The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II

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The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II
Cover of the first novel.
(Rōdo Erumeroi Ⅱ-sei no Jikenbo)
GenreMystery, Detective fiction
Light novel
Written byMakoto Sanda
Illustrated byMineji Sakamoto
Published byType-Moon
ImprintType-Moon Books
Original runDecember 30, 2014 – present
Written byMakoto Sanda
Illustrated byTō Azuma
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineYoung Ace
Original runOctober 4, 2017 – present
Anime television series
Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
Directed byMakoto Katō
Written byUkyō Kodachi
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, MBS
Original run July 2019 scheduled
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The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II (Japanese: ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿, Hepburn: Rōdo Erumeroi Ⅱ-sei no Jikenbo) is a Japanese light novel series written by Makoto Sanda (Rental Magica) and illustrated by Mineji Sakamoto. Officially part of the Fate series, it began serialization by Type-Moon under the Type-Moon Books imprint on December 30, 2014 with 9 volumes released so far. The novels are set between the events of Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night, focusing on Lord El-Melloi II, a former master who now investigates several mysteries after his participation in the Fourth Holy Grail War.

Two media adaptations were officially made: a manga adaptation by Makoto Sanda with illustrations from Tō Azuma began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine on October 4, 2017 and an anime adaptation by Troyca, which adapts the Rail Zeppelin chapter, which will premiere in July 2019.[1]


Taking place 10 years after the events of Fate/Zero and 2 months before the events of Fate/Stay Night, the story focuses on Lord El-Melloi II, formerly known as Waver Velvet, a successor of Kayneth and former master in the last Grail War, who is now a professor under the ranks of the Mage's Association. In his years as a professor in the Clock Tower, he is acting as the temporary head of the El-Melloi household until a proper successor can take over. But when strange mysteries involving magic start happening around London, he teams up with a mysterious person and apprentice named Gray in solving many mysteries surrounding them and most of all, the mysterious organization he's been working with.


Main Characters[edit]

Lord El-Melloi II (ロード・エルメロイⅡ世, Rōdo Erumeroi Ⅱ-sei)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[2]
The main protagonist of the series. He was first introduced as a side character and participant in the Fourth Holy Grail War of Fate/Zero as the Master of Rider, Iskander. After the events of Fate/Zero, he returned to the Clock Tower to resume his study of magecraft. The previous Lord El-Melloi had been killed during the events of Fate/Zero which resulted in a sharp decline of the El-Melloi clan. Waver assumes the title of Lord El-Melloi II after agreeing to assist the true heir, Reines El-Melloi Archisorte, in restoring the clan until she is old enough to take charge.
Gray (グレイ, Gurei)
Voiced by: Reina Ueda[2]
An apprentice of Lord El-Melloi II, she is a girl who lived in the countryside of Britain before moving to the city. Her appearance is slowly starting to transform into that of Artoria Pendragon, the Saber-class servant once active in the Fourth Holy Grail War. After revealing she is from Artoria's lineage, Lord El-Melloi II keeps her face hidden under her hood, due to the fact it gave him traumatizing memories of her.
Add (アッド, Addo)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[2]
Gray's Mystic Code, which in turn is a form of the Holy Spear Rhongomyniad. Known to be extremely talkative, it can transform into a Scythe for Gray to wield as a weapon.
Reines El-Melloi Archisorte (ライネス・エルメロイ・アーチゾルテ, Rainesu erumeroi āchizorute)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[2]
Kayneth's younger niece and the true successor of the El-Melloi Household after his passing. Due to her age and inexperience, she lets Lord El-Melloi II lead the household for a while until she's ready, also acting as his younger sister.
Flat Escardos (フラット・エルカルドス, Furatto erukarudosu)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[2]
One of the students of Lord El-Melloi II in the Modern Magecraft class. He is both smart yet also dimwitted. He first appeared as the main protagonist of Fate/strange fake as the master of False Berserker.
Svin Glascheit (スヴィン・グラシュエート, Suvuin gurashuēto)
Voiced by: Seiichirō Yamashita[2]
One of the Lord El-Melloi II's prominent students in the Modern Magecraft class. He is nicknamed "le chien" by Flat due to his Beast Magecraft skills which gives him wolf-like sense of smell and speed.
Caules Forvedge (カウレス・フォルヴェッジ, Kauresu Foruvuejji)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi[2]
Also a student of Lord El-Melloi II and the oldest heir of the Forvedge family. He enrolled to the Mages's Association when his sister Fiore stepped down as the heir of the family. He first appeared as one of the protagonists in Fate/Apocrypha as the master of Berserker of Black.


Faker (フェイカー, Feikā)
A Mysterious servant belonging to Mister Heartless, the previous head of the Modern Magecraft Theory Department. Her true identity is "Iskander's Shadow" (イスカンダルの影武者, Isukandaru no kagemusha), the younger sister of Hephaestion who is one of the two generals serving Alexander the Great.



The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II is written by Makoto Sanda, considered to be his first work after being approached by Type-Moon. During a session of tabletop RPG game Red Dragon, alongside Nasu and Gen Urobuchi, Nasu asked Makoto if he can actually write a story for the Fate Series. It was then on TYPE-MOON FEST on July 2012 that Nasu asked Makoto to write a story for Waver Velver/Lord El-Melloi II, on which he agreed. The first novel was first published by Type-Moon under their Type-Moon Books label on Comiket 87 on December 30, 2014. So far, 9 volumes were released. It is illustrated by Mineji Sakamoto.


A manga adaptation by Makoto Sanda began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine on October 4, 2017.[3] Two volumes have been released so far.


An anime adaptation of the novels, which only adapts the Rail Zeppelin storyline was announced at the Fate Project New Year's TV special and animated by Troyca. Makoto Katō directs the series with Ukyō Kodachi as its writer, while Yuki Kajiura composes the music for the series. Jun Nakai is the character designer, while Ei Aoki is credited as supervisor. It will begin airing on Tokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, and MBS in July 2019.[2] Aniplex of America and Crunchyroll announced they will stream the series in North America, Central America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.[4][5] AnimeLab announced they will stream the series in Australia and New Zealand.[6]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date
0"A Grave Keeper, a Cat, and a Mage ~There is no such thing as "truth".~"
"Hakamori to neko to majutsu-shi" (墓守と猫と魔術師)
December 31, 2018 (2018-12-31)
Ten years after the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War, Waver Velvet has replaced the deceased Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald as Lord El-Melloi II and is attempting to rebuild the Modern Magecraft Theory department, which has declined in Kayneth's absence. However, he is only the acting Lord until Kayneth's younger niece Reines El-Melloi Archisorte becomes of age to take his place and must constantly deal with the Clock Tower's internal politics. One day, Waver's apprentice, Gray, adopts a stray cat, much to his frustration. However, the cat is run over by a car and Waver is unable to find a way to save it. As they bury the cat, Gray notices something odd about Waver's shadow, and Waver realizes that the cat was sacrificed to put a lethal curse on him. Waver recruits two of his students, Flat Escardos and Svin Glascheit, and manages to track down and apprehend the Mage who cursed him. Unfortunately, all Waver can discover is that some unknown party wants him killed. After a discussion with Gray about what it means to save someone, Waver receives a call and heads out with Gray to handle another matter.


  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


  1. ^ "Fateスピンオフ「ロード・エルメロイII世の事件簿」アニメ化!7月より放送". Comic Natalie. Natalie. 2018-12-31. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Type-Moon's The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II Novels Get TV Anime in July". Anime News Network. December 31, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
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  4. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II Anime". Anime News Network. January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
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  6. ^ @AnimeLab (January 1, 2019). "✨ Be swept up in the mysterious story of Waver Velvet, set years after Fate/Zero. ⚔ Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note – Now Streaming on AnimeLab ✨" (Tweet). Retrieved January 5, 2019 – via Twitter.

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