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, Script writer.
- 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
- 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-Disk 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.
- 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.
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