Fate/Grand Order and its core Fate franchise are well-known for having a different and expansive multiverse, however the puppetry-based dimension of Thunderbolt Fantasy is perhaps a new one for the model. That’s precisely what occurred, due to a collaboration movie launched for April Fools’ Day 2021 in Japan.

The quick, merely titled the Fate/Grand Order x Thunderbolt Fantasy Collaboration Film, options the principle characters of Thunderbolt Fantasy, the swordsman Shāng Bù Huàn and the scholar Lǐn Xuě Yā having it out with a masked villain. The villain makes use of his mystic eyes to take management of Shāng Bù Huàn’s physique, and Lǐn Xuě Yā opts to summon help from throughout the scale. Help comes within the type of Fate poster lady Altria Pendragon, who unleashes her Noble Phantasm to dispatch the villain.

Thunderbolt Fantasy is a TV collection co-produced between the Japanese corporations Nitroplus and Good Smile and Taiwan-based Pili International. The present is notable for its use of puppetry and wuxia-style motion cinematography alongside CG particular results. Written by Fate/Zero creator Gen Urobuchi, two seasons aired in Japan and there are two theatrical movies.

NOW Games’ Youtube channel additionally launched a transient behind-the-scenes reel exhibiting off the work that went into producing this quick. It featured the puppeteers manipulating the figures, organising results photographs and destructible props, and even the crew bodily throwing puppets throughout the set for “stunts.”

The Thunderbolt Fantasy characters are voiced in Japanese by their respective voice actors. Shāng Bù Huàn is voiced by Junichi Suwabe, who additionally voices Archer/Emiya within the Fate franchise), and Lǐn Xuě Yā is voiced by Kohsuke Toriumi, who seems in FGO as Robin Hood. Toriumi can be the Japanese voice of Genshin Impact‘s Kaeya. Fate/Grand Order‘s Altria is voiced by Ayako Kawasumi.

Fate/Grand Order is straight away out there on Android and iOS, and is presently working its Ooku occasion. Thunderbolt Fantasy may be streamed on Crunchyroll in numerous territories. Its third season will premiere on April 4, 2021 in Japan, following a delay in manufacturing attributable to COVID-19.