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10 Anime Like Fate/Zero

Updated on August 29, 2017
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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.

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About Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero is an anime based on the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi. It tells the fierce events that transpired during the fourth Holy Grail War.

It is said that with all the Holy Grail Wars in the past, none ended with a pleasant result. But why is it fought and why is it still happening? Well, the victor claims the Holy Grail—a powerful object that has the prowess to grant any wish or desire. But is it worth it? Is it only as simple as winning and claiming the Holy Grail to grant any wish? What of the past Holy Grail Wars?

One thing's for sure--everyone seems to think that the fourth Holy Grail War will be different. It's time to end all wars once and for all. Summon the familiars and let the fourth Holy Grail War begin!

So with everything said, it seems that this show is one that is full of hype. And it definitely is! Epic is one term to describe it. And so, there's no helping but seek more anime like it. Congrats, you're in luck! Listed here are some anime like Fate/Zero. Now sit back and enjoy!

1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica | Source

With Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there’s this unsettling aura that makes you think of Fate/Zero. For starters, they’re about cruel battles where the granting of a powerful wish comes at the end. Then, in order to achieve the desires of everyone involved, blood must be shed and sacrifices must be made. In those regards, you can say that both these shows are dark. They show the deadly clash of ideals, all for the end that is neither sweet nor bitter.

The story begins with Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki living the lives of regular girls in a regular world. Everything’s normal. Nothing is out of the blue. All until a mysterious transfer student and a mythical creature simultaneously appear in their lives.

The mysterious transfer student is Homura Akemi. Her intentions are shrouded by mystery but she seems like a good person. On the other hand, there’s the mythical creature Kyuubey. It offers any wish to be granted, but at one condition—the girls become magical girls!

2. Re:Creators

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With characters taken out from someplace and taken in to the present-day world of reality, Re:Creators is a whole lot like Fate/Zero. The difference? Fate/Zero summons prominent heroes and figures from the world history and lores while Re:Creators takes noteworthy characters from anime, multimedia, and games of its world. By those things, the characters take center-stage and duke it out to challenge one another and learn about their existences. Overall, Fate/Zero has more action and story depth, but Re:Creators is an entertaining show that you definitely should consider watching.

Souta Mizushino is a high school student who dreams of creating his own light novel someday. One day, while he was watching anime for inspiration, he suddenly got transported into the show. It all lasted for just a few moments but it was all surreal. And it didn’t stop there! The moment he returned to his own world, a surprising thing happened. He returned with company. The main heroine from the show he was watching was there with him.

3. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)

Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) | Source

With the plots revolving around killing off adversaries and surviving until the end, Mirai Nikki (translate: Future Diary) and Fate/Zero do share an undeniable connection. They’re both about brutal survival games with all-powerful objects as prizes. It’s the title of the God of Space and Time for the former and the Holy Grail for the latter. Besides these, both shows are so high-end in terms of story, art, and music you’ll be forced to just knock yourself out until their over.

Mirai Nikki follows the story of Amano Yukiteru—a middle school boy who’s been thrown into a deadly survival game with the title of the God of Space and Time at stake. At first, he didn’t realize it was all actually happening. But then, his phone started predicting the future.

Yes, he’s in a survival game involving future diaries. He, as well as the other participants, can read the future in various unique ways. And to settle the contest, each one of them must use their future-reading capabilities to outwit and kill one another and ultimately survive.

4. Btooom!

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When it comes to survival escapades, Btooom! is one that stands above many other shows. It’s action-packed and will hold your attention until the end. And did I ever say anything about bombs and explosions? This show will surely blow you away! With its character desperately trying to cling to life and survive, it’s your job as the viewer to witness everything and live to tell the tale of its explosive magnificence.

Btooom! tells the struggle of multiple unlucky people who were sent to an isolated island to fight it all out. The main objective is to survive and escape the island. Instead of conventional weapons though, everyone is armed with unique types of bombs. They shall all participate in a cruel fight to the death just like how it is done in Btooom!—the massively popular online game everyone is raving about in the world. This is a survival game, but this time—it all takes place in real life!

5. Code Geass

Code Geass
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The world isn’t made of only sweet stuff and colorful things. Saltiness and bitterness vastly covers a big chunk of our reality. And this is what Code Geass and Fate/Zero shows to the audience. Reality is harsh, the world is cruel, but life must go on. Now, can anyone change the world? Perhaps. But not without any sacrifices.

Code Geass follows the story of Lelouch Lamperouge—an exiled prince of Britannia who accidentally stumbled upon a mysterious power that can change the world. Inside his heart, he desires great change. He wants to create a perfect world for himself and his sister. But in order to do so, radical measures must be taken. Now with the power of Geass, which enables him to command absolute obedience from anyone, and the secretive witch C.C., he shall try to change the world one step at a time until he ultimately conquers it and mold it to his own desires.

6. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) | Source

This list would never be complete without this title. I mean, in terms of epicness, Shingeki no Kyojin (translate: Attack on Titan) is definitely one to count. As for the similarity, I’m sure you would know already, but I’ll tell some just in case. The splendorous action, the curious story, the dark themes, the eye-popping art and animation, and the catchy sounds—these are the things that makes both masterpiece brilliant.

Shingeki no Kyojin follows the story of the remaining denizens of humanity. Everyone’s now living in walled cities, trembling in fear of the titans. Humanity’s safe within the walls, but one day, peace suddenly shatters! Peculiar titans have appeared and all hell breaks loose.

After all the years of peace, who would have thought that the titans would eventually find their way inside the walls to devour humans? But dawdling is a sin. It’s now or never. The time to strike back and discover what’s really happening to the world has come!

7. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online | Source

Now, now, you shouldn’t be wondering why Sword Art Online is here. That’s because it’s also one of the most popular anime ever! It’s full of action. Its story has depth. And it plays the tunes of survival and intense sword battling! And did I ever mention anything about the fluid animation and superb soundtrack? Well, watch it because it’ll seriously get you hyped!

Years into the future, the gaming platform has taken a significant upgrade. It is already possible to play virtual reality games using only the mind. The boundary between the real world and the virtual world has already become narrow more than ever before. And to start it all, the VMMORPG—Sword Art Online—is to be pointed out for its outlandish controversy!

With the release of Sword Art Online, many players logged in thinking it will be the most popular pioneer VMMORPG ever. And they were right! Sword Art Online was indeed extraordinary—in a grim way that is! Players were prisoned in the game. With no ability to log out, the only option was to finish the game. And that’s not even the most shocking part. The most terrifying fact with this game is that—once you die in the game, you die in real life!

8. Zetsuen no Tempest

Zetsuen no Tempest
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While Fate/Zero has elements based on world history and lore, Zetsuen no Tempest has elements based on the play of Shakespeare, “The Tempest.” Given that, both shows tend to have similar attributes. There’s mind play for both but Zetsuen no Tempest has lesser action. Nonetheless, both possesses great plots, excellent art, and well-executed progressions.

An exiled witch, a vengeful young man, and a friend with shadowy secrets—all fates shall soon come to intersect. The world is seemingly being destroyed by something. But do they all have to do with it? What does their circumstances tell about everything that is happening?

Well, one thing will surely lead to another. But for now, prompt action must be done. Civilization is starting to break, and time is of essence.

9. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood | Source

This one’s close—really, really close! And what I meant by that is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood can’t get any closer to Fate/Zero in terms of resemblance. They’re both extraordinary. Their plots are excellent. The fight scenes and emotional rollercoasters are superb. And they’re both dark and enigmatic. Trust me, if you like watching Fate/Zero, then you’ll like watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood even more.

Years before, two brothers performed the ultimate taboo in alchemy—the resurrection of their dead mother! As a result of their reckless action, both of them succumbed to the horrors of the truth. One lost some of his limbs while other lost his whole body. Such is the tremendous terror brought upon by upsetting the balance of the world.

Now, the two brothers are on a mission to make up for their past mistakes and find a way to prevent future tragedies from occurring. As alchemists working for the state, things have come to lead them from one thing to another. This time, hints of an all-powerful stone has surfaced.

10. Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate
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If you love feast-worthy fight scenes, bloodbaths, and pure carnage, then Hellsing Ultimate is the anime that you should be watching. It’s dark and full of horrific things. Also, there’s the servant and master relationship theme here similar to Fate/Zero so that’s that. More blood, more gore, and more violence—Hellsing Ultimate embodies these all!

In a world where horrific supernatural creatures exist, mankind is in grave danger of extinction. Fortunately, there’s an organization dedicated to the pursuit of exterminating evil and threats. That organization is Hellsing, and it’s the organization that shelters the ultimate weapon—the vampire Alucard!

Alucard is under the tight reins of Integra Fairbrook Wingsgate Hellsing. With him by her side, no other supernatural creature can hope to stand against them. The creatures of the night are getting stronger, but so as them. The war against evil has begun! Will Alucard and the rest of the Hellsing organization succeed in carrying out their sworn oath?

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    • Jeremy Gill profile image

      Jeremy Gill 5 months ago from Louisiana

      I've seen about half these entries, and can confirm they're good watches. Sweet list! Fans of the Fate world can also watch the Fate Stay Night anime, though Zero will always be king in my book

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      Cheeky Kid 6 months ago from Milky Way

      @StephanieBCrosby Good luck! I hope you enjoy watching them all!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 months ago from New Jersey

      I loved Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night. So I love these suggestions. I have already watched Fullmetal Alchemist, SAO, and Magi Madoka. So here's to tackling the rest of this list.