Where to start the Fate series?
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So, I decided to jump into the Fate Zero the other day. making sure I got the order right, I looked it up. The answers I got were completely mixed. First I found there was a 2006 version of Stay night( that I can't find anywhere( people say it was a bad adaptation anyways)), 2012 version of Fate Zero, and 2014 of Stay Night, Unlimited Bladeworks. Since Fate Zero is a Prequel to Stay Night, some people say to start there. Others say to watch UW first, since there are some plot points in Zero that would be " ruined" if you watch Zero before UW.

I decided to start watching UW first, and the first episode made little sense to me. Should I just keep watching, or switch to Fate Zero since it aired before UW?
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Posted 12/14/16
Ok. Make sure you watch Fate Zero......... and nothing else
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Posted 12/14/16
I have seen Zero and UBW. I watched Zero first and I would again. Zero is also much better
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Posted 12/14/16
Thinking about it now I definitely recommend watching Zero first
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Posted 12/14/16
Thanks for the input guys! It's been pretty hard to choose a starting point due to the conflicting viewpoints.
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Posted 12/14/16 , edited 12/14/16
It's like FMA vs FMA: Brotherhood. Watch whichever way you want. I watched FMA before Brotherhood and the original Fate/stay night before Fate/Zero. The follow-up series may be better, as everyone seems to agree, but the original series aren't bad.

Even though F/Z is called a "prequel", it's still a sequel. So it assumes you know something about what comes before it.

The 2006 series is on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/fate-stay-night
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Posted 12/14/16
If you want to take notes and compare the same story two different ways, go with the 2006 series first then UBW. Personally, I prefer the writing of UBW - cleaned up much more and no "wait, he said what?".

Zero is a prequel to the other storyline, but can still stand alone. It answers a lot of unknowns in F/SN, but you might miss those if you hadn't seen F/SN first. And vice versa.

If you're not into analyzing a series, skip 2006.
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Posted 12/15/16
There is also a UBW movie version but it codenses the story significantly. The UBW series version has much better pacing and story development.
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Posted 12/15/16
always watch Zero first... It's the best one imo. don't bother with the 06 Stay Night- its really terrible. if you want to continue the story, go for the 2014 Stay Night instead- it isn't as good as Zero but far better than the other one. And then you can get to Carnival Phantasm lol
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