The Fate/stay night manga is a serialized adaptation of the visual novel illustrated by Nishiwaki Datto and published by Kadokawa Shoten in Shōnen Ace. The plot follows a mixture of the Fate route and Unlimited Blade Works with some elements of the Heaven's feel route, and it eventually shifts the focus entirely to the Fate route. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop in 2007. Twenty bound volumes have been released in Japan.
Fate/stay night (1) (フェイト/ステイナイト(1),?) was released May 26, 2006 in Japanese (4-04-713825-8) and October 14, 2008 in English (978-1427810373).
Original publishing date
The First Day (I) the 1st day(I) (-)
December 26 2005
Shirou Emiya is first drawn into the Holy Grail War after he witnesses the Servants Lancer and Archer fighting at his school. Lancer chases Shirou around the school trying to kill him, adhering to a rule of the Holy Grail War which states bystanders must be killed. Lancer corners Shirou in one of the hallways and mortally wounds him with his Gáe Bolg. Rin Tohsaka, Shirou's classmate and Archer's master, feels guilty about involving Shirou and saves his life using her strongest healing jewel, which is a memento given to her by her father. Rin leaves before Shirou wakes up. Shirou, amazed he is still alive, returns to his home and is ambushed by Lancer. Shirou tries to defend himself using a magically reinforced poster, but Lancer easily disarms him. Lancer commends him for his efforts, mentioning he might be the seventh Master, and prepares to finish Shirou off. Before Lancer can kill him, Shirou summons Saber, who saves him from Lancer.
The First Day (II) the 1st day(II) (-)
Saber drives Lancer away using her invisible sword. She then attacks Archer and Rin, who are outside the house, and badly wounds Archer. Saber starts to attack Rin, but Shirou, confused by the situation, stops Saber before she kills Rin.
The First Day (III) the 1st day(III) (-)
Rin, grateful to Shirou for sparing her life, offers to take Shirou and Saber to the church where he can learn about the Holy Grail War. There, the priest and moderator of the war, Kirei Kotomine, explains to him the role of Masters and Servants in the quest for the Holy Grail, the magical object which is said to grant any wish. Kotomine also reveals the Holy Grail caused the fire that destroyed Shirou's town ten years ago. Shirou agrees to participate in the war as the seventh Master, wanting to prevent another catastrophic disaster.
The First Day (IV) the 1st day(IV) (-)
After leaving the church to return home, Shirou and Rin agree to return to being enemies, but Shirou is unconvinced by the inconsistencies between her harsh words and helpful actions. They encounter a new Master just before parting, and she introduces herself as Illyasviel von Einzbern. She states that her goal is to kill Shirou, and assaults them with her Servant, Berserker. Completely overwhelming Saber with his power, Ilya confidently reveals his identity as the Greek hero Heracles. Rin attempts to have Archer uses a sneak attack to finish off Berserker, but it is completely ineffective. Saber is left helpless after she blocks a blow for Rin, so Berserker lets loose the finishing assault. Shirou jumps into its path, shielding Saber and taking a fatal wound.
Fate/stay night (2) was released on October 26, 2006.
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Boys & Girls (I) boys&girls(I) (-)
Ilya, confused by this action, calls off Berserker and leaves. Later, Shirou wakes up fully healed inside his home. Rin reminisces about summoning Archer.
Boys & Girls (II) boys&girls(II) (-)
Rin recalls Archer's summoning and their encounter with Lancer, and they confirm with each other that they will win the Holy Grail War.
Boys & Girls (III) boys&girls(III) (-)
Shirou and Saber discuss Shirou's abilities. He confirms that he is only good at Reinforcement, but rarely succeeds. Saber wishes to keep her identity a secret to keep Shirou from accidentally exposing it due to his inexperience, and she explains that they do not have a proper connection as Master and Servant. He is not supplying her with energy, so she cannot waste energy freely without risking fading away. They fight over Saber's sleeping arrangements, as Shirou is too embarrassed to have her sleep too close to him for protection. Sakura and Taiga arriving interrupts the conversation, and Shirou becomes worried after seeing a murder report possibly related to the war. While he wishes to stop such things, Saber criticizes his reasons for fighting, but he reaffirms to himself that he will have no regrets.
Boys & Girls (IV) boys&girls(IV) (-)
The next day, when all other students and teachers leave the school, Rin starts her assault on Shirou
Boys & Girls (V) boys&girls(V) (-)
Rin relentlessly pursuing him with the intent to kill him unless he surrenders Saber's Command Spells. She is interrupted at the last moment by the sudden appearance of Rider, who attacks a student. Shirou and Rin promptly team up to drive Rider away.
Fate/stay night (3) was released on April 10, 2007. There was a special edition released on March 26, 2007 that included a figurine of Rider.
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Boys & Girls (VI) boys&girls(VI) (-)
Shirou faces Rider in combat until Saber arrives. She is driven off, and Archer attempts to slay Shirou.
Boys & Girls (VII) boys&girls(VII) (-)
Archer fights briefly with Saber until Rin stops them after exclaiming she has formed a partnership with Shirou.
Partner (I) Partner(I) (-)
Rin begins living in the Emiya Residence as part of their alliance to stop Rider from forming the barrier over the school. Shirou is reluctant, but agrees after she explains the benefits. They discuss Rider and the possible identity of her Master, which leads into an explanation of Noble Phantasms. Shirou is later disturbed by a dream of Rider's barrier killing all of the people at the school while Rin and Archer investigate the "gas leaks" leaving people in comas.
Partner (II) Partner(II) (-)
While investigating the spell and gathering information on other Masters and Servants, Shirou discovers that his old friend, Shinji, is the master of the Servant Rider after she kidnaps him.
Partner (III) Partner(III) (-)
Shinji states he has no desire to fight Shirou. Caster attacks Shirou and Saber in the park with her familiars.
Fate/stay night (4) was released on September 26, 2007
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Sword & Magic (I) sword&magic(I) (-)
Caster attempts to defeat Saber by focusing on overwhelming her with numbers so that she is unable to protect Shirou. Shirou convinces her that he can protect himself, so she can focus on Caster. Caster is revealed to be a fake, while Shirou is left injured. They identify Ryuudou Temple as Caster's lair, but decided it is too risky to attack.
Sword & Magic (II) sword&magic(II) (-)
Saber refuses to follow Shirou's order, and she attempts to defeat Caster herself. She encounters Assassin at the gate of the temple, and finds him to be a formidable opponent. Shirou notices that Saber has left and goes after her.
Sword & Magic (III) sword&magic(III) (-)
Saber is unable to get an advantage over Assassin, and the fight is eventually interrupted after Assassin notices Archer watching. Shirou arrives and Saber quickly collapses from having expended too much energy. They get into a fight over her actions, as Shirou wants to be the one to fight in her place. Saber challenges him to a fight in the dojo have him take back his words.
Step STEP (-)
Shirou is unable to match Saber at all, but refuses to give up. Rin suspects Kuzuki Souichirou is a Master while at school. Shirou is unable to land a single hit on Saber, and they end up talking about Kiritsugu and Shirou's ideals. Saber decides to extend their match into everyday practices.
Extra Works: Clash of Heroes - (番外編 竜虎激突)
Taiga challenges Saber to a kendo match to prove that she is the only one who can take care of Shirou in Kiritsugu's place.
Fate/stay night (5) was released on December 26, 2007
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Omen - (予兆)
Shirou walks in on Saber while she is bathing. While he is left embarrassed and apologetic, she is unfazed and tells him that it doesn't matter because she is only a Servant. The barrier around the school is nearing completion, which makes Shinji's assurance that he is not fighting doubtful. Shinji is angry that Rin is trying to disrupt its completion, and tells Rider that she needs to make sure that he obtains the Holy Grail as the heir to the Matou family. He takes out his anger after seeing Rin and Shirou destroy one of the magic circles by fighting with a member of the Archery Club and Mitsuzuri Ayako, which leads to his expulsion from the club. Due to the humiliation, he declares that Ayako will pay by having Rider attack her so that she can gain energy to complete the barrier more quickly.
Midnight Visitor - (真夜中の訪問者)
Shirou becomes more unsure of the truth behind Shinji's words, and Rin prepares a battle plan against him for the worst case scenario. They are informed that Mitsuzuri was attacked, so they visit her in the hospital to find that her life force was drained after having her soul harvested. Shirou states that he'll make they culprit pay, while Rin goes to consult Kotomine. Rin tries to blame Kotomine for not acting on the recent incidents, but he believes the victims and destruction are within reasonable limits. He appeases her by saying that he will give out a warning. Ilya sneaks into the hospital room after Rin leaves, and offers to tell Shirou about the attacker. They briefly talk together while Shirou is unsure of her motivation. He quickly calms down as they gaze at the stars on the rooftop. She shows him a mental image of Rider and Shinji as the perpetrators of the attack to his disbelief.