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If you ask five people this question, you'll get six answers. There are conflicting opinions on this, and I'll try to outline the major options available in this answer. But first, a tl;dr tl;dr If you only want to watch anime: Watch Ufotable's version of Unlimited Blade Works (prologue, first half, second half) Wait for Ufotable's version of Heaven's Feel ...


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This "airplane" is the Vimana. It is recorded in several epic Hindu texts, including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In fact, in the original Sanskrit works, there is more than one vimana, but in any case it is a flying contraption that gods would ride. There is no record of them in Babylonian literature as far as I know, but of course Gilgamesh owns the ...


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In my opinion (as senshin said, 5 people, 6 answer), if you are looking at the series from production release order, I'd do the following. 1) Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel All works on Fate/Stay Night are adapted from this as The anime mainly follows the Fate Route Caster's Antagonist Role later in the anime is adapted from Unlimited Blade Works. (In Fate,...


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The Lesser and Greater Grails What we see in Fate/Zero and the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works Routes of Fate/Stay Night is the Lesser Grail, this is just a vessel to summon the Great Grail which is hidden beneath Fuyuki. so long as the Greater Grail exists the Wars will continue. Why did Shirou succeed while Kiritsugu failed? It depends on which route ...


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The vessel to the Holy Grail, known as the Lesser Grail, is used to summon the Greater Grail, which resides in the cavern underneath Ryuudou Temple. It is the Greater Grail, which allows a magus to access the Root or re-obtain the Third Magic, so it stands to reason that it is also meant to grant the promised wish to Masters and Servants. Up until the end of ...


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Black Keys are a type of conceptual weapons (albeit weak), called Keys of Providence. They are essentially charms used by agents of the Church to exorcise demons. They are meant to bind and/or seal spiritual phenomena (e.g. Vampires hunted by the Church), rather than hurt them. The Type-Moon Wiki notes that: If they hit the shadow of a target, the ...


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At the time of Fate/Zero, Illya is 8 years old. In Fate/Stay Night, which takes place 10 years after Fate/Zero, she is 18 years old. It was mentioned in Fate/Zero, that the preparations for the 4th Holy Grail War started 8 years before, where you can see that Illya is born. The 5th war happens 10 years after the events of Fate/Zero making her 18 years old.


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When a Hero dies and ascends to the Throne of Heroes to become a Heroic Spirit they will gain strength based off the worship of their legend as such the more fame and renown one gets the stronger they become. when they are summoned, there are factors which determine how much strength they have in relation to what they have from the Throne of Heroes Cultural ...


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Note the Holy Grail War was originally a means to get to the Root, although only the Tohsaka family has retained this goal. (This appears either in "Heaven's Feel" or "Unlimited Blade Works".) The Holy Grail as a granter of wishes is described as "only an excuse made for outsiders" in UBW. Thus, in some sense, the wish-granting component is very secondary. ...


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Firstly, Altria. what we see in Fate/Stay Night is not originally what Kinoko Nasu first wrote, the original version was called Old Fate (旧Fate) or Fate Origin which was re-imagined into Fate/Prototype, in this Altria's character would have been a man (Arthur) and Shirou's character would be female (Ayaka Sajyou). Of course, this is no longer part of the ...


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For the most part, yes, but there are some exceptions. I assume you haven't read the Fate/stay night visual novel, which answers your question. As such, spoilers for that below.


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At some point in the Fate/Stay Night game, it's revealed that the holy grail can be summoned without having sacrificed all of the necessary servants. The grail won't be all-powerful, but it should still be plenty powerful for most wishes. Because the grail was activated while some of the servants were still alive, it was not at full power, hence the ...


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I think you answered this yourself: Using relics and additional incantations during the summoning ritual, Masters have some degree of control over the Class The keyword here is "some". The Servants are summoned by the Grail, even though the Masters have some sort of control of what they are trying to summon. This wiki states (it has a reference too, ...


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There are several examples of what would seem like futuristic technology in ancient cultures like the Egyptians and Babylonians. In temple of Seti I there are hyroglyphics that depict blimps and helicopters. Image Source - Wikipedia The Vimana is another example of this. Also Ea is a construct "not of this world" and is an Anti - World Noble Phantasm that ...


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Yes, Saber's (Arthuria) situation as a Servant is unique. She is not a true heroic spirit, but rather an incomplete one (See: Fate/Zero novel, Vol. 2, Act 5, Part 1): As Saber - that is, Arturia - is an incomplete Heroic Spirit, she would not possess the knowledge that surpasses time and space one gains when one has reached the Throne of Heroes. ...


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The exact way in which the Grail picks Masters is not well-understood, as far as I'm aware. It's a fuzzy process even to the participants themselves. To try to address your specific questions: Do you need to descend from a mage bloodline? Did the murderer guy (the one who got Caster in Fate/Zero) have magical blood? I'm not sure whether you strictly ...


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Gilgamesh could possibly be fit in any class mainly thanks to all the items he has in the Gate of Babylon. He was quite possible chosen by the Holy Grail to fill the Archer Class as his personality would fit a very high level of Independent Action, the Wikia page also says: He is able to easily ignore his Master's orders, making it possible to stroll ...


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It's explained that the grail will materialize before it's fully "filled", but it's only complete once all 7 heroic spirits are dead. From the Novel when Kariya hands over Irisviel to Kirei: “To be precise, it is this homunculus. If one or two more Servants are finished, then it will probably show its true form… I will prepare the ritual to ...


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It should be possible. However most of the examples i can find are non-human. In Fate/Apocrypha we learn that the entire Red faction, save Mordrid, is under Shiro Kotomine's control since their Masters aren't in Trifas and he has been working on taking control; I remember reading that he has their Command Seals. The reason he can do this is probably because ...


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While I don't know if Gen Urobuchi had said anything about this, the TYPE-MOON Wikia page for Rider (under Profile section, since you know his real name the first paragraph shouldn't be too bad in terms of spoilers) says his name was also Al-Iskandar which does kinda sound like Alexander. But then that doesn't answer why they choose that name. This is just ...


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As i explained in this answer (Under Kiritsugu's Plan), it was because there was a build up of Prana in the Greater Grail. Normal Procedure would be that by the end of a War the Prana (particularly Mana) in the Greater Grail would have been spent and thus take 60 years to naturally replenish. Under Fuyuki - Procedure The Great Grail requires sixty years in ...


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A Servant that has been summoned and then returned to the Throne of Heroes will not remember their first summoning during any subsequent summonings. Under normal circumstances, each time a Servant is summoned, it is actually a copy of the Servant derived from the Throne of Heroes that manifests into the world, and changes to that copy do not affect the ...


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I don't have any concrete statement from Gen Urobuchi or the anime production staff, but I suspect it's because although Alexander the Great began as King of Macedonia, he spent a good portion of his life ruling Persia and other Middle Eastern kingdoms, and so was actually more of a Middle Eastern king than a Greek one. According to the Wikipedia article, ...


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The original author Nasu Kinoko mentioned that having a female protagonist with a male Servant wouldn't be very interesting. The male version (mistakenly romanized as "Saver" [セーバー] in Character Material, as opposed to "Saber" [セイバー]) from his original draft depicted him as being cocky and arrogant, still having the same sense of duty of the female Saber. ...


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The plane that they were in is an Airbus A300-B2 which has a seal-tight cockpit door, it should have been able to keep the bees out but didn't, which could mean that it was open during the incident. It still doesn't explain how she managed to dodge the bees through the cabin, which she would have had to traverse in order to reach the cockpit. It's possible ...


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To expand on @Septian Primadewa's comment The winning pair is supposed to be able to claim the Holy Grail and utilize it to grant a wish for each of them. Its true purpose is to actually utilize the seven Servants returning to the root as a way to form a hole directly to it. Source - Holy Grail War *emphasis mine However the catch is in the last ...


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Kayneth himself tells us that even the lowest class of Magi (anyone with magic circuits and some training in using them at the simplest levels) are functionally immune to Lancer's enchanting beauty mark. All they have to do is cycle their prana and it will wipe out the effects of the curse. In the anime in particular you actually see Iri start to come ...


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Based on skimming the light novel and the Wikia, this is what I could come up with about the summoning order of the Servants in the Fourth Holy Grail War. Fate/Zero doesn't give actual dates, but it does count down the hours until the start of the Holy Grail War, although the novel only gives them at the start of a chapter, so there's a certain amount of ...


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According to the type moon wiki, Iskandar's reality marble is created with help from people who "shared his dreams and pledged allegiance to him after many victories and defeats" Thus, in essence, Iskandar's reality marble is created by his followers, which Waver is, essentially, by the end of Fate/Zero. Therefore, Waver is included among the rest of ...


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In short, we don't know who they are, although there is some evidence on who the black-haired adjutant might be. The Seven Warriors Ionioi Hetairoi means "The Companions of Ionia", so I would expect some, if not all, of these important-looking soldiers to be Alexander's bodyguards, which consisted of seven men, drawn from the Macedonian nobility, who ...


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