A new key visual has been revealed in the April issue of NewType for the upcoming second cour of ufotable’s Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime, which will be debuting this April.
The first visual for the upcoming second cour was revealed last January in the winter 2015 anime guide magazine by Gigazine which was handed out last December during the Comiket 87 event.
It was also revealed that Japanese female pop artist Aimer will be performing the opening while highly acclaimed Kalafina will be returning to perform the second season’s ending theme song, “Ring Your Bell.”
The anime is a split cour series, the first half aired on October 4 last year and the second half will air in April next year. The anime’s cast from previous anime and visual novels will return to reprise their roles. The main cast includes:
- Noriaki Sugiyama (Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto) will be back to voice Shirou Emiya
- Kana Ueda (Yumi Fukuzawa from Maria-sama ga Miteru) returns as Rin Tohsaka
- Ayako Kawasumi (Megumi Noda in Nodame Cantabile) voicing as Saber
- Junichi Suwabe (Dandy in Space☆Dandy) as Archer
- Nobutoshi Canna (Masato Inohara from Little Busters!) voicing Lancer
- Mai Kadowaki (Mimi Usa in Kodomo no Jikan) will voice Illyasviel von Einzbern
The series will be once again directed by Takahiro Miura (Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon) with Hideyuki Fukasawa (Vividred Operation) composing the music and ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai Movie Series) animating the series. The first Blu-ray boxset of the anime’s first cour will release on March 25 in Japan.
Here is the first promotional video for the upcoming second cour:
Fate/stay night is a visual novel released by Type-Moon for the PC in 2004, and is the first in their Fate series. The visual novel was very successful and claimed the title of highest selling visual novel in that year. 2006 saw two adaptations of the game, a manga by Datto Nishiwaki and an anime series by Studio Deen. Additionally in that year, a light novel series titled Fate/Zero was written by Gen Urobuchi. It is a prequel to the visual novels, set 10 years prior. An anime and manga adaptation of Fate/Zero were created, with the manga written by Urobuchi himself in 2011 and the anime being animated by ufotable. A second season of Fate/Zero was also produced.
Raised by a mysterious sorcerer after the horrific death of his parents, Shiro Emiya has only just begun to help others using the small tidbits of magic that he’s learned. However, when he’s suddenly caught in a battle between two more powerful Magus, Shiro finds himself performing a spell above his expected ability, summoning the beautiful spirit warrior Saber to protect him! But safety is only momentary as Shiro and Saber now find themselves thrust into in a secret world of dark magic and deadly challenges: a no-holds barred duel to the death known as the Holy Grail War! At stake: a prize of unimaginable power. But can the inexperienced Shiro and Saber survive long enough to even enter the contest? First they’ll have to withstand waves of treachery and assassination, even as Shiro scrambles to learn everything he’ll need to know to stay alive as seven teams of Magus and Spirit Servants face off in mortal combat!