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Here's Where You Can Watch Every Episode Of The Fate Series

Few intellectual properties epitomize the term "multimedia franchise" as completely as the "Fate" series. Originally beginning as an adult visual novel, "Fate/Stay Night," created by the developer Type-Moon in 2004, the franchise has expanded into everything from light novels and manga to fighting games, mobile RPGs, and many different anime series. Of course, the growing popularity of anime worldwide has led to some "Fate" anime becoming some of the most popular entries in the entire franchise. This includes (but is by no means limited to) "Fate/Stay Night," "Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works," the "Heaven's Feel" films, "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya," "Fate/Zero," and the many other anime that exist within the "Fate" franchise's growing bubble of media.

Though many of these shows don't always share the same characters or continuity, the series is broadly tied together by events known as "The Holy Grail Wars," wherein people known as Masters summon characters (often reinterpretations of those from Arthurian legend) called Servants to duke it out for possession of the Holy Grail (via Type-Moon wiki). It can be a dense and confusing web of shows and plotlines to juggle, yet there is some value in parsing out such a maze of media. For those brave souls who are determined to tread such waters, here is where you can watch every episode of the "Fate" series.

To experience every Fate anime, you can't go to just one place

According to the Type-Moon wiki, there are (depending on how you count it) as many as 29 separate animated projects that fall within the scope of the "Fate" franchise, starting with the 2006 anime, "Fate/Stay Night." This series can be found on popular streaming services such as Crunchyroll and Funimation. These sites also provide access to the series "Fate/Zero," "Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files," "Today's Menu for the Emiya Family," "Fate/Grand Order — First Order–," and its spinoff "Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia."

Some other shows, however, are only available on only one of these services. Every season of "Prisma Illya," for instance, can only be found on Crunchyroll, whereas "Grand Order –MOONLIGHT/LOSTROM–" and the "Unlimited Bladeworks" show (but not the movie) are on Funimation. Additionally, Netflix hosts two other "Fate" shows, "Fate/Apocrypha" and "Fate/Extra Last Encore."

The rest of the "Fate" series, however, does not seem to be on any mainstream streaming services. For those enterprising "Fate" fans that must see every second that the franchise has to offer, tracking down physical copies and delving into the legally dubious realm of free anime streaming may be your only options.

In what order should you watch the series?

If you require a guide through this treacherous forest, then you will be delighted to know that Reddit's r/fatestaynight subreddit has a curated viewing order to help untangle the endless web of "Fate" anime. As it turns out, "Fate" fans suggest eschewing the original 2006 anime in favor of the "Unlimited Bladeworks" show as a starting point. From then on, they suggest you watch the "Heaven's Feel" films before working your way through "Lord El-Meloi II's Case Files," the original "Fate/Stay Night" anime, and finally, "Today's Menu for the Emiya Family."

The subreddit then has a second viewing list for any "Fate/Grand Order" series or its spinoffs, starting with "–First Order–" and ending with "Fate/Grand Carnival." After that, all other "Fate" material is considered somewhat optional, or at least distinct enough from the core events of the "Fate" series to warrant skipping in the name of expediency. This includes "Prisma Illya," "Carnival Phantasm," "Fate/Extra Last Encore," "Fate/Apocrypha," and all eight "Kara no Kyoukai" films. If none of this intimidates you, then kudos, and we wish you luck on your journey.