Yesterday the Fire Emblem Cipher team hosted another exciting seasonal livestream for Cipher fans! Hibiku Yamamura, the voice actress for Rinea from Fire Emblem Echoes, joined Ryota Kawade and Young to host the show.
After a bit of banter, they jumped right in to showing off some promotional goodies for S9. Instead of holo marker cards this time around, each box will contain a reprinted promo card. The two cards available in S9 boxes are of Lilina from Binding Blade and Elincia from Path of Radiance. Both cards were originally included in Japanese magazines.
Packaged in with the reprint promos are two preview promotional cards for S10. These cards feature Alphonse and Sharena, two of the original characters from Fire Emblem Heroes, as Lord and Princess respectively. These cards are particularly interesting as they feature no symbol or colour! Like all preview promos, these cards use the official art for these characters.
Additional goodies include the previously revealed promo sleeves, as well as some Cipher-related Echoes DLC. VincentASM already detailed all of the DLC details in his earlier article, so please check it out if you’re interested!
At Winter Wonder Festival 2017, held in Japan today, Good Smile Company teased a nendoroid figure of Sakura, the youngest Hoshidan sibling from Fire Emblem Fates.
She will be following in the footsteps of female Corrin and Elise, the former who is receiving a nendoroid figure in August 2017 and the latter whose figure was released back in late 2016.
It’s quite surprising for Sakura to join the gang, since she was the least popular royal in Japan (where the nendoroid is being marketed) based on the official website poll.
That said, she didn’t perform too badly in the recent Choose Your Legends global poll, securing a place in the Top 20 females from throughout the series.
So it wasn’t 100% guaranteed that she would be getting a figure, although of course I’m super glad that she is!
When one door closes, another door opens. Just yesterday, it was revealed that the Fire Emblem Fates manga by Yusuke Kozaki wouldn’t be coming to fruition (or at least, not in the near future)
Artwork from FE Cipher.
Perhaps Mr. Kozaki was teasing us at the same time, because a new Fire Emblem Fates manga has just been announced in the latest volume of Monthly Zero Sum, although it will be illustrated by Tama Yugyoji instead.
Titled “Fire Emblem Fates: The Crown of Nibelungen”, this manga adaptation is set to focus on Leo, the youngest Nohrian prince–and one of the most popular Fates characters in Japan.
It will debut in the March edition of Monthly Zero Sum, which hits bookshelves on 28th January 2017 (in Japan).
This should come as no surprise to anyone, but the Fire Emblem Fates manga subtly announced back in July 2015 has been subtly put on hold or outright cancelled.
Few details were known about the manga, except that Yusuke Kozaki and Shin Kibayashi–the artist and story director for Fates respectively–would be teaming up and that the manga would be debuting before the end of 2015.
However after that window passed and there was no more news about the manga, it became clear that it probably wasn’t going to happen. Perhaps the announcement was merely a figment of our imagination? Not quite.
In a recent tweet, Mr. Kozaki confessed that the plans for the manga are currently on hold, for reasons undisclosed.
Regarding the Fire Emblem manga, due to various circumstances, right now the plans have essentially been suspended. Everyone who was looking forward to it, we are deeply sorry. Personally speaking, I would like to draw FE as a manga one way or another.
While it’s not 100% clear from the wording whether the manga is still happening or not, from the way Mr. Kozaki ends the tweet, it does sound like it’s not going to happen any time soon…