Just a heads up in case you were wondering what to look out for in the next month. The Fate series brings forth a special episode titled Fate/Strange Fake: Whispers of Dawn which will air on the 31st of December.
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The news about the Fate/Strange Fake: whispers of Dawn spinoff being animated surprised fans. The Twitter announcement hinted their next project would be part of a series that had had several anime and films in the past. They also gave out a keyword of ‘April fools ‘.
The keyword ‘April Fools’ referred to how Fate/Strange Fake had started as an April fool’s prank on Narita’s homepage. Furthermore, it was presented as a prologue and an introduction to a role-playing game. The original text was titled Fake/states night.
The Release Date
Ryogo Narita’s light novel Fate/Strange Fake will have a TV special adaptation with studio A-1 Pictures at the helm. It will air on the 31st of December.
The special will air in both English subbed and dubbed versions. The announcement happened on the 24th of September over on Aniplex’s Twitter.
The OVA has a teaser PV using music by Hiroyuki Sawano and a teaser visual by character designer Yuukei Yamada to entice fans.
The Setting and Plot
The events in Fate/Strange Fake occur in 2009. What happens is that a Grail War is inaccurately copied to replicate the Third Holy Grail War in Fuyuki. In the United States, a group of magi separate from the London-based Mage Association planned to create their ritual using data from Fuyuki’s Holy Grail War.
After 70 years or so, the association decided to use the city of Snowfield as the Sacred Land for their Holy Grail War. They were unsuccessful in copying every aspect of the ritual. The blurring of heroes’ definitions led to the loss of the Saber class and the summoning of strange Servants.
This made their Holy Grail War nothing but an imitation.
The Mage’s Association sent major players Rohngall and his pupil, Faldeus, to investigate all the happenings in the city of Snowfield. Upon their arrival, they sniped Rohngall down.
Faldeus, a spy from the US organization, then declared that their Holy Grail War is real and that it had been in development. He also stated that he wished to ‘advertise’ the project to the Association. He had Rohngall sniped even though he knew that he was but a puppet. His declaration caused an uproar at the Clock Tower.
Fate/Strange Fake’s Cast
Surprisingly, two directors are working on this project. In Fate/Strange Fake, Takahito Sakazume and Shun Enokido, who have shown a strong talent for capturing facial expressions in other Fate/Grand Order commercials, will handle the direction. They are to display a bold and also dynamic style.
Sakazume states that having two directors is deliberate and meaningful for the story. The reason is that each of them will work on a separate part of the story. This is, more specifically, the True and False holy grail wars that act as the main theme for the events of this story.
Whereas Daisuke Ohigashi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045) is in charge of writing the scripts, Yuukei Yamada (Fate/Grand Order) is on the designing of characters. Additionally, Hiroyuki Sawano composes the music, and artist and designer Morii Shizuki (Fate/Extra and Fate/Stay Night) will be doing the character planning.
Here’s a list of the confirmed Japanese voice cast.
- Ayaka Saijo: Kana Hanazawa (Nadeko Sengoku in Bakemonogatari)
- Saber: Yuki Ono (Taiga Kagami Kuroko no Basket)
- Archer: Tomokazu Seki (Archer in Fate/Zero)
- Lancer: Yu Kobayashi (Enkidu in Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia)
And here’s a list of the confirmed English voice cast.
- Ayaka Saijo: Anjali Kunapaneni (Dori in Genshin Impact)
- Saber: Ben Balmaceda (Aoshi Sanda in Orient)
- Archer: David Vincent (Archer in Fate/Zero)
- Lancer: Marin Miller (Enkidu in Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia)
About Fate Strange Fake: Dawn of Whispers
Originally, Fate/Strange Fake went up on Narita’s Homepage as an April Fool’s joke under the title ‘Fake/States Night’.
Later, the text was edited and published as a stand-alone novel in January 2009 in TYPE-MOON Ace Volume 2.
In January 2015, Kadokawa released it under its Dengeki Bunko imprint, and its illustration is done by Shizuki Morii (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia). The seventh volume of the light novel also went on sale on March 10 under the Dengeki Bunko label of ASCII MediaWorks.
Type-Moon also began releasing an original manga adaptation by Narita and Morii digitally. It is under its Type-Moon Books imprint the same month, with Kadokawa publishing the print version. The fifth volume also shipped on March 10.
This story is known for being the first Fate entry in the United States. A completely different face of the Holy Grail War that was never seen before in the well-written action based Fate anime will be portrayed here.
According to director Enokido, this anime adaption is not for Fate fans only but for every Type-Moon fan. Type-Moon is the parent company of Fate, along with Tsukihime, Mahoyo, and other related works.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The author did mention that all that remains is to finish the spinoff before he incorporates the characters in the main series.
Aniplex of America has licensed it for Western release.
Kinoko Nasu is the author.