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A New Fate/Grand Order Anime Will Appear on New Year’s Eve

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Fate Grand Order Anime

New Year’s Eve might be a time for kicking back with family and friends to ring in the next year of life, but Fate/Grand Order has other plans. Animated ones. As has become a yearly tradition for the Fate franchise (games included), a December 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve TV Special is scheduled to air. The program will include new reveals for Fate, including a new Fate/Grand Order anime short.

The tease was sent out via Tweet on December 2, 2020, and then via an update to the official website:

The anime was teased with an image of a bar and a small tuft of hair from a character crouching behind it. The sight may be familiar to fans of Fate and Tsukihime creator Type-MOON, as the background matches the decor of Ahnenerbe Café, a fictional interdimensional hangout straddling the many worlds of Type-MOON intellectual property. Run by cutesy renditions of Tsukihime characters, Ahnenerbe gained more prominence as the site of Carnival Phantasm, a comedy meta-series poking fun at Fate/Stay Night and Tsukihime and their related works. The new work, whatever it turns out to be, seems more explicitly a Fate/Grand Order anime, though.

Fate Grand Order Anime

The animated shorts and one-off projects have become something of a yearly tradition for the mega-franchise. 2016 saw the Fate/Grand Order anime episode First Order, which adapted the game’s “Singularity F” prologue. 2017 added Moonlight/Lostroom, a prequel of sorts for the game’s Cosmos in the Lostbelt expansion, that later became the setting for the FGO Waltz rhythm game. 2018 debuted the largest-scale project: The first episode of The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II, an anime series spun off from Fate/Zero and starring the detective adventures of Waver Velvet (known in Fate/Grand Order as Zhuge Liang). 2019 aired “Episode 0” of the Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia anime series, which told the origin story of FGO heroine Mash Kyrielight.

Those looking for more will also see new material from the first Fate/Grand Order Camelot feature film, as well as content focused on the third Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel film, the game edition of Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family (currently delayed indefinitely), and the remake of Fate/Extra.

The new anime will air on December 31st, 2020. Fate/Grand Order itself is available on iOS and Android, and its many anime projects are available on streaming services and video.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.