better sense.
    – кяαzєя
    Dec 3 '14 at 22:43

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