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Witch on the Holy Night English Release, FGO, Tsukihime Links Explained

Everything you should know about Mahotsukai no Yoru, the newly announced game and anime by Type-Moon and Ufotable

April 16, 2022

Type-Moon announced on December 27, 2021, that Witch on the Holy Night (Mahotsukai no Yoru), officially shortened to Mahoyo, will receive an anime adaptation by Studio Ufotable, the studio behind Demon Slayer – moreover, on December 31, 2021, a new Witch on the Holy Night remake game was announced for PS4 and Switch.

The announcement was made for the 25th anniversary of the “release” of the original Witch on the Holy Night novel by Kinoko Nasu. We explained below everything you should know about the series and how it is connected to Tsukihime (Melty Blood), Fate (FGO), The Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyoukai), and the Nasuverse as a whole, without spoilers.

What is Witch on the Holy Night (Mahotsukai no Yoru)?

Witch on the Holy Night is originally a novel written by Kinoko Nasu in 1996 but which wasn’t “officially” released outside of his group of friends. Kinoko Nasu is the writer who co-founded Type-Moon together with his friend and illustrator Takashi Takeuchi. The novel was adapted into a PC visual novel for all ages released on April 12, 2012, only in Japan. A fully-voiced remake of this game will be released in December 2022 on PS4 and Switch in multiple languages – Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Why the English release of Mahotsukai no Yoru on PS4 and Switch is historical

This is not only the first time that Witch on the Holy Night gets officially localized in English, it’s the first time a pure Type-Moon visual novel is officially localized as well. While Type-Moon worked on games like 428 Shibuya Scrumble, it was a joint project with Spike Chunsoft.

The Mahotsukai no Yoru 2012 game is considered to be one of the best visual novels ever. Most notably thanks to its incredible screenplay. The game’s illustrations were handled by Hirokazu Koyama, who didn’t illustrate as many Type-Moon works as Takashi Takeuchi, but he has been working with Type-Moon for a while. Hirokazu Koyama published a special illustration of Aoko Aozaki to celebrate the anime’s reveal.

Aozaki Aoko by Koyama Hirokazu

Witch on the Holy Night – Anime Details so far (April 12, 2022, Update)

Type-Moon and Ufotable confirmed in the initial announcement that the Witch on the Holy Night anime will be a movie. Rumors of a Mahoyo movie surfaced earlier in December 2021, when the domain name mahoyo-movie was found. The official site is now open.

Later on, Type-Moon announced in Type-Moon Ace Magazine Volume 14, released on April 12, 2022, that the Witch on the Holy Night anime movie will release in Japan in 2023. You can easily expect it’ll take several months for the movie to release in the West after its Japanese release.

Who is Aoko Aozaki, the Protagonist of Witch on the Holy Night? Age, Powers and Abilities

The protagonist of Witch on the Holy Night is genius magician Aoko Aozaki, a name that should ring a bell if you’re familiar with the Nasuverse. Witch on the Holy Night stars a younger, 17 years old Aoko attending high school, and she most notably doesn’t sport her iconic vividly red hair seen in Tsukihime or Fate. The story takes place in the 80s, many years before Tsukihime.

Aoko has a strong, cheerful personality as displayed in Witch on the Holy Night seeing she’s the student council president at her high school. As for her fighting style, Aoko fights using martial arts and magic bullets akin to shooting blue lasers. Lastly, as the successor of her grandfather’s Fifth Magic, Aoko can alter time and reality.

To give you a spoiler-free summary, Witch on the Holy Night deals with Aoko’s beginnings as a magician after her grandfather and leader of the Aozaki family suddenly decided to name her as his successor. This was a last-minute change as Aoko’s older sister Touko Aozaki was always supposed to inherit him, so this event sours the relationship between the two sisters.

In order to learn magic, Aoko starts living in the mansion of Alice Kuonji, a girl around her age but who is much more experimented with magic. To crown it all, Aoko ends up being seen using magic by Soujyurou Shizuki, one of the boys at her school. While Alice initially orders Aoko to kill Soujyurou to keep the existence of magicians a secret, they ultimately decide to let Soujyurou live with them in the mansion to monitor him.

Anime reveal trailer and first key visual with Aoko and Alice

Witch on the Holy Night PS4, Switch Game Main Visual, Voice Actors Revealed

Via the release of Type-Moon Ace Magazine Volume 14 on April 12, 2022, Type-Moon revealed the main cast featured in the Witch on the Holy Night anime and game. A new key visual for the game was also revealed, featuring Soujyurou Shizuki, Alice Kuonji, and Aoko Aozaki. I detailed the cast below along with some mainstream anime character examples so you can know which seiyuu we’re talking about right away.

  • Aoko Aozaki – Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna in Sword Art Online)
  • Soujyurou Shizuki – Yusuke Kobayashi (Senku in Dr. Stone)
  • Alice Kuonji – Kana Hanazawa (Mitsuri Kanroji in Demon Slayer)
  • Kojika Kumari – Chika Anzai (Chise Asukagawa in SSSS Dynazenon)
  • Housuke Kinomi – Shohei Kajikawa (Hien in Log Horizon)
  • Tobimaru Tsukiji – Toshinari Fukamachi (Hajime in Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest)

The first story written by Nasu that started the Nasuverse was Mahotsukai no Yoru, released in 1996. Later on came the Kara no Kyoukai The Garden of Sinners novels in 1998. Studio Ufotable adapted these novels into seven anime movies released from 2007 to 2009.

Kara no Kyoukai most notably features Aoko’s older sister Touko as one of its main characters. Touko acts as the mentor and employer of the story’s protagonist Ryougi Shiki. Touko most notably helps Ryougi control her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Long story short these are one-of-a-kind magic eyes that lets Ryougi see lines on anything, and cutting these lines kills the target whoever or whatever they are.

The Kara no Kyoukai The Garden of Sinners anime movies were highly successful. Hence why Studio Ufotable handles every Nasuverse anime nowadays such as the anime adaptations of FGO. Younger anime fans associate Ufotable with Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba, but older fans when hearing Ufotable immediately think of the Nasuverse (and tax evasion, but that’s another story).

Touko and Ryougi Shiki in Kara no Kyoukai

Tsukihime is originally a PC game released by Type-Moon in 2000. It’s basically the third part of the Nasuverse, after Mahoyo and Kara no Kyoukai. The protagonist of Tsukihime is Tohno Shiki, who during his childhood, suddenly earned the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, the same ability as Ryougi Shiki, though the two characters are completely unrelated except for sharing the same first name.

A few days later after awakening his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, Tohno ended up meeting with Aoko, who was already an adult and a full-fledged magician at that point. They became friends and Touko helped out Tohno by giving him special glasses. Aoko stole these glasses from her sister Touko, and they can return a magic eyes’ user’s vision back to normal. While it technically doesn’t cancel Tohno’s powers, as the lines still exist even if he can’t see them, it allows him to lead a normal life until high school.

All of this happens in the prologue of Tsukihime, and Aoko doesn’t appear in the game itself. The actual Tsukihime game, to give you a spoiler-free summary, deals with Tohno’s involvement with vampires and the members of the church who hunt them.

Last but to least, it’s interesting to take a look at Tsukihime – A piece of blue glass moon –. The Tsukihime remake that released in 2021. The game’s first opening anime sequence has the exact same shot of Aoko looking over her shoulder as in the Witch on the Holy Night key visual. Tsukihime Remake also has a sequel in development. After years of the Fate part of Nasuverse getting all the honors thanks to FGO, more and more Tsukihime related projects are happening now.

Aoko Aozaki is playable in fighting game spinoff Melty Blood

Tsukhime also has a fighting game spinoff series called Melty Blood. A new game called Melty Blood Type Lumina was released in 2021 on PC and all consoles, and Aoko Aozaki is one of the playable characters. You can get a very clear idea of Aoko’s fighting style and personality by checking out the Melty Blood Type Lumina gameplay video below.

The Fate franchise is pretty detached from Mahotsukai no Yoru, Kara no Kyoukai, Tsukihime, Melty Blood, etc. Long story short, The Fate series is set in an alternate universe. Even if the Tsukihime universe and Fate universe share characters, there are very few links between the two, and most characters from one series only appear as short cameos in the other.

For example, Aoko only directly appears in Fate/Extra, a PSP visual novel with dungeon crawler RPG elements. Fate/Extra and its sequel Fate/Extra CCC made Nasu realize he should greatly expand the Fate universe, creating FGO, one of the most popular mobile games in Japan. Fate/Extra currently has a remake in development. A live stream for the remake was held back in 2020. Read our summaries here and here.

Lastly, you might be wondering about how to get into the Nasuverse and if you’ll be fine playing Witch on the Holy Night when it releases in English. The answer is yes, you can totally start with Witch on the Holy Night.

Witch on the Holy Night. like all other works in the Nasuverse, is pretty much a standalone story. At the end of the day, each part of the Nasuverse can be enjoyed on its own. When Witch on the Holy Night releases on PS4 and Switch in 2022, it will be a great way to enter the franchise even if you don’t know anything about it.

You’ll enjoy the Nasuvese even more if you can connect the dots. But it’s fine if you don’t. The Nasuverse isn’t the MCU with post-credit cliffhangers leading to another material. It’s much better, and each part doesn’t have a direct influence on one another.

That’s all for our introduction of Witch on the Holy Night, which has a game coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in English in December 2022, and an anime movie by Ufotable releasing in 2023. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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