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The Fate/stay night anime is based on the visual novel video game Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. The episodes are directed by Yuji Yamaguchi, animated by Studio Deen and produced by the Fate Project, which included Geneon Entertainment, Tokyo Broadcasting System, CREi, Type-Moon and Frontier Works. The plot of the episodes is primarily based on the Fate storyline in the Fate/stay night visual novel, although certain elements of the other two storylines, Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel, are incorporated into the plot of the episodes.
The episodes were originally aired between January 2006 and June 2006 in Japan on Chiba TV, MX TV, Sun TV, TV Aichi, TV Kanagawa, and TV Saitama. The series later received its international television premieres on the anime television network Animax in 2007, also receiving its English-language television premiere on Animax's English networks in Southeast Asia from June 2007, as well as its other networks in South Korea, Hong Kong and other regions.
Five pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: two opening themes and three ending themes. The opening themes are the first two singles made by Japanese singer Sachi Tainaka: "disillusion," used for the first fourteen episodes, and "Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni" (きらめく涙は星に, ? lit. Glittering Tears Change To Stars) for the remaining episodes. The first ending theme was "Anata ga Ita Mori" (あなたがいた森, ? lit. The Forest In Which You Were) by the J-pop band Jyukai, which was used for all episodes except episode fourteen and episode twenty-four. Episode fourteen featured Jyukai's "Hikari" (ヒカリ, ? lit. Light) and episode twenty-four played Sachi Tainaka's "Kimi to no Ashita" (君との明日, ? lit. Tomorrow with You).
Eight DVD compilations, each containing three episodes, have been released by Type-Moon in Japan. The first of these compilations ranked number five on the Oricon listing charts as of April 5, 2006. Geneon Entertainment has released six DVD compilations, each containing four episodes, in North America, with the sixth released on October 9, 2007. The original soundtrack for the episodes, containing forty tracks of music, was also released by Geneon Entertainment on January 16, 2007.
|The Day It Began|
Hajimari no Hi ( 始まりの日)
January 6, 2006
After being rescued by his adoptive father, Kiritsugu Emiya, Shirou Emiya devotes his life to following his father's ideal — to become a man of justice. Moving to the present, Shirou helps with tasks at his school freely with the aid of the magical powers his father taught him, but is concerned about the rise of violent crimes in the city. Meanwhile, a student at Shirou's school, Rin Tohsaka, summons the Servant Archer and begins her search for magicians with other Servants.
|The Fated Night|
Unmei no Yoru ( 運命の夜)
January 13, 2006
While staying late one day at school, Shirou inadvertently witnesses a fight between the Servants Archer and Lancer and is promptly killed by Lancer, though is brought back to life by Rin shortly afterwards. When Lancer comes back to kill him again, Shirou accidentally summons the most powerful Servant - Saber
|03||The Curtain Rises|
|January 20, 2006|
|After Rin discovers Shirou does not know even the most basic of spells, she takes him to a magician she has known for ten years, Kirei Kotomine. Shirou learns more about the Holy Grail War and decides to join it.|
|04||The Strongest Enemy|
Saikyō no Teki (最強の敵)
|January 27, 2006|
|When Berserker and his Master, Illyasviel von Einzbern, attack Saber, Shirou is helpless, but blocks a fatal blow intended for Saber. The next day, Shirou has miraculously healed himself and starts to understand more about the type of person Saber is.|
|05||Two Magicians (Part One)|
Majutsushi Futari <Zenpen> (魔術師二人<前編>)
|February 3, 2006|
|Feeling guilty about how he's been treating Saber, Shirou introduces her to Sakura Matou and Taiga Fujimura during dinner. Afterwards at school, Rin unexpectedly attacks Shirou while Saber is still at his house.|
|06||Two Magicians (Part Two)|
Majutsushi Futari <Kōhen> (魔術師二人<後編>)
|February 10, 2006|
|During his fight with Rin, Shirou is distracted by a scream downstairs and he finds an unconscious girl. As Rin attempts to heal her, a dagger flies through an open door, but Shirou blocks it with his arm. Shirou runs outside to find the Servant Rider, who nearly kills him until Rin rescues him. At Rin's home, Shirou and Rin form a temporary truce to find Rider's Master.|
|February 17, 2006|
|Saber confronts Shirou over not summoning her against Rider. After discovering that Shirou can detect magical spells related to the force field at school, Rin and Shirou set out to destroy most of them. However, at the end of the day, Shirou discovers in the dojo at the school a very large magical seal and finally finds out who Rider's Master is.|
|08||Melody of Dissonance|
Fukyō no Oto (不協の旋律)
|February 24, 2006|
|After declining Shinji Matou's offer to form an alliance, Shirou informs Rin and Saber about a witch at the local shrine who is also a Master. After this, Rin decides to officially move in with Shirou for the time being. Meanwhile, Shirou and Saber still cannot meet eye to eye.|
|09||Elegance Under the Moon|
Gekka Ryūrei (月下流麗)
|March 3, 2006|
|Disobeying Shirou's wishes, Saber goes to fight with the Servant Assassin at the shrine but their battle ends soon after Shirou and a third Servant arrive. Once back at home, Saber makes a deal with Shirou in order to train him for battle.|
|10||A Calm Interlude|
Odayaka na Makuai (穏やかな幕間)
|March 10 2006|
|Shirou has his first training session with Saber but fares poorly against her in battle. That same day, Shirou meets Ilya in town and they converse in the park. After he returns home, Rin tells Shirou to swallow a jewel, which switches on his power to use magic.|
|11||Fresh Blood Shrine|
Senketsu Shinden (Burāddofōto Andoromeda) (鮮血神殿(ブラッドフォート·アンドロメダ))
|March 17, 2006|
|After being tricked to come to school by Shinji, Shirou finds himself in the midst of a trap after the Blood Fort Andromeda is activated by Rider. With Shirou's death imminent, he summons Saber just in time.|
|12||Split the Sky|
Sora o Saku (空を裂く)
|March 24, 2006|
|Shirou and Saber travel through town trying to find Shinji and Rider but are unsuccessful at first. When the fight between Saber and Rider commences, Saber is forced to unleash her Noble Phantasm, Excalibur, to defeat Rider.|
|13||The Winter Castle|
Fuyu no Shiro (冬の城)
|March 31, 2006|
|While Saber is still weak, Shirou is captured by Ilya, who gives him the proposition to become her servant, which he refuses. After Saber wakes up, she, Rin and Archer go looking for Shirou.|
|14||Beyond the Ideal|
Risō no Hate (理想の果て)
|April 7, 2006|
|Archer battles Berserker while Rin, Shirou and Saber get away. The fight drags on long enough to where Archer uses his trump card - Unlimited Blade Works. Despite this attempt, Archer is ultimately defeated.|
|15||The Twelve Ordeals|
Jūni no Shiren (十二の試練)
|April 14, 2006|
|In order to replenish Saber's mana, Shirou gives a part of his magic circuit to Saber. After the transfer, Ilya and Berserker come back for a final match.|
|16||The Sword of Promised Victory|
Yakusoku Sareta Shōri no Ken (約束された勝利の剣)
|April 21, 2006|
|After Shirou manages to trace a sword powerful enough to defeat Berserker, he and Saber work together to defeat him. Afterwards, Shirou takes Ilya home with him.|
|17||Branded as a Witch|
Majo no Rakuin (魔女の烙印)
|April 28, 2006|
|With mass comas now occurring within the city, Shirou and the others decide to go after the Master and Servants at the Ryudouji shrine. After confirming that Kuzuki Souichirou, one of Shirou's teachers, is Caster's Master, Sakura is taken captive by Caster to serve as a sacrifice in order to summon the Holy Grail.|
|18||A Decisive Battle|
|May 5, 2006|
|Shirou, Rin and Saber attempt to rescue Sakura and to stop the Holy Grail from being summoned. While Saber fights Assassin, Shirou attempts to fend off Kuzuki, and Rin tries to save Sakura.|
|19||The Golden King|
Ōgon no Ō (黄金の王)
|May 12, 2006|
|With victory all but won for Caster, an eighth Servant in golden armor appears and kills Caster and Kuzuki. After Shirou and the others escape, Saber reveals who this new Servant is and how she knows him.|
|20||Distant Traces of Dreams|
Tōi Yume Ato (遠い夢跡)
|May 19, 2006|
|Upon realizing his feelings for Saber, Shirou asks her to go out on a date with him around town. Afterwards, they get in a fight and Shirou ends up running off back to his house.|
|21||The Star of Creation that Split Heaven and Earth|
Tenchi Kairisu Kaibyaku no Hoshi (天地乖離す開闢の星)
|May 26, 2006|
|While walking back home together, Shirou and Saber are attacked by the Servant Gilgamesh, who had previously saved them from Kuzuki and Caster. After Shirou traces a sheath for Excalibur, they manage to repel him. Later that night, Shirou makes his feelings clear to Saber and tells her that he wants her to stay with him after the war is over.|
|22||Result of a Wish|
Negai no Hate (願いの果て)
|June 2, 2006|
|After going to Kotomine's church, Shirou is captured and nearly killed by Kotomine, but Saber comes in time and heals his wounds. Kotomine orders Lancer and Gilgamesh to kill Shirou and Saber, but Lancer battles Gilgamesh in order to allow the two to escape. He is subsequently overwhelmed by Gilgamesh and slain.|
|June 9, 2006|
|After Ilya is taken by Kotomine, Shirou and Saber head to the Ryudouji shrine in order to defeat him. Saber fights with Gilgamesh while Shirou goes after Kotomine.|
|24||The Ever Distant Utopia|
Subete Tōki Risōkyō (全て遠き理想郷)
|June 16, 2006|
|By combining their powers, Shirou and Saber are able to defeat Gilgamesh and Kotomine together. The final order Shirou commands to Saber is to destroy the Holy Grail. As Saber disappears, she admits her love for Shirou. An epilogue then takes place, with everyone returning to their normal lives, as if awakening from a long dream, and with Shirou satisfied with the life he has led forever remembering Saber and to enjoy a good life with Rin, Ilya, Sakura and Taiga. Meanwhile, Saber has returned to her own time, where she tells Bedivere that she had a wonderful dream, and asks if one can relive dreams, to which Bedivere replies "of course". She then asks Bedivere to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and, moments later Bedivere has accomplished her order, she peacefully dies under a tree.|
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