Type-Moon announced on December 27, 2021, JST that Mahotsukai no Yoru (魔法使いの夜), nicknamed Mahoyo by fans, will receive an anime adaptation by Studio Ufotable. 25 years after Nasu wrote the original Mahoyo novel.
Type-Moon didn’t reveal many details on the Mahotsukai no Yoru anime. Only a key visual, and a short reveal trailer. However, there’s already a lot to explain. Especially for those unfamiliar with the Nasuverse.
Is the Mahotsukai no Yoru anime a movie or a TV series?
Type-Moon and Ufotable confirmed in the announcement that the Mahotsukai no Yoru anime will be a movie. Rumors of a Mahoyo movie surfaced earlier in December 2021, when the domain name mahoyo-movie was found. The site is now open.
Is there a release date yet?
Type-Moon announced the Mahoyo movie with no release estimate. However, you can easily expect it’ll take several months for the movie to release in the west after its Japanese release.
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What is Mahotsukai no Yoru?
Mahotsukai no Yoru is originally a novel written by Kinoko Nasu, in 1996. Kinoko Nasu is the co-founder of Type-Moon, with illustrator Takashi Takeuchi. The novel was remade into a PC visual novel game released on April 12, 2012, in Japan.
The Mahotsuki no Yoru game is considered to be one of the best visual novels ever. Most notably thanks to its incredible screenplay. The game’s illustrations were handled by Hirokazu Koyama. He didn’t illustrate as many Type-Moon works as Takashi Takeuchi, but Koyama has been working with the Type-Moon duo for a while.
Type-Moon plans to release two more Mahotsukai no Yoru games at some point. Hirokazu Koyama published a special illustration of Aoko Aozaki to celebrate the anime’s reveal.
Mahotsukai no Yoru‘s protagonist Aozaki Aoko
The protagonist of Mahotsukai no Yoru is genius magician Aoko Aozaki. Which should ring a bell if you’re familiar with the Nasuverse. Mahotsukai no Yoru features a young Aoko without her iconic red-hair seen in Tsukihime or Fate. It takes place in the late 80s, several years before Tsukihime.
To give you a spoiler-free summary, Mahotsukai no Yoru deals with Aoko’s beginnings as a magician. Aoko’s grandfather suddenly decides to make her his successor instead of her older sister Touko.
This needless to say sours the relationship between Aoko and Touko. Not to mention how those who live in the world of Magi have a twisted sense of values. Due to prioritizing Magecraft research above anything else.
When was Mahotsukai no Yoru first released & link with The Garden of Sinners explained
The first story published by Nasu was Mahotsukai no Yoru, released in 1996. Starting the Nasuverse. Later came the Kara no Kyoukai The Garden of Sinners novels in 1998. Seven anime movies by Ufotable from 2007 to 2009 adapted the novels.
Kara no Kyoukai The Garden of Sinners most notably features Aoko’s older sister Touko as one of the main characters. She acts as the mentor and employer of protagonist Ryougi Shiki, and helps her control her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Eyes that long story short give Ryougi the ability to kill anything.
The Kara no Kyoukai The Garden of Sinners anime movies were highly successful. Hence why Studio Ufotable handles nearly every Nasuverse anime now.
Younger anime fans associate Ufotable with Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba. But older fans when hearing Ufotable immediately think of the Nasuverse (and tax evasion, but that’s another story).
Mahotsukai no Yoru and its link with Tsukihime explained
Tsukihime is originally a PC game released by Type-Moon in 2000. It’s basically the third part of the Nasuverse, after Mahoyo and Kara no Kyoukai.
The protagonist of Tsukihime is Tohno Shiki, who during his childhood, suddenly earned the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. A few days later, Tohno ended up meeting with an adult Aoko, who teaches him about his power.
Aoko also gave Shiki magic glasses that when worn, return his vision back to normal. All of this happens in the prologue of Tsukihime. The actual game, to give you a spoiler-free summary, deals with magicians, vampires, and the church members who hunt them.
Tsukhime also has a fighting game spinoff series called Melty Blood. A new game called Melty Blood Type Lumina was released in 2021 on PC and all consoles.
The link between Mahotsukai no Yoru, Fate/stay night and its spinofs like Fate/Grand Order (FGO), Fate/Zero, Lord El-Melloi, etc
Fate is pretty detached from Mahotsukai no Yoru, Kara no Kyoukai, Tsukihime, Melty Blood, etc. There are only a few direct links and shared characters.
Aoko most notably appears in Fate/Extra. A PSP JRPG whose success basically made Nasu realize he should greatly expand the Fate universe, creating FGO; Which is now one of the most popular mobile games in Japan.
Fate/Extra currently has a remake in development. The game had a live stream in 2020. Read our summaries here and here.
Should I care about all that? Can I watch the Mahotsukai no Yoru anime first when it releases?
Mahotsukai no Yoru, like all other works in the Nasuverse, is pretty much a standalone story. You’ll enjoy the Nasuvese much more if you can connect the dots. But it’s fine if you don’t.
Mahotsukai no Yoru anime reveal trailer & first key visual by Koyama Hirokazu
The trailer and key visuals show Aoko and her friend Alice together.
Last but to least, it’s interesting to take a look at Tsukihime – A piece of blue glass moon –. The Tsukihime remake that released in 2021. One of the OPs has the exact same shot of Aoko. Looking over her shoulder.
Tsukihime Remake has a sequel in development. After years of the Fate part of Nasuverse getting all the honors thanks to FGO, more and more Tsukihime related projects are happening now.
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