A-1 Pictures’ press conference at Aniplex Online Fest 2022 brought a surprise when it announced 3 anime projects: Fate/strange Fake, Eisen Flugel and NieR: Automata Ver1.1a.
The Aniplex Online Fest 2022 event announced on September 24 that studio A-1 Pictures is adapting an anime for two Type-Moon works and a popular Square Enix game.
1. Fate/strange Fake
The Aniplex Online Fest 2022 event announced on September 24 that Ryohgo Narita’s Fate/strange Fake story is getting a TV anime special. Fate/strange Fake – Whispers of Dawn will air on December 31 in the annual Fate Project New Year TV special.
The story follows a new Holy Grail War taking place between Wizards and Heroes in Snowfield, a city in the western United States.
Fate/strange Fake – Official Teaser Trailer
The special event will be released simultaneously with English subtitles. The Japanese and British cast are:
Kana Hanazawa and Anjali Kunapaneni as Ayaka SajyouYuki Ono and Ben Balmaceda as SaberTomokazu Seki and David Vincent as ArcherYu Kobayashi and Marin Miller as Lancer
Shun Enokido (Fate/Grand Order video director, Flip Flappers episode director) and Takahito Sakazume (Fate/Grand Order trailer director, Fate/Apocrypha episode director) will co-direct the special at the show. A-1 Pictures. Yukei Yamada (Fate/Apocrypha) is designing the characters and Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Mobile Suit Gundam UC) is composing the music.
Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!!) first published the Fake/states night story as an April Fool’s joke on April 1, 2008. Narita then developed the story as a Fate/strange Fake spin-off for Type-Moon Ace vol 2 magazine before launching an official light novel series with illustrations by Shizuki Morii in January 2015. Kadokawa published the seventh light novel volume in February 2022. Morii has also drawn a manga adaptation.
2. Eisen Flugel
The Aniplex Online Fest 2022 event also revealed that A-1 Pictures is producing the Eisen Flugel movie anime.
Gen Urobuchi is credited for composing the original story and Seiji Mizushima is the film’s lead director at A-1 Pictures. Daizen Komatsuda is directing, and Keigo Sasaki is adapting Takashi Takeuchi’s original character designs for Type-Moon into animation. Yukie Sugawara and Mizushima are writing the script. Yuki Kajiura composed the music. Kanetake Ebikawa, Takayuki Yanase and Fumihiro Katagai participate as mechanical designers. Tatsuya Yoshikawa is the dragon designer. Kusanagi is the art director and Seiichi Shirato is in charge of design research.
Eisen Flugel – Official Teaser Trailer
Gen Urobuchi gave a comment to the project:
“Once upon a time, NITRO PLUS was given a lucky chance for a feature anime project, so the writer submitted a proposal for a competition in a distant world between a dragon and a dragon jets to determine what really dominates the sky. The company’s president asked the scriptwriter to turn their proposal into a one-cours anime project. And so the screenwriter panicked and rolled over to add more content to the proposal.
But time passed and not a word was said about the project. In the end, it passed from the memory of many people.
Some time later, the scriptwriter, who was once attached to Gagaga Bunko, recalled an idea that he had been harboring for a long time. Inspired, he reworked the long-neglected proposal into a two-volume novel.
Not long after, Aniplex gave the screenwriter a chance to turn his revival into a movie. And so, after nearly twenty years, Eisen Flugel can finally become the cinematic anime it was always destined for.
And they all lived happily ever after.”
Publisher Gagaga Bunko released the novel with illustrations by Higashiguchi Chuo in 2009.
3. NieR: Automata Ver1.1a
The final information in A-1 Pictures’ press conference at Aniplex Online Fest 2022 is that the television anime adaptation of Square Enix and Platinum Games’ action role-playing game NieR: Automata will premiere in January 2023. The event also revealed two videos for the two main characters of the anime. The anime’s official title is NieR: Automata Ver1.1a.
Aniplex also revealed an eight-minute video with English subtitles featuring interviews with the cast and staff.
The anime will star Yui Ishikawa as 2B, Natsuki Hanae as 9S, Hiroki Yasumoto as Pod 042 and Kaoru Akiyama as Pod 153.
Ryouji Masuyama (Blend S, Hello WeGo!) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures. Masuyama is also composing the series along with Yoko Taro of the original game. Jun Nakai is designing the characters and is the animation director. MONACA is composing music.
NieR: Automata Ver1.1a – 2B Official Trailer
NieR: Automata Ver1.1a – 9S Official Trailer
Square Enix describes the game’s story:
“NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to take back everything from the ravages of powerful machines.
Humanity has been pushed off the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a last-ditch attempt to take back the planet, the human resistance sent a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and robots rages on… A war that may soon reveal a long-forgotten truth of the world.”
The now-defunct Japanese game developer Cavia (Drakengard, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles) developed the original NieR game as a spin-off of the Drakengard series in 2010. Square Enix released a version of the game. game for two different consoles: NieR Gestalt for Xbox 360 and NieR Replicant for PlayStation 3. NieR Replicant features different character designs for the protagonist and slight differences in the plot. NieR was the last game Cavia developed before it was disbanded and transferred to AQ Interactive Inc. in July 2010.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, a remake of NieR Replicant, launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC via Steam in April 2021 worldwide.
The sequel NieR: Automata shipped for PS4 in Japan in February 2017, followed by North America and Europe in March 2017. Square Enix also released the game on PC via Steam in March 2017 and on Xbox One in June 2018. The game will release on Nintendo Switch on October 6. The game has total disc sales and digital downloads of over 6 million.
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