Blood type: Unknown
Image color: Scarlet
Talents: Pulling arguments out of his ass, leadership
Things he likes: Adventure, novelty
Things he hates: Idea of completion, benefits of what he already has
Worst enemy: His mother
Comment for Alexander Takeuchi: We are the King of Conquerors! Because he can be said to be the ultimate key person in F/Z, a lot of time and energy went into his design. He has a detailed and complex design, so he became a very difficult character to draw. Urobuchi: If 5th Rider is a racing car, then 4th Rider is a heavy tank, Which one would you choose to take a ride on? Takeuchi: Actually, the heavy tank-ness of the Gordius Wheel is cool. But it can't enter a sewer at all. Urobuchi: At one point, that Noble Phantasm was designed to have the ability to change its size at will by substituting its parts and transforming. Even then, though, the sewers would be too narrow.
Without the mantle, you get an extremely intimate feeling from him. The King of Conquerors in the style of commoners. [Takeuchi]
Rider: Bwahahaha Cast it all off!!
Waver: Why even me...
Maybe it would be better to put him in a loincloth. [Takeuchi]
Initial designs. I'm pretty pleased with the guy in the center with the three feelers. [Takeuchi]
Height: 160 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Blood type: O
Birthday: September 5
Three sizes: B78/W57/H82
Image color: Light yellow-green
Talents: Smoothing a situation over
Things she likes: Mysterious things, nighttime strolls
Things she hates: Swimming
Worst enemy: None
Comment for Aoi Takeuchi: She has the feeling of a well-raised young lady who became a mother. She was supposed to be a different type of "ideal mother" than Iri. Urobuchi: Iri is the fun mama while Aoi is the peaceful mama, huh? But I imagine Aoi is better at using that hidden power that mothers have. Takeuchi: You also get a strong feeling of "That husband of mine, never taking care of himself" from her. Personally, I have the image that while she looks like Rin at a glance, her behavior is like that of Sakura. Urobuchi:WoooW, that's a really high level fusion!
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Blood type: Unknown
Image color: Kayneth, Sola-Ui
Talents: Outdoor cooking, welcoming guests
Things he likes: Friendship, codes of honor
Things he hates: Smitten maidens, extremely jealous men
Worst enemy:Kayneth, Sola-Ui
His charm point is his droopy eyes and button of a mouth. [Takeuchi]
Comment for Diarmuid Takeuchi: At the time and place where I finished reading the first volume, as I thought "Uh-huh, like this", I was able to create the character's form. His clothing definitely has the manner of an English Rocker (a greaser). Urobuchi: For me, who has an ironclad rule that beautiful people=evil or stupid, he is a really rare character for me. But I really thought that if a man is too beautifully formed, then his life would truly become miserable. Takeuchi: Everything is best in moderation. He comes from the same Celtic mythology as Cu Chulainn, so his costume design follows the same lines. Urobuchi: Celtic bodies! For some reason, as it moves from the time of the Gods to the time of Mankind, simplicity is consequently lost and parts increase; what a wild thought!
Sola-Ui: Lord Derry...
Kayneth: Sola-ui? Sola-Ui!
For no reason whatsoever, there are a large percentage of messy hairdos in Zero. [Takeuchi]
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Blood type: Unknown
Image color: Muddy black
Talents: Plotting events, producing things
Things he likes: Boyish girls, feminine boys
Things he hates: Politics, accounting
Worst enemy: Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, Lancelot
A smiling face! This smile is truly Gilles at his height! [Gen Urobuchi]
Comment for Gilles de Rais Takeuchi: He is a fairly troubled character Drawing this character with such strong peculiarities is fun. Urobuchi: Already, he's more in the style of a creature than a Caster. He used to be such a good-looking guy... but what's really terrifying is his occult knowledge. Takeuchi: I don't think he's that good-looking, but he does have an awfully pretty expression (laugh). Because he's a knight, his body build is also pretty good, so he has the possibility of being summoned as a class other than Caster, huh? Urobuchi: Well, his summoning as a Caster is already against the rules. Though he ended up becoming a general, his most awesome asses wasn't his martial might but his money, right~?
Because he is a knight, his body build is pretty good. [Takeuchi]
Gilles in the past. He must have wet his eyebrowless, round and cute eyes as he was adoring Jeanne. [Takeuchi]
Blood type: Unknown
Image color: Several
Things she likes: Gossip, discussion
Things she hates: In-fighting
Worst enemy: Gilgamesh
More like a Theif than an Assassin, huh? [Takeuchi]
As he changes personalities, the mask also changes.
True face with mask off
The picture of her true face that I saw after the second volume was published. If I had only seen that sooner, Assassin's appearances would have unmistakably increased exponentially! [Urobuchi]
Comment for Hassan Takeuchi: As expected, the most delicious girl is female Assassin, but if she just had a beautiful form, it would overlap with Maiya's, so I aimed to make her like a Terasawa Girl. Urobuchi: Yeah, I love this better. Secretly, the muscles on her two arms and abdomen are also moe. Takeuchi: "If you take off the mask, there's no true face underneath"; it should be something like that, but, of course, they were nothing but empty words. Urobuchi: That's right. Isao Sasaki also said "I want a slice of romance!"
Assassin's large family. [Takeuchi]
Blood type: Unknown
Birthday: February 1
Image color: Silver
Three sizes: B85/W56/H84
Talents: Forging Magecraft
Things she likes: Her husband and daughter
Things she hates: Frugality, traffic safety
Worst enemy: Kirei Kotomine
In a certain way, the rough draft that gave the character her direction in the series. Tights! And then boots! [Gen Urobuchi]
Comment for Irisviel Takeuchi: Mama heroine. I was thinking of a concept that would try to express the combination of the two sides of mother and maiden, but her causal clothing was too adorable, so I regret it just a little. Urobuchi: No, rather, that gap is the very best! The world's mother should all be more adorable! Like parent-teacher conferences! Or field day! Takeuchi: I also kind of wanted to use the contents of the working of her wires a little more. During her villain turn at the end, allowing Iri to develop into a different character might have been fun. Urobuchi:Black Iri, well, in terms of the truth, is more like "Angri" with the appearance of Iri, so she's something completely different. For some reason, I thought of her being in the same costume as Black Sakura.
Using her wires. It's a legendarily hot method of attack. [Takeuchi]
Iri's initial design. It was discarded for being called too cute. In truth, I put into her motifs of heroines from the manga I drew in the past. [Takeuchi]
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Blood type: AB
Birthday: March 22
Image color: Dark green
Talents: Creative writing
Things he likes: Small trips, photography
Things he hates: Extravagant things
Worst enemy: Zouken Matou, Tokiomi Tohsaka
After he ran away from the Matou, he had no choice but to earn a meager living by working as a freelance report writer, or at least that's my headcanon. [Gen Urobuchi]
Comment for Kariya Takeuchi: Because I only thought of this design as the first volume began publication, major changes were made. You'll see the initial design in the following pages. It was good in terms of the result. I'm fairly pleased with it. Urobuchi: Looking back on it, the design that called for him to wear the hood of his parka low over his eyes wrecks this jut a little bit. We should have shown this amazing face straight on more. Takeuchi: I am not drawing his face from before the Crest Worms twisted it, but I think it is a face without much individuality. From my point of view, the normality that you can see both in his regular and twisted face is Kariya Matou's nature. Urobuchi: As for that, he seems to have a face like the protagonist of those early games that went "Please enter your name."
Kariya's early design. It was a design concept that made him give off a villainous first impression. [Takeuchi]
Frozen in a pained expression. Should his teeth be bared?
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Blood type: B
Birthday: April 11
Image color: Brass
Talents: Drawing, sculptures, crafts
Things he likes: Himself
Things he hates: Idiots
Worst enemy: Kiritsugu Emiya
While seeming simple, the coat with stiffly structured decorations shows individualism. [Gen Urobuchi]
Comment for Kayneth Takeuchi: I got a clear image for him from Urobuchi-san, so he was a character designed without much difficulty. I had way too much fun drawing his expressions when he's breaking down. In a way, he's a very human character. Urobuchi: He is the epitome of how someone who believes themselves to be entitled from birth will never by happy. He's a person whose intellectual side I wanted to show a little bit more. Takeuchi: You'd think he's only there to be defeated, huh? Speaking of that, I was one of those people too. Urobuchi: In truth, his role was to be defeated, but. Because he's that sort of character, I have a strange affection for him.
Blood type: AB
Birthday: November 11
Image color: Grey
Talents: Shooting, jobs involving destruction
Things he likes: Efficiency
Things he hates: Familial affections
Worst enemy: Saber
Kiritsugu as a child. He looks like the protagonist of a shonen manga. [Takeuchi]
Comment for Kiritsugu Takeuchi:Tentatively, the protagonist of Fate/Zero... but even so, in terms of artwork, his presence was small. The two times he appeared on the cover, one shot only showed him from the back, the other had him in silhouette. Urobuchi: Because he abstains from the flashiness of the Heroic Spirits. Rather, the best solution was to make him so unnoticeable. After all, a character who spreads justice should speak with their backs! Takeuchi:Despite being so shady, his first person pronoun is "boku", so it makes him sound rather moe. Urobuchi: That's the charm of Nasu's initial design. Urobuchi could not come up with that sort of self-address.
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Blood type: Unknown
Image color: Dark blue
Talents: Martial Arts, Horseback Riding
Things he likes: Etiquette and tradition
Things he hates: Talking about his true intentions
Worst enemy: Iskander (Alexander)
I accepted an order that said to make him look like a dark hero and settled on giving him a massive outer appearance. It runs counter to expectations, but if you look at it closely, you should see that it is assembled from parts that are similar to Saber's armor. It is so complex that it would be hard to make a video game sprite, huh? If you could do it, make it 3-D from now on. Make it look gloriously three dimensional and whatnot. [Koyama]
The order was for a bucket with a slit in it, but right now only the slit remains. From the head alone, it is a rather simple silhouette, but it still carries an impression of the armor. In the discarded designs, there was also a phase where the design was more eye-like. [Koyama]
Initially, I imagined him as a character that had a great gap between his thin, weak-looking appearance and amazing power and speed. The black deign was tacked on later, but fit unexpectedly smoothly. Remember. the tentacles lie flat. [Koyama]
I was taught the heel looks like it's floating a little.
Comment for Lancelot Takeuchi: Koyama was responsible for the armor's design. Because he drew it in a very complex form, I thought it was something like "This sort of design picture must be pretty valuable." I did not think he would develop so much from the original instruction of "Bucket Helmet"! (laugh) Urobuchi: That was a pretty irresponsible order, hu-uh? I kept pondering how the heck I would make a bucket helmet look cool!? I surely really wanted it to be a "slit-like eyepiece", in the end. And then, the current form. Takeuchi: I finished the design for the face with no trouble at all. I kept on thinking "This guy is so unlucky!" while drawing him. Urobuchi:I thought Lance would be more beautiful as a handsome man with a shady past than an unrestrained playboy.
In old times
Lancelot: Milord does not understand the hearts of others.
Arthur: Take it
Lancelot during the era of the Knights of the Round Table. I think you wouldn't know it because the picture was trimmed, but on the jacket of the PS2 Fate soundtrack, Lancelot is actually standing across from Bedivere. His expression, like he's being punished for doing something wrong, makes me tear up. [Takeuchi]
As Berserker. He's as different from his living form as an ibis is from an amoeba. [Takeuchi]
Blood type: A
Birthday: July 7
Three sizes: 75/58/77
Image color: Iron black
Talents: Anything to do with combat
Things she likes: Western sweets
Things she hates: Makeup, fashion choices
Worst enemy: Kirei Kotomine
Until I did a full body illustration for her, I never noticed that her hairstyle completely overlaps with Waver's. (sweatdrop) [Takeuchi]
Comment for Maiya Takeuchi: I am afraid that I have not drawn Miss Maiya very much. She has a slender and flexible image. She gives me an empty, ephemeral impression from which I cannot feel a strong sense of self, but this seems to be the correct interpretation. Urobuchi: I requested a fighting maiden with vector pants look that wasn't Bazett, but I fairly like the costume that shows no particular ethnicity. Takeuchi: You get a feel of "Where is she actually from", huh? I wanted her to have a just slightly happier ending/ Urobuchi: She herself was resolved to disappear unrewarded and alone, so dying in Kiritsugu's arms was most likely as joy beyond her wildest dreams.
Comment for Rin Takeuchi: Regarding child Rin, I made a big mistake. I miscalculated her birthday. I'll take this opportunity to correct it, Rin's is 2/3, Sakura's is 3/2 (sweats) Urobuchi: There was probably something at the time of Rin's birth that caused fear that she would die prematurely. So Tokiomi panicked and he and Aoi-san went for one more se(rest omitted)
Comment for Rin 武内：子供時代の凛。なんか、あんまり変わっていませんね。服装は変えようと思ったのですが、赤い服に黒ニーソというイメージが強すぎて、結局変えることが出来ませんでした。遠坂家の呪いか。 虚淵：俺はむしろニーソはロリキャラにこそ適正装備だと思うデス。むしろ子凛がニーソでなかったら猛烈抗議してたね、きっと！ 武内：子凛に関しては、大変なミスを俺がしてしまいました。誕生日の計算間違い。凛が2/3、桜が3/2ということで、ここで訂正させて頂きます（汗） 虚淵：たぶん出生当時の凛には何かしら夭折を危惧させるものがあったんでしょうね。だから時臣も慌てて葵さんにワンモアセッ（以下略）
Blood type: B
Birthday: December 29
Image color: Oxidized silver
Talents: Preaching, Chinese Martial Arts
Things he likes: Faith, abstinence
Things he hates: Hedonists
Worst enemy: Ryuunosuke Uryuu
Comment for Risei Takeuchi: Drawing muscles is fun. He's Kotomine's honored father, so his eyebrows and his mussed mullet are in the same style. Is it a Kotomine clan Sorcery Trait? Urobuchi: For some reason, he seems like an old soldier who would not be out of place even if he time slipped to the Warring States Era. This guy would absolutely look better in something like a samurai costume than in a priest's cassock Takeuchi: That's right. For some reason, he feels like a genuine Japanese person, but... No, even with his perfectly cleft chin. Urobuchi: Because it looks like something from Ninja Scroll, characters with cleft chins are completely okay!
Blood type: B
Birthday: January 31
Image color: Purple
Talents: Destroying evidence, "witty, causal talk"
Things he likes: Boredom
Things he hates: Familial affection
Worst enemy: None
Comment for Ryuunosuke Takeuchi: In truth, during the first volume when he was designed, the character was not grasped very well. I did not change his design but his expressions are wildly different from how they were drawn initially. His expressions are vivid, but for some reason, his eyes always seem flat. Urobuchi: That's because he, in this case, is largely an inflation of the evil seaweed-head prevalent in the writing. At first, I thought of him as a person who carried a more toned-down madness as compared to Gilles, but now... huh? Takeuchi: In some way, he plays the part of disciple who Gilles guides. I was thinking of putting a leopard print in the larger areas of the design like the shirt or pants, but in the end, thanks to Urobuchi-san's instructions, I put them down on his shoes. Urobuchi: His key characteristic is that he wants to seize just one point to its very limit; he has this beautifully simple mind.
Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri
Blood type: O
Birthday: August 19
Image color: Violet
Three Sizes: B88/W56/H84
Talents: Criticizing others' cooking, complaining to customer service
Things she likes: Shopping
Things she hates: Sorting and organization, cooking and laundry
Worst enemy: Maiya Hisau
Comment for Sola-Ui Takeuchi: A girl who was said to have a strong nose bridge, so I designed it as straight. I remember Urobuchi-san saying "Isn't she too cute?" (laugh) Urobuchi: Yeah, she's way too cute. Thanks to that, Nasu-san came down with a strange disease. Takeuchi: Actually, I wanted to make her a little more lively. It was a little disappointing when he put an end to it like that. Urobuchi:Looking back at how thin the third volume was, I wonder right now if it would have been better to stretch out the scenes with her deal and team-up with Lancer.
Sola's early costume design. I always wanted to do something different so I simplified it a lot, but in the end it became the usual blouse and ribbon design.
As opposed to the various misfortunes of the Lancer team in the main work, they would fit beautifully in a comedy.
Blood type: O
Birthday: June 16
Image color: Deep crimson
Things he likes: Tea time
Things he hates: Attacks that are against the rules, unforeseen events
Worst enemy: Irisviel
The goatee is the charm point. He surely spends a long time grooming it every day. [Gen Urobuchi]
Comment for Tokiomi Takeuchi: He was a character whose image changed 180 degrees from what I hat thought in the early stages. However, now he has become a character who can't be pictured any other way Urobuchi: Since Rin inherited her kindness from her father, I was given some hesitation about killing off his character, and so I ventured to put him in the position of the bad guy. However, by personal standard, he's a traditional person without a single thing wrong about him. Takeuchi: The Azoth Dagger that took Tokiomi's life. During the episode when Rin received that, only the people who view the story from a position like that of a god can feel something akin to the sense of inconsistency in life. Urobuchi: As he watched over Rin pour magic into it as it were valuable, Kirei was most likely coldly smirking.
Blood type: B
Birthday: October 3
Image color: Warm grey
Talents: Conjecture, arranging the main points
Things he likes: All sorts of puzzles, detective fiction
Things he hates: Physical strength
Worst enemy: Himself
Ooh... Timid face
Incompetent numbskull - gah The hell is that?
Grin - What sorta Servant will it be...
Comment for Waver Takeuchi: Because I decided on his image clearly, he was a character that took almost no trouble to design. It must be because I wanted to draw him a lot. Urobuchi: Perhaps because he's the character with the most vivid expressions. I too want to write about a character like this one sooner or later. Takeuchi: He has a design that makes him look incompetent, but it probably turn out for the best. At the epilogue, I was really in tears. The part about the young man who lost his childish leader. Urobuchi: Maybe if Suneo parted with Jaian, he too would have become an honorable, mature man!?
Admirable Tactics [Other]
The fourth entry in a super-popular series of war games set during World War II, where players control the Axis powers and fight against the Allies. The subtitle is "The Melancholy of Dr. Porsche".
Since the game systems had already reached the limits of complexity and difficulty in the previous installment, this newest version simply added more nations, stages, and maps. And with new units like the Focke-Wulf Triebflügel, the V-3 cannon, and a clone of the Führer himself, it surpassed the realm of war games and became a chaotic melting pot that defies description. Even now, it enjoys a small but intensely dedicated fanbase.
Aoi Tohsaka [Person's name]
Tohsaka Tokiomi's wife, and Rin and Sakura's mother. Her maiden name is Zenjou.
Though the Zenjou family had a magus ancestor many generations ago, now they are simple commoners with no connection to the magical world at all. Nevertheless, the blood flowing through their veins contains a very unique trait, which was noticed and pursued by Tohsaka Tokiomi. As a result of accepting this courtship, Aoi gave birth to two sisters with absolutely preposterous magical potential.
Unlike her daughter Rin, Aoi fully understood that Tokiomi possessed an inhuman sense of values, but she still blindly loved her husband anyway. Maybe she, too, bore some distortion within herself, just like Tokiomi did. If that's the case, she probably wouldn't have been able to build a happy home even if she had married Kariya…
By the way, the activation of Tokiomi's "Tohsaka family goof-up trait" only occurs in serious, life-threatening situations. In his normal family life at home, he was an utterly perfect superman, in the same way Rin would eventually be a perfect honors student at Homurahara Academy in Fate/stay night. I hear that both Aoi and Rin were huge fans of his "cool dad" style.
Byakuya Matou [Person's name]
The father of Matou Shinji, our glorious wakame.
As a magus, he was inferior to his little brother Kariya, but because Kariya refused to continue learning magecraft and ran away, he had no choice but to become the next Matou family head.
But for Byakuya that was not necessarily a disaster, as Zouken had long ago given up on Byakuya and had taught him barely anything, and at most let him take charge of low-importance, miscellaneous tasks. Instead, the matter of succession was completely placed onto his adoptive daughter, Sakura.
Regardless of the fact that he was head in name only, or of his hatred towards magecraft, the Matou assets as a trade for a comfortable and carefree life was not too bad of a deal – or so Byakuya thought, as in the end he suffered much stress, and spent his days drinking to run from it.
During the fourth volume, he finally made his appearance & exited in a flash. Originally, the scene should have ended with “Kiritsugu visited the Matou house while searching for Irisviel, but it was useless.”. But because the author thought that “there isn’t enough violence today”, Byakuya, who would never have appeared in the first place, was sacrificed by going on stage. What a sorrow
Calico M950 [Armament]
One of the weapons Emiya Kiritsugu prepared for the Holy Grail War. You didn't really think he'd enter something like a survival game with just a sniper rifle and the Contender, did you?
The distinguishing feature of the Calico is its special top-mounted helical magazine that can hold 50 rounds, but no matter how much I think about it the extra weight and change in the center of gravity while firing means it would be better to use a normal submachine gun, even if you have to reload more often. But oh, well, Kiritsugu is a magical mystery gunman, so I guess it's fine.
Of course, in the final battle when he used it to pin down Kirei, he was able to buy himself five seconds where a normal submachine gun only would have gotten three. That extra two second advantage is a testament to the superiority of the helical magazine! …Okay, so it's not that much of a difference.
By the way, my intention was to make Kiritsugu as much of a heretical gunman as he is a heretical magus, so I purposefully chose his equipment based on coolness factor rather than practicality. Please, please, please don't think that the weapons that show up in Fate/Zero are the standard for actual professional soldiers.
Child Assassin [Other]
A plot in the 2nd or 3rd volume that went unused. This conceived character was one among the hundred-faced Hassans, an unfortunate loli that would lighten up the story. A young girl lacking conversational skills, memories, and the awareness that she was a part of Hassan Sabbah. That personality of this past Hassan would surface when she was captured by the enemy in order to protect her secret. When Rider and Waver attacked Gilles’ workshop, she alone separated herself from the Hassans who were beheaded, leading Waver to mistakenly think “This is one of the children who Ryuunosuke kidnapped, and who fell victim to memory loss” and take her under his wing. Although Iskandar knew that she was a Servant, because of Waver’s chivalry allowed the Mackenzies to take in yet another false household member. In the third volume, because Kirei (who knew of her existence) used his command spell, she regained her memories as Hassan, and went through a dramatic farewell tragedy. Waver again climbed another step on the path to becoming an adult…although it was conceived like this, it would make people even more confused about who was Zero’s main protagonist! Because of this judgment it was cut, leaving only the already-written workshop raiding scene.
Diarmuid Ua Duibhne [Servant]
The Lancer class Servant of the Fourth Holy Grail War, summoned by Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald. A hero of the Fianna, spoken of in Irish mythology. The story of his tragic love affair with Grainne would later become the model for the story of Lancelot and Guinevere. It's no wonder that the Berserker of the Fourth Holy Grail War has such bad compatibility with him!
In battle, he wields two Noble Phantasms: the Crimson Rose of Exorcism (Gae Dearg) which temporarily nullifies the effects of magical energy, and the Yellow Rose of Mortality (Gae Buidhe) which inflicts cursed wounds that cannot be healed by any means.
His basic parameters are not particularly high, but he excels at using battle tactics designed to trip up enemies stronger than himself. In particular, he is the natural enemy of those Heroic Spirits which rely on the powers of their Noble Phantasms to fight. Depending on his strategy, it's even possible that he could have won the entire Fourth Holy Grail War (or suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of Assassin).
Out of all the Servants in the fourth war, he had the second-worst compatibility with his Master. Though, if his very first opponent had been anybody besides Saber, he might have been able to fight in a way more in line with his Master's expectations. For you see, it was Saber's serene beauty and grace which kindled the flames of chivalry within his heart. Also, while he was summoned as a Lancer this time, and therefore carried the twin demonic spears Gae Dearg and Gae Buidhe, his legends also speak of a pair of demonic swords: Moralltach and Beagalltach. So, there was actually a decent chance he could have been summoned as a Saber. Or rather, that's probably what Kayneth was hoping for…
The Archer class Servant of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Though he was summoned by Tohsaka Tokiomi, he ended up deserting his master and re-contracting with Kotomine Kirei. He is the strongest character in both Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero.
In the boy-meets-girl story of the original Fate/stay night he was forced to yield to the universal law of "love conquers all", but in Fate/Zero he's free to show off his overwhelming, cheat-like strength without restraint. He could have ended the war in a single night if he truly desired to do so. But then, careless pride is the king's prerogative, and getting serious over something as frivolous as a wish-granter would be unbecoming. So, taking that into account, it sort of balances out the huge disparity in firepower… I guess?
Also, the reason that he was able to splendidly escape after being swallowed by Angra Mainyu at the end of Fate/Zero despite succumbing to the same thing in the Sakura route of Fate/stay night is because in the latter he was distracted by the presence of a naked girl.
…Just kidding! Actually, it was due to the difference in power between the "mud", which was cut off from its source, and the "shadow" which was connected directly to it.
Gilles de Rais [Servant]
A nobleman from 15th Century France. As a leader in the French army, he fought alongside Joan of Arc to put an end to the Hundred Years War, and was hailed as a hero who saved his country. But soon after he returned to his territory, he began kidnapping, raping, and killing young boys one after another, eventually coming to be feared as the villain "Bluebeard".
However, it was all-too-common in that era for nobles to disregard the human rights of commoners and treat the populations of their territories as disposable livestock. So, under normal circumstances even killing them en masse shouldn't have been treated as anything more serious than animal abuse. But unfortunately for Gilles, he had an enormous amount of land holdings at the time, far exceeding those held by the Duke of Brittany, and enough to be regarded as a threat by the king himself. On top of that, due to his mind-boggling wastefulness in his private life, his public finances were almost entirely depleted, and there were apprehensions that he may try to sell his land to enemy nations. As a result, he was condemned and executed for his crimes as a pretext for seizing control of his assets.
As for Gilles' relation to sorcery, he turned to alchemy in an attempt to relieve his financial difficulties, and eventually strayed down a dark path that led him to try summoning a demon. But while it's certainly true that he participated in the ceremony, the actual magus was his friend François Prelati – Gilles himself was nothing more than a patron. As such, he is not a Heroic Spirit that qualifies for the Caster class. Or rather, he is not even a proper Heroic Spirit at all. The fact that Ryuunosuke's bogus ritual ended up actually completing a summoning sorcery was, honestly, more or less a total fluke. In that sense, the "Caster" Gilles de Rais is just as much of an irregular Servant as the "Assassin" Sasaki Kojirou.
Glen Mackenzie [Person's name]
A 72 year old man from Australia. Thanks to hypnosis, Waver was able to use him for free room and board during the Fourth Holy Grail War.
In his younger days he was a hotshot businessman, and moved his family to Japan as part of his job. However, he ended up being so taken with Fuyuki that he decided to live there permanently. He retired from his company and started up his own independent import-export business.
But though his management ability was solid, he had no great ambitions as a trader. He worked for forty long years, avoiding pitfalls and bankruptcy, and passed the company on to a successor as soon as he had enough money saved. Now he passes his days in quiet tranquility, working part-time as a teacher at an English conversation school.
His son Chris had been in elementary school when they moved, and while he enjoyed life in Japan he also felt a strong attraction to his roots and wanted his son to be educated in Australia. In the end, Chris' family moved back to Toronto soon after the birth of their child and gradually fell out of contact with Glen and his wife, until eventually they barely ever heard from each other at all.
The sidearm that Hisau Maiya carries with her. Although it doesn’t have a model number, in the author’s head it is surely Model 19.
It’s hard to imagine that Kiritsugu prepared this gun for her, so most likely Maiya picked it herself.
Guinevere [Person's name]
The daughter of King Leodegrance. She married Artoria to bring about the outward appearance of a kingdom in Britain. Though she respected and admired Artoria, and tried her best to imitate her way of life, in the end she was simply too much of a "normal woman" to keep up.
I dare say she was a glasses-wearing girl at heart. You know, the stereotypical kind that's actually really hot when she takes them off.
In accordance with the culture of the time, she was taught from a young age to avoid self-reflection, and so had very little sense of herself as a woman, or even that there was a difference between the sexes. She truly thought that the relationship between a king and queen was something formed solely from ideals. She never could have imagined that a different sort of attraction between people could exist at all. But, that all changed when she met Sir Lancelot.
From that day on she was cast into turmoil, torn between the "tsun" of her conviction and the "dere" of her soul, until finally both she and Lancelot were driven into a predicament from which there was no escape. Such was the fate of a tsundere who risked her life in troubled times. Geez, Camelot was hell, huh? Bahahaha!
Holy Grail Discussion [Other]
The three-way confrontation between Saber, Gil, and Alexander in volume 2. A serious discussion under the guise of a drinking party. Well, it might not have looked that way to bystanders, but the three of them were all definitely being serious in their own way.
I'd actually been planning this scene ever since the very first draft proposal, trying to think of the best way to handle it. After all, if I'd just had them all duke it out with their ridiculously destructive Noble Phantasms, they'd kill each other long before they ever reached an understanding through battle.
…But now that I think about it, it just ended up turning into a social mixer to kick off Gil and Saber's relationship, didn't it?
Hundred-Faced Hassan [Servant]
The Assassin Heroic Spirit who participated in the Fourth Holy Grail War. One of the "Old Man of the Mountain" amongst the generations of Hassan-i Sabbah.
He was an exception in Hassans, as he did not undergo the body modification called "Zabaniya". Instead, he took advantage of his affliction of Multiple Personality Disorder and acted as an assassin without a true identity.
When summoned as a spiritual entity and emerged as a Servant, segments of his compartmentalized soul each materialized as an individual. However, due to the potential of the spirit being only that of one person, the abilities of the Assassins produced by the division were extremely low, reaching the nadir of the capabilities of Servants.
In addition, each personality has his strengths and weaknesses. Among them, there are impatient glory-hounds who ignore orders like fools, and individuals who are terrible at ambushes despite being assassins. However, if one can comprehend their characteristics and apply their skills in the right situations, the Hundred-Faced Hassan can be a very dangerous Servant. Unfortunately, because his Master had no intention of winning the war, he was damned to the fate of a voyeur.
The Hundred-Faced Hassan was summoned by Kotomine Kirei when he was still a lackey of Tokiomi Tohsaka, thus he was truly a servant of a servant. Even so, he still harboured a wish that he hoped the Grail could grant (by the way, it was "to have a perfect and unified personality"). He even plotted to hijack the Holy Grail before Kirei and Tokiomi, had the war have gone in their favour. However, in the end he did not even have a chance to show his rebellious side before becoming the first Servant eliminated from the war.
Illyasviel von Einzbern [Person's name]
The daughter of Irisviel and Kiritsugu, and one of the heroines of the future Fifth Holy Grail War – this isn’t a lie! Illya’s route exists in everyone’s hearts!
The original story of Fate had events hinting at this, but in Zero her shocking age issue is very quickly revealed.
Incidentally, the reason Saber didn’t speak her feelings during the Fifth War was because she had never asked Iri about her daughter’s name, and Illya’s appearance seemed far too young for her to be Iri’s daughter (after 10 years, the child that used to sit on Kiritsugu’s shoulders should already have developed a voluptuous body, that was the reasoning). So, she viewed Illya as an Einzbern homunculus completely unrelated to Iri – it’s definitely not a lame excuse.
Irisviel von Einzbern [Person's name]
A homunculus modeled after Justizia Lizleihi.
Although the Einzbern homunculi have their functions determined during the design process, Irisviel only developed the plan to conceive Illyasviel after she was created. Thus, as a special case, she was allowed to hold multiple “functions different from the plan”. That is, not only did she give birth, but she was also given the role of rearing Illyasviel. Although Justabcheit determined that this method would be more efficient than using a newly-constructed homunculus as a wet nurse, it was still a special case when it came to the Einzberns' standard. Anyhow, the result was that although a homunculus, Irisviel obtained the experiences of raising a child as a “mother” just like a human would, and it produced an effect on her character that even Acht could not predict.
Even compared to other Einzbern homunculi, there had never been an example of one who had interacted with humans for as long as 9 years, or had such colorful and irregular mental activity. In other words, for the Einzbern, Irisviel was the first to receive the same treatment as a human, and the first to have emotions like a human. Because her physical and mental capabilities originally surpassed those of a human, those mental processes did not fail her after her exceptional growth, and she finally possessed self-awareness and emotions equal to those of a normal human.
Even so, compared with the inherent knowledge and reason, the crystallization of the Einzbern's wisdom accumulated over millennia, that comes with the format of homunculus, her emotions and human experiences have only accumulated over a mere 9 years, which results in her having both the elegance of an upper-class lady and the innocent nature of a child, making her a troublesome princess.
Some additional information: during the time when Zero’s plot was being set, apparently the setup of Angra Mainyu in Hollow wasn't well-known yet. How in the world the author came up with "that ending", even for us, couldn't be scarier.
The Rider class Servant of the Fourth Holy Grail War.
He was originally supposed to be summoned by Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald, but instead formed a contract with Waver Velvet, who stole the catalyst Kayneth had prepared before the war began.
Going in, the original author entrusted me with just three pieces of information regarding Alexander: his true name, the Noble Phantasm called "Army of the King", and the fact that there must be a development where Saber comes to reconsider her own kingship through her conflict with him and Gilgamesh.
So, starting from there I figured the most important thing was that he be a totally different sort of king from both Saber and Gilgamesh. That's why I decided to come up with his general appearance and personality first, and only research his actual history afterward, all the while looking for ways to twist and distort things along the vector I had already imagined for him. But then, the more I read about him, the more I realized Alexander the Great's actual life was like something out of Shounen Jump. I barely had to change anything about him at all!
With the way he faced formidable foes with the utmost respect and behaved more like an adventurer than a statesman, I can't help but imagine him as a character in one of Hara Tetsuo's manga. Actually, now that I think about it, It'd be great if Hara Tetsuo made an Alexander the Great themed manga for real! I'm being serious.
His love of the Iliad ran so deep that he once totally disregarded strategy in favor of sightseeing around the city of Troy. He might have been the first celebrity otaku in human history.
Kariya Matou [Person's name]
The little brother of Matou Shinji's father, Byakuya.
The gutsiest, most rebellious person in the history of the Matou family – against that monstrous old man, just standing up to him and running away was a heroic act of valor. Of course, from Zouken's point of view, no matter how much better Kariya's magic circuits were than his older brother's, they weren't worth the effort it would take to break his will and train him into a proper family head. In fact, at that point he had probably already decided that he had no choice but to bet everything on Byakuya conceiving an heir that would turn everything around. Unfortunately, in the end his longshot gamble backfired spectacularly, and instead of a miracle that would save his lineage, he got Shinji.
By the way, even Kariya's childhood friendship with Aoi was set up by Zouken, who had become aware of the Zenjou family's excellent hereditary trait long before the Tohsaka. However, due to Kariya turning his back on sorcery and getting cockblocked by Tokiomi, the old man's plans once more came to nothing.
…Well, Kariya bringing his beloved Aoi back to some horrid worm pit was never going to happen in the first place. Maybe if the Matou sorcery was a little more normal, he would have been willing to obediently accept his inheritance and become Tokiomi's rival for Aoi's affections.
For a makeshift magus, Kariya's suitability as a Master was exceptional. The fact that he was able to endure the maddened Lancelot's outrageous magical energy consumption for as long as he did is a feat truly deserving of praise. While he might have been better off if Zouken hadn't punished him by forcing him to summon a Berserker, well… I hate to say it, but the only reason Lancelot was able to fight Gilgamesh as well as he did was due to the parameter boost from being maddened. And given the single-minded devotion with which Kariya was pursuing Tokiomi, there's no way you could expect him to have the prudence to avoid that powerhouse team and survive to the very end. When all's said and done, as long as he carried the Matou spirit of putting grudges before everything else, he was probably doomed to failure no matter what.
Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald [Person's name]
Kayneth demonstrated genius level talent during his time as a student. He was the youngest lecturer to grace the podium of the Department of Evocation in its history. His skills were not only in research, but also politics. Due to his great lineage, he had extensive connections. He was expected to form the greatest faction in the Clock Tower.
He did not participate in the Holy Grail War due to necessity or duress, it was merely to add a splash of "martial prowess" to his life's story. That was it. Although he did not severely underestimate the Three Founding Houses, he did boast that Lord El-Melloi could overwhelm them by skills alone.
The reason Kayneth brought many dangerous Mystic Code had nothing to do with research, but for entertainment value. Kayneth had talents not only in Spirit Evocation, but also in many fields of magecraft. He was really a man of many talents like Gennai Hiraga or Cao Cao.
Kayneth even considered the Heroic Spirits ---- Servants, to be part of his stock of Mystic Codes. Because he never acknowledged the humanity of Servants, he did not understand Diarmuid's loyalty even until the very end. As a result, he effectively lost through self-destruction.
However, Diarmuid was not choosey of his Master, he would acknowledge anyone who would accept his loyalty. As a result, he did not understand Kayneth as a person either. If Diarmuid really appreciated Kayneth's talents and experience, then Kayneth would have treated him with a much softer attitude.
To Kayneth, unable to bond with his Servant was the second most unfortunate event at the worst. The most unfortunate event by far was encountering Emiya Kiritsugu. Although as a mage, Kayneth won by an enormous margin, as a killer, he was miles behind Kiritsugu. It was inevitable that Kayneth would lose in a melee such as the Holy Grail War. Because of Kayneth's sudden death, his many valuable research accumulated in the Clock Tower was unorganized and left unattended. Although they were almost lost, the most useless formal student suddenly appeared to save the day. He had an unusual talent of "could not put magecraft to practice, but ingenious in the reinterpretation of theories and classification of systems". This student eventually compiled a tome named "Lord Kayneth's Encyclopedia of Arcane Secrets", which laid the foundation for the flourishing of House El-Melloi and its descendants.
By the way, in the Fourth Holy Grail War, the following strategy would insure the absolute victory of Team Lancer:
Kayneth must not let his Servant recognize such things as honour on the battle field or knights' pride. He must let Diarmuid realize that the Holy Grail War was merely dirty chores that needed to be done.
In order to fulfill the previous item, Kayneth must avoid any contact between Diarmuid and Saber with his best effort.
In combat, Kayneth must prioritize securing an exit. In a battle, missions would be considered accomplished if Diarmuid scored one hit with Gae Buidhe. Repeat this tactic, and exhaust all hostile teams.
Capitalize on Team Berserker. Team Berserker was a powerful enemy against all other teams, but Lancer had an advantage due to compatibility. It would be optimal to let Berserker destroy the other teams and reach the finale. He could then be defeated at that point.
Kirei Kotomine [Person's name]
Fate/Zero's other protagonist. When I saw the young Kirei next to Kiritsugu in the material book that came with first print editions of Fate/stay night, with his short hair and earrings, well, my heart turned somersaults in my chest. It's part of what inspired me to write Fate/Zero in the first place.
To write him, I just got rid of the older Kirei's state of enlightenment and composure, and replaced them with hesitation and inner turmoil. In Zero, when he engages in self-introspection his memories of the past are distorted, especially in regards to his wife. Accordingly, the more philosophic self-analysis from Fate/stay night is probably a better reflection of his true inner self.
In the first draft, I was a bit too cognizant of his height from the original story, and kept indiscriminately using words like "gigantic", "hulking", and "towering" to describe him. As a result, I was called in by Type Moon and chastised for misrepresenting Kirei's image, and his height ended up casually being changed.
Originally he was taught baji quan by his father, Risei, as a form of spiritual improvement, but through his blood-drenched experiences as an executor it was gradually sublimed into a warped version specialized at destroying the human body. Needless to say, the fact that he was so far off from his father's ideal form of kung fu was probably just one more thing he could not forgive himself for during his youth.
Kiritsugu Emiya [Person's name]
The protagonist of Fate/Zero's prologue and epilogue, more or less.
He is the epitome of pragmatism, willing to do anything to achieve his goals. He is an idealist that dreams of world peace, but his method of attaining it is that of a cold and ruthless realist. He loves humanity, but he would not hesitate for a second to kill any single person. But though he lacks both hesitation and doubt, he cannot throw away his sadness.
Essentially, he's a magical 007, who treats sorcery as a mere tool and has no qualms using modern technology when it's more effective to do so. I really wanted to have him go on a rampage in a fully-loaded spy car, but I guess if you think about it Saber's V-Max sort of filled that role.
Though a young boy once looked up to him as a "superhero", he himself lost that admiration at an early stage, eventually coming to curse the very concept of justice itself. The only thing that kept him going was a desire that the sacrifices he had already made not be in vain. Thanks to this pessimistic attitude, his rank as a "superhero" is far inferior to the Heroic Spirit that shares his last name. Perhaps if he had a little more of the evil charisma of a last boss he would have been successful, but at the end of the day what he really wanted was just to pass away the days with his family in tranquil serenity.
Just like an eroge protagonist, he emitted a mysterious radiation that attracted women to him, but sadly everyone ensnared by it inevitably met a terrible end.
The only woman capable of smashing through this curse was the legendary Tiger of Fuyuki. Wow, Fuji-nee, you're so amazing!
If you count backwards from when he died, it turns out that his most active time on the battlefield was actually in his late teens. But hey, that's not so strange, you know.
Just look at Yagashira Dai or Sagara Sousuke. There are lots of heroes like that in this world.
Kotone [Person's name]
Rin’s classmate, who was kidnapped by Gilles and Uryuu, umm…a girl with a muddled fate.
During the first draft, the name “Satsuki” was picked without thinking, the author forgot about Sacchin’s real name up until the original author’s punishment – he even forgot the fact that Sacchin had a real name.
Yumizuka Satsuki fans all over the world, we must respectfully apologize.
Kinoko: “Fujibuchi, be a little more considerate…”
Gen: “If she (the target of the teasing) is not called Satsuki, she’s not moe.”
Somehow this conversation happened but didn’t happen.
Maiya Hisau [Person's name]
Assistant of Kiritsugu Emiya. Mistress - it is the word whether to define on her.
Because she spent her childhood in an environment deprived of humanity, Maiya, who lacks a sense of self, considers that her entire being belongs to Kiritsugu Emiya. Asking whether she loves Kiritsugu is like asking whether the innards love the brain. The question itself is meaningless.
Also, to Kiritsugu, allowing his wife to sacrifice herself and complete the Grail is a betrayal towards her love, no matter what others say. However, it is necessary that he does not hesitate in this betrayal. To Kiritsugu, his sexual relationship with Maiya is a rehearsal before this betrayal, a form of self-abuse to steel his nerves while walking down this path. This is probably the sorriest excuse to have an affair, but Maiya treasured every second of it. It is essentially a negative spiral downward without an end.
In terms of skills in magcraft, Maiya is only slightly better than Kokutou Azaka. However, she is a professional killer who can wield even the crudest weapons to deadly effect. In this sense, she is enough to be called a user of 'deadly magecraft'.
Mercedes-Benz 300SL [Other]
A toy that Kiritsugu bought for his wife to educate her about modern science. Although the choice was a bit classical in terms of education, part of the reason was Irisviel’s own taste. Since it was Kiritsugu’s custom model, you would expect it to have options like machine guns or missiles or passenger-seat ejection or a gasoline atomizer, but there probably aren’t any.
After the Fourth War ended it was stored in the Einzbern mansion situated in the forests near the outskirts of Fuyuki, and happily became Illya’s toy. Incidentally, it is famous for being Japan’s Ishihara Yujiro’s favorite car.
Natalia Kaminski [Person's name]
A lone-wolf magus hunter. She had no affiliation with the Association, and made her living by swooping in ahead of the Association's enforcers, poaching their prey, and then reselling the spoils at an inflated price.
Despite their rather grandiose official title of "sealing designation enforcers", genuine sealing designations are actually extremely rare, and most enforcers would consider themselves lucky if they got a chance to pursue such "big game" even once in a decade. Especially in the case of outside freelancers, they spend most of their time hunting heretical magi that have simply deviated from the Association's norms.
In the distant past, Natalia's ancestors crossbred with succubi, and while she doesn't have eternal youth or regenerative abilities, she does boast inhuman reflexes and coordination, as well as the special ability to boost her magical energy stores by consuming semen.
Although she is a money-grubber willing to do anything to make a quick buck, on top of being a wild hedonist that has never been a dollar ahead in her life, she somehow ended up as the morally questionable guardian of an impressionable youth. And while she sexually harassed the young Kiritsugu on numerous occasions, she never once drank his semen. The reason being that she had really fallen in love with him, if only a little – though like a good older sister she locked away these girlish thoughts and never revealed them to anybody.
By the way, her heart-rending and gruesome end was inspired by the movie Snakes on a Plane, which I saw with Nasu Kinoko.
Norikata Emiya [Person's name]
Kiritsugu’s father. His family thaumaturgy involved time manipulation inside the body or possibly small cause-and-effect, and he was a genius who in only the fourth generation, a relatively shallow generation, rose to the rank of gaining a Sealing Designation.
Spent more than 20 years hiding from the pursuit of the Magic Association, and finally hid himself on a small southern island. Though Norikata’s wife died at the hands of the Magic Association’s hunters, Kiritsugu, who had just been born at the time, has no memory of the incident.
Accelerating or slowing the flow of time inside a Reality Marble free from the world’s interference is the thaumaturgy of the Emiya family. But after investigating it thoroughly, Norikata found that, in a Bounded Field that was minimized until resistance was almost zero, the flow of time could be accelerated without limit, and reaching the Root would be possible, right before observing the universe’s end. Although the theory itself was very promising, finishing the experiment would still require several hundreds of years. In order to resolve the issue of life span, he decided to explore the methods of becoming a Dead Apostle.
The tragedy that arose as a result was the story narrated at the beginning of Volume 4 of Zero.
Rin Tohsaka [Person's name]
The eldest daughter of Tohsaka Tokiomi. The younger years of one of the heroines of Fate.
10 years ago, Rin’s understanding of the Holy Grail War was about equal to that of Shirou’s during the Fifth War. That is, it seemed like she understood but she really did not.
In the eyes of young Rin, her father Tokiomi was a great magus who must be respected and loved, but as for the coldheartedness that accompanied the ideal, that was a negative aspect of his personality that she failed to understand.
If Tokiomi had survived until the time when Rin could have really understood her father’s personality, it would certainly have deeply affected the development of her own personality. Whether she would oppose that inhumanity and leave the path of thaumaturgy, or whether she would become a “perfect and coldhearted” witch like her father – no matter which one, this parallel world, for Rin, would certainly be one far away from happiness.
Risei Kotomine [Person's name]
Kotomine Kirei's father. A priest in the Holy Church's Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament.
When the Church first interfered with the ritual in Fuyuki during the Third Holy Grail War, he was charged with the role of supervisor. While there, he became friends with the then-current head of the Tohsaka family (Tokiomi's father), and has maintained deep ties with the Tohsaka ever since.
As a monk, he tried to reach enlightenment through asceticism, and he treated his task of recovering holy relics from around the world as a pilgrim's ordeal. He is a master of baji quan, and as the person responsible for teaching it to Kirei, his skill far outstrips his son's. As for precisely what kind of monster he is, well, just look at his burly, Mas Oyama-like physique and let your imagination run wild. His original design concept was "an older Steven Seagal".
However, Risei trained his fists solely for the sake of self-discipline and his search for truth. As he was never an "executor", he has no knowledge of killing arts that focus on the act of battle itself. Consequently, when it comes to things like trading blows with Dead Apostles, his son Kirei is much more accomplished. And of course, he isn't a magus, so superhuman magical martial arts like Kirei's are totally out of the question too.
Nevertheless, Kirei was probably acutely aware that as far as "orthodox baji quan" goes, his father was a better fighter than he was. What the old man had sought after all his life had been a realm beyond mere "killing arts", and through his long and outstanding career he had finally reached it.
It's too bad that he was unceremoniously removed from the stage by a single bullet before this inspiring history could even be hinted at in the story proper.
He must have been quite a sight back when he was young, during the Third Holy Grail War. Yes, definitely.
Ryuunosuke Uryuu [Person's name]
The Master of Caster in the Fourth Holy Grail War.
Cheerful and openhearted. Despite easily reading the subtleties of other people's emotions, he doesn't care for minor details and is always positive and upbeat. He is a pleasant young man who doesn't shrink back from failure, and whose natural sense of adventure and curiosity push him to enjoy life to the fullest. Unfortunately, his only interests are torture, murder, and disposing of bodies.
This proclivity wasn't caused by a childhood trauma that warped his personality, or anything like that. He was simply born evil, just like Kotomine Kirei. However, unlike Kirei he was never indoctrinated by a preexisting system of morality, and so was never burdened by any sort of hesitation or doubt when it came to embracing his desires.
Though he had already killed 42 people before he summoned Caster, he had never been considered as a suspect even once – the police investigation was a total dead end, failing to turn up the evidence required to even open a case against him. Despite being a totally unmethodical pleasure killer, his ability to destroy evidence and hamper criminal investigations is almost transcendent. If he had decided to work as a professional assassin it's quite likely that he would have quickly become a legend within the industry. However, he's the type of person that draws a strict line between business and pleasure, so the idea of making money off of killing rubs him the wrong way. He never even stole anything from any of his victims, instead choosing to support himself by working normal, unassuming part time jobs.
He is fond of animals, and loves going to safari parks and watching nature documentaries on TV. However, it seems he can only appreciate violence when the target is a human. While he may admire sharks and other predators, he has never once desired to be one himself, because as far as he's concerned the most skillful hunter of humans is another human.
A symbol-like existence. Without her, Fate wouldn't be Fate. However, in Fate/Zero her kingly shell is still intact, and she plays the role of a hero instead of a heroine.
Over the course of Zero she experienced neglect play and tentacle play, was stalked, slandered, leered at, and preached at by drunks, and to top it all off the scoundrel who ambushed her at the very end turned out to be a former ally. It's no exaggeration to say that the entirety of Zero is built on her suffering. Still, all of that was for the sake of enjoying Shirou's delicious cooking ten years down the line. Or at least, that's the excuse I gave to the Saber Maid figure that silently watched over my furious writing every day. If it had been the plain clothes version, I definitely wouldn't have been able to finish the story.
Even just seeing one in a store window was enough to make me drop to my knees, ashamed of my own ugliness, and yell to the heavens, "What kind of man am I, bullying such a pure and beautiful young girl like this!?"
By the way, about Saber's suit. When I first imagined it, for some reason I just naturally assumed it would be a tuxedo. But after the art actually came in, I ended up settling on the current not-too-mannish traditional suit.
Thinking about it now, making her patrol around a rustic suburban city like Fuyuki in full party dress would have been extraordinarily embarrassing for her, so it was probably the right call.
Sakura Tohsaka [Person's name]
When she first appeared in the story of Zero, she was already Matou Sakura, but it’s hard to get an opportunity to use this name. With this name she really seems like a brave and fierce Tooyama Sakura…
Although she only appeared twice (during the prologue and in the middle), once you think about it, a~~~ll that time she was suffering in a worm hell that violates child pornography laws. In Zero, this girl’s misery index may actually have been the highest. When the author was in the middle of writing, and when Character Material published young Sakura’s cute appearance, thinking that “aah, right now I’m writing about a world that does its best to brutally mistreat this kind of girl” was a huge mental burden. You’re terrible, Takeuchi-san! Let’s torment her more!
In the scene with her and Kariya’s death, the first draft of the plot was really too inhumane. After the author of the original work scolded him with “What color is your blood, anyways!?” it became one of the few scenes that the author stopped. So in the end, Sakura’s monologue was very mild and calm. …It was like that. No, really.
Shirley [Person's name]
A native of Alimango Island, where Emiya Norikata chose to sequester himself away from the outside world. Though the educational environment she grew up in was extremely poor – she did not even attend elementary school, and only learned reading and writing from the local priest – it was enough to stimulate her ample intellectual curiosity, and by the time she was 13 years old she had already received a master's degree through correspondence courses alone. Of course, this talent did not go unnoticed by Emiya Norikata. He brought her on as his assistant, putting her in charge of handling all the miscellaneous daily tasks in the Emiya household.
While she did receive some training from Norikata, it was not at the level of being taken on as his disciple. He simply taught her the basics of the basics, and nothing more. And really, even calling it that much is a stretch. All he actually did was interact with her without bothering to hide his true nature as a magus. Nevertheless, Shirley's innate thirst for knowledge allowed her to absorb Norikata's words at an astonishing pace, and he expected great things from her in the future. However, as the old saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." In the end, her inquisitive mind brought about a tragedy.
She was the young Kiritsugu's very first love. It seems that the reason he ended up pampering the kendo girl he met in his later years so much was because she reminded him so much of Shirley.
Sir Lancelot [Servant]
The "Knight of the Lake", famed as the strongest of the Knights of the Round Table.
His illicit love affair with Queen Guinevere drove Camelot down the road to ruin, tarnishing his legacy in the legends of King Arthur.
As he often fell into madness due to troubles involving Guinevere, he has a particular compatibility with the Berserker class. In a lot of ways, he's just a guy who pushed himself too hard.
He was born with numerous abilities and aptitudes that take him beyond the realm of "high-spec" right into "completely overpowered", and none of them were any help at all in solving his problems. But while I could sort of sympathize with him, at the same time I couldn't help but feel a little bit of black joy that so many terrible things happened to such a handsome and talented person. But then the girls in class just looked at me in disdain, like, "Eww, so jealous, gross!" while screaming in shrill voices about how cool Lance-sama is, and… ahem. Sorry, I'm getting off track here.
Anyway, if he and King Arthur had just been able to have an all-out brawl to satisfaction on a sandy beach under the evening sun, so many tragedies might have been avoided. Well, there's no guarantee, of course, but the fact remains that whatever else happened that was the one thing that Lancelot's nature never let him do. He even tried going insane to change that part about himself, but just ended up causing the way-too-serious Artoria to misunderstand a lot of things instead. Really, it makes me wonder if his origin is "being a nuisance" or something.
Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri [Person's name]
Daughter of the noble Nuada-Re bloodline, which boasts considerable behind-the-scenes influence within the Association, and Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald's fiancé.
Generally, families of magi make it a rule to only pass down their secrets to a single successor, while keeping any other children they may have ignorant of even the existence of sorcery itself. However, at the time Sola-Ui was born, the Nuada-Re family was embroiled in a tumultuous power struggle, and there was a very real fear that their legitimate heir could be assassinated. As a result, they enacted a plan to train both the older brother and the younger sister in the rudiments of sorcery, so that either one could inherit the family crest.
In the end, though, the conflict died out before anything happened to either child, and Sola-Ui's older brother was given the crest and the title of successor.
Sola-Ui, on the other hand, was no longer of any use to her family, and her very existence was disavowed. She became a mere tool to be given away in a political marriage, where her excellent physical capacity for sorcery and childhood training would allow her to serve as an assistant for some first-rate magus.
However, Sola-Ui did not harbor any resentment toward this treatment. To be perfectly frank, she didn't even understand what "likes" and "dislikes" were in the first place. While it's certainly true that she always selfishly toyed with those around her, that was simply because it was ingrained in her from a very young age that acting in a way that would preserve her value as a noble was the secret to success in life. Sola-Ui herself had never truly wanted or hoped for something even once since being born.
Consequently, she didn't care one bit whether the attraction caused by Diarmuid's mystic face was real love or not. For her, the simple sensation of passion boiling up from the depths of her heart was her greatest treasure, and she had she had no intention of giving it up after she had finally obtained it. Because, passion is the very thing that gives life value.
…When Nasu Kinoko heard all of that, he started writhing around muttering something that sounded a lot like "It's a perfect moe bull's-eye…!"
Super Bajiquan [Others]
Since Fate Zero was the story of Emiya Kiritsugu and Kotomine Kirei, the final climactic battle of course would be a duel between the two. Based on earlier design decisions, Kiritsugu would wield fire arms, employ magecrafts such as Innate Time Control, and be equipped with Avalon considering later developments. However, speaking of Kirei's arsenal, there were only the Black Keys. This gave me quite a bit of a headache.
But wait, there was Bajiquan. Only Bajiquan was left. Still, how should I write it?
In the Second Volume of Zero, I had to write Kirei's fight scene. I went back to square one: first I re-read The Smiling, Proud Wanderer, then I attempted to brainwash myself with Bruce Lee, Jet Lee and and Tony Jaa for inspiration. Finally, I had achieved an understanding and reached the realm of "amazing kungfu, truly amazing kungfu". What was left was merely finishing writing the scene in one go before I calmed down. Thus the VS. Iri and Maiya scene was born.
Also worth mentioning, in order to write the final battle at Fuyuki City Hall, I added the 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Storm Rider to my reference/brainwashing materials list.
Because of all this, if you poke fun of the fact that Kirei's Bajiquan was kind of random, I would just ignore you and keep humming the ending theme of Space Warrior Baldios.
Steyr AUG [Armament]
The assault rifle used by Hisau Maiya. It seems it's one of the better weapons prepared by Kiritsugu.
As the first successful example of a bullpup rifle, it must have seemed almost bizarre when it was first released.
The fact that it consistently outperformed subsequent bullpup rifles, and is even used as the official weapon of many militaries to this day is, quite frankly, amazing. One of its primary features is its easy-to-disassemble modular construction. However, thanks to the popularity of scenes like the one from Day of the Jackal where the assassin assembles their weapon on the spot, it's often mistaken for a sniper rifle in movies. Well, it does have a sort of "secret weapon" look to it, so I guess I understand.
…Ah, wait, now that I think about it didn't Maiya try to snipe at Kayneth's hotel from the neighboring building?
Taiga Fujimura [Person's name]
The secret heroine of Fate/Zero. One fateful winter day, a cask of extremely high-quality wine was stolen from the liquor store run by the family of one of her classmates. In response, she took up her Tora-Shinai and gallantly dashed out into the nighttime Fuyuki, where bizarre murderers and urban guerrillas ran rampant. Despite the danger, she actually accomplished quite a lot, with her list of heroic deeds ranging from catching an underwear thief to saving a lost puppy. And due to the butterfly effect, her furious charge through town also prevented a devastating earthquake, enshrined a sea god, and even caused a huge asteroid on a collision course with Fuyuki to vanish without a trace. But though she averted disaster after disaster at a frightening pace, sadly, this epic saga can only be deciphered by reading between the lines with spiritual vision.
Tokiomi Tohsaka [Person's name]
The fifth Tohsaka family head. Had everything gone according to plan, he would have been the man to finish the Holy Grail War once and for all.
He started making preparations for the Fourth Holy Grail War long before it ever began. But although he had set up everything perfectly in his favor, he was tragically killed by his trusted ally, Kotomine Kirei. Well, seeing as how the one who tempted Kirei into defecting in the first place was Gilgamesh, in a sense you could say Tokiomi died due to a lack of compatibility with his Servant.
Tokiomi and his predecessor made a conscious effort to commercialize their spiritual lands, and the unnatural economic success of every business situated there naturally led to exorbitant rental fees, which were collected by the Tohsaka. Of course, as far as Tokiomi was concerned, the fact that the "harvests of all the tenant farmers tilling the Tohsaka land" were protected from bad luck and natural disasters by the Tohsaka's careful management of the ley lines, meant that taxing them like this was his natural right. Truly, it was a 20th century feudal system made possible through sorcery.
Although, even among the Second Owners of other lands, very few have ever seen monetary returns like those made by the Tohsaka.
After Tokiomi's death, these assets were passed on to Aoi, and after Aoi's death they were passed on once more to Rin. Or at least, they should have been, but thanks to her legal guardian Kirei's naïve honesty and crude management, most of the valuable property was lost to other people. Then again, as a priest who values honest poverty, he probably thought it would be good for her from an educational standpoint. Just another thing for Rin to wallop him for, I guess.
Thompson Center Arms Contender Custom [Armament]
The customized firearm that Emiya Kiritsugu uses as a mystic code. It is a single-shot pistol originally developed for use in hunting and competitions. The barrel can be easily switched out, allowing it to be used with a large variety of bullet calibers. By fitting it with a handmade barrel forged using magical processes, and using special bullets that contain his own powdered ribs, Kiritsugu has transformed it into a deadly anti-magus weapon. Well, that's the short version; for a significantly more long winded explanation please refer to volume 2.
Incidentally, this gun was actually what made me want to write a story like Fate/Zero in the first place. In a way, you could say it was the start of everything. Or more specifically, it was Lance Henriksen's performance in Hard Target. I guess what I'm trying to say is, thank you so much, Mr. John Woo. Stranglehold was really fun. Will there be flying doves in Red Wall, too?
Walther WA2000 [Armament]
The sniper rifle used by Emiya Kiritsugu in the Holy Grail War. Despite being relatively compact due to its bullpup design, it is an extremely heavy and hard to use weapon. On top of that, Kiritsugu's is decked out with a preposterous night vision system. The night vision scopes that existed during the time period of the Fourth Holy Grail War were a long way off from where they are today, and were often bulkier and heavier than the guns they were attached to. Also, one of the gun's major flaws was its prohibitive cost, which is one of the reasons it never saw widespread use, but thanks to the Einzbern's considerable funds that was no problem at all. And besides, it was probably less expensive than running telephone lines all the way out to a castle in the middle of nowhere.
Waver Velvet [Person's name]
Third generation magus of the Velvet household. Though to put that in perspective, the first generation was his grandmother, who was the lover of a certain magus and picked up the very basics of magecraft from their pillow talk. The second generation, Waver’s mother, only dabbled as a way to honor her mother’s memory. Waver was the first member of his family to seriously follow the path of magecraft, which is why his circuit count and crest quality are both the lowest of the low.
Though his mother found the Association’s hierarchical system annoying and disapproved of her son seeking out tutelage from a proper mentor, Waver himself was strongly drawn to magecraft. As soon as both his parents died of illness, he gave away all of his family’s possessions, scraped together enough to cover tuition, and entered the Clock Tower without a penny to his name. ――As a result, nothing but hardship and failure awaited him, and he resorted to gambling everything on the Holy Grail War.
Though he doesn’t possess the prerequisites to actually practice magecraft, his power of observation and insight give him remarkable talent as a researcher. In fact, had he insisted that “Magecraft is a subculture!” and started a business as a critic, he could have taken the world by storm. But of course, he would have been obliterated by the Association, so his inborn talents took another form.
To use running as metaphor, though his leg strength is just the absolute worst, he is capable of imagining the perfect running form. While he can never be an athlete, his talent shines as a coach.
In the initial setting stage of Zero, before the writing started, he was a Nobita-like “King of Cowards”, an oasis of zero. By the end, his character had grown to the point you might mistake him as the protagonist.
Vessel of the Holy Grail [Other]
The substitute prepared to facilitate the descent of the Holy Grail. In the first three Grail Wars it was merely an object, but in the fourth war the Einzberns sought to gain an advantage in the struggle for possession of the vessel by implanting it with a will of its own and a sense of identification with the Einzbern family.
Although Irisviel's homunculus body is unmistakably organic, the inorganic Holy Grail was broken down and fused with her organs.
While it's certainly true that making the vessel required to win the war a member of their own faction is a reprehensible act of cheating, technically their only obligation is to "deliver a vessel to Fuyuki", which they did. Besides, it's a war. Is there really that big of a difference between stealing somebody's possessions and killing them then taking the body?
Vimana [Noble Phantasm]
The King’s soul resides in golden armor. Vimana was flown in the sky for the first time in the third volume – His Majesty the King of Heroes’ mobile air weapon. It uses solar energy, produced from a solar crystal that burns mercury as fuel, to move – a high-tech Indian Noble Phantasm that would make even Area 51 pale-faced. Even though in ancient Indian mythology, it also had weapons ranging from ancient machine guns to ancient nuclear warheads, these surely have already been gathered in the treasury of the King of Heroes.
Volumen Hydrargyrum [Magecraft]
One of the mystic codes employed by Lord El-Melloi. Essentially, it is a mass of magically-infused mercury that has been filled with a large variety of movement patterns and programmed to respond appropriately depending on the situation. I guess you could call it a kind of battle golem? Out of all of Kayneth's armaments, it has the greatest capacity for physical destruction. He had prepared many other mystic codes designed for battles with curses and conjurations, but the vast majority of them were lost when his hotel was blown up by Kiritsugu.
Though it wouldn't be wrong to call it an almighty weapon due to its versatility, in the end it is still just an automaton, and once you see through its movement patterns it's fairly easy to handle. Also, since the magical energy required to operate it is directly proportional to the complexity of its shape, it is necessary to keep it in its basic form as much as possible – switching to a more complex form drastically reduces its reaction speed and power. The final "sea urchin" transformation used in the battle against Kiritsugu was a form that combined both raw defensive ability and cunning, but accordingly the drain on Kayneth's magical energy was immense.
By the way, after the war ended Lord El-Melloi II may or may not have reprogrammed this mystic code and employed it as a multi-purpose maid golem. Though it has enough intellectual capacity to perform simple household chores, it seems there's a troublesome bug that pops up every now and then that causes it to rampage around insisting that it's a killer robot from the future. Maybe it was shown a detrimental movie just when it was on the verge of completing its education in good taste…?
YAMAHA V‐MAX [Other]
The motorcycle that Emiya Kiritsugu prepared for his Servant. Since it underwent excessive tuning without any regard for usability, a normal person trying to ride it would just end up killing themselves. Maiya must have brought it into town on a truck, then pushed it from the front gate to the courtyard.
The president of Nitro+, Digitarou, was responsible for picking out and configuring the vehicle model.
By the way, at one point during the consultation stage, Mr. Takeuchi had just gotten back from seeing the new Ghost Rider movie and wouldn't stop going on about how awesome it would be if Saber's motorcycle could transform too, but, uh… honestly it seemed like it would be a lot of trouble. I was really glad I managed to get out of writing that one!
Zouken Matou [Person's name]
As far as the Matou family's sacrifices in the Fourth Holy Grail War go, for the small price of a ruined home defense barrier and a grievous injury to Byakuya's wrist, they were able to get their hands on fragments of the Holy Grail. Too cheap, too cheap! Grandfather is laughing.
Though Zouken allowed Kariya to participate in the Grail War, he mostly did it just to punish him – if Kariya had actually won, he probably wouldn't even know how to react.
Originally, Zouken had been content to turn a blind eye to Kariya's transgressions as long as he was living the wretched, fearful life of a runaway, but his extremely un-Matou-like willingness to heroically sacrifice himself bought him the old man's ire. Probably, it was the warped pride of a living, rotten corpse at work. Like, "When did my own flesh and blood get so damn impudent!?" or something to that effect.
By the way, Zouken thought that Kariya had died when all the crest worms were killed by Berserker's rampage.
The reason that Kariya, finally free, was able to return to the Matou mansion and reach Sakura's side without any issues, was because Zouken had rushed off to the scene of the fire to see if he could find anything worth salvaging.
In fact, they must have literally just missed each other. It seems Kariya has a talent for seizing odd strokes of good luck at the height of misfortune.
Master: Waver Velvet
True Name: Alexander
Alignment: Neutral good
Noble Phantasm: A++
■ Magic Resistance: D
Cancel Single-Action spells. Magic Resistance of the same degree of an amulet that rejects magical energy.
■ Riding: A+
The skill of riding animals and vehicles. Creatures on the level of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast can be used as mounts. However, that does not apply to members of the Dragon Kind.
■ Charisma: A
Natural talent to command an army. Can be said to have achieved the greatest popularity as a human being
■ Military Tactics: B
Tactical knowledge used not for one-on-one combat situations, but for battles where many are mobilized. Bonus modifiers are provided during use of one's own Anti-Army Noble Phantasm or when dealing against an enemy Anti-Army Noble Phantasm.
■ Divinity: C
Despite the absence of clear evidence, according to many stories it is said he is the son of Zeus, the greatest of gods.
■ Via Expungito: Distant Trampling Domination
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum number of targets: 100 persons
The trampling attack performed with Noble Phantasm "Gordius Wheel." The damage is decided twice, first by the hooves, then the wheels of the chariot. Along with all physical damage, there is also the effects of lightnings, the manifestation of Zeus. Should the target fail its STR check, additional damage will be dealt.
■ Ionioi Hetairoi: Army of the King
Type: Anti Army Noble Phantasm
Maximum number of targets: 1000 people
Having sworn loyalty to Alexander even after their deaths, his personal guards who had turned into spirits, manifest into Servants together with the ruler. The summoned ones are Servants without Masters, however each have the rank E- equivalent of the "Independent Action" skill, allowing materialization possible for a maximum of 30 turns.
Master: Kiritsugu Emiya
True Name: King Arthur
Alignment: Lawful Good
Noble Phantasm: A++
■ Magic Resistance: A
Cancels all magecraft below A. In reality, no magi of today can harm Saber.
■ Riding: A
Able to freely manipulate all beasts and vehicles, save mythical beasts and divine beasts.
■ Instinct: A
The ability to always "feel" the best course for oneself during combat. This heightened sixth sense is now close to precognition. It reduces by half any obstacles to vision and hearing.
■ Mana Burst: A
This transfers magical energy into one's weapon and body, and by releasing the magical energy instantaneously, it increases one's ability.
■ Charisma: B
Natural ability to command an army. Charisma is a rare talent, and B-rank is enough to lead a country.
■ Invisible Air: Bounded Field of the Wind King
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Maximum number of targets: 1 person
An invisible sword. Simple, but displays tremendous effect in hand-to-hand combat. A Noble Phantasm guarded by strong magecraft, it does not mean the sword itself is transparent.
■ Excalibur: Sword of Promised Victory
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Maximum number of targets: 1 person
A sword of light. A weapon not made by man, but a god-made equipment forged by stars. A Noble Phantasm at the top of the category of holy swords. A holy sword which transforms the owner's magical energy into "light", increasing its momentum due to the convergence and acceleration, and enable the use of magecraft of divine levels.
■ Avalon: The Everdistant Utopia
Type: Barrier Noble Phantasm
Defense target: 1 person
The power of the sheath of Excalibur. Expanding the sheath, it shuts out all physical interference by placing the owner in the land of the fairies.
Fate/Zero Summary talk Kinoko Nasu X Gen Urobuchi Moderated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Unused story Urobuchi: I was having too much trouble thinking of a Caster, so I asked if I could use a Chinese Xian or something. That's how I learned the "Western only" rule. Nasu: Plus Xian would be too strong.
About Berserker Side Nasu: But, I was moved to tears by that last conversation with Lancelot. Nobody was at fault… Nobody was to blame! Urobuchi: I think that’s the most heartbreaking thing about it, though. Nasu: Ah, it really is. Urobuchi: The scene would have been totally ruined if Alexander had barged in, huh? Nasu: That’s Dead Weight Alex for you, lol
He’d start his lecture with something like “Well, be that as it may…”. Urobuchi: Sounds like something out of Hana no Keiji. Nasu: Then, “It’s all your fault!” “And also, it’s your fault too!”
“So, become my subordinates!” Urobuchi: That’s exactly what he’d say! Nasu: Of course, their response would be “What the hell is this guy going on about!?" Urobuchi: Right, it’d be a total negotiation failure.
'Nasu: And Alex would just tilt his head to the side and wonder, “Hmm, did things go poorly?”
Anyway, about Berserker’s ridiculous Noble Phantasm… were you aiming at “that” from the start? That… f i g h t e r j e t. Urobuchi: Yup! Basically, I really, really wanted to fight Gil with a fighter jet. I worked toward it with all my heart and soul! Nasu: We should call you Yagami Gen. ”Just as planned!” Urobuchi: I thought the Gate of Babylon would be perfect for an Itano Circus. Nasu: Whoosh! The swords are homing in! Ornamental swords, holy swords, demonic swords, shitty knockoff swords! Urobuchi: Especially that last one! That’s the heart of the Itano Theory. Nasu: Because they won’t hit! Urobuchi: Filling up the screen with missiles that won’t home properly is very important. Nasu: Right, right. Urobuchi: It truly is profound, the Itano Circus. Nasu: But, a motorcycle that flies through the sky is going too far!
Right? Is it really okay, including that Braiger kind of thing? Urobuchi: What? Of course it flies. Because it’s a motorcycle. Also, you’re thinking of Baxinger. Nasu: It can turn into a bazooka, too, right? It can do anything, this motorcycle. I bet it even turns into a battleship. Urobuchi: If it was Gil’s Noble Phantasm motorcycle that probably wouldn’t be too far off. Nasu: It’d be a suuuuper-awesome Itansha, lol Urobuchi: You know… it might be too extreme, but… what if we made it a Super Cub? Nasu: Ah, now THAT’S a Noble Phantasm. Definitely.
Takeuchi: A golden Super Cub. Nasu: I waaaant one!
It’s the very model of majesty and grace! Urobuchi: Gil making his appearance on that… it would be just like WWE SmackDown. Nasu: Circling the ring at 3 kph, lol
While the spectators go wild. Takeuchi: Ahh… I can almost see it, that armored figure straddling the bike. Nasu: Wow, everybody really loves Gil, huh?
[v] Fate/Zero - Volume 4: God Bull: Air-walking Thunder Bull
God Bull: Air-walking Thunder Bull
The divine bulls that pull the Gordias Wheel. It is said that before the seduction of Europa, the supreme god of thunder Zeus changed his shape into that of a bull. Therefore, what manifested as the driving force of the chariot dedicated to Zeus, were Divine Beasts with a connection to Zeus.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.022 Questions 01: Saber and Irisviel seem to have established a great Master-Server relationship, and it seems those two did not eat anything? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 01: Saber and Irisviel seem to have established a great Master-Server relationship, and it seems those two did not eat anything? [ Taitō · Yurianna LUV-san ]
Nasu: Because Irisviel is a homunculus, all she really needs is to have her magic resupplied, and the same applies to Saber, who is a Servant. It's very fortunate that this pair does not crave food. Uro: Shirou's food education awoke Saber's gourmet spirit 10 years later, at the time of Zero, she probably thought all the food in the world was like fish and chips.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.022 Questions 02: What's the limit of Berserker's ability to "turn any object into Noble Phantasm"? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 02: What's the limit of Berserker's ability to "turn any object into Noble Phantasm"? Will it work on a battleship? Why not just hijack a computer and become an existence like Sky*et... please put a stop to my overflowing dreams. [Kyoto · Musashibō-san]
Nasu: In theory it's limited to objects that are weapons. An aircraft carrier's role as weapon transportation is ranked higher than it being a weapon, so it shouldn't be counted as a weapon. Something like that. What's your opinion on this, Uro-san? Uro: For Berserker, the Noble Phantasm can only be activated for things he recognizes as "this is a weapon." In that case, if he is skilled in wrestling, can he... turn a steel chair into a Noble Phantasm?
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.022 Questions 03: Please tell me who would win in a "no-skirt" competition between Iskandar and Caren? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 03: Please tell me who would win in a "no-skirt" competition between Iskandar and Caren? [ Chiyoda · Clerk of a certain large bookstore ]
Uro: If it's a real competition, due to Iskander's complex shape, you'll need skirt with an overwhelming number of edges. This is the greatness of the King of Conquerors. Nasu: You got it all wrong! How can you even compare someone who doesn't wear skirt to someone who doesn't even wear underwear!
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.022-023 Questions 04: Can you give me some examples of the assassins amongst the Hundred Faced One who gave you the most enduring impressions? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 04: Can you give me some examples of the assassins amongst the Hundred Faced One who gave you the most enduring impressions?
Gen: It ought to be "the assassin who is famous for impersonating Toyotomi Hideyoshi". Nasu: For me, it ought to be the assassin whose expertise is in sexing chicks.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.023 Questions 05: Kotomine deflected the bullet of the Contender with Bajiquan, but is Bajiquan really that powerful? I am really interested, so by all means, let me know. [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 05: Kotomine deflected the bullet of the Contender with Bajiquan, but is Bajiquan really that powerful? I am really interested, so by all means, let me know.
Fukushu: Oh, that. Urobuchi's Bajiquan is the Internal Art that transcends the External Art. It is a super-human technique like the supersonic 6-hit combo that the Cyber Fist Killer can achieve. It should not be used as a reference for the real Bajiquan. I wonder what will happen if it continues to become more deadly? Gen: It is the ultimate technique born from the miraculous fusion of Bajiquan and magecraft. Super Bajiquan is the reckless attack that belongs to Kotomine, whose self-destructive fighting style enables him to sacrifice an arm.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.023 Questions 06: In the end did Father Mite repent? Also, my Gin-Pika seems functionally different from the Gin-Pika here, can I return it? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 06: In the end did Father Mite repent? Also, my Gin-Pika seems functionally different from the Gin-Pika here, can I return it? [ Taitō · Fuyuki's Holy Virgin ]
Neko-Arc: Throwing him away is too much. Gen: Your Gin-Pika is an ultra-rare "uncorrupted Gin-Pika," please appreciate him.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.023 Questions 07: ...hey hey, are we missing a page here? What happened to the most important character? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 07: ...hey hey, are we missing a page here? What happened to the most important character? [ Fuyuki · Fuyuki's Tiger (Current) ]
Nasu: That's enough Fujimura. Gen: I didn't have you make an appearance because of how important you are. Not touching you with these dirty hands is my way of showing my love! Sorry, that was all made up, I just don't want to be burned.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.023 Questions 08: Recently Hollywood has been using F-22, if Hollywood offered that to you, would you still use F-15? Or would you rather use Itano Circus? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 08: Recently Hollywood has been using F-22, if Hollywood offered that to you, would you still use F-15? Or would you rather use Itano Circus? [ Taitō · Korokazu ]
Gen: According to Hollywood settings perhaps the Self-Defense Forces really is more advanced than the U.S. Air Force, using F-22 in the early 90s. The subtle detail of the night vision system on Kiritsugu's rifle also has its own antique flavor. Nasu: Ho ho ho, let me wreck that face of yours (following text trimmed)
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.023-024 Questions 09: Why is my luck stat curiously low... it seems even lower than when I fell to the dark side 10 years later. What kind of curse is this? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 09: Why is my luck stat curiously low... it seems even lower than when I fell to the dark side 10 years later. What kind of curse is this? [ Fuyuki · King of Knights ]
Nasu: In Zero, due to the effect of Urobuchi Gen's Reality Marble, Dead End Catharsis: Heaven and Hell Drop, all character's luck have been lowered by one rank. Gen: But at the same time Kinoko Dimension also took place in Fuyuki, so those who can survive will definitely live. Something this reasonable happens very rarely in Urobuchi's world, so it's already a very considerate measure.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.024 Questions 10: I'm currently playing this game called Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII, is there any way to get rid of this Social Interactions and Relationships system? Just because I pillaged a little bit and executed a person I didn't like, now no one wants to join me, no one wants to talk to me, and Sun Shangxiang won't even marry me. This is so weird! How can I conquer like this? Are all Chinese people this narrow-minded? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 10: I'm currently playing this game called Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII, is there any way to get rid of this Social Interactions and Relationships system? Just because I pillaged a little bit and executed a person I didn't like, now no one wants to join me, no one wants to talk to me, and Sun Shangxiang won't even marry me. This is so weird! How can I conquer like this? Are all Chinese people this narrow-minded? [ Fuyuki · King of Conquerors ]
Nasu: Kusoge tsumaran! (Greetings). About that, sorry, but please participate in the Grail War seriously. If you want to play games, do it during breaks. Ah, and Civilization isn't too bad either. Gen: Right, and someone like your excellency shouldn't touch Elder Scrolls IV either. Its system would be too harsh for a conqueror, where pressing A by mistake can turn an entire city's guards into your enemy.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.024 Questions 11: It's a bit sudden, but can we please discuss this. I'm currently dying in a back alley, and suddenly this weird cane calling itself Kaleido Stick appears and says something like "make a contract with me, if we make this contract, not only will you not die, but some eggplant or mushroom guy will even make a game where I'm the main character." What should I do? Should I make the contract? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 11: It's a bit sudden, but can we please discuss this. I'm currently dying in a back alley, and suddenly this weird cane calling itself Kaleido Stick appears and says something like "make a contract with me, if we make this contract, not only will you not die, but some eggplant or mushroom guy will even make a game where I'm the main character." What should I do? Should I make the contract? [ Fuyuki · Kotone ]
Nasu: Please make the contract, that wand is a magical tool that can lead you to the top of the world, its Ruby persuasion skill is harsher than any words. Ah, but please understand that we will need to take out someone from the main heroines. Gen: Hmm, at least it's better than turning into something like an organ (instrument) or umbrella.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.024 Questions 12: Diarmuid tastes so good. [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 12: Diarmuid tastes so good. [ Causal horizon · All the evil of the world ]
Gen: Among Fuyuki's local specialty of Servants, we carefully picked out the tragic Celtic hero, have him commit suicide through a Command Seal to ensure the ingredient's freshness. Our restaurant's main chef is very confident in and highly recommends this Lancer dish. There's nothing better than hearing that you enjoyed it.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.024 Questions 13: ...Is it a tradition that the Saber class is always beaten by the Lancer class at the start of the story? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 13: ...Is it a tradition that the Saber class is always beaten by the Lancer class at the start of the story? [ Wales · Pig of Cornwall ]
Nasu: That also surprised me, it's something to be admired. Please understand the power of Urobuchi Gen, who faithfully followed the beginning of Fate/stay night's story. But... to think he also copied its ending! That person really is a demon! (Biting a handkerchief while crying)
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.024 Questions 14: Is the reason Lancer didn't bring Moralltach and Beagalltach this time also because he (Kayneth) didn't listen to his wife? Would Beagalltach even be of use this time? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 14: Is the reason Lancer didn't bring Moralltach and Beagalltach this time also because he (Kayneth) didn't listen to his wife? Would Beagalltach even be of use this time? [ Ireland · Pig of Ben Bulben ]
Gen: Diarmuid is a nice guy who can read a situation. It would be a bit too much to bring out a sword as a Lancer. This time there was no advice from the wife. At the most she's just a fiancé. To Kayneth, that is.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.025 Questions 15: Aaaand on the subject of Berserker, you three got along, with no one ever screaming at the others to do something? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 15: Aaaand on the subject of Berserker, you three got along, with no one ever screaming at the others to do something? [ Massachusetts · Written as the moon-killing Char's Zaku (Because it's red) ]
Neko: So the yangire makes her appearance. Even though I'm jealous of your depravity and evilness, please be careful just in case, not everyone can live freely like you. Oh right, AB, you seem to have become weak ever since you became a playable character. Even though I was always badly beaten by you when you were controlled by the computer, I lost miserably within a single round while using you myself.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.025 Questions 16: The middle-aged man of Fuyuki, Kiritsugu, holds two powers. One of them is the Command Seal, the power to give absolute command to the strongest Servant. The other power is the Contender. With magical bullets that have the power to destroy a mage's magic circuit, carrying with him the nickname "Magus Killer," Kiritsugu began making his move. To obtain the Holy Grail, and to create a peaceful world where everyone can live in happiness. [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 16: The middle-aged man of Fuyuki, Kiritsugu, holds two powers. One of them is the Command Seal, the power to give absolute command to the strongest Servant. The other power is the Contender. With magical bullets that have the power to destroy a mage's magic circuit, carrying with him the nickname "Magus Killer," Kiritsugu began making his move. To obtain the Holy Grail, and to create a peaceful world where everyone can live in happiness. [ Area 11 · Pizza Hut regular ]
Nasu: At the end of a long misunderstanding, Kiritsugu was finally able to reconcile with Iri. Little did he know that Iri would take a simple joke like "For example, to kill all humans?" seriously. Later, a blood stained Iri. Gen: But volume 4 almost turned out this way.
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.025 Questions 18: In the 3rd volume, I became moe for Sola-Ui after she experiences the joy of first love. A page later she got her arm cut off. In Zero's world, is there a law that states "Feeling happiness is a precursor to BAD END"? [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 18: In the 3rd volume, I became moe for Sola-Ui after she experiences the joy of first love. A page later she got her arm cut off. In Zero's world, is there a law that states "Feeling happiness is a precursor to BAD END"? [ Mifune City · Servant Yandere's Glasses ]
Nasu: To heartless girls, "Ah, I will receive happiness after this," "I will get married after the war is over," and "My child is about to be born" are all curses of the same rank, please be extra cautious. Gen: There's no point in showing mercy to those drowning in the river of love. Don't you agree, Jason sensei?
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.025 Questions 19: My family is a drapery wholesaler, if I looked around our warehouse, will be able to find a magic book like the Kiryū boy? If possible I'd like it to be a Japanese Servant. [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 19: My family is a drapery wholesaler, if I looked around our warehouse, will be able to find a magic book like the Kiryū boy? If possible I'd like it to be a Japanese Servant. [ Fuyuki · Kaede Makidera ]
Neko-Arc: Hm, how about just summoning someone like Nasu?
[v] ALL OVER/Zero - Fate/Zero Exchange of Questions and Answers, p.025 Questions 20: What's Urobuchi's favorite scene? Also, if it exists, please tell us about something you didn't finish. [T]Translations by tsukikan
Questions 20: What's Urobuchi's favorite scene? Also, if it exists, please tell us about something you didn't finish. [ Taitō · Mountain of Mash Tree ]
Gen: Even though it's for my own enjoyment, probably the great revival of the true Gilgamesh. I also wanted to dedicate more pages to Kariya and Sola-Ui. Uh... but it probably wouldn't turn out to be a happy scene if I were to write it. Looks like Sola-Ui really is someone who can truly shine only in doujinshi.
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To give a specific example, allow me to explain Berserker's flashback scenes, which were probably the most heavily revised from the original. In the original novel, it is a scene that jumps to an entirely different time period that is inserted right in the middle of the duel at the end. It is precisely because the depiction of the fight had been placed in the back of the reader's mind as a concept that it was possible to depict and link this to his past as a separate narrative thread.
With that said, in the visual medium, because the audience takes in the battle in the underground garbage by means of sight and sounds, the scene has a sense of place which helps to make it seem as if they themselves are there. If the point of view were to suddenly shift to another time, another story, the tension that suffused that showdown scene would suddenly evaporate. Although humans can develop differing concepts in parallel, they can only focus on and process one view point at a time. If the anime version has ignored this difference and stayed slavishly true to the original novel and revealed Berserker's past in exactly the same way, the viewers probably would have felt a visceral sense of incongruity and instantly been thrown out of the moment.
The same goes for the flashback scene where Gilgamesh reminisces about Enkidu. In the novel, I took care to write it with deliberately vague, ambiguous imagery to depict Gilgamesh's flashback so as not to ruin the afterimage of Excalibur's activation scene that immediately preceded it. However, this sort of allowance isn't possible in visual media. Every scene is depicted with the same resolution and the same sense of presence as time unfolds at the same pace. So with that in mind, they had no choice but to place both the catharsis of Excalibur and the information dealing with Enkidu on the table and decide between. Of course, it was obviously the former that was more vital to the overall story.
Where did you draw your portrayals of Caster and Ryunosuke from? Tsuruoka: Some of it comes from looking at the visuals. The bulging eyes says it all. I learned from reading the novel that he has a talkative personality, so I thought I would play him in a kabuki style in spite of the fact that he's European. I based his speaking styles on big actresses and entertainers and decided that he would tend to use kabuki tones when he becomes emotional. Ishida: Back when I first played him in "Sound Drama", I thought to myself, "Boy, this character is horrible" (laughs). "A character like this can only exist inside a story." Plus, since "Sound Drama," had no visuals, I had no choice but to rely on the insanity inside myself. Even at the risk of being misunderstood, I believe that Ryunosuke's emotions are ones that everyone had deep down. I thought I would give that a broad interpretation. I was a bit hesitation when I first started playing him, but then I gradually started thinking. "Hey, it's fun to be able to cut loose like this." In the end, I've managed to reach a place where I understand Ryunosuke, as dangerous as that sound (laughs).
When Ryuunosuke was shot (#14), I was overjoyed that I was able to feel, "Oh, no...Ryunosuke..." That scene was original to the anime, and I recorded two versions after discussing the performance with Director Ei Aoki. One was an upbeat performance, like, "But do not worry, Ryunosuke!" The other performance, "You have died and left me alone" was sadder, said as if he was cradling Ryunosuke. The former was chosen for the broadcast version, but at the end, I go, "Behold, Ryunosuke!" As a performer, I was happy that he had realized that Ryunosuke still existed somewhere inside his heart.
Animation Material Ryunosuke Uryu
Caster's Master. His fascination with, and lust for, death leads him to become a serial killer who commits murder after murder. He has two piercing, a chain at his waist, and a quiet disposition. The bracelet on his wrist is a magical item given to him by Caster, however, it is destroyed by Rin Tohsaka. Atsushi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
True name: Gilles de Rais. Doubting God, he becomes a Heroic Spirit to try to resurrect the holy virgin Joan Of Arc. In the original novel, he is described as having "huge, rolling eyes and oily, glistening cheeks." Because he was originally a knight, he has a muscular build. Atsuhi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version
A divine treasure. A shining ship housed within the Gate of Bablyon, the treasury of Acrher, the Heroic Spirit Gilgamesh. Made of gold and emerald, it has an emerald-encrusted power core and variable wings. At its center, there is a golden throne that acts as its control seat.
Midorikawa: Lancer had quite a few of scenes, but I was struck by the scene where he curses them as he dies (episode 16), and by the way he's shown as being so vigorous in the first half of the episode. He was so lively that when he's forced to kill himself, you feel sorrier for him. I thought his suicide scene was handled delicately. There's an illustration for that scene in the original (the TYPE-MOON VERSION). But they presented it differently in the anime. I was really impressed at how well they pulled it off.
Yamazaki: I bet that if we'd applied ourselves, we would've been the favorite to win the Holy Grail War.
Midorikawa wished that they allow Lancer and Saber to go on fighting forever as Lancer seemed to be enjoying himself.
Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald
Lancer's Master. Lecturer at the Clocktower, the Mages's Association's headquarters.
Eldest son of the Archibald family. Taking part in the Holy Grail War as a feather in his professional cap.
A holy relic in his possession was stolen by Waver, his student.
He makes use of a mana-infused orb mercury, the Volumen Hydragram, to attack and defend. Atsushi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
Second oldest son of the Matou family, one of the three founding Mage familes.
Although his Magecraft aptitude was higher than his brother's, he hated the vile nature of the Matou family's magic. To save Sakura, the daughter of Aoi Tohsaka, he agrees to participate in the HolyGrail War. As a side effect of the Crest Worms, half his body is twisted and distorted. Atsushi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
A mad knight Heroic Spirit who is clad in black armor. The "Berserk" affinity was added to him, as he is unable to speak, and he refuses to obey his Master's instruction. His abilities include For Someone's Else's Glory, which conceal his own abilities, and Knight of Honor, which allows him to turn anything into a Noble Phantasm. He demonstrates an unnatural fixation on Saber. Atsushi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
The Matou family uses Worms in their Magecraft. In combat, they can be summoned and employed at will. There are various kinds, including the flesh-eating Blade Wing Worms that Kariya employs, and the Crest Worms that crawl around the Worm Pit.
Head of the Matou family. After repeatedly extending his life, this Mage is already not quite human. He is well versed in all things related to the Holy Grail, and gives Kariya Crest Worms. He observes the proceedings of the Holy Grail War from a distance.
Berserker 3DCG Supervisor Masato Takizawa
With Berserker's movements, I tweaked things like warping the parts and altering the scale so that it wouldn't look like stiff CG animation. Although there were a ton of difficult areas over the course of the series, I believe that all the hard work really can be seen on the screen and made for better visuals. I think that shows like this that are so beloved by the audience comes around once in a blue moon, so it's a real honor to have given the opportunity to take part in it.
A knight of the Round Table who served Arthur (Artoria). He falls in love with King Arthur's wife, Guinevere, and this dishonor brings about the fall of Britain. Also, in the anime, he is drawn with keyframe animation after his face is revealed. Because his complex armor was bring drawn by hand, it involved huge amounts of time and effort.
Master Session 006 - Saber Side Animation Material
Character Designs, Animation Director
At first, I thought that he (Kiritsugu) was a character who wasn't capable of expressing much emotion, but I think that in the latter half of the show, me might have managed to bring out the side of him that's rather frail and weak in comparison to his hard exterior. And since he's a character with the strength to blot that out, it's a difficult thing to do.
A freelance Mage-killer. Asked to marry into the Einzbern family, and then becomes their trump card in the Holy Grail War. He uses the magic of Innate Time Control to manipulate and alter the flow of time within his own body. As one would expect of an assassin who suppresses his emotions, his face is blank and his eyes are vacant. Tomonori Sudo was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
Kiritsugu Emiya's partner. She met Kiritsugu on the battlefield, and has fought her entire life like a machine, considering herself a part whose function is to help Kiritsugu. She dresses entirely in black, and gives the cold, distant impression of someone who doesn't have a strong sense of self. Like Kiritsugu, she use a Steyr AUG and Calico M950 as weapons.
Kiritsugu Emiya (as a boy)
He spent his youth wandering around the world with his father, Norikata Emiya, who was on the run from the Mage's Association. At his point, he is still a dreamer of a boy who knows nothing of the world. His Shining eyes and tanned skin make him look cheerful. However, he comes face to face with harsh reality on Arimago Island.
Kiritsugu Emiya (as a young man)
Kiritsugu spent his days traveling around the world hunting down evil Mages. At first, he only got in Natalia's way, but he eventually becomes her partner and equal. However, living the life of a Mage-Killer forces him to confront a harsh reality.
TMF : Est-ce que Waver, qui a juré fidélité à Alexandre, va rejoindre Ionioi Hetaroi après sa mort ? Ou est-ce que ce sont seulement les personnes qui ont suivi Alexandre lorsqu’il était encore vivant qui peuvent le rejoindre ?
U : C’est une question importante à poser, par rapport à l’immortalité de Waver. Et comme ça n’a pas été directement dit dans l’histoire, je ne peux pas en parler. [rires]
TMF : Devenir un vampire nécessite normalement une centaine d’années et seul un individu sur 10 000 peut le faire. Mais Shirley y est arrivé en quelques minutes. Est-ce qu’elle avait un pouvoir spécial latent qu’elle n’a pas pu éveiller parce qu’elle est morte avant ?
U : Ça vient de la potion que lui a donné le père Kiritsugu, qui a cette propriété spécifique. Mais comme elle est devenue folle, c’est un échec.
TMF : Du coup, je suppose que la présence de Cornelius sur l’île d’Alimago durant le flashback est une aussi une de leur blague ?
U : Oui, sans aucun doute. Dans le retour de script qu’on a eu, il y avait juste marqué qu’un mage allait apparaître, sans autres détails pour nous. J’ai eu la révélation lorsque j’ai reçu les épreuves.[rires]
TMF : D’où vous est venue l’idée de faire apparaitre Gilles de Rais en tant que Servant ?
U : Au début de Fate/stay night, il y avait un personnage en armure, féminin, blond, donc tout le monde, dont moi, s’est dit que c’était Jeanne d’Arc. Mais ce n’était pas le cas. Du coup, pour taquiner le lecteur, je me suis dit que j’allais aussi mettre un personnage blond avec une armure, et on penserait que c’est Jeanne d’Arc. C’est comme ça que Gilles de Rais est arrivé. Je suis sûr que les lecteurs feront la même bourde moi.