"Type-Moon" redirects here. For the concept in Nasuverse lore, see Crimson Moon.
TYPE-MOON (タイプムーン, Taipu Mūn?) is a prominent Japanese game company, best known for their visual novels. It is also known under the name Notes (有限会社ノーツ, Yūgen-kaisha Nōtsu?, in english Notes Co., Ltd.). After creating the popular visual novel Tsukihime as a doujin soft organization, Type-Moon has since incorporated and produced the immensely popular visual novel Fate/stay night. These works and other TYPE-MOON productions have been adapted into anime, manga, light novels, video games and dramas that have amassed a global fanbase.
Before the official creation of Type-Moon, writer Kinoko Nasu and artist Takashi Takeuchi printed the series of light novels Kara no Kyoukai in October 1998. The two formed the doujin soft organization known as Type-Moon in 1999. The names "TYPE-MOON" and "Notes" come from one of their early works, Notes.. In December 2000, Type-Moon released the visual novel Tsukihime, which sold extremely well and amassed a large fanbase because of its comprehensive and expansive storyline and writer Kinoko Nasu's unique style of storytelling. The game led to the creation of numerous top selling merchandise, memorabilia, and a fanbase numbering millions around the World. Tsukihime was adapted soon after in 2003 into an anime series, Shingetsutan Tsukihime, which was produced by J.C.Staff and published by Geneon, and a manga series based upon Shingetsutan Tsukihime that has been published since 2004.
Soon after, in January 2001, Type-Moon released Tsukihime PLUS-DISC, an addition to Tsukihime that featured three side-stories and assorted multimedia, and in August 2001 released a sequel to Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya, and soon, in April 2003 released Tsuki-Bako, a specially packaged three-disk set that included Tsukihime, an improved "Plus+Disc", and Kagetsu Tohya, plus a remixed soundtrack for both games.
In December 2002, Type-Moon, in association with French-Bread (known as Watanabe Seisakujo prior to 2003), released their first fighting game, Melty Blood, a visual novel combined fighting game, and the third proper entry in the Tsukihime series. It was very popular and received an expansion, Melty Blood ReACT. Melty Blood was widely considered amongst the best doujin 2D fighting games ever made, to the point where it upgraded from doujin status into a commercial game. Melty Blood Act Cadenza was an arcade port of ReACT that was planned alongside ReACT itself, but was eventually released in March 2005. It has had a number of updates and rereleases, and eventually received a proper sequel in the form of Melty Blood Actress Again, which itself had years of later development.
Type-Moon soon transitioned from a doujin soft organization to a commercial organization, and in 30 January 2004, released their first commercial release, Fate/stay night, which broke all records on its opening day and was quickly adapted into anime and manga itself. 24 episodes were made starting 6 January 2006, and the manga series started publication on 26 December 2005 in Shonen Ace (known for the manga adaptations of series like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Keroro Gunsou). A sequel, Fate/hollow ataraxia, was released on October 28, 2005. Fate/stay night was released on the PS2 platform in May 2007.
At Comiket 72 in 2007 they released the "All Around TYPE-MOON drama CD".
On August 30, 2019, TYPE-MOON announced the creation of a game studio subsidiary named “TYPE-MOON studio BB” (as a reference to the character BB from Fate/EXTRA CCC). The goal of this subsidiary is to develop mid to high-scale 3D games in collaboration with third party game developers, as well as small-scale 2D games in-house. The studio director is Kazuya Niinou, who was credited as a producer on Fate/EXTRA, characters and game supervisor on Fate/EXTRA CCC, and worked on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and the Dragon Quest Builders series for Square Enix.
- Takashi Takeuchi - Co., Ltd. Representative Director Notes. Producer, CG artist.
- Kinoko Nasu - Novelist, Screenwriter.
- AZ-UME - Programmer.
- Kiyobee (清兵衛?) - Programmer.
- KATE - Sound Composer.
- James Harris - Sound Composer.
- OKSG(AYSG) - Website Designer for Mobile Site, General chore.
- Hirokazu Koyama - CG Artist.
- BLACK - CG Artist.
- Takao Aotsuki - CG Artist.
- Azanashi (アザナシ?) - Programmer.
- Monoji Tsukuri (つくりものじ, Tsukuri Monoji?) - Director, scripting.
- Meteor Hoshizora - Screenwriter.
- Shimokoshi - CG Artist.
- Onkou Sunatori - 3D Modeler.
- Shimaudon - Graphics artist.
- MORIYA - Graphics artist.
- Nokitsu (のきつ?) - Copyright management and event management.
- Nori (徳?) - Sales spokesman.
Type-Moon have developed and produced the following:
- Kara no Kyoukai, novel, originally released in October 1998 and reprinted in 2004.
- Tsuki no Sango, novel released in December 21, 2010.
- Fire Girl, a light novel written by Meteo Hoshizora.
- Tsukihime, PC-based eroge visual novel game, originally released in December 2000.
- Tsukihime PLUS-DISC, released in January 2001.
- Kagetsu Tohya, PC-based Tsukihime sequel, released in August 2001.
- Tsuki-Bako, a specially packaged three-disk set that included Tsukihime, PLUS-DISC and Kagetsu Tohya and a remixed soundtrack for both games and more multimedia, released in April 2003.
- Fate/stay night, PC-based eroge visual novel game, released on January 30, 2004. A DVD version was released on March 29, 2006, and a non-ero PS2 port entitled Fate/stay night Realta Nua has been released in 2007.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia, PC-based Fate/stay night sequel, released on October 28, 2005.
- Fate/Zero, a novel-based Fate/stay night prequel, released on December 12, 2006 with its first volume, and ended with its fourth and final volume released on December 29, 2007.
- Fate/unlimited codes, a fighting game planned by Cavia, developed by Eighting and published by Capcom, based upon Fate/stay night. It was released for the arcades in Japan on June 11, 2008 and for the PlayStation 2 in Japan on December 18. An enhanced port for the PlayStation Portable was released via download from the PlayStation Store on June 18, 2009, followed by a digital release in North America and Europe on September 3 and September 10, 2009 respectively.
- Fate/tiger colosseum, a 3D fighting game based on Fate/stay night, released for the PlayStation Portable by Capcom and cavia, inc. in cooperation with TYPE-MOON. A continuation of the same game was made called Fate/tiger colosseum UPPER, which takes place after the events of Fate/tiger colosseum.
- Fate/stay night Comic Battle, an anthology series collecting a number of Fate/stay night related doujins from various authors published by Kadokawa Shoten.
- Fate/Prototype, an animated short by Studio Lerche, distributed with the third home release of Carnival Phantasm on December 2011. Based around the Second Tokyo Holy Grail War, it is the original concept of Kinoko Nasu's for Fate/stay night. It has yet to be adapted as a full series, with only a short animated feature and production notes detailing the story.
- Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver, a story detailing the First Tokyo Holy Grail War written by Hikaru Sakurai and illustrated by Nakahara. It is the prequel light novel series to Fate/Prototype and drama CDs have also been made using the same voice actors from the OVA.
- Fate/EXTRA, a Japanese Dungeon Role Playing Game for PlayStation Portable created by Type-Moon and Image Epoch, published by Marvelous Entertainment. It released in Japan in 2010 and worldwide in 2011. The game is a part of Marvelous Entertainment's TYPE-MOON×RPG PROJECT.
- Fate/EXTRA CCC, a Role Playing Game for PlayStation Portable and a sequel and companion game to Fate/EXTRA. As with its predecessor, the game was developed by Image Epoch in collaboration with TYPE-MOON. The scenario was written by Kinoko Nasu, with Takashi Takeuchi as the character designer and Arco Wada as the illustrator. It was released in Japan on March 28, 2013.
- Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail, an ongoing manga by Seijin Takenoko. The story is based on Fate/EXTRA CCC it is an alternate route to Fate/EXTRA CCC that focuses on Caster as Hakuno Kishinami's Servant. It will explain the background between Tamamo-no-Mae and Amaterasu, and the plot includes planned elements for CCC that were cut from the game.
- Fate/EXTELLA, a video game by Marvelous for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC and Nintendo Switch. It takes place in the Fate/EXTRA and Fate/EXTRA CCC world. It was released in Japan on November 10, 2016 and in North America on January 17, 2017. The game was later re-released on Nintendo Switch on July 20, 2017 in Japan and in North America on July 25, 2017.
- Fate/EXTELLA LINK, a video game by Marvelous. It was released on 31 January 2019 in Japan, China and South Korea, and 19 March 2019 in the United States and Europe. It is the sequel to Fate/EXTELLA.
- Fate/EXTRA Last Encore, an anime produced by Shaft that started airing January 27, 2018 on TV in Japan. It started streaming January 31, 2018 on Netflix Japan and June 30, 2018 worldwide on Netflix.
- The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II, a novel series written by Sanda Makoto and illustrated by Mineji Sakamoto.
- The Adventures of Lord El-Melloi II, a sequel novel series to Lord El-Melloi II Case Files written by Makoto Sanda. It is set a few years after both Case Files and Fate/stay night.
- Fate/KOHA-ACE, a sub-story of Koha-Ace serialized in 2015 featuring the Imperial Capital Holy Grail Strange Story.
- Fate/type Redline, a revised manga adaptation of the Fate/KOHA-ACE storyline debuting on TYPE-MOON Comic Ace December 20, 2019.
- Fate/Apocrypha, a light novel written by Yuuichirou Higashide with illustrations by Ototsugu Konoe and supervised by Kinoko Nasu who planned and wrote majority of the story elements for Apocrypha characters and the plot. The first volume was released on December 29, 2012 at Comiket 83. The second volume was released on August 16, 2013. The third volume was released on December 29, 2013. The fourth volume was released on May 30, 2014. The fifth and final volume was released on December 30, 2014.
- Fate/Labyrinth, a series written by Hikaru Sakurai and illustrated by Nakahara. It acts as a side story to Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver.
- Fate/strange Fake, an ongoing light novel (and manga adaptation) created by Ryohgo Narita, started in 2015 and illustrated by Shidzuki Morii. It expands on the setting of an April Fool's joke published by Narita on his website in 2008 and its short story adaptation in Type-Moon Ace 2 magazine in 2009.
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, a Fate/stay night alternate universe spin-off manga by Hiroshi Hiroyama. An anime adaptation of the first manga series and the first half of the second manga series - 2wei - were produced by Silver Link. An adaptation of the second half of 2weistarted airing on July 25, 2015 and finished airing on September 26, 2015 called Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!. An adaptation of the first part of 3rei aired from July 6, 2016 to September 21, 2016, and the final episode announced a movie adapting the next part of 3rei. An anime sequel is later announced.
- Fate/Requiem, an ongoing novel series written by Meteo Hoshizora and illustrated by NOCO.
- Fate/Grand Order, a mobile “gacha” RPG game for Android and IOS, developed by Delightworks, published by Aniplex and licensed by TYPE-MOON.
- Melty Blood, PC-based fighting game, in association with French-Bread, released in December 2002.
- Melty Blood ReACT, PC-based expansion to Melty Blood, released in May 2004.
- Melty Blood ReACT Final Tuned, update patch to Melty Blood ReACT, released as a free download.
- Melty Blood: Act Cadenza, arcade port to Melty Blood, released on the PS2 platform in 2006.
- Melty Blood: Act Cadenza Version B, the updated PC port of Act Cadenza, was released on July 27, 2007.
- Melty Blood Actress Again, another game in the series and the final game ported in PS2.
- Melty Blood: Actress Again - Current Code, the update version of Melty Blood Actress Again, ported to PC, and the final arcade game.
- Melty Blood: Type Lumina, an HD remake depicted in a reboot timeline, acting as prequel to Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-, to be first released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Mahoutsukai no Yoru
- Mahoutsukai no Yoru, PC-based visual novel game, originally released on April 12, 2012.
- Type-Moon's Official Homepage (for 18 and older only)
- Type-Moon's founders and main staff Takashi Takeuchi and Kinoko Nasu's Online Diary
- TYPE-MOON studio BB official website
- Twitter announcement for studio BB
- Famitsu.com announcement article, via Gematsu
- Nintendo Fate/EXTELLA LINK on Nintendo Fandom
- ANN: "Fate/EXTRA Last Encore TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed"
- Official Website
- Fate/EXTRA Last Encore Anime Now Available on Netflix in U.S.. Anime News Network (2017-06-30).