The universe(s) of the writings of TYPE-MOON's scenario director, Kinoko Nasu. It's made up of several "sub-universes" ("franchises" that share characters
) that share most (but not all) details between each other. Also of note is that the franchises themselves often include several alternate continuities
, since the primary works are visual novels with multiple and very mutually exclusive paths
Several of the main works are H-games
, marked as such), but many of the related works are not.
A list of the works within the multiverse (and a short summary):Notes (Our Angels Are Different)
Kara no Kyoukai - the Garden of Sinners (Our Souls Are Different)
- Also called Angel Notes; it's a short story featuring an apocalyptic future where The Ultimate Ones invade the planet and destroy the remains of humanity after the death of Gaia. Also notable for providing the foundation for some concepts in the 'verse, namely that "Gaia" is a living being and that each planet has an "Ultimate One".
Mahou Tsukai No Yoru - Witch on the Holy Night
- Protagonist Shiki Ryougi wakes up from a coma, and finds that while she retains her memories, she cannot identify with them as her own. As she struggles through her own life like a stranger, strange events - suicides, murders - begin to happen around town.
- Three novels, divided into seven chapters and an epilogue. A series of 7 animated feature-length films air in theaters from late 2007 to 2009. The DVD editions for all movies are available as of December 2009, while the Blu-Ray editions (incidentally with English subtitles) were released in February 2011, together with an OVA of the epilogue.
- Mirai Fukuin: recalled out summer, a bonus chapter released ten years after the original series. An animated adaptation was also released.
- Being one of the first works written, this is the one work Word of God maintains to be in an Alternate Universe from the rest (due to major discrepancies, such as Shiki's eyes and Touko's goal). Most of the characters here can be considered the 'blueprints' for those in the rest of the 'verse. Every character from the other works are still present in KnK's universe (with the exception of anyone True Ancestor-related) and vice-versa, but they are slightly different given the conflicting aspects of each universe having possibly changed their circumstances. Excluding Zelretch, who can pop into any given universe at a whim. Shiki is included as a Character in Melty Blood: Actress Again after getting pulled across dimensions, thus indicating that Kara no Kyoukai and Melty Blood; at least, are Alternate Continuities.
Tsukihime (Our Vampires Are Different)
- Originally an unpublished novel; it details the past of Aoko Aozaki (the minor but major character of Tsukihime) and her mentor, Alice Kuonji. They meet Shizuki Soujuurou, a man unfamiliar with city life. A Visual Novel adaptation was released (after a very long wait) on April 12, 2012. It is also Type-Moon's first all-ages visual novel.
- Two sequels have been planned, but they may not appear for some time.
Fate (Our Magics Are Different)
- Tsukihime, an eroge visual novel. Features The Verse's other Shiki, Shiki Tohno, going back to his old family mansion after he was kicked out eight years old. He suffered a childhood accident which granted his eyes strange abilities and his own past is rather muddled as well. Has a manga and an anime adaption, complete with Bleached Underpants.
- Tsukihime PLUS+DISC, a visual novel. A "fun disc" with a new short story (introducing two new characters, and finally revealing protagonist Tohno Shiki's face) and several other shorts discussing the Verse. Also, sequel promotion.
- Kagetsu Tohya, a eroge visual novel. Yet another "fun disc" sequel that doesn't specifically take place in any one particular ending of the original game. In any case, about 90% of it is a (very messed up) dream.
- Melty Blood, a fighting game. Relatively story-heavy for its genre. Has several sequels itself, some of them expanding the story considerably, mostly the update Melty Blood Re-Act. Supposedly takes place after an unreleased story route in Tsukihime.
- Tsukihime 2 / the dark six, currently a running joke. A brief trailer is in Kagetsu Tohya, and there have been many short stories that expanded the characters (especially Tohno Shiki) far beyond their original roles.
- A remake of the original Tsukihime has been announced in April 2008, reportedly finally including the Yumizuka Satsuki route that has been one of the running jokes of the franchise. Currently in Development Hell, though it has been indicated that it will be worked on once Fate/EXTRA CCC is completed.
- Hana No Miyako, a manga that follows Miyako Arima while she studies in a school where students are ranked by martial arts fights.
- Fate/stay night, an eroge visual novel. Shirou Emiya, Mage-in-self-training, stumbles into the "Holy Grail War". Has a manga, an anime adaption and a movie by Studio DEEN, and a PlayStation 2 port, all with the aforementioned bleached underpants.
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA: A manga that features an Alternate Universe storyline with Ilyasviel (the resident Enfante Terrible) as the main character... and as a Magical Girl, complete with a spunky talking staff called Ruby. It is very much an Affectionate Parody, both of Fate/stay night and Magical Girl Tropes in general.
- Fate/Zero: A prequel novel (and later, an anime adaptation) that covers the events of Heaven's Feel IV, the fallout from which affected every character in Fate/stay night. Note that Fate/Zero assumes that you have read Fate/stay night, so beware of spoilers.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia: A sequel/fan-disc Visual Novel that was released in 2005. A more lighthearted story set six months after the conclusion of Heaven's Feel V, it focuses on a magus called Bazett Fraga McRemitz, who finds herself trapped in a strange "Groundhog Day" Loop with a mysterious Servant called "Avenger".
- Fate/Apocrypha: A light novel by Yuichiro Higashide that centered on a version of Heaven's Feel with fourteen Servants sorted into two teams of seven. An Alternate Universe that diverges during the Third War. The project was originally pitched as an MMORPG, but it never took off.
- Fate/Prototype: A twelve-minute OVA included in the final volume of Carnival Phantasm. It is based on the first draft of Fate/stay night written by Kinoko Nasu in his high-school days, when it was intended as a traditional novel instead of a Visual Novel. Currently has a series of Prequel Light Novels in works, Fate/Prototype: Pale Silver Fragments.
- Fate/strange fake: a proposed novella by Ryohgo Narita that focuses on a knock-off version of Heaven's Feel taking place in California, ten years after Fate/hollow ataraxia. According to the release, it was a cancelled project meant to introduce the setting of a potential role-playing game, but considering it was published on April Fools' Day in 2008, the question of if it was ever a serious project remains unanswered. Certain elements have been reused in other works, leaving its canonicity up in the air. It was greenlit as a full Light Novel series.
DDD aka Decoration Disorder Disconnection. (Our Demons Are Different)
- Fate/stay tune was an internet radio show that was broadcast while the anime was on the air, hosted by Ayako Kawasumi (Saber) and Kana Ueda (Rin). A sequel show, "Fate/stay tune: Unlimited Radio Works" was broadcast for the "Unlimited Blade Works" movie, hosted by Junichi Suwabe (Archer) and the aforementioned hosts.
- Fate/tiger colosseum, a PSP exclusive 3D brawler, which serves as both a sequel and parody of the original games. Taiga Fujimura initiates a war for the Tiger Grail and the Masters and Servants compete for it once more. Followed by a stand-alone expansion pack, Fate/tiger colosseum UPPER, which added more playable characters from hollow ataraxia and zero, as well as Arcueid, Kohaku (both in Magical Girl form), and Neco-Arc, making it the first real Crossover between Fate and Tsukihime.
- Fate/Unlimited Codes, a fighting game. Follows the general plot of Fate/stay night but proceeds into a different direction; "What if this character was the protagonist?". Also includes Luviagelita Edelfelt from Fate/hollow ataraxia, a surprise entry of Lancer from Fate/Zero, and Saber Alter from the Heaven's Feel route, as well as a "new" entry of "Saber Lily", an apparently "Bright" version of Saber to round off the trifecta.
- Fate/EXTRA, an alternate universe setting with a new Holy Grail War, released for the PSP in July, 2010. Differs from the rest of the series in that the player can choose their character's gender and Servant (from Saber, Caster, or Archer). Has a sequel in the form of Fate/EXTRA CCC.
- Fate/Grand Order, the upcoming "Fate Online Project Reboot" RPG in iOS and Android based off of the scrapped Fate/Apocrypha online game.
Carnival Phantasm (Something Completely Different)All Around Type Moon
- A series of novels not directly connected, but explore another new aspect of The Verse: demons (not oni and oni hybrids like in Tsukihime; true demons).
- The second official Type-Moon crossover manga by artist B-suke where all of the Type-Moon characters including those Alternate Universe meet at the Ahnenerbe Cafe.
Tsuki No Sango
- This series strays far from most other Type-Moon franchises in that instead of revolving around magic, mages, and the supernatural, it revolves around terrorism and biological weaponry. It's the only Type/Moon franchise where we have characters who fight using guns, as opposed to the bladed weapons used by other Type-Moon characters.
- While this series was created by Type-Moon co-founders Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi, it is possibly not part of the Nasuverse proper due to its status as a Spin-Off to an unrelated Visual Novel.
- A short story by Nasu written for Maaya Sakamoto's Full Moon Recital and later adapted in a manga by Sasaki Shonen, of the Tsukihime Manga fame. It follows a girl whose grandmother claims to come from the moon. It is passed in a world where people started colonies in the Moon, but soon lost interest, resulting in then giving up on living.
Has its own wiki here
- Notable for not being done by Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi, despite being a Type-Moon production. The story reportedly is about supernatural happenings in Shinjuku. The title was announced in 2008 as a Visual Novel, and then in December 2010 it was reported that it would be released as an anime instead. Since then nothing has been heard about it.
The Nasuverse is mostly unified in its rules on Functional Magic
and related topics (like non-human species). However, while crossovers are rare, they do
happen, even if in incredibly roundabout ways.
Then again, as already stated, it isn't internally consistent because large portions of the source material are mutually exclusive, and some parts of it are obviously not canon to begin with (like self-parodies etc.) - the canon universe is more about characters and the interaction between them, and less about the actual plot(s) taking place. Doujinshi
authors take full advantage of this, and the amount of fan material available is staggering. Many works might not even be truly set in the same verse.
Due to the sheer amount of rules and terminologies involved within the Nasuverse
, there is now an analysis page
as a guide to all the terminologies and rules involved, also serving as a dissection of the setting through tropes. Please feel free to contribute. Also now has a memes page
.Pastimes of Nasuverse fans (sometimes called "Type-Lunatics", even by themselves) include:
- Discussing power levels inside and across franchises. Of particular note, the Word of God strongest being, Type-Mercury/ORT has become a loved and hated icon of the Nasu Verse.
- Arguing over whether either Shiki (mainly Shiki Tohno) can kill Servants, or other beings for that matter (Word of God be damned).
- Pairing off the numerous female (due to its eroge roots) characters with each other. Far easier in Fate than Tsukihime, unless you're a Foe Yay or Twincest kind of person.
- Hating the Tsukihime anime adaptation, mostly citing low budget, character wrecking, vague storytelling, and OOC actions that just don't make sense when one has read the visual novel, and loving the manga adaptation. They even claim that the anime doesn't exist.
- Making fun of the pornographic aspects in the games, considering it hilariously bad, particularly the metaphors used for the sex organs.
- Arguing about the intelligence/stupidity levels of the protagonists (a very touchy topic - one end of the spectrum has them as subtle geniuses, the other as having noticeable cases of Down Syndrome), Shirou Emiya being the most common focus.
- Figuring out scenarios based on the ridiculously convoluted character relationships◊ (enlarged)◊. Even that chart only slightly helps (though it doesn't include the characters from Fate Zero, and does not show most of the relationships, especially Shirou or Shiki's relationships with most of the heroines correctly, for instance missing out Shirou's love for Sakura and Rin, even though their routes are just as canon as Saber's).
- Making a gigantic tabletop roleplaying game based on the Nasuverse.