This took a few rewrites because I kept elaborating on things. Then the list got ridiculous as I started including stuff like the VN's, light novels and drama CD's. So I ended up cutting it down drastically, and now I have an "anime only no further elaboration
" newbies guide to Fate.
EDIT 05.07.2022 - added links to official sources to viewing these.
Witch on the Holy Night
Upcoming movie from UFOTable. A sort of prequal to Tsukihime (think Fate/Zero). As there is no Tsukihime anime
watch this whenever.
Garden of Sinners
8 movies released as a bluray boxset by AoA and MVM. There is a 9th movie but AoA have delisted it and MVM haven't released it (yet). Can be watched independently.
Fate Stay Night ---
--- Saber Route
Released by Studio Deen, get's a bad rep because it's dated and not done by UFOtable but is a competent adaptation barring a few moments. Worth watching because they animated the archer vs berserker fight the madlads. This routes primary purpose is to lay the foundations for everything else and provide exposition.
--- Unlimited Blade Works
Released by UFOtable as a series or a movie by Deen. Just watch the UFOtable series, it assumes you have seen the Saber route already as it forgoes the world building from that route and goes into a more personal story for Shirou.
--- Heaven's Feel
Movie trilogy by UFOtable. Doesn't elaborate further, first movie jump cuts through all the early game exposition and you will be lost without some prior knowledge from the previous series. Great trilogy when you have all that knowledge though.
Sequal/prequal to the Heaven's Feel route. They made this one first and worked backwards resulting in all the confusion this series is known for. A lot of folk like this as a starting point but with Heaven's Feel out in the wild it's "imo" better to view it afterwards as the writers intended.
The case files of El-Melloi II
Released on blu-ray by AoA and MVM. It's a series that bridges the gap between Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night, and also references Fate/Grand Order a bit. Good mystery series, I highly recomend if you like this universe.
Fate/Apocrypha - Fate/Extra - Prisma Illya - Carnival Phantasm - Fate/Prototype
Alternate universes written by guest writers all of whom Nasu commisioned to write with varying quality. Viewing is entirely optional based on how much you enjoy the idea of that show's premis.