New TV series reaches out to global audience

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The new animated TV series “Fate/Zero” will be simultaneously streamed worldwide in October with subtitles in eight different languages, the anime’s website said.

The series, the latest installment of the internationally popular “Fate” franchise, will be available in Japanese on the Nico Nico Douga video-sharing website’s Nico Nico Channel and will carry Korean, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish subtitles.

The first episode of “Fate/Zero” premieres on Japanese television on Saturday, Oct. 1 and will be streamed at 1 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) on Sunday, Oct. 2. Subsequent episodes will be posted at 12:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Each episode will be free outside Japan. The subtitles will be automatically selected based on the language setting of the browser.

To encourage overseas Internet users to sign up for Nico Nico Douga, the account registration page will accommodate multiple languages. In Japan, the episodes will be simultaneously streamed on Nico Nico Live and the Nico Nico Channel.

An increasing number of animated TV series are streamed online worldwide shortly after broadcast, but simultaneous streaming with subtitles in eight languages is unprecedented. Aniplex Inc., which produced the series, and Nico Nico Douga operator Niwango Co. cooperated on the project.

For detailed information, visit the anime’s official website at (http://www.fate-zero.jp/) and Nico Nico Channel’s page at (http://ch.nicovideo.jp/channel/fate-zero).

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