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Type-Moon's official Tsukihime website
Type-Moon (タイプムーン Taipu Mūn?) is a Japanese game company, best known for their visual novels, co-founded by author Kinoko Nasu and illustrator Takashi Takeuchi. It is also known under the name Notes Co., Ltd. (有限会社ノーツ Yūgen-kaisha Nōtsu?) for its publishing and corporate operations. After creating the popular visual novel Tsukihime as a dojin soft circle, Type-Moon has since incorporated and produced the also popular visual novel Fate/stay night. The latter has also been adapted into anime and manga series that have amassed a global fanbase.
Type-Moon was founded by artist Takashi Takeuchi and writer Kinoko Nasu, whose first project was the novel Kara no Kyōkai, which was originally released in October 1998 and reprinted in 2004. The company name Type-Moon actually comes from one of Kinoko's older works, Angel Notes. In December 2000, Type-Moon released the adult Windows 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 Plus-Disk, an addition to Tsukihime that featured three side-stories and assorted multimedia. In August 2001, Type-Moon released a sequel to Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya, and soon, in April 2003 released Tsuki-Bako, a specially packaged three-disk set that included Tsukihime, Plus-Disk, and Kagetsu Tohya, as well as a remixed soundtrack for both games and more multimedia.
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 PC-based doujin game based on the Tsukihime universe, which was very popular and was followed soon after by an expansion, Melty Blood Re-ACT, released in May 2004, to which a patch update, Melty Blood Re-ACT Final Tuned, was released as a free download over the Internet. Melty Blood is widely considered among the best doujin 2D fighting games ever made, and has been released as an arcade port, Melty Blood: Act Cadenza, in March 2005, and was released on the PS2 platform in August 2006.
Type-Moon soon transitioned from a dojin soft organization to a commercial organization, and on January 30, 2004, released their first commercial release, a PC-based eroge visual novel game, Fate/stay night, which broke all records on its opening day and became immensely popular. It was later adapted into an anime series that aired 24 episodes in Japan starting January 6, 2006; a second anime series that premiered in October 2014; and a manga series that has been published since December 26, 2005, in Shonen Ace (known for the manga adaptation of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sgt. Frog). A sequel to Fate/stay night, Fate/hollow ataraxia, was released on October 28, 2005. Fate/stay night was also released on the PS2 platform in May 2007. A prequel, Fate/Zero, was released in 2006-2007.
At Comiket 72 in 2007 they released the "All Around TYPE-MOON drama CD".
Type-Moon has developed and produced the following:
Kara no Kyōkai/The Garden of Sinners
- Kara no Kyōkai/The Garden of Sinners, novel of 3 volumes, originally released in October 1998 and reprinted in 2004 and again in 2007. Another story was published in 2008. With 7 Anime film adaptations spanning from December 2007 to December 2009 and an OVA in February 2011. Another film has been released in September 2013 based on the chapter Mirai Fukuin.
- 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.
- Tsukibako, 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.
- Tsukihime, a remake of the original game, rumored to contain a Satsuki Yumizuka route.
- Fate/stay night, PC-based visual novel game, released on January 30, 2004. A DVD version was released on March 29, 2006, a non-ero PS2 port entitled Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua] has been released in 2007 and re-ported non-ero to PC on three versions covering each arc.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia, PC-based Fate/stay night sequel, released on October 28, 2005.
- Fate/Zero, light novel prequel, released on December 12, 2006. Made in collaboration with Nitroplus. Animated on October 2011 to June 2012.
- Fate/tiger colosseum, PSP 3D fighting game, released September 13, 2007. Made by Capcom and Cavia.
- Fate/unlimited codes, arcade, PS2, and PSP 3D fighting game, released on October 28, 2005.
- Fate/Extra, an RPG dungeon-crawler for the PSP-system, released July 2010. Sequel Fate/Extra CCC was released in March 2013.
- Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, a spin-off manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyama Hiroshi, serialized in Comp Ace magazine from 2007–2008, followed by two sequels entitled 2wei! and 2wei herz!!
- Fate/Apocrypha, a light novel released in December 2012.
- Melty Blood, PC-based fighting game, in association with French-Bread, released in December 2002. Manga serialized from June 2005 to August 2011.
- 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, arcade released on September 2008 and PS2-port on August 2009.
- Melty Blood: Actress Again CurrentCode, the first 2D fighting game for Sega RingWide arcade board, was released on July 29, 2010. Ver.1.07 was released later for Arcade on October 2011 and a PC port on December 2011 along with the Blu-ray release of Carnival Phantasm Season 3 limited edition.
- Carnival Phantasm, animation mixing characters from Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night/Hollow Ataraxia and Melty Blood/Act Cadenza/Actress Again.
Mahōtsukai no Yoru
- Mahōtsukai no Yoru, a visual novel featuring Aozaki Aoko, Kuonji Alice, and Soujyuro Shizuki for all ages and featuring art by Hirokazu Koyama. Originally written and story based before Tsukihime, this game was released on April 12, 2012. This is the first Type-Moon visual novel not to be an eroge.
- Girls' Work, a new all-ages work written by ex-Liarsoft members Hoshizora Meteor and Myogaya Jinroku. Apparently featuring the city of Shinjuku as the main character. An anime adaptation by ufotable is planned.
- 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de - Nasu wrote a special scenario for the game, with Takashi Takeuchi providing the character designs. This scenario was subsequently adapted into an anime, Canaan.
- Lada, Jenni (5 August 2011). "Important Importables: Type-Moon". TechnologyTell. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Girls' Work Animation". http://www.girlswork-animation.com/.
- "【TGS2008】「428 the animation」TYPE-MOON監修シナリオ、TVアニメに". 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- TYPE-MOON's Official Homepage (Japanese)
- TYPE-MOON's previous official website (Japanese)
- TYPE-MOON's founders and main staff Takashi Takeuchi and Kinoko Nasu's Online Diary (Japanese)
- Type-Moon at The Visual Novel Database
- History of TYPE-MOON