A 24-episode anime series created by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January and June 2006. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the television series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc. A film adaptation by Studio Deen was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010. A second anime television series, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, was produced by Ufotable and aired between October 2014 and June 2015, following the game’s second route as opposed to the first. A second manga adaptation began in 2015 focusing solely on the third route. Three consecutive films have also been announced which also adapt the Heaven’s Feel route of the visual novel.
The original Fate/stay night anime series aired between January 7 and June 17, 2006, containing 24 episodes; the story line follows mainly the Fate scenario but shows parts of other scenarios as well. When the anime adaptation was in the planning stages at Studio Deen, they were planning an original story, with Shielder, a heroine later used in Fate/Grand Order, as an important character, instead of adapting the events of the source material. It was animated by Studio Deen and produced by the Fate Project, which was formed in response to the popularity of the visual novel and included Geneon Entertainment, TBS, CREi, Type Moon, and Frontier Works. Kenji Kawai composed the original music for the series and also remixed four symphonic themes from the Fate/stay night visual novel for use in the anime: “Hizashi No Naka De” (not featured on the original anime soundtrack, but on the out tracks album La Sola), “Yakusoku Sareta Shouri No Tsurugi”, “Emiya”, and “This Illusion”, the last of which was retitled “disillusion”.
The series later received its international television premieres on the anime television network Animax in 2007, its English-language television premiere occurring on Animax’s English networks in Southeast Asia in June as well as its other networks in South Korea, Hong Kong and other regions. Geneon USA also licensed the series for distribution across North America. The English dub was produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. On July 3, 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon Entertainment still retains the license, Funimation Entertainment assumes exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Fate/stay night was one of several titles involved in the deal. Sentai Filmworks has since licensed the TV series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in January 2013. Fate/stay night started airing in North America on the Anime Network On Demand channel on February 7, 2013.
The television series was re-released in Japan on January 22, 2010 in two 60-minute special edition DVD/Blu-ray volumes to commemorate the release of the film Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works. Fate/stay night TV reproduction I and II each recap 12 episodes from the anime and feature re-edited and re-compiled footage along with new opening and ending animation footage, with new ending songs by Jyukai and Sachi Tainaka. The opening song “disillusion -2010-” is a re-recording of the “disillusion” theme song from the television series.
An animated film based on the storyline of the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010 and produced by Studio Deen. The staff from the anime television series, including director Yuji Yamaguchi, returned to work on the film, with most of the voice cast reprising their roles. The film earned 280 million yen at the Japanese box office. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Unlimited Blade Works film and released it on DVD and Blu-ray. As with the television series, the film was dubbed at Bang Zoom! The film has been shown on the Anime Network.
Following an anime adaptation of the Fate/Zero novel series, which aired between October 2011 and June 2012, Ufotable produced a second Fate/stay night anime television series based on the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel. The anime is directed by Takahiro Miura and the original Japanese voice cast from the Studio Deen Fate/stay night anime and the Fate/Zeroanime reprise their roles in the new anime. The first half of the anime ran from October 4 to December 27, 2014, and the second half ran from April 4 to June 27, 2015. An advanced screening online premiered on September 28, 2014, in several countries across the world, including Japan, the United States, France, Germany, and South Korea. Aniplex of America has acquired streaming and home video rights to the 2014 series for North America, and has also announced an English dub of the first half of the series, which was released on DVD and limited Blu-ray on August 25, 2015. A ten-minute original video animation episode was featured on the Blu-ray release of the second half of the series, which was released on October 7, 2015; the episode was based on an alternate ending from the visual novel, titled “sunny day“. The first opening theme is “Ideal White” by Mashiro Ayano and the ending theme is “Believe” by Kalafina. A cover version of the song “This Illusion” from the visual novel was later used in this series as the ending theme for episode 12, and was performed by LiSA. The second opening theme is “Brave Shine” by Aimer and the second ending theme is “Ring Your Bell” by Kalafina. A remix of “Ring Your Bell”, titled “Ring Your Bell (in the silence)”, was used as the ending theme for episode 15. The song “Last Stardust”, performed by Aimer, was used as an insert song for episode 20.
Ufotable has also begun the release of a film trilogy based on the Heaven’s Feel route, the first of which was titled “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower” and was released in Japan on October 14, 2017 and in the United States in November and December 2017. The film will be released again in the United States on June 5, 2018 and June 7 2018 with an English dub. The second film, titled Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly will be released in 2018.