Many people argue why has Fate series become so popular – is it the existence of historical figures being summoned as anime-style-characters to kill each other in a battle royale or is it the waifus who wield superpowers what catches one’s attention?
No matter what we say there is no denial that Fate series is not only popular but also high ranked, averaging around 8 on MaL.
I personally recommend you to watch Fate/ Zero first because it’s a prequel (set 10 years before Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works). There is also a movie with the same name and Fate/Stay Night series from 2006 but I don’t recommend watching them because they don’t match up in production values as the Ufotable versions.
Warning: You can alternatively swap Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works for Fate/Stay Night (2006) or you can watch Fate/Stay Night: UBW/ Fate/ Stay Night first instead of Fate/ Zero.
So back to the question – how to watch Fate in the right order?
1. Watch Fate/ Zero S1 + S2 (2011-2012)
Watch all 25 episodes as they are all manga canon or manga canon mixed with filler episodes.
2. Watch Fate/ Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works S1 and S2 (2014-2015)
Watch all 25 episodes since they are all considered manga canon.
3. Watch Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel
The trilogy adapts Heaven’s Feel ( the third and final route of the Fate/stay night visual novel).
- Presage Flower (2017)
- Lost Butterfly (2018)
- Spring Song (postponed to August 2020)
4. Watch Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya (2013)
- spin-off series
5. Watch Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! (2014)
6. Watch Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! (2015)
- skip episodes 3, 4 and 5 because those are filler
7. Watch Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! (2016)
5. As for Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Grand Order, and Fate/Extra, these are all stand-alone installments so you can watch them anytime you want (or don’t)
You can watch them also independently but will make more sense in general after having seen some of the main stories (Fate/ Zero and Fate/Stay Night: UBW).
They are not particularly important though.