Since Narutaki is still on vacation and Secret Santa project is over now is the time for me to lay the seeds of turning this into the proper Type-Moon blog it has always been destined to be. While most people take enjoyment of the December holidays I have taken immense pleasure in the sheer number of Type-Moon related announcements this month. It is a good time to be me with so much wonderful material coming out next year.
First off we got the announcement of at least 3 Type-Moon based anime next year. In an unexpected twist the first announcement was for Eri Takenashi’s Take Moon. I have always enjoyed Eri Takenashi’s writing when she worked for Type-Moon and have been entertained by what I have seen of Kannagi so it was a no-brainer for me to check out her parody anthology Take Moon. I found it both very silly but also very amusing so I am glad to see it animated. Plus for some criminal reason no one every translated the second book with Saber on the cover. Eri Takenashi is also the character designer on the somewhat mysterious Girl’s Work anime. The project was announced back in June of 2008 and since then only a few scraps of information have been released. The story is being written by Meteor Hoshizora, formerly of Lair -Soft, so that means for better and for worse we don’t get Kinoko Nasu’s trademark writing. I am curious how that turns out without Nasu behind the wheel. I am glad to see ufotable as the animation studio since they did such a wonderful job on the Kara no Kyoukai movies. Bu without a doubt ufotable’s most important contribution next year will be the Fate/Zero anime. Fate/Zero was originally the well received light novel prequel to Fate/Stay Night all about the 4th Holy Grail War. It has been something I have been eagerly hoping would get an animated adaptions and it seems my wish has been granted. I mean it has Saber in a suit. The anime is being released along side the Fate/Zero manga for a big multimedia push as well. What more can you ask for?
On the game front Mahou Tsukai no Yoru should finally come out after being delayed this year but I already spoke about that. I just want the sexy adventures of Aozaki Aoko. Also we can assume that if the anime adaption is coming out then Girl’s Work visual novel should also coming out sometime next year but like everything related to Girl’s Work we don’t have a good deal of information. Also the apparent success of Fate/Extra has prompted the development of another joint project between Type-Moon and Image Epoch for the PSP. I am very curious to see what that will be. In the meantime I hope that someone picks up Fate/Extra for US release next year.
And last but not least was the semi-controversial decision for Aniplex of America to release the Kara no Kyoukai Blu-ray box set in the US. The controversy is that it costs $398.98 for the Blu-ray disks from Japan with English subtitles. That is $398.98 for 7 movies, the bonus box set movie, a disk of extras, and a hardcover book with translations. On one hand that is 200 dollars less than what the Japanese had to pay but it is still a huge investment from an audience that is reluctant to pay for anything. I know I am certainly on the fence. I want to support the release but $398.98 is no small chuck of cash. Does buying such an expensive release show your support for more Type-Moon in the US or does it just show that you will take whatever they give you?
It is a wonderful time to be a Type-Moon fan. So much great material is coming out and it seems to be really high quality. Perhaps we will even seen an adaption of Heaven’s Feel, an estimated date of release of the Tsukihime remake, or even a translation or an adaption of Fate/Hollow Ataraxia . But even if none of my predictions pan out I am more than happy with how next year is shaping up. The only thing that will be sad is me looking at my bank balance.