War of the Holy Grail - Pursuing the power of the "Holy Grail" which grants a miracle, this is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete for it. In that battle whose conclusion was postponed three times, now, the fourth war commenced again. Entrusting their dearest wish of victory, the magi joined the battleground called "Fuyuki", but amongst them, there was a man who was always alone, and could not find out the meaning behind his fights. His name was Kotomine Kirei. Not comprehending the guidance of fate, Kirei was lost, and had kept questioning. Why someone like his was given the Command Seals. However, the fate of his fights crossed Kirei's path with a nemesis by chance. That person is - Emiya Kiritsugu. A man who was sterner than anyone else, more merciless than anyone else, and who sought the miracle of the Holy Grail.
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S01 E01Oct 1, 2011
Summoning of the Heroic Spirits Oct 1, 2011 Eight years ago in Germany, Kiritsugu Emiya and his wife, Irisviel von Einzbern, welcome the birth of their daughter, Illyasviel. Though Kiritsugu fears he will lead Irisviel to her death with the upcoming Fourth Holy Grail War, Iris assures him that he is a good man who will end his torment and fulfill their ideals. Three years ago, the priest Kirei Kotomine learns that he has been chosen as a participant for the Holy Grail War; his father Risei, the war's moderator on behalf of the Catholic Church, and Tokiomi Tosaka arrange for Kirei to become Tokiomi's pupil in magecraft in order to give Tokiomi an advantage and help Kirei get over the death of his wife. One year ago in Fuyuki City, Kariya Matō visits his childhood friend Aoi Tōsaka and her daughters, Rin and Sakura, but he is shocked to learn Sakura has been adopted by the Matō family as the Matōs want a heir that uses magic and is horrified to discover on what has been done to her. Confronting his father, Zōken, Kariya strikes a deal to become a mage in the upcoming war and win the grail in order to free Sakura and return her to her mother and sister. In the present, at the London Clock Tower, Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi dismisses and humiliates a thesis by one of his students, Waver Velvet, who theorizes anyone can be great mage by hard work and practice other than by their bloodline. Angered by the humiliation, Waver decides to prove his teacher wrong by also joining the Grail War by stealing Kayneth's artifact needed to summon a Servant and heads to Fuyuki City. As Kirei and Kiritsugu learn of each other's skills, they are disturbed by how they cannot know what the other man's goals for the war are. After receiving the scabbard of Excalibur, Iris is now hopeful that they can now summon King Arthur of the Saber class but Kiritsugu worries that Arthur's chivalry will clash with his pragmatic methods. As Kiritsugu, Tokiomi, Kariya and Waver summoned their servants, Kiritsugu and Iris are stunned to see the summoned King Arthur is actually a girl.
S01 E02Oct 8, 2011
False Start Oct 8, 2011 Waver has a hard time commanding his servant Rider, who is actually Alexander the Great, as Rider is more interested how the world has changed since his time and wants to return to Macedonia and conquer the world once he wins the War. Rider assures Waver that he is reliable by summoning Gordius Wheel, a magical ox-drawn chariot. In Germany, Kiritsugu is playing with his daughter Ilya while Iris and Saber are watching them. Saber is surprise to see this side of Kiritsugu since she assume he was cold hearted and was upset upon learning she was a woman but Iris tells him what actually upset Kiritsugu was that Saber was forced to become the King of Britain at a young age and accepted her fate. Still, Saber admires Kiritsugu and Iris's wishes to save the world as she also wishes to save Britain when she failed to do at her time. In Fuyuki City, serial killer Ryūnosuke Uryū has murdered a family except a young boy to summon a demon, becoming a Master and summoning the servant Caster. Impressed, Uryū gives Caster the young boy as a sacrifice but Caster let's the boy go. However it is revealed to be a ruse as just when the boy thinks he can escape, Caster viciously kills him by a horrific creature, revealing Caster enjoys giving his victims a moment of hope before horrifically killing them. Uryū is overjoyed to meet someone as sadistic as him and vows to follow Caster anywhere which Caster reveals he use to be called Bluebeard. Upon learning the Seventh and final Master has been chosen, Kirei orders Assassin to kill Tokiomi at his mansion, only to be killed by Tokiomi's servant, Archer.
S01 E03Oct 15, 2011
Land of Winter Trees Oct 15, 2011 Tokiomi's servant Archer, Gilgamesh, shows dissatisfaction of killing Assassin as it is later revealed at Risei's church where Kirei announces his resignation from the war and granted asylum, that the attack was a ruse to fool the other participants as "Assassin" is not one but several dozen people so that Kirei can secretly send the Assassins to scout the others without suspicion. Waver informs Rider of Assassin's demise but the latter is only interested of defeating President Clinton and acquiring his country's military weapons and having a good time. Saber and Iris arrive at Fuyuki City to meet up with Kiritsugu but decides to tour the city after Iris reveals to Saber that this the first time she has ever been abroad. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu meets up with his assistant Maiya Hisau, who informs him the other Masters believe Iris is Saber's master and she has smuggled in the guns they need for the war including his Contender pistol. Kiritsugu fears that he has become too soft due to his daughter but Maiya tells him to focus on their mission and kisses him. As Iris has good time at the beach, Saber detects another servant where they both face the servant at the harbor. The servant Lancer introduces himself and ask for a duel with Saber which both him and Saber prepare themselves.
S01 E04Oct 22, 2011
Blade of the Demonic Spear Oct 22, 2011 Saber and Lancer fight for supremacy. After some fierce and defensive fighting from both sides, Lancer's master allows Lancer to use his noble phantasms. Lancer's magic-canceling spear and cursed spear capable to causing unrecoverable wounds catch Saber by surprise. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu is keeping watch over the fight with Maiya. Kiritsugu finds Assassin watching over the battle as well, so he decides not to act rashly. From far away, Rider and his master Waver spot the battle between Saber and Lancer. Against his master's wishes, Rider rides his Gordius Wheel down to the harbor and interrupts the battle.
S01 E05Oct 29, 2011
The Vicious Beast Roars Oct 29, 2011 Picking off immediately after the previous episode, Rider introduces himself as Alexander the Great to Lancer and Saber. Lancer's master is revealed to be Waver's teacher, Lord El-Melloi. Amidst the conversation between the masters and servants, Rider reveals that other teams were watching the battle as well - Archer and Berserker both materialise and display their powerful Noble Phantasms in a short but intense clash with each other; Rider deduces Berserker's Noble Phantasm to be one that allows him to "Turn anything he grabs into his Noble Phantasm". Before Archer exposes his Noble Phantasm further, Tokiomi orders Archer to withdraw from the battle through the use of a Command Spell, enraging the servant. Berserker loses control and rushes to attack Saber, using a street lamp pole as his Noble Phantasm, but Lancer defends Saber as the duel was between him and Saber. Lord El-Melloi forces Lancer to assist Berserker in killing Saber with a Command Spell, but Rider threatens to side with Saber if El-Melloi does not withdraw. Rider succeeds in incapacitating Berserker and forces both Lancer and Berserker to withdraw. Elsewhere, Caster watches the battle through a crystal ball and identifies Saber as his long-lost love, while Kirei discovers that the church was being watched by a familiar.
S01 E06Nov 5, 2011
Night of Stratagems Nov 5, 2011 Iri and Saber are driving to the Einzbern Castle at the outskirts of Fuyuki until they encounter Caster. Caster believes Saber is Jeanne d'Arc but Saber tell him he has mistaken her and forces him to withdraw, while all three of them were being watched by two Assassins. Returning to his lair, Caster is convinced "Jeanne" has lost her memories and tells Uryū they will be performing more sacrifices. At his hotel, El-Melloi scolds Lancer for failing to kill Saber but Lancer is defended by Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri, El-Melloi's fiance who is maintaining Lancer existences by supplying him with prana, which makes El-Melloi uncomfortable since she has fallen for Lancer due to his magic Love spot. When the hotel is ordered to evacuate, El-Melloi realizes Saber's master has come for them and has prepared a floor filled with traps and defenses. However, Kiritsugu and Maiya have rigged the hotel with explosives and blow it up after confirming all of the civilians have evacuated. Maiya is soon found by Kirei but escapes thanks to Kiritsugu's smoke bomb. When the Assassins inform Kirei, Risei and Tokiomi that Caster and Uryū have been kidnapping and sacrificing children and are the serial killers the news have been talking about, Risei is disgusted by their killings and they are exposing the war so he orders the other Masters to eliminate them. Kirei encounters Archer in his room and asks Kirei what he desires for the Grail which he reply's nothing as he doesn't understand why he was chosen as a Master. Archer convinces Kirei to help him spy on the other Masters and it might help him understand what the other Masters desires.
S01 E07Nov 12, 2011
Forest of Demons Nov 12, 2011 From his church, Risei informs all of the active Masters that the war is to be put on hold until Caster, who's killings of children are attracting the public, is killed with the reward of another Command Spell. Back in Einzbern Castle, Kiritsugu plans to use the Masters hunt on Caster to attack them despite Saber's protests that they should stop Caster rather than use his obsession for her to lure him. Later, Kiritsugu admits to Iri he doesn't want to do this and would rather run away with her and their daughter Ilya. However, Kiritsugu and Iri detects Caster arriving from the forest with more children to be sacrifice which Iri allows Saber to go after him. As Caster howls his mad, twisted love for "Jeanne", Saber is ambushed by Caster's summoned monsters until Lancer intervenes and joins forces with Saber to defeat Caster. As Iri evacuates the castle with Maiya, El-Melloi, who had survived the hotel bombing thanks to his Volumen Hydragyrum, a giant magical blob of mercury, infiltrates the castle to duel Saber's master but instead trips booby traps set up Kiritsugu which El-Melloi's Hydragyrum protecting him. As Kiritsugu evades El-Melloi using his Calico M960, he launches a surprise attack at El-Melloi with his Contender pistol.