Visual Novel developer and publisher Type-Moon have announced that Yuichiro Higashide and Ototsugu Konoe’s Fate/Apocrypha light novel series will be receiving a TV anime adaptation for 2017. The anime’s website has launched revealing the first visual, promotional video and production staff.
Here is the first promotional video for the anime:
The leading members of the Fate/Apocrypha production staff were revealed and consists of:
- Director: Yoshiyuki Asai (Charlotte)
- Series Composition: Yuichiro Higashide
- Anime Character Designer: Yuukei Yamada (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls and Madoka★Magica Movie: Rebellion Animation Director)
- Music Composer: Masaru Yokoyama (Plastic Memories, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso )
- Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Boku dake ga Inai Machi)
Type-Moon previously provided a digital copy for the Fate/Apocrypha artbook in 2014 for Comiket 87, which contains character designs of the main characters from the light novel series. The main pages of the artbook are below, alternatively you can view the official PDF.
Fate/Apocrypha is a light novel series written by Yuichiro Higashide (Judgement Overman – Houkago no Kessha) and illustrated by Ototsugu Konoe. The series is a spin-off of Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night franchise set in an alternative universe where the events of the visual novel and the prequel Fate/Zero did not occur. The novels ran for a total of 5 compiled volumes, ending in December 2014. A manga adaptation of the novels started serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s Comp Ace magazine in April 2016.
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 prequel light novel series titled Fate/Zero was written by Gen Urobuchi. 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. ufotable produced a new Fate/stay night anime based on the Unlimited Blade Works route and is producing a Fate/stay night trilogy based on the Heaven’s Feel Route.
Here is a synopsis of Fate/Apocrypha 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.
A TV anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha is currently in production and is slated to broadcast in 2017. Further details about the series will be revealed at a later date.
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