The upcoming Fate series Fate/Apocrypha plays an interesting spin on the series’ iconic Holy Grail War. Earlier in the year, Netflix announced plans to release the first twelve episodes of Fate/Apocrypha in the West, months after airing in Japan.
Based on a Type Moon light novel series written by Yuichiro Higashide, Fate/Apocrypha was originally pitched as a cancelled MMO. Instead, it became an anime TV series directed by Charlotte’s Yoshiyuki Asai. With dramatic set pieces emphasised by theme songs performed by J-Pop artists LiSa and GARNiDELiA, it’s distinctly a Fate project, even if it’s not animated by the more faithful studio ufotable.
Unlike the more known Fate Zero and Fate/stay night series, instead of having seven masters and servants compete in a battle royale, A-1 Pictures’ Apocrypha follows two factions of masters and servants at war. Set in a medieval fantasy world, fourteen ancient heroes are revived as servants to powerful mages competing in a war between two factions dubbed Black and Red. Legendary individuals such as Joan of Arc, Jack the Ripper, Morgan de Lay from Arthurian tales, what appears to be the Bride of Frankenstein’s creature and more are pitted against one another in an epic battle.
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a few more weeks until it’s available to stream in our region, it was released in North America and the United Kingdom on November 7. The company aim to release Fate/Apocrypha in Australia on December 2.
There’s a lot on offer for Fate fans in the near horizon. Madman recently announced that the first in the new Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel film trilogy, I. presage flower, will begin airing in theatres November 16, following a premiere screening at Madman Anime Festival last weekend. The voice of Tohsaka Rin, Kana Ueda, and Fate series producer Atsuhiro Iwakami attended the convention as special guests, speaking to fans at a series of panels related to the Fate series and Ueda’s voice acting career.
During the panels, Iwakami, who is also producer of the popular Fate mobile game Fate/Grand Order, told fans that the team will continue to support and create more stories in the Fate universe, implying that fans can expect more after the three-part film trilogy.
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