Fate/Apocrypha (Japanese: フェイト/アポクリファ, Hepburn: Feito/Apokurifa) is a Japanese light novel series in Type-Moon's Fate franchise, written by Yūichirō Higashide and illustrated by Ototsugu Konoe. Type-Moon published five volumes from December 2012 to December 2014. A manga adaptation illustrated by Akira Ishida is serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comp Ace magazine. An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures premiered in July 2017.

The cover of the first Fate/Apocrypha novel featuring Ruler (center), Rider of Black (right), Berserker of Red (upper right), Lancer of Black (upper left), and Rider of Red (left)
Light novel
Written byYūichirō Higashide
Illustrated byOtotsugu Konoe
Published byType-Moon
Original runDecember 29, 2012December 28, 2014
Written byYūichirō Higashide
Illustrated byAkira Ishida
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineComp Ace
Original runJune 25, 2016 – present
Anime television series
Directed byYoshiyuki Asai
Produced byShizuka Kurosaki
Yoshiyuki Shiotani
Tomoyuki Ohwada
Written byYūichirō Higashide
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed byNetflix (streaming)
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, MBS
Original run July 2, 2017 December 30, 2017


The story is set in a parallel world to original Fate/stay night, where the House of Einzbern summoned a Ruler rather than an Avenger in the Third Holy Grail War, and the Holy Grail was removed from Fuyuki City to Romania after the war. Thus the events of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero never happened. It focuses on the conflict between the two opposing factions, Red and Black, each summoning seven Servants and the Grail itself summoning a special Ruler-class servant as a mediator of the Holy Grail War. The Red faction members are mages sent by the Clock Tower Mage's Association, while the Black faction members are part of a Romanian group of magi called Yggdmillennia.


Light novels

Fate/Apocrypha is written by Yūichirō Higashide and illustrated by Ototsugu Konoe. Fate/Apocrypha was originally introduced as a canceled project for an online game, with various details and character designs by various artists collected in Fate/complete material IV Extra material. In November 2011, it was announced as a new project called Fate/Apocrypha,[2] and in early December, Higashide confirmed on Twitter that he is writing Fate/Apocrypha as a light novel.[3] On December 15, 2011, in the seventh volume of Type-Moon Ace magazine, it was first published as a short story penned by Higashide as the first chapter.[4] Although some story elements were present, the short story itself has no relation to the final version of the story presented in the novels. The original planned number of books was four, but Higashide later confirmed that the story was eventually extended to five books.[5] The defunct original online game project has since been rebooted as Fate/Grand Order.

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1Gaiten: Seihai Taisen
December 29, 2012[6]
2Kuro no Rinbu / Aka no Saiten
August 16, 2013[7]
3Seijin no Gaisen
December 29, 2013[8]
4Shiten no Hai
May 30, 2014[9]
5Jaryū to Seijo
December 28, 2014[10]


A manga adaptation, illustrated by Akira Ishida, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Comp Ace magazine with the August 2016 issue sold on June 25.[11][12]

No.Release date ISBN
1 August 26, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4-04-104684-5
2 January 26, 2017[14]ISBN 978-4-04-105220-4
3 June 24, 2017[15]ISBN 978-4-04-105765-0
4 October 24, 2017[16]ISBN 978-4-04-106099-5
5 January 26, 2018[17]ISBN 978-4-0410-6487-0
6 July 26, 2018[18]ISBN 978-4-0410-7166-3
7 February 26, 2019[19]ISBN 978-4-0410-7811-2
8 November 26, 2019[20]ISBN 978-4-0410-8687-2


An anime television series, directed by Yoshiyuki Asai and produced by A-1 Pictures, premiered on July 2, 2017 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[21][22] The series ran for 25 episodes.[23] Yūichirō Higashide wrote the scripts, Yūkei Yamada designed the characters, and Masaru Yokoyama composed the music.[24] The series is streamed on Netflix in Japan.[25] The first twelve episodes of the series began streaming on Netflix outside of Japan on November 7, 2017.[26] Aniplex of America later released the series on Blu-ray in two sets on November 20, 2018 and February 12, 2019 with a full English dub.[27] Madman Entertainment acquired the series for home video release in Australia and New Zealand,[28] and MVM Entertainment acquired the series for home video in the UK and Ireland.[29]


From episodes 1-12, the first opening theme is "Eiyū: Unmei no Uta" (英雄 運命の詩, "Heroes: Song of Fate") by Egoist while the ending theme is "Désir" (Desire) by Garnidelia.[30] From episodes 13 onwards, the second opening theme is "Ash" by LiSA while the ending theme is "Koe" by Asca.[31] The series' soundtrack, consisting of two CDs, was composed by Masaru Yokoyama.


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  6. "Fate/Apocrypha vol,1 「外典:聖杯大戦」" (in Japanese). Type-Moon. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. "Fate/Apocrypha vol,2 「黒の輪舞/赤の祭典」" (in Japanese). Type-Moon. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  8. "Fate/Apocrypha vol,3 「聖人の凱旋」" (in Japanese). Type-Moon. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  9. "Fate/Apocrypha vol,4 「熾天の杯」" (in Japanese). Type-Moon. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  10. "Fate/Apocrypha vol,5 「邪竜と聖女」" (in Japanese). Type-Moon. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  11. "コンプエースで石田あきら描く「Fate/Apocrypha」開始、付録は「なのは」扇子" (in Japanese). Natalie. June 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
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  13. "Fate/Apocrypha (1)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  14. "Fate/Apocrypha (2)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  15. "Fate/Apocrypha (3)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  16. "Fate/Apocrypha (4)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  17. "Fate/Apocrypha (5)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  18. "Fate/Apocrypha (6)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  19. "Fate/Apocrypha (7)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  20. "Fate/Apocrypha (8)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  21. "Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Reveals New Promo Video, Cast, July Premiere". Anime News Network. March 25, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  22. "Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Unveils July 1 Premiere, New Visual". Anime News Network. June 10, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  23. "Fate/Apocrypha TV Anime Gets 25 Episodes". Anime News Network. July 2, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  24. "Fate/Apocrypha Novels' TV Anime Announced With Trailer". Anime News Network. December 31, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  25. "Errata: Aniplex USA Does Not Announce Fate/Apocrypha Anime". Anime News Network. April 15, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  26. "Fate/Apocrypha Anime to Premiere on Netflix on November 7". Anime News Network. July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  27. "Aniplex USA Announces English Dub Cast of Fate/Apocrypha Anime". Anime News Network. September 23, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  28. "Fate/apocrypha Part 1 (Eps 1-12) (Blu-ray)". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  29. "Fate/Apocrypha Part 1 (tbc) Blu-Ray". Anime On-Line. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  30. "EGOIST, GARNiDELiA Perform Fate/Apocrypha Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  31. "Fate/Apocrypha Anime Previews 2nd Cour, New Theme Song Artists in Promo Video". Anime News Network. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
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