Anime adaptations and spin-offs of the Fate series are few and far between. Although every Fate fan has his or her own preference, you can’t go wrong with any of them at the moment!
The Fate series has grown to be one of Japan’s most well-known and successful multimedia properties. Since the 2004 debut of the Fate/stay night visual novel, there has been an explosion of Fate-related media. From games to light novels to manga and merchandise, there’s something for everyone.
Over the years, a slew of various anime series have been inspired by works dealing with the theme of fate. In addition to reinventing the original tale, there have been spinoffs and parallel universes, as well as adaptations of the game’s original paths. Even if you’re not a fan of the source material, there’s a Fate anime adaptation for every type of anime fan out there. As such, these are the top 10 Fate anime.
1. Fate/Extra Last Encore
Last Encore is the least impressive Fate/Extra adaptation because of its rushed tempo and confused plot. Redeeming features include an excellent soundtrack and stunning animation.
2. Today’s Menu For The Emiya Family
Ufotable adopted a different animation style in this game, but the results are still clean and clear.
A new spin-off, Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family, has a bunch of high school kids bonding over food in a cute and lighthearted way. Do not go into this anime expecting anything extraordinary in terms of fighting, but if you want to see some delicious Japanese cuisine being prepared, this is the show for you!
3. Fate/Stay Night
Fate/Stay Night series adaptations by Studio Deen are a mixed bag, with some good and others bad. They’re not as bad as the Studio Ufotable adaptation, but they’re not better either. It’s amazing how many people they get to meet. Originally published in 2006, the original anime series is out-of-date by today’s standards. Although beginners looking for an introduction to this enormous fantasy universe established back then would find it useful, it accomplishes its job nonetheless!
Studio Deen also made an adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works years later, but it pales in comparison to the work of Ufotable, so we’ll count them both as a single studio output here.
As a continuation of the Fate series, Fate/Apocrypha is an action anime that takes place in a parallel universe. In this fight, the Grail War is being waged on a greater scale, involving far more servants than ever before.
Apocrypha had its moments, but there were times when I felt like things had gotten away from me or were too compressed for my liking! However, if you’re searching for something a little more lighthearted, this could be a wonderful option.
5. Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
In the Babylonia anime, the game’s story is well-adapted while still allowing die-hard fans to witness their favorite characters in action. There is a lot of room for improvement, but so far this series has been an amazing adaption, and I can’t wait to see more!
6. Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files
Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files is one of the more recent Fate spin-offs. This is an excellent show for people who don’t care about fighting and would rather focus on the story. Other Fate/Stay Night spin-offs have solely focused on fighting or school life in Fuyuki City, but this new novel explores the magic system from a perspective that has never been explored before!
7. Fate/Kaleid Liner PRISMA☆ILLYA
Fate/Kaleid is a Fate spin-off featuring a different universe that centers on Illya, unlike the original series. As of 2017, there have been four seasons and a film of the show, all of which have gotten positive reviews from critics. Although the film begins lightheartedly, the narrative quickly thickens. The film may not be for everyone because it is so unlike the previous films in the series.
8. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Here’s where Western fans first learned about Fate. If you haven’t seen Unlimited Blade Works yet, you’re missing out on a fantastic series. The animation is of high quality, faithfully re-creating the gameplay experience while remaining condensed enough for anime lovers to enjoy.
It’s an excellent place to start if you’ve never heard of the series before, as it’s better than the Deen adaptations in every way and yet manages to deliver for those who are already fans.
9. Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel Movies
The final and most notorious route is covered in the FSN Heaven’s Feel anime film. To date, this film trilogy has done an excellent job of conveying both the tone and ambiance associated with the Heaven’s Feel route.
It’s no surprise that Studio Ufotable’s films are of the same excellent quality as their animations. They have the best visuals of any Fate material to yet. They’re geared toward die-hard Deen or Unlimited Blade Works fans who already know what they’re doing.
Ufotable’s Fate/Zero is one of the darker games in the Fate series. The tone of the prequel is far more somber than that of the sequel, with fewer moments of humor and little time for reflection. Even so, this gloomy anime succeeds because to a compelling story that never lets up, a high level of animation for all the action sequences, and a wide cast of people spanning all ages. As a result of its willingness to take risks without sacrificing quality or heart, Fate/Zero has become one of the most popular anime of all time.
11. Carnival Phantasm
As a Fate-related crossover series, this anime deserves an honorable mention.
A parody of the Fate anime series, Carnival Phantasm is a variety program featuring many well-known Type-Moon characters. Fate/stay night and Tsukihime are the most noteworthy examples. It’s a departure from any other installment in this series. Once you get beyond the crazy parts, it’s actually quite funny!
There is no doubt that this list will elicit strong thoughts and ideas, but that’s exactly what makes it so enjoyable. Then tell us what you think in the comments area below! No, I don’t think so. Then fight me! We’ve reached the end of our countdown of the best Fate Anime Masterpieces. Let us know what you think in the comments below! Is there an anime countdown that you think would be more appropriate?