Fate/EXTRA, the PSP game will be launched in the US within a month, all thanks to Aksys Games for the sudden localization. For those who have never played the titles of the series Fate/Stay Night, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the scenario in advance.
Now, for the first ever time in the Anime history, the TV series Fate/ZERO is officially being streamed on Nico Nico Douga, the Japanese website for international audiences in association with Aniplex. The series includes subtitles in French, English, Italian, German, Spanish, traditional Chinese, Korean and simplified Chinese, while the voices are in Japanese.
Fate/Zero takes place some 10 years earlier to the Fate/Stay Night events, highlighting the occurrences of the fourth Holy Grail War in the Fuyuki City. War of the Holy Grail is actually a contest where seven Magi summon seven Gallant Spirits to compete to attain the supreme power of the “Holy Grail” that grants a miracle, and after 3 indecisive wars for the Holy Grail, the 4th War starts.
Founded by the families of Matō, Tōsaka and Einzbern centuries ago, the family of Einzbern is settled to attain success after three continuous failures. Consequently, they have decided to recruit Kiritsugu Emiya, the magus killer, into their ranks inspite of his reputation as a skilled hitman and a mercenary who does whatever he can to attain his goals.
The language of the subtitles is picked automatically based on the user’s browser settings and a registration page in all the 8 languages is available for international audiences who want to register on Nico Nico Douga to watch the video or even post in the ever increasing and infamous on-screen stream of comments. While the first episode is already available, the remaining 24 number of episodes will be aired at 12.30 AM Japan Time, every Sunday. Each of these episodes will be accessible for free only till the one succeeding the current episode is posted, which allows viewers a whole week to watch them.
This series act as a prequel to the original game of Fate/Stay Night, and if the games along with the previous anime adaptations are of any hint, it will surely be complicated and the plot will be full of twists. The series is produced by Ufotable studio from the anime cutscenes of Tales of Xillia fame.