Visual novel with voices, HD graphics launches in English this winter for PS4, Switch
Type-Moon began streaming an English trailer on Monday for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch release of its Mahōtsukai no Yoru (Witch on the Holy Night) visual novel. Aniplex debuted the video at Anime Expo on Sunday.
Aniplex and Type-Moon previously announced they would release the game in Japan in December with support for Japanese, English, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese text. The above video states the English release will be this winter.
The original visual novel’s story is set in the late 1980s, and centers on protagonist Aoko Aozaki, one of two sister heirs to a long family line of modern mages. Although she is disinterested in magic, she is suddenly declared as the heir of their family’s magical art, and reluctantly begins her apprenticeship under Alice Kuonji, a young witch who lives in a lonely manor atop a hill. Aoko balances her duties of learning the arcane, while also serving as her school’s student council president. She also makes the acquaintance of Sōjūrō Shizuki, a new transfer student who is unfamiliar with much of the modern world, and contends with the plots of her older sister Tōko Aozaki, who feels that her birthright her has been denied.
Mahōtsukai no Yoru was one of the first collaborations between Kinoko Nasu and artist Takashi Takeuchi in the mid-90s, preceding their founding of Type-Moon. Initially a novel, Nasu and Takeuchi only showed the draft to friends and did not officially release it. Type-Moon eventually developed it into a visual novel with graphics by Hirokazu Koyama that shipped in April 2012, with two sequences planned.
The game is inspiring an anime film by ufotable.
The story is noted for being one of the few tangible connections in the loosely connected “Nasuverse,” the English-speaking fan term for the shared universe and cosmology in Type-Moon‘s works, including Tsukihime, Fate/stay nightand The Garden of Sinners. An older Aoko Aozaki is an early mentor to Tsukihime protagonist Shiki Tohno, while an older Tōko Aozaki is an employer to Garden of Sinners protagonist Shiki Ryōgi. Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-the remake of Type-Moon‘s Tsukihime dōjin visual novel game, launched in Japan for PS4 and Switch in August 2021.
Sources: Fate/Grand Order panel at Anime Expo (Bamboo Dong), Witch on the Holy Night game’s Twitter account