25 Best Anime Series on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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9. Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Seasons available: 2 each

Ratings: TV-MA for both

Languages: Japanese with English and Spanish subtitles; English dubbed for both

Time for another round of “which series comes first?”. Technically speaking, Fate/Zero is a prequel to both Fate/Stay Night, the most famous title of this franchise (which also started life as a visual novel), and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, which adapts another route from the same visual novel. In other words, you could watch Fate/Zero either before or after the other two series.

Incidentally, Fate/Stay Night is also currently unavailable on Netflix. In fact, without Fate/Stay Night, it actually makes more sense to watch Fate/Zero first, then move on to Unlimited Blade Works, because Zero has a lot of budget and then Unlimited Blade Works has even more budget for animation.

The two series are different, as noted even by their images on Netflix as well as the reviews, which say that Zero tends to have the stronger story while Unlimited Blade Works is prettier. However, they all tie into the same story of the Holy Grail Wars. You’ll notice characters like Saber appearing in both.

We’d characterize this one as a mid-tier anime. It’s incredibly important, and it remains quite popular, enough to spawn a trilogy of films starting next year based on the third route of the original novel. However, it might not be the greatest way to introduce someone to the genre.