An interesting development for all you Fate fans out there. Netflix recently added Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works as part of the August update to the streaming service’s line up. The series being added to the Netflix queue wasn’t all too surprising as Fate/Zero has been on Netflix for years now, so it’s only natural that the sequel would follow along eventually. What is slightly more surprising, however, is that Netflix has now added the English dub version of the first season of Fate/Stay Night: UBW.
The dub coming to Netflix isn’t much of a shock, it a surprise because it hasn’t even been 10 days since the Japanese subbed version Fate/Stay Night: UBW. What’s more, Aniplex of America is set to release the Blu-Ray for Fate/Stay Night: UBW on August 25th. While the limited edition version of the release will certainly drive some sales, it’s a bit of a shock as it feels almost counter intuitive to make the dub available for streaming before trying to sell the physical copies.
Maybe there’s more to it than that. Maybe those that buy the physical copies are bound to do so whether it’s available online or not. Or maybe the dub being made available to stream is being used to drive interest in purchasing the physical copies. I’m sure it makes sense somehow. I don’t know all there is to know about marketing after all, I’m not Don Draper. But, from my perspective, it was a bit of a shock and still seems counter intuitive.
Tony Oliver is serving as the English Voice Director & ADR Script Writer for Fate/Stay Night: UBW‘s English dub and the cast is listed as follows:
Shirou Emiya : Bryce Papenbrook
Saber : Kari Wahlgren
Rin Tohsaka : Mela Lee
Archer : Kaiji Tang
Sakura Matou : Cristina Vee
Illyasviel von Einzbern : Stephanie Sheh
Soichiro Kuzuki : Lex Lang
Lancer : Tony Oliver
Caster : Megan Hollingshead
Assassin : Todd Haberkorn
Rider : Melissa Fahn
Taiga Fujimura : Julie Ann Taylor
Shinji Matou : Kyle McCarley
Issei Ryudou : Robbie Daymond
Kirei Kotomine : Crispin Freeman
Kiritsugu Emiya : Matthew Mercer
The blonde servant : David Earnest
For those interested in watching the series in it’s original form, you can also find the subbed version of the series on Crunchyroll and Hulu. Crunchyroll streamed the series as the seasons aired in Japan and describes the series as:
Fuyuki City—a city surrounded by the ocean and the mountains becomes the setting for an age-old ritual. To realize the mythical Holy Grail, which is said to grant any wish from its possessor, seven masters are given seven heroic spirits chosen by the Grail… Each master will enter into a contract with their assigned servants and battle the other masters and servants to the death until only one pair remains… This is the “Holy Grail War.”