A novel visual created by Kinoko Nasu (Kara no Kyoukai, Tsukihime) and developed by Type-Moon, originally released on PC.
It tells from the point of view of a young man named Shirou Emiya, a war that takes place in the city of Fuyuki. See Fate’s best images, especially on this page.
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In this conflict, seven mages or Masters invoke seven Servants, spirits of historical heroes and legend classified in seven warriors’ classes, to fight each other.
The winner will be the one who has access to the Holy Grail, capable of fulfilling any desire.
The story had three routes. Each one centered more on one of the three most important female characters, which change the development of events from a very early point in history.
Therefore, it is preferable to read all three to understand the world better, since, in each one, you discover concepts and things about the characters that are not mentioned in the others.
It is not a great adaptation, and it is based on the first of the three routes, Fate, but as it progresses, it mixes some essential elements of the others, so more things are lost from the original route.
It can get an idea of where you started if you don’t want to read the original work.
The second route, Unlimited Blade Works, was also adapted by Studio Deen into a movie that tried to condense as much information as possible in a couple of hours.
Years later, Ufotable adapted the prologue of the novel visual and this arc with a much slower pace compared to the film. Finally, Ufotable is also working on a trilogy of movies based on the third and final route, Heaven’s Feel.
Although initially released on PC, versions for Playstation 2 and PS Vita were released under Fate/Stay Night Realta Nua.
They have slight changes, but the most important thing is that they eliminate the pornographic scenes.
It is necessary to consider that the work was born an eroge partially, and traces of it remain in its structure of routes centered on three heroines, erotic scenes, and the protagonist’s perspective stained with masculinity plays against if we try to enter it.
It is an entertaining work that creates a world with an extremely rich background that gave rise to many others.