Japanese visual novel developer and publisher Type-Moon have released preview details for their Fate series of products that will be sold at the upcoming Comiket 87. Additionally, to showcase the quality of some of their products Type-Moon have released online a digital version of their artbook for Fate/Apocrypha that was sold at Comiket 86.
Type-Moon have provided a digital copy for the Fate/Apocrypha artbook, which contains character designs of the main characters from the light novel series. The novels themselves are written by Yuichiro Higashide (Judgement Overman – Houkago no Kessha) and illustrated by Ototsugu Konoe, who produced the character designs for the artbook. The main pages of the artbook are below, alternatively you can view the official PDF.
In addition to the digital release of the Fate/Apocrypha artbook, Type-Moon have previewed some of their stock for Comiket 87, which will take place from December 28. The first product the publisher has revealed is the 5th volume of Fate/Apocrypha. The volume itself will go on sale on the final day of the convention on December 30 for ¥1,400 (~ $14.00 USD).
Here is a synopsis of the novels from MAL:
The setting of Fate/Apocrypha is a parallel world to Fate/stay night where the Greater Grail was removed from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War and disappeared for many years. Around the 2000s, around the same time as the Fifth Holy Grail War would have happened, the group that plundered the Grail, Yggdmillennia, openly declares their secession from the Mage’s Association and that they are in possession of the Grail. The Association dispatches fifty magi to retrieve it, but all but one are instantly slaughtered by Lancer of Black. The one remaining manages to activate the reserve system of the Greater Grail, allowing for the summoning of fourteen Servants in total.
This marks the start of the Great Holy Grail War in Trifas, featuring two different factions, the Black Faction, whose members are part of Yggdramillennia, and the Red Faction, whose members were sent by the Mage’s Association with the exception of one from the Church. The Grail itself also summons Ruler to act as a mediator of the Holy Grail War.
The next revealed product is the release of the first volume of Lord El-Melloi II Case Files. This upcoming light novel series will be written by Sanda Makoto (Rental Magica) and illustrated by Sakamoto Mineji (Dress no Bukishounin to Ikusabana no Kuni). The first volume will be sold for ¥1,200 (~ $12.00 USD). There is also a website for the light novel which released the synopsis for the series and first visual:
“In a way, you could say that the modern magus is in the business of gathering angels.”
The detached castle Adra. Like a lone living being, it is a demon castle created by magi who were fascinated with angels. The ruler (Lord) of modern thaumaturgy at the Clock Tower, El-Melloi II, gets caught up in a battle for succession over the detached castle. The interior of the castle is adorned with many angels. Only those who have unraveled the mysteries of the Angel Names granted them are invited to inherit the detached castle. However, it was no simple solution to a riddle. To the high-ranking magi of the Clock Tower, it was the beginning of an excessively fantastic tragedy–.
Now, the curtain rises on the “Lord El-Melloi II Case Files”, which blends riddles and illusions, thaumaturgy and mysteries.
Type-Moon will also be selling the third volume of the Fire Girl light novels, written by Meteo Hoshizora (Forest, Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda) and illustrated by BUNBUN (Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Black, Bara no Maria), which began in late 2012. Here is the first commercial for the series:
The third volume of the series will be selling for ¥1,300 (~ $13.00 USD).
The next item on the list is the first volume of Fate/strange Fake. What began as an April Fools joke is now an official light novel series from Type-Moon. Written by Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!!) with illustrations from Shizuki Morii (Hazakura ga Kita Natsu, Mystic Museum) the series was serialized in Type-Moon’s Ace magazine. The product will be sold early at Comiket for ¥1,200 (~ $12.00 USD) before its January 10 release date in general bookstores in Japan. Reservations for the first volume are currently open. Here is the first promotional video for Fate/strange Fake:
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
After the end of the third Grail War, a group of magi separate from the London based Mage Association decided that they would copy the ritual. They only managed to copy part of the ritual, which lead to the loss of the Saber class and further loss of the definition of a “Hero.” The magi eventually infiltrated the U.S. Government and for two hundred years manipulated events in Snowfield, California to replicate the Sacred Land needed to generate a Grail.
The final product Type-Moon have revealed is the second issue of Type-Moon Gakuen – Chibi Chuki! This spin-off parody series features the main characters from various of Type-Moon’s popular series in a hilarious school environment, as chibis. The manga itself is written and illustrated by Tsubomi Hanabana (Houkago Atelier Toiro, Kodoku no Naka no Watashi). The issue itself is currently available and may also be sold at Comiket 87 for ¥626 (~ $6.26 USD).
Type-Moon will be selling many more products at their section at Comiket 87. The convention itself will run from December 28 till the 30th at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center for three full days of art. It is the biggest doujin convention in the world, with over 500,000 people attending each convention.
For more information about Comiket visit their website: http://www.comiket.co.jp/
Source Article and Image – Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Website
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