TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mature anime series is engrossing entertainment for adults.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Good and evil aren't easily deciphered, as parties on both sides have personal motivations for wanting the Grail. Masters and Servants count numerous women among their ranks, and one character is in a wheelchair. Violence is the only means to an end in this story, and everything that is won is done so by harming and killing.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Sisigou is a reluctant and humble leader, doing what is necessary to establish peace, but never reveling in the battle as others do. He has a quiet confidence that others admire. Among the characters are divergent personalities -- some timid and unassuming, others bold and fearless.



Frequent battle scenes that show people dying and other creatures crushed and dismembered. People are stabbed, shot, and impaled, dying bloody and torturous deaths. Crashes, explosions, and fires. The entire show is dark and foreboding.


Recurring scenes show two women engaged in sex with a dominant/submission quality, as one participant is bound to a table and shows little enjoyment in the experience, and the other controls what's done and when. Some nudity (no full-frontal, but women are shown in bras and panties), and most of what's shown is kissing and licking of a partner's midriff and upper body. Mention of being satisfied and looking forward to the next time. Other female characters' outfits accentuate their breasts and curves.


Occasionally "damn."



This series is based on the Fate books and follows the Fate/stay night TV anime series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters drink what's assumed to be wine. Sisigou is shown smoking a cigarette.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fate/Apocrypha is an adult-oriented anime series that features gory battle scenes, physical relationships and sexual fetishes, and other mature content. The story takes place after events in the Fate/stay night series but in a parallel world where the Holy Grail reappears after decades of its whereabouts being unknown, instigating another war. Again Masters summon Servants from history to help them win the battle. This series is dark and foreboding, with characters of uncertain motivations and tenuous allegiance to one side or the other. Recurring scenes show dominant sexual encounters between two women, one of whom is bound to a table and at the mercy of the other. That said, it's a captivating story with intriguing characters, and it will appeal to some adults.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEmilyIsSwaggy April 7, 2021

Amazing For Kids

My 4 year old loved it.
Adult Written byTheRater2112 February 21, 2020

It’s not bad

It’s great not too much violence .
Teen, 13 years old Written bydaskerman2 December 4, 2020

Good But can be too violent

Fate apocrypha is a alternate version of the original fate stay night. So the plot has some deep themes and has great role models. But parents, the violence in... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBriannaWells March 6, 2018

Love this anime!

I think this anime would be entertaining and excitable for teens 15+. There may be some inappropriate scenes, but it is somewhat appropriate.

What's the story?

FATE/APOCRYPHA opens decades after the Holy Grail disappeared from sight in the Third Grail War. Now a Mage named Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia (voiced by Noboyuki Hiyama) announces that he has the Grail in his possession and intends to leave the Mage Association and form a rival group. When the Association counters by tasking Kairi Sisigou (Kenji Nomura) with heading up the Red Masters, Darnic responds in kind for the Black side. As the seven Red Masters and seven Black Masters summon their Servants from history, the Holy Grail War begins again and with the Grail's wish-granting power at stake.

Is it any good?

This engrossing series set in a parallel world to Fate/stay night carries a "mature" rating for good reason, but it's a complex story that adult sci-fi fans will enjoy. The characters' backstories and motives are revealed only a little bit at a time, leaving you wondering just enough to keep watching but not so much that you're frustrated with the pace. Even though the story refers back to events from previous Fate installments, seeing or reading them isn't crucial to following this one from the beginning.

History buffs will especially like how Fate/Apocrypha incorporates prominent figures from fact and legendary past in the form of Servants summoned for battle. Joan of Arc, Frankenstein's monster, Shakespeare, and Spartacus are but a few of the familiar characters who take center stage in this epic battle. But this is a scenario in which good and evil are not always clear-cut, and individuals are motivated by their allegiances as well as their personal intentions for the Grail's powers. It's a complicated and mature story with lots of grown-up content like sexual fetishes and bloody battle scenes, so this one is best reserved for after the kids' bedtime.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the market for cartoon series for older viewers. Is Fate/Apocrypha's intended audience the same as that of the books on which it's based? In what ways is the animated format superior to a live-action one, in cases like this story?

  • Which characters stand out to you as particularly courageous? Does having courage always mean being the first to run into battle? What other expressions of courage do you see in people around you?

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