Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero
Voice Director: Tony Oliver

US Premiere: Apr 19, 2013
US Conclusion: Oct 04, 2013
US Home Media: Nov 05, 2013
Japan Premiere: Oct 01, 2011
Japan Conclusion: Jun 23, 2012

Seasons: 2
Episodes: 25

Animation Studio: ufotable

Popularity: 65th All Time, 97th This Week

Franchise: Fate
Characters on BTVA: 40
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HylianBelmont
said at 11:16 AM on Sat Feb 11 2017
 1 Shout Out!
This is an amazing show IMO. Haven't seen UBW yet but I definitely plan to!

And yeah. The highlights of the dub for me are David Vincent and Liam O'Brien. They were just pitch-perfect as their respective characters!
4xNicholas
said at 2:59 AM on Wed Feb 8 2017
 1 Shout Out!
This is my opinion is the best Tony Oliver dub, by a long shot. I feel that the Fate/Zero dub is incredible with nearly pitch perfect casting (I didn't think Mat Mercer was a good Kiritsugu.) I felt maybe another actor could have been Kiritsugu. But still, nonetheless the dub is excellent, one of my favorites.
AntiSabat666
said at 9:35 AM on Sun Jul 31 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Awesome dub. On par, if not superior to the high quality Japanese dub. This and Tiger and Bunny are the best dubs of the decade.
llee1000
said at 12:40 PM on Sat Feb 13 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
My favorite anime! The plot and characters are amazing and the show is just overall done very well. All the voices are great and fit them well. There is tons of emotions in the voices. All the actors and director should be proud!
SpikeykoaLa
said at 10:07 PM on Sun Dec 6 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
This is one of the best English dubs in recent memory. Every actor's voice fits astoundingly well with the character they play and all deliver convincing performances across the board.
Troodon2
said at 8:26 PM on Mon Sep 28 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I'd probably tolerate the show more if they used less cutesy character designs. Something along the lines of Death Note or Attack On Titan character designing perhaps.

As much as I love Kari Wahlgren's voice acting, I can't take the character seriously with that small mouth, tiny nose, and those tarsier eyes.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 9:46 AM on Sat Dec 10 2016
@Troodon2 I can see where you're coming from. Never seen *this* part of the show (it's intended to be seen last, as it's a prequel), but this show is generally extremely serious & I do feel the art style makes that difficult to work.
TheAdapter
said at 6:22 PM on Sun Sep 13 2015
Was there an official reason on why Grant George and Jameson Price didn't reprise there roles as Gilgamesh and Kirei and instead were voicing new characters? and also why was most of the english cast from Fate/Stay Night reused for these new characters? I really loved the dub and thought each voice matched the character perfectly, but I found this news to be really intriguing.
JRPictures
said at 6:51 PM on Sun Sep 13 2015
@TheAdapter
Apparently Aniplex (or one of the other producers) decided that they wanted this dub to be completely separate from the dub of Studio Deen's adaptations since those don't have the greatest reputation.he best adaptations of the franchise so far.
JRPictures
said at 6:53 PM on Sun Sep 13 2015
@JRPictures Forget that last sentence there, I forgot to delete all that before sending.
TheAdapter
said at 6:59 PM on Sun Sep 13 2015
@JRPictures Ok, I get it now, thanks for the info.
Broken.
said at 10:42 AM on Sat Jun 13 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I just finished this yesterday. I loved every minute of it. It's hard to find an anime with so much character development. Like when I was first introduced to Kirei Kotomine and Kariya Matou, I was convinced they were the most boring characters in both Liam O'Brian and Crispen Freeman's history. Liam won me over really quick after his white hair transformation, but for Crispen, it took until he took control of his fate and started murdering everyone. I love when a role does a 180 like that in either direction. Going from it being tedious every time they are on the screen to waiting with bated breath for them to appear again. After watching Liam play Kenso in Monster for 70 episodes, I'm very used to his range, but it was still cool to see him as the tortured monster he became in this. And Crispen Freeman is one of my all time favorites so I'll always love him, even if it takes a long time to get into him.
Broken.
said at 10:51 AM on Sat Jun 13 2015
And I loved the casting for Saber. I'd only ever really heard Kari as Celty in DRRR!! and loved every minute of it, but she nailed the King of Knights in every way. I loved hearing the doubt and torture in her strong proud voice.
And I think this tops my favorite Johnny Yong Bosch role. His role in this reminds me so much of Nobi from Daraimon. I guess all the misadventures with his robot cat really messed him up. Because he is still the same hopeless boy, just with murder in his eyes.
And finally, I love the way Jamison did Rider. I always love how he sounds in everything he does. First heard him narrating Cathrine and have been in love since. And yeah, though his voice wasn't really anything special for his career, I loved the role he played. He really fit as the King of Conquerors. His lines were so incredibly heartwarming and I was in tears so much of it with the way he treated Velvet. I still think my favorite role of his was The Count of Monte Cristo, but this one is so close behind it, they may as well be tied.
Troodon2
said at 7:40 PM on Fri Feb 13 2015
If they're basing off old English or Anglo lore, then why not use british accents?
Autovolt
said at 11:53 AM on Sat Feb 14 2015
@Troodon2 Same reason Japanese characters speak without Japanese accents. :p
AntiSabat666
said at 2:36 AM on Mon Feb 16 2015
@Troodon2 Because it's not based of Anglo lore. Lore from all places and none are the influence for the Fate series, even if they're not always 100% accurate.
sckolar
said at 1:50 PM on Sat Apr 12 2014
I am very glad to see where this anime went. Fate/zero is the missing piece of the series that needed to be there. Unlike Fate/stay night, Fate/zero dedicates almost an hour of the first episode, explaining how The Holy Grail Wars work, giving you understanding, at the same time, giving it a dark & scary feeling and less comedy than Fate/Stay night. With interesting twists, Fate/zero seems to have surpassed it's original. (The original show is still cool though. I still liked it)
TheDark_Abyss
said at 2:48 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Well, I'm surprised that michael donovan is in this. He usually doesn't work in anime.
shawnredkid
said at 5:26 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
@TheDark_Abyss what are you talking about, did you even check his page?
TheDark_Abyss
said at 6:31 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
@shawnredkid that's why I said "usually"
shawnredkid
said at 7:26 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
@TheDark_Abyss Usually means that it's common, so you mean that he commonly doesn't work on anime, which is not true, since it's not like he was just voice acting for shows but also directing as well, which takes up his time. Even though his list in anime is not as long as other voice actors, doesn't mean that it is rare or even uncommon for him to work on anime. You know what is not common Dee Bradley Baker and Tara Strong working on anime, but that is due to being in numerous cartoons.
Spiralpower1620
said at 6:50 PM on Tue Mar 4 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Liam O'brien was a phenomenal kariya even better than the original in my opinion.
Heartfilia Mage 721
said at 7:39 PM on Sun Feb 2 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I was a bit iffy about Kari Wahlgren as Saber but after hearing her she blew me away. She nailed Saber's strong willed, determined and no nensense personality to a T!
Fulgore2005
said at 3:35 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
One of my favourite dubs this year.

It's great that Marc Diraison gets to work with LA voice actors. And it is wonderful to know that Bridget Hoffman is still giving her beautiful voice.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:06 AM on Fri May 17 2013
I'm still wondering: what happened to Kate Higgins, Jamieson Price, Sherry Lynn, Kirk Thornton, and Grant George? Most of them returned for Unlimited Blade Works, and a couple even have other roles here! What's the deal?
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 6:48 PM on Sat May 18 2013
@PurpleWarrior13

My guess is the Japanese producers had some influence and wanted a reboot of the dub (would explain why Kristi Reed didn't return to direct) or... Tony Oliver wanted to use the opportunity to cast people like Kari Wahlgren and Crispin Freeman who are now strictly union VAs and also maybe wasn't entirely pleased with the casting Kristi Reed did for Fate/stay night?

I can understand Kiritsugu and Kirei getting new voices. They are younger in this prequel series and Kirk Thornton and Jamieson Price would sound much older. I suppose you can argue that the Japanese cast remained the same but as I'm sure you know recasts rarely happen for them.

However I think Jamieson Price is an excellent Rider and a more interesting role so I'm not complaining.

As for Kate Higgins I'm guessing that either Japanese producers wanted someone new or maybe she wasn't interested in returning. It seems like besides voicing Sakura in the Naruto franchise she may have moved on from doing anime work since she isn't in many other dubs.

Mela Lee and Stephanie Sheh still voice their characters maybe because their roles aren't as major in this series so TPTB weren't as picky?

At least Grant George still got to be cast in this project even though he's not voicing Gilgamesh. Same goes for Michelle Ruff who was the new voice of Saber in Unlimited Blade Works.

They probably feel some small disappointment but working in an industry that has a ton of rejection I'm sure they'll get over it.

As for Sherry Lynn I have no idea. I'm not as familiar with her work so maybe Tony didn't think she could do a convincing young girl voice?
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:34 PM on Sat May 18 2013
@Jackson_H The lack-of Kate Higgins from the franchise might have to do with the fact that she choose not to return for Unlimited Blade Works (due to it being non-union), and the director chose not to take a chance (even if it were a small one). This was a great role for her, and it's a shame she didn't return. I haven't seen Fate/Zero, but if Saber is supposed to be a younger and slightly "different" a character, then it might've made sense to audition new talent.

Maybe this also influenced Sherry Lynn not returning. She did reprise the role for Unlimited Blade Works last year, so I doubt it was her own decision. She's my personal favorite LA-based anime voice actress (just look at my current profile picture!), so that is particularly disappointing for me. I might have to email her and ask what the deal is. I certainly hope she's not retiring. There is not a single adult anime voice actor who can do a better little girl voice than her (although I haven't heard how she sounds in recent years, other than her panel at Pacific Media Expo, where she sounds pretty much the same as she did 10-20 years ago). Maybe since Sakura is younger (though her character doesn't appear to be THAT different), they wanted someone even younger.

Since Michelle Ruff's stint as Saber was very brief, I doubt she was seriously considered. She seemed more like a substitute anyway. I can't see her voicing the character in much else.
Mikel
said at 3:25 AM on Fri Jun 21 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I'm pretty sure this anime is obviously union, given from Kari Wahlgren's appearance and the fact she only works for union-related stuff.

I'm pretty sure Kate Higgins still does non-union, given that FE: Awakening, the new Sonic games (I think, not sure if they're union or not), and DOA5 were all non-union.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:06 PM on Sat Jul 27 2013
@Mikel Yeah, I think so too. Crispin Freeman's also a totally union VA now (and has been for years).

I'm sure Sonic is non-union given that many voice actors are uncredited. With that said, Kate Higgins might still be both. Who knows what happened here?
Mikel
said at 11:26 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Indeed. Crispin Freeman became a full union VA between 2006 to 2008 from my recollection.

As for the Sonic games, voice actors like Travis Willingham and Michael Yurchak (for example) are credited, but under different names.

Laura Bailey, on the other hand, is obviously uncredited from what I can gather, but she's probably pro-union as well, considering that I rarely see her do voice work for non-union stuff anymore. Other than that, I'm pretty sure she can still do stuff for non-union projects as long as she uses an alias or remain uncredited.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:42 PM on Sat Aug 3 2013
@Mikel I do remember hearing that Slayers Premium was Crispin Freeman's last non-union voicework, or one of the last.

I've never understood if union voice actors doing non-union work under another name is legal or not. Are they... allowed to do that?
Spirit Macardi
said at 12:10 PM on Sat Oct 26 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 It's not "legal," but it's still done. Albeit it's usually lesser-known VAs who do that, since if they're recognized then SAG will have their head on a plate.
SLEDGERAID
said at 3:06 AM on Wed May 1 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Im so happy that Mela Lee and Stephanie Sheh both came back YESSS!
Dark_Fiction
said at 12:03 PM on Mon Mar 11 2013
I'm pretty sure I heard her in the trailer, but is there any info on Mela Lee's reprisal for Rin Tohsaka?
Mikel
said at 10:55 AM on Thu Feb 14 2013
This is a coincidence, but doesn't Marc Diraison live in New York? or did he relocate to LA just recently considering the dub will be recorded at Bang Zoom?
pokemastanumba1
said at 8:15 PM on Wed May 8 2013
@Mikel Apparently, he has relocated to LA recently, as he also reprised Guts in the recent Berserk films (all of which use mostly LA-based voice talent as well). Similar case with Lucien Dodge (who's mostly in LA, but does voice in some NY-based dubs).
Mikel
said at 3:27 AM on Fri Jun 21 2013
@pokemastanumba1 That really makes sense now, thanks for the clarification. :)
SLEDGERAID
said at 2:41 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
I cannot freaking wait for this but man I am kinda sad that they like switched around some of the roles but eh bring it THIS IS GONNA ROCK!!!
akersaotome
said at 8:37 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
@SLEDGERAID

Its a shame Grant George couldn't reprise the role of Archer/Gilgamesh; at least he still got cast. Liam O'Brien playing another tortured man. I wonder who will play the female version of Assassin? The actors I'll be playing close attention to are Jamieson Price and Lucien Dodge.
SLEDGERAID
said at 5:05 PM on Tue Feb 12 2013
@akersaotome I wonder why he couldn't reprise he was so cool as him, Im still watching this like I said but I gotta find out why Neon Alley is being a bitch on my ps3!
akersaotome
said at 9:53 PM on Tue Feb 12 2013
@SLEDGERAID

It could be the case of wanting to go a different direction with the actor to play the character.
SLEDGERAID
said at 10:55 PM on Tue Feb 12 2013
@akersaotome True I gues Im looking forward to who else is going to be casted I mean Marc Diraison is a massive surprise too me.
akersaotome
said at 12:58 PM on Wed Feb 13 2013
@SLEDGERAID

I just had a thought of how cool it would be have been if Kevin T Collins (v.a of Griffith from the Berserk anime and movies) to play the character of Lancer/Diarmuid Ua Duibhne.
SLEDGERAID
said at 4:41 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@akersaotome I agrre with u that dude sounds so awesome from the clips i heard
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6th Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards 2016
Fave Character
Who's your favorite character?
Rider / Iskandar
29.5% (23 votes)
Kiritsugu Emiya
16.7% (13 votes)
Saber
11.5% (9 votes)
Kariya Matou
7.7% (6 votes)
Archer / Gilgamesh
7.7% (6 votes)
Lancer / Diarmuid Ua Duibhne
6.4% (5 votes)
Berserker / Lancelot
5.1% (4 votes)
Irisviel von Einzbern
5.1% (4 votes)
Kirei Kotomine
3.8% (3 votes)
Waver Velvet
3.8% (3 votes)
Ryunosuke Uryu
1.3% (1 vote)
Caster / Gille de Rais
1.3% (1 vote)
78 Total Votes