TV anime to air in 2 seasons in October-December, April-June
The November issue of Kadokawa Shoten‘s Monthly Newtype magazine is reporting this Saturday that the Blu-ray Disc box release of the Fate/Zeroanime series will have the “original edition” of episodes with scenes cut from the television broadcast. The Blu-ray Disc box release will be split between the two scheduled seasons of the anime; the first 13-episode season will air from October to December, and the second will start from episode #14 next April. The end of the Holy Grail War will be depicted in the anime in June.
Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami explained that the staff decided on the two-season split to maintain quality across the entire anime.
Director Ei Aoki (Hourou Musuko, Ga-Rei: Zero, Girls Bravo) and the studio ufotable are animating the prequel novel by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Phantom – The Animation, Blassreiter) to Type-Moon‘s Fate/stay night visual novel software. The story is set a decade before Fate/stay night and reveals the 4th Holy Grail War that sets the stage for the war in the software.
As the anime airs in Japan, Aniplex is streaming each episode in eight different subtitled languages worldwide via the Niconico Live and Niconico Channel services for the first week. Crunchyroll will then stream each episode a week later in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.