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Lord El-Melloi II Case Files (ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿) is a light novel series written by Makoto Sanda and illustrated by Mineji Sakamoto and takes place in the Nasuverse, as a spinoff of the Fate series. There are 10 novels released, which are currently only available in Japan. The manga adaptation began October 4th, 2017. An anime adaptation produced by Studio TROYCA premiered with episode 0: {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note on December 31, 2018 as part of the "Fate Project New Year’s Eve TV Special". The full anime series is slated to start July 2019.

Set years after Fate/Zero, Waver Velvet has taken the title of his former master as Lord El-Melloi II and taken charge of the Clock Tower's Modern Magecraft department. However, his rise to glory has been compounded by resentment from other magi. Deals made have resulted in debts to be paid and often he is called in to solve problems.


These are the Lord El-Melloi II Case Files.

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  • Adaptation Expansion: The first volume opens with Gray recalling how Waver got into a fight with a stray cat, only to later find it injured in the road and so he nursed it until it passed away peacefully. The anime took what was only about half a page of dialogue and turned it into the plot of episode 0.
  • Aerith and Bob: Names in the series vary from mundane like Melvin and Yvette to the more typical Nasuverse fare like Geryuon and Dr. Heartless.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: The Mage's Association is split up into various small cities and university towns near London, with the action primarily taking place in these cities. Waver's department specifically is based in Norwich.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Magus society isn't mired in egregious classism and sociopathy so much as built on it. Waver, who was originally on the bottom rung of the ladder and was shoved into the role of Lord El-Melloi II, is one of the few exceptions to this rule.
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  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Pick any non-Japanese mage, and there's a 90% chance their name is vaguely European-sounding nonsense.
  • Back for the Finale: Many of the Guest Star Party Members that participate throughout the series return in the penultimate and final books. Even the dead ones still have a role to play.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The Rail Zeppelin arc revolves around the Mystic Eyes auction held onboard the titular train.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Being as status-conscious as they are, most magi try to project an image of aristocracy at its finest and most beautiful.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: When he realizes he's in a Ten Little Murder Victims situation with a bunch of magi, Waver admits he's tempted to hang himself.
  • The Church: They serve as a rival organization to The Mage's Association but aren't that prominent in this series.
  • Clothing Damage: In the manga, being hit by the "song" of the beast of the Castle of Separation conveniently rips Waver's shirt open. He's unsurprisingly kinda scrawny.
  • Dead Man Writing: Near the end of the series Atrum (Caster's original master from stay night), who had worked with Waver in an earlier case, sends him information that essentially starts with "If you're watching this I died in the Grail War."
  • Dramatic Irony: Waver makes reference to plans to go to Fuyuki City for the next Holy Grail War. The audience knows that he'll never make it in time.
  • Dug Too Deep: It's revealed in volume eight that digging great depths underground can lead to the laws of physics being unstable down there because of Mystery and how humanity doesn't have much grip on what lies beneath. The specific case for that volume is about a labyrinth which was dug by a dragon attempting to reach the Reverse Side of the world but died in the process. It was converted into a well of magical resources and foundation for the Clock Tower and the big debate is whether or not to excavate deeper to find more, with the nobles trying to put their foot down in fear of destroying and depleting their resources.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Heine in the first novel, as Seigen is quick to admit.
    Seigen: I'm not really into guys, but you're pretty enough that I'll make an exception.
  • Fanservice Pack: Touko Aozaki's breasts are much more prominently displayed in this work than they've been in any other depiction of her.
  • Fantastic Caste System: One's status in The Magocracy is closely tied to how long one's family has been a part of it, as well as the quality and quantity of one's magical circuits. Waver would normally be relegated to the very bottom of the totem pole if it weren't for Reines's sponsorship.
  • Fictional Political Party: There are three political factions within the Clock Tower, all based on how they believe it should be run.
    • The Barthomeloi faction, led by the titular Barthomeloi family which is the most powerful even amongst the Three Great Families, having control over the Faculty of Law and their head being one of the twelve Lords and the current director of the entire institution. They firmly believe that the aristocracy, with their great and long lineages, should control it. Nominally the El-Mellois are allied with them because of Kayneth's beliefs but his death and the way Waver's been running his classroom have put them on thin ice.
    • The Trambelio faction, centered around the Valueleta family, another one of the Three Great Families. They desire a democratic system and for magi to put talent above bloodlines.
    • The neutral faction represented by the Meluastea which mainly just wants to focus on their research and could go either way; due to the large number of clans who have thrown their lot into this one, this vague position has led to a lot of internal strife with the Meluastea family only functioning as its face because more people flocked to them.
  • For Science!: Or magic, rather. The ultimate goal of magi and magus society, in general, is to reach the Root (which, for lack of a better description, can be thought of the magical equivalent of The Singularity), and most magi are happy to toss away anything resembling a conscience in pursuit of it.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Caules' presence in later novels reveals that in the main Fate/stay night timeline where Darnic and Yggdmillenia did not rise in prominence, Fiore ran away from her responsibilities as a magus to live a normal life very early on in her life and Caules became the heir by default.
    • Zepia Eltnam Oberon explains in volume 6 that some kind of event occurring roughly around 300 AD is responsible for him and other individuals like Gransurg Blackmore not being Dead Apostle Ancestors in Fate timelines.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Different characters from across various Type-Moon works join Waver in different story arcs, from famous ones like Olga Marie and Touko Aozaki to the relatively obscure Atrum Galliasta. Most come Back for the Finale.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Waver stands a full head and shoulders over Gray. She finds this very useful when she needs something to hide behind in awkward social situations.
  • Living Weapon: Add, Gray's chatty Mystic Code, which can transform into a Sinister Scythe.
  • Mad Eye: Sir Kay has one.
  • The Magocracy: Most Magi in the Nasuverse are sociopaths, and here is no exception. Most of the series is devoted to examining the multiple facets of modern magus society and their politics.
  • Morality Pet: Several of Waver's students are what keep him grounded.
  • Muggles Do It Better: Waver is able to hold his own in the cutthroat world of magi despite his own lacking magecraft ability because of his willingness to make use of nonmagical methods and technologies like cars.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Although she respects his teaching abilities, Gray is not terribly impressed by her master on a day-to-day basis and finds him to be a bit ridiculous.
  • Occult Detective: Inverted Trope. A normal Occult Detective uses mysticism to solve cases for muggles. Waver uses deduction to solve cases for The Magocracy. He's just as much of a pariah for this, though.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Waver apparently prefers sleeping on sofas to beds. He also falls asleep instantly while sitting up at one point, and Gray gets annoyed that sleep management is the only magus skill he's actually good at using.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Angels in magecraft are based on a concept and are essentially 'vessels of power', anything that's ambiguous in nature and used for magic. Waver explains that it's the concept of how angelic power works that attracts mages and not their message.
  • Pet the Dog: Gray tells a story at the beginning of the first volume about why she's loyal to Waver even though by mage standards he's considered pretty much worthless: there was a stray cat which had got on his nerves, but then it was hit by a car, so he brought it home, fed it painkilling herbs, took care of it until it died, and dug its grave and buried it.
    • The adaptation of this particular story, episode 0, develops this a bit further by turning the cat into an innocent casualty of what turned out to be a botched assassination attempt against Waver. That Waver would go to great lengths to not only capture the culprit, but also to (in the words of his students) "avenge" the cat says a lot about him—in sheer contrast to how many mages treat animals as disposable resources at best.
  • Prestige Peril: Making a working-class, underpowered magus like Waver a provisional Lord in The Magocracy makes him a massive target for Klingon Promotions and political exploitation.
  • Reality Ensues: Svin has a huge crush on Gray, who is at best uncomfortable about the situation. Whereas in standard romcoms his Dogged Nice Guy routine would eventually win her over, here it earns Svin a restraining order.
  • Revision: Remember those magic furnaces and evil spirits that Kayneth had as part of his initial setup in the hotel from Fate/Zero? Turns out those weren't actually his, as the furnaces were on loan from other aristocrats and the spirits were actually embezzled from his department, making them yet another thing that Waver has to clean up as El-Melloi II.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Gray takes note that, despite being born and raised English, Waver insists on using the term apartment instead of flat for some mysterious reason that absolutely has nothing to do with his most troublesome student.
  • Shadow Archetype: The final antagonist of the series, Dr. Heartless, has a similar obsession with Iskandar akin to Waver's, only he wreaks far more havoc in his goal to summon him unlike Waver who was planning to use the next Holy Grail War to meet him.
  • Sinister Scythe: Gray's signature weapon which is actually an alternate form of Rhongomyniad, Artoria's Holy Spear.
  • Something About a Rose: Heine shows off his magical abilities by conjuring roses into his fellow guests' hands, so the manga has some panels of them posing attractively with them. The shot of Waver looking especially pretty with a rose held up to his face shows up again a couple chapters later... probably because it's so pretty.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Waver has absolutely no aptitude for combat, physical or magical. Thus it's Gray, who's a bit self-conscious about not taking to magical theory as quickly as she should, who has to fight his battles for him.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: This is Waver's specialty; he can analyze and predict magic—who casts it, how it works, what it will do. This horrifies other magi because it is believed that this removes its Mystery and will weaken it more.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Although Waver is the series's main character, the story follows the point of view of his personal apprentice, Gray.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • When Gray recognizes a plushie for a character on an incredibly saccharine children's show, she is very quick to assure the reader she's only heard about the show second-hand, she totally does not set her schedule around it, and she most certainly doesn't want the plushie for herself.
    • Lord El-Melloi II refuses to call his home a "flat", instead using "apartment" despite this not being common in British English. This has nothing to do with having emotions regarding the name "Flat."
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: This is essentially the plot of Volume I.
  • Tragic Dream: Waver was never able to get back into the Holy Grail War and see his King Iskander again.
  • Troll: Reines readily admits that she loves nothing more than fucking with people, especially Waver, and watching them squirm. Appointing him as the provisional El-Melloi II was less an act of benevolence than it was just a way to make his life entertainingly difficult and ruffle The Magocracy's feathers.
  • Witch Species: The capacity for magecraft is tied to a pseudo-nervous system of "magic circuits," the quality and quantity of which are genetically determined. Although these can be cultivated into elaborate networks called "magic crests" and passed on to someone else, such crests are subject to transplant rejection and thus can only be safely transferred to blood relatives. Thus, most magi typically cultivate magecraft less through self-improvement and more through eugenics and grooming heirs to their family's magic crest.
  • Wizarding School: The Clock Tower is one. Ironically, very little actual teaching occurs there outside of Waver's department, as magi are very protective of their ideas (and also don't believe education does much to improve magical ability). Instead, lecturers usually use classes as a smokescreen to scout prospective research assistants or subjects.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: The second novel revolves around the Gold and Silver Princesses, said to be the most beautiful people in the world. They're not a natural phenomenon; magic is often used to create them.
  • Yonkoma: There are several bonus comics in a magazine, with humorous anecdotes like Luvia playing with hand puppets.

Alternative Title(s): Lord Melloi II Case Files


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