Fates: New Drama CDs Revealed

Otomart, a Japanese online store that specialises in selling CDs and DVDs, recently added four Fire Emblem Fates drama CDs to their database (although they’ve currently been removed at the time of writing).

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For those unfamiliar with drama CDs, they’re collections of short episodes that you can listen to–the best Western comparison is probably a radio drama or audio book.

Drama CDs are quite popular in Japan, as they provide an easy and relatively low-cost way of expanding on the story or exploring fun, little side-stories. Previously, there was also a series of drama CDs for Awakening.

In addition to the separate drama CDs, there’s a collector’s edition box, which contains the four CDs plus extra goodies. Here are the details…

Fire Emblem Fates Birthright/Conquest Drama CD Complete Box

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Release Date 21st September 2016
Price 12,400 Yen (inc. tax)
Producer Tablier Communications inc.
Publisher Tablier Communications inc.
JAN Code 4531894681786
Product Code TSZS-0066

Note: If you buy the CDs separately, they cost 3,000 to 3,200 Yen each.

Exclusive Contents

  • A deluxe box to house the four drama CDs
  • A data CD with voice data from Fire Emblem Fates
  • 2 sheets of IC card stickers

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Takumi… Leo… a drama CD with a super-extravagant voice cast!

Points of Interest!

  • Fully supervised by Intelligent Systems
  • Newly written story by the development staff
  • Extravagant voice cast
  • Brand new publicity illustrations
  • A collection of voices from the game
  • Brand new official character illustrations

Voice Cast

  • Mamoru Miyano (Leo)
  • Katsuyuki Konishi (Xander)
  • Satomi Satō (Corrin F)
  • Takehito Koyasu (Niles)
  • Hidenori Takahashi (Odin)
  • Ryūichi Kijima (Laslow)
  • Ai Shimizu (Charlotte)
  • Yuichi Nakamura (Ryoma)
  • Yūki Kaji (Takumi)
  • Sayaka Ohara (Mikoto)
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki (Corrin M)
  • Lynn, Renka (Azura)
  • Daisuke Ono (Kaze)
  • Tarusuke Shingaki (Saizo)
  • Nozomi Sasaki (Felicia/Oboro)
  • Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Hinata/Hisame)
  • Ai Kakuma (Flora)

Specifications

  • Audio CD x4 + Data CD x1
  • 4-page booklet x4
  • A special box to house the four drama CDs
  • A data CD with voice data from Fire Emblem Fates
  • 2 sheets of IC card stickers

Individual CD Contents

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Fire Emblem Fates Birthright Drama CD Series [Takumi’s Prequel – Corrin’s Homecoming Tale]

  1. The Prince’s Homecoming
  2. The Nohrian Accomplice
  3. Hoshido’s First Battle
  4. Qualified for the Task
  5. A Pair of Hostages
  6. The Third Prince
  7. Concerns of the White Sky
  8. Waning Moon

Editor’s note: “White Sky” is literally “White Night”, a reference to Hoshido, which is the “White Nights Kingdom” in the Japanese version. So the track title has a double-meaning, the second being “Concerns of Hoshido”.

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Fire Emblem Fates Birthright Drama CD Series [Takumi’s Prequel – Decision Time Tale]

  1. Premonition of Hope, Before the Storm
  2. Hopeless Wish
  3. Unwavering Distance, Nearby Thoughts
  4. Moment of Fate
  5. Roar
  6. Loyal Warriors
  7. Questioned Mind
  8. Resolution

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Fire Emblem Fates Conquest Drama CD Series [Northern Fortress Tale – Leo and Xander’s Conflict]

  1. Princess in the Fort
  2. Big Brother and Little Brother
  3. Clouded Journey
  4. The Young Prince’s Anguish
  5. Impatience
  6. In the Rain
  7. Bonds that Call Each Other
  8. Dreaming of a Journey

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Fire Emblem Fates Conquest Drama CD Series [Corrin’s Birthday Tale – Turbulent My Castle]

  1. What kind of taste is this…?
  2. Big brother, you’re asking too directly
  3. Understanding what can be redeemed
  4. Calm down, my imagination
  5. Do you want to celebrate your birthday by yourself?
  6. I’m so happy… I’m s-so embarrassed—!
  7. There was no time to wear my armour
  8. If you asked me, Niles looks like a bad guy
  9. I believe there’s a reason for being born in this world

Some general comments…

The Birthright drama CDs seem to be from Takumi’s perspective, before he’s recruited in the storyline. So the first one may occur around the time Corrin returns to Hoshido, while the second one may take place near the Branch of Fate.

Meanwhile, the Conquest drama CDs are probably from female Corrin’s perspective. The first one obviously occurs during Corrin’s isolation in the Northern Fortress, while the second one seems to be slice-of-life fun in My Castle.

Interestingly, the characters featured are primarily the ones that ranked high in the official Japanese popularity polls. Most notably, Leo and Takumi are explicitly mentioned in the description blurb, while female Corrin and Takumi both have leading roles.

The other thing of major interest is the new character artwork, presumably by Yusuke Kozaki. If you stare hard at the pictures of the stickers, you can make out new artwork of Hinata, Niles and Odin. Will there be more in the booklets?

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  • kiu

    I’m surprised that Mikoto, Flora, and Charlotte are appearing in the drama cds while none of the royal sisters are even mentioned at all. Especially Camilla and Elise since they were placed pretty high in the popularity polls too.

    • Aveyn Knight

      Yeah, I found the latter weird. Perhaps there were scheduling conflicts? From the sound of things, there probably won’t be any more CDs after this (since they already offered the complete box).

      • Madoka

        It will depends entirely on sales, as always. If it sell well I suppose there will be another CD or Set for Revelations b/c this is mostly Conquest/Birthright.

  • kai

    Where could you buy or pre order this?

  • *after zooming in on the low-res pics of the other character’s official art* Well I’m surprised Niles doesn’t have a more….sadistic looking pose? Plus it looks like we’re going to be getting some side-butt from Odin (freaking Zero in the way) and he has some pretty good legs there. I’m a thigh and ass-man and proud of it.