The PSP game Fate/EXTRA will be released in the US in just one month, thanks to the unexpected localization by Aksys Games, but people that never played the games of the Fate/stay night series now have a chance to get acquainted with the setting in advance.
For the first time in the history of Anime the TV series Fate/ZERO is being officially streamed simultaneously for the international audience on the Japanese video website Nico Nico Douga thanks to a collaboration with Aniplex. The series features voices in Japanese and subtitles in eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese.
The language of the subtitles is selected automatically based on the settings of your browser and a special registration page in all eight languages has been made available for international users that may want to register to Nico Nico Douga in order to view the video in full screen or post in the infamous on-screen comment stream (a hint, to deactivate it just click on the little balloon on the bottom left of the screen, it’s fun, but you won’t see much if you leave it on).
The first episode is already available here, and the remaining 24 episodes will be made available every Sunday at 12:30 AM Japan Time. Each episode will be available for free only until the next one is posted, so you have a week to watch them.
The series is a prequel to the original Fate/stay night game, and if the games (and previous anime adaptations) are any indication, it’ll be definitely complex and full of plot twists. It’s produced by studio Ufotable, the same that created the anime cutscenes of Tales of Xillia.