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“Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files” Novels Get Anime TV Series; Crunchyroll to Simulcast

Earlier today, the Fate Project Ōmisoka TV Special 2018 (Fate Project New Year’s Eve TV Special 2018) hit Japanese TV. During the show, news broke that Makoto Sanda’s Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files (Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo) will get an anime TV series.

The project will be titled Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note (Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo -Rail Zeppelin Grace note-) when it airs in July 2019.

An official website and Twitter account for the project opened their doors, which include the first cast and crew, a key visual, and the “Episode 0” special. At 11:05AM EST (8:05AM PST) today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream the series as part of Summer 2019 simulcast lineup in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

We break the details down below.

Episode 0

Crunchyroll currently streams the 24-minute episode, titled A Grave Keeper, a Cat, and a Mage, in subtitled format. The installment serves as a prequel to the main events from the greater series.

A minute-long trailer also hit the web, which you can check out below.

Key Visual

The image features the titular Lord El-Melloi II in his study, with the rest of the cast.

 Lord El-Melloi IIs Case Files Anime Visual


Makoto Katō (Bloom Into You, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation) was tapped to direct the series at Troyca, with Jun Nakai (Mardock Scramble, GATE) providing character designs. Ukyō Kodachi (Chaos Dragon) is in charge of series composition.

Yuki Kajiura (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is scoring the soundtrack at Magic Capsule. Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Supervisor: Ei Aoki
  • Art Director: Akira Itō (Studio ARA)
  • Art Design: Ryū Sakamoto (BIC Studio)
  • Prop Design: Kazutaka Ema
  • Color Key Artist: Mariko Shinohara
  • Director of Photography: Tomonobu Kato
  • CG Director: Mitsutaka Iguchi
  • Editor: Syota Migiyama
  • Animation Producer: Toshiyuki Nagano
  • Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
  • Occult Research: Kiyomune Miwa


The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Lord El-Melloi II: Daisuke Namikawa
  • Gray: Reina Ueda
  • Add: Daisuke Ono
  • Reines El-Melloi Archisorte: Inori Minase
  • Flat Escardos: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
  • Svin Glascheit: Seiichirō Yamashita
  • Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia: Yūsuke Kobayashi

Crunchyroll describes Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note as:

Waver Velvet – The boy who fought side by side with the King of Conquerors – Iskandar – during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero.

Time has passed, and the mature Waver has now adopted the name of Lord El-Melloi.

As Lord El-Melloi II, he challenges numerous magical and mystical cases in the Clock Tower, the mecca of all mages—–

Based on the popular novel by Makoto Sanda, this incredible story has finally been made into a new animated series. In this series, a fan favorite “Rail Zeppelin” arc will be featured as well as original episodes that will lead to the arc.

Animation production is in the hands of studio TROYCA (Re:CREATORS), renowned for its sophisticated and colorful style.

The young and talented Makoto Kato, who made his directorial debut with the acclaimed Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, has been appointed as director. He has been both domestically and internationally acknowledged for his brilliant animation style in Yagate Kimi ni Naru.

Many other talented creators have joined this program. Ei Aoki, director of Fate/Zero has been appointed as a supervisor to create a unique worldview. Yuki Kajiura, notable for music composition in Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, has been brought on to create the world of the series staged in London.

The series will dig deep into the core of TYPE-MOON’s “mages’ world,” depicting a story shrouded in mystery, illusion, magic and riddles. Get ready, for an epic animated show is about to begin!

Sources: Comic Natalie, Animate Times, Crunchyroll

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