Type-Moon

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Type-Moon
Type Game and novel development and production enterprise
Industry Visual novel games development and production
Anime development and production
Founded 2000
Headquarters Japan
Key people Kinoko Nasu
Takashi Takeuchi
Products Tsukihime
Fate/stay night
Website Type-Moon's Official Homepage
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 immensely popular visual novel Tsukihime as a dojin soft circle, Type-Moon has since incorporated and produced the also popular visual novel Fate/stay night. Both of their works have been adapted into anime and manga series that have amassed a global fanbase.

History[edit]

Type-Moon was founded by artist Takashi Takeuchi and writer Kinoko Nasu, whose first project was the novel Kara no Kyōkai,[1] 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[1] 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, 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, Plus-Disk and Kagetsu Tohya and 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 amongst 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 that was later adapted into an anime series that aired 24 episodes in Japan starting January 6, 2006 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".

Releases[edit]

Type-Moon has developed and produced the following:

Kara no Kyōkai/The Garden of Sinners[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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 re-make of the original game, rumored to contain a Satsuki Yumizuka route.
  • Tsukihime: Lunar legend, a non ero Anime adaptation of the original Tsukihime game

Fate/[edit]

  • 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 3 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/oblivion twilight, PC-based visual novel, arcade, PS2 and PSP 3D fighting game, Fate/stay night sequel originally scheduled for 2008 (2009 for PSP), developed by 8ing/Raizing and cavia, published by Capcom. This game was cancel for unknown reasons, before being released publicly.
  • 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 3rei!!
  • Fate/Apocrypha, a light novel released in December 2012.

Melty Blood[edit]

Carnival Phantasm[edit]

  • Carnival Phantasm, Animation mixing characters from Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night/Hollow Ataraxia and Melty Blood/Act Cadenza/Actress Again.

Mahōtsukai no Yoru[edit]

Girls' Work[edit]

  • 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.

Other works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lada, Jenni (5 August 2011). "Important Importables: Type-Moon". TechnologyTell. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "【TGS2008】「428 the animation」TYPE-MOON監修シナリオ、TVアニメに". 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 

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