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The Holy Grail War is a battle royale among seven magi who serve as Masters. Masters, through the use of the command seals they are given when they enter the war, command Heroic Spirits known as Servants to fight for them in battle. In the Fifth Holy Grail War, Rin Tohsaka is among the magi entering the competition. With her Servant, Archer, she hopes to obtain the ultimate prize—the Holy Grail, a magical artifact capable of granting its wielder any wish. One of Rin's classmates, Shirou Emiya, accidentally enters the competition and ends up commanding a Servant of his own known as Saber. As they find themselves facing mutual enemies, Rin and Shirou decide to form a temporary alliance as they challenge their opponents in the Holy Grail War.

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The best episode of "Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]" is "A Battle of Legend", rated 9.3/10 from 379 user votes. It was directed by Takuya Nonaka and written by Kazuharu Sato. "A Battle of Legend" aired on 4/19/2015 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Unlimited Blade Works.".

  • A Battle of Legend
    9.3/10 379 votes

    #1 - A Battle of Legend

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-04-19

    Shirou and Rin finally reach the castle where Illyasviel and Berserker are. However, there are other unexpected guests visiting Illyasviel.

    Director: Takuya Nonaka

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Unlimited Blade Works.
    9.0/10 337 votes

    #2 - Unlimited Blade Works.

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-05-24

    Rin is helpless now in Kirei's hands, while Shirou faces Archer. Is he skillful enough to defeat Archer?

    Director: Takashi Suhara

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • The First Battle
    8.8/10 304 votes

    #3 - The First Battle

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-10-26

    Rin and Shirou run into a girl named Illyasviel von Einzbern. She has a Servant who is a big mad monster! What does this girl want from them?

    Director: Kei Tsunematsu

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato, Tatsuki Ichinose

  • The Dark Sword Bares Its Fangs
    8.7/10 244 votes

    #4 - The Dark Sword Bares Its Fangs

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-05-03

    Rin and Shirou begin their battle against Caster and Kuzuki while Lancer faces off with Archer. Will Rin's plan work in the end?

    Director: Ryuhei Aoyagi

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Unlimited Blade Works
    8.7/10 295 votes

    #5 - Unlimited Blade Works

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-06-21

    With everything seeming to be against them, will Shirou and Rin be able to survive?

    Director: Toshiyuki Shirai

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • The Fifth Contractor
    8.6/10 264 votes

    #6 - The Fifth Contractor

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-12-14

    Rin suspects Kuzuki might be the Master of Caster. With the help of a hesitant Shirou, she implements a dangerous plan in a remote location to test out her theory.

    Director: Yusuke Maruyama

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato, Tatsuki Ichinose

  • The Final Decision
    8.6/10 271 votes

    #7 - The Final Decision

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-12-28

    Rin finally asks Shirou out on a date, but their enjoyment is cut short when Caster makes her move. Shirou is forced to make a difficult decision to protect the people he cares about.

    Director: Takuro Takahashi, Toshiyuki Shirai

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato, Akira Hiyama

  • Idealism's End (The Answer)
    8.4/10 237 votes

    #8 - Idealism's End (The Answer)

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-05-17

    Together with Saber and Lancer, Shirou is set out to rescue Rin. Will he be able to beat Archer in a battle?

    Director: Yusuke Maruyama

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • The Reward For the Fight to the Death
    8.3/10 253 votes

    #9 - The Reward For the Fight to the Death

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-11-23

    Saber faces Assassin while Archer and Caster go into battle against each other! What will be the outcome?

    Director: Takashi Suhara

    Writer: Akira Hiyama

  • The Princess of Colchis
    8.3/10 241 votes

    #10 - The Princess of Colchis

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-04-12

    Despite losing Saber, Shirou is determined to fight. Since Caster is protected by Kuzuki and Archer, Shirou and Rin decide to team up with another Master. Left with no other option, they set out to find Illyasviel and Berserker.

    Director: Takashi Suhara

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Answer
    8.3/10 250 votes

    #11 - Answer

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-05-31

    Shirou's battle with Archer continues. But then an unexpected visitor appears, and new information unfolds.

    Director: Takuro Takahashi

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • A Winter Day, A Fateful Night
    8.2/10 294 votes

    #12 - A Winter Day, A Fateful Night

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-10-12

    Shirou Emiya is a high school student who always helps people around him whenever he has a spare moment. His dream has always been to become a hero of justice. One night, he stumbles upon a battle between two Servants...

    Director: Takuya Nonaka

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • The Beginning of the Circle
    8.1/10 229 votes

    #13 - The Beginning of the Circle

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-05-10

    Now that Archer is no longer Rin's Servant, he is determined to kill Shirou. However, Shirou is not afraid of him. Rin and Saber are willing to do anything to stop Archer!

    Director: Takuya Nonaka

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato, Akira Hiyama

  • Winter Days, Where the Heart is
    8.0/10 242 votes

    #14 - Winter Days, Where the Heart is

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-11-30

    Shirou continues his training with Saber. She is glad that his abilities have improved, but there is something different about his technique. Meanwhile, Rin suspects there is a fourth Master at school.

    Director: Takuya Nonaka

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Time of Departure
    8.0/10 262 votes

    #15 - Time of Departure

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-04-05

    Caster keeps Saber hostage, but Kuzuki is not happy with his Servant calling her own shots. Rin, determined to take out Caster and her Master, orders Archer to take out Kuzuki. Will Archer do as she says?

    Director: Takuro Takahashi

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Winter Days, The Form Wishes Take
    8.0/10 233 votes

    #16 - Winter Days, The Form Wishes Take

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-04-26

    Shirou is devastated since he was unable to save Illyasviel. Together with Rin, he is determined to fight Caster and the others. Out of the blue, they are visited by a Servant who is willing to lend a hand!

    Director: Akihiko Uda

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato, Tatsuki Ichinose

  • Incarnation
    7.8/10 214 votes

    #17 - Incarnation

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-06-14

    While Saber faces off against the guard at the gate, Shirou and Rin try to destroy the Holy Grail!

    Director: Masashi Takeuchi

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • The Curtain Rises
    7.7/10 269 votes

    #18 - The Curtain Rises

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-10-19

    Rin takes Shirou and Saber to the church in New Fuyuki. She introduces Shirou to Kotomine Kirei. Will Shirou accept to participate in the Holy Grail War despite all the danger?

    Director: Takashi Suhara

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Dancing After School
    7.7/10 250 votes

    #19 - Dancing After School

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-11-09

    A student went missing after her archery club practice. The last person to talk to her was Shinji. And now Shinji is nowhere to be found either!

    Director: Toshiyuki Shirai, Kenji Takahashi

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Mirage
    7.7/10 242 votes

    #20 - Mirage

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-11-16

    Shirou and Rin continue investigating the bounded field at the school. Will they be able to solve this mystery and find out who the third Master is?

    Director: Takuro Takahashi

    Writer: Akira Hiyama

  • A Visitor Approaches Lightly
    7.7/10 237 votes

    #21 - A Visitor Approaches Lightly

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-12-21

    After making progress with the development of his projection magic, Shirou starts experiencing the side effects of having pushed his body to the limit.

    Director: Yusuke Maruyama

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • Epilogue
    7.6/10 240 votes

    #22 - Epilogue

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-06-28

    The Holy Grail War is over... The dust has settled... What awaits Rin and Shirou on their next journey?

    Director: Takahiro Miura, Masashi Takeuchi

    Writer: N/A

  • Finding the Will to Fight
    7.5/10 247 votes

    #23 - Finding the Will to Fight

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-11-02

    Saber tells Shirou all about Heroic Spirits and Noble Phantasms. She explains why she doesn't want to reveal her true identity to him. Shirou wants Saber to stay at his place for a while. Will Fujimura approve this request?

    Director: Takuya Nonaka

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato

  • The Distance Between Them
    7.5/10 237 votes

    #24 - The Distance Between Them

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-12-07

    Archer finally arrives at the scene in the school. Rin fills him in on what happened. Together with Shirou and Saber, they plan to find out who the real Master of Caster is. After losing Rider, Shinji heads to the church!

    Director: Akihiko Uda

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato, Akira Hiyama

  • Winter Days, A Long Way Home
    7.4/10 214 votes

    #25 - Winter Days, A Long Way Home

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-06-07

    Wishing to avenge Archer and destroy the Holy Grail once and for all, Rin and Shirou consider their options and try to come up with a strategy.

    Director: Takuya Nonaka

    Writer: Kazuharu Sato