Japanese female pop artist Aimer has recently announced at her concert over the weekend that she would be performing the opening theme song for the second cour of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime, which will be airing this April. The official Twitter of ufotable, the studio producing the series, also confirms the announcement.
— 近藤光（ufotable） (@hikaruufo) February 15, 2015
Aimer is a Japanese female artists who has performed the theme songs for various anime. She has also previously worked with Type-Moon performing the main theme songs for the Fate/hollow ataraxia visual novel (the sequel to Fate/stay night), broKen NIGHT and hollow WORLD. Some of the anime she performed for includes:
- Bleach ED29: Re:pray
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ED6: RE:I AM, and ED 7: StarRingChild
- Zankyou no Terror ED: Dare ka, Umi wo.
Here is a user uploaded video of Dare ka, Umi wo.:
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works is a split cour series (airing over two non-continuous seasons), the first half aired on October 4 last year and the second half will air this April. The anime’s cast from previous anime and visual novels will return to reprise their roles. The main cast includes:
- Noriaki Sugiyama (Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto) will be back to voice Shirou Emiya
- Kana Ueda (Yumi Fukuzawa from Maria-sama ga Miteru) returns as Rin Tohsaka
- Ayako Kawasumi (Megumi Noda in Nodame Cantabile) voicing as Saber
- Junichi Suwabe (Dandy in Space☆Dandy) as Archer
- Nobutoshi Canna (Masato Inohara from Little Busters!) voicing Lancer
- Mai Kadowaki (Mimi Usa in Kodomo no Jikan) will voice Illyasviel von Einzbern
The series will be once again directed by Takahiro Miura (Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon) with Hideyuki Fukasawa (Vividred Operation) composing the music and ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai Movie Series) animating the series. The first Blu-ray boxset of the anime’s first cour will release on March 25 in Japan.
Here is the first promotional video for the upcoming second cour:
Fate/stay night is a visual novel released by Type-Moon for the PC in 2004, and is the first in their Fate series. The visual novel was very successful and claimed the title of highest selling visual novel in that year. 2006 saw two adaptations of the game, a manga by Datto Nishiwaki and an anime series by Studio Deen. Additionally in that year, a light novel series titled Fate/Zero was written by Gen Urobuchi. It is a prequel to the visual novels, set 10 years prior. An anime and manga adaptation of Fate/Zero were created, with the manga written by Urobuchi himself in 2011 and the anime being animated by ufotable. A second season of Fate/Zero was also produced. uftoable earlier announced that they would be producing a new Fate/stay night anime based on the Unlimited Blade Works route and a Fate/stay night film based on the Heaven’s Feel Route.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Raised by a mysterious sorcerer after the horrific death of his parents, Shiro Emiya has only just begun to help others using the small tidbits of magic that he’s learned. However, when he’s suddenly caught in a battle between two more powerful Magus, Shiro finds himself performing a spell above his expected ability, summoning the beautiful spirit warrior Saber to protect him! But safety is only momentary as Shiro and Saber now find themselves thrust into in a secret world of dark magic and deadly challenges: a no-holds barred duel to the death known as the Holy Grail War! At stake: a prize of unimaginable power. But can the inexperienced Shiro and Saber survive long enough to even enter the contest? First they’ll have to withstand waves of treachery and assassination, even as Shiro scrambles to learn everything he’ll need to know to stay alive as seven teams of Magus and Spirit Servants face off in mortal combat!
The second cour of the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime will be airing this April in the Spring 2015 anime season. Further information about the anime will be revealed soon.
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