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The summer season of anime is almost upon us. As is customary, the writers of Anime Now! each chose a series that they’re looking forward to the most. Is there any doubt which one mine would be?

For the upcoming summer season of anime, I have picked Fate/Apocrypha as my most anticipated series. I know that I have previously stated that I have rules when selecting my most anticipated picks, but sometimes fandom trumps all rules.

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Fate/Apocrypha is a story based in the world of Fate/stay night—where magic is real and magic users regularly battle over a holy grail that will grant any wish. The basic setup is the same, with seven classes of summoned beings, called Servants, fighting each other in epic battles. However, Apocrypha adds a twist with there being fifteen Servants instead of the usual seven.

One of the most appealing things about the expansive Fate franchise is the treatment of the various summoned Servants. Various beings from legend and lore, the Servants have always been captivating characters. Despite being a battle royale where only one can survive to the end, the series always makes the Servants so charismatic that you end up not wanting any of them to get eliminated.

I’ve already written numerous times about my love for the smartphone game, Fate/Grand Order. A sort of all-encompassing game, Servants from pretty much every series in the franchise make an appearance in it. As a result, I already know the true identity of most of the Servants that will be appearing in Fate/Apocrypha and much of their backgrounds. That said, I still can’t wait to see them in action and the drama that will happen between the Servants and the Masters that summon them.

Generally when it comes to stories that I like, I tend to gravitate to contemplative series that have concepts that I can spend time wrapping my head around and intellectually unwrap. However, when it comes to the Fate series, the base concept and rules are already so interesting I wouldn’t care if it was just straightforward action from start to finish.

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For me, Fate is a “playground” series. The world settings are so entertaining and have such potential that I find myself thinking about them and their implications long after seeing an episode of a series or reading a chapter of a manga or a bout of playing a game—did I mention that it’s an expansive franchise? I look forward to what sort of concepts and entertainment Fate/Apocrypha will be bringing this summer season that I’ll be mulling over in my head for the foreseeable future.

Fate/Apocrypha will begin airing in Japan on July 1, 2017. No simulcast information has been announced at this time.

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