Cipher: Series 4 Pre-release Livestream

Fire Emblem Cipher’s 4th expansion “Shimmering Illusions”–featuring characters from Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE–hits Japanese shelves on 17th March 2016.

Midori's voice actor and Yusuke Kozaki join the Cipher team.

Midori’s voice actor and Yusuke Kozaki join the Cipher team.

Before that though, the Cipher team held another pre-release live stream to hype the new Series 4 cards and indulge us with the latest and hottest Cipher updates.

Once again, special thanks to Kirie for providing all the images and details in this article (except the official image above).

The event opened with our hosts showing the contents of a Series 4 booster box. Like recent boxes, the Series 4 box includes one of two promotional cards (Roy or Micaiah) and one of two exclusive sleeves (Mystery of the Emblem or Awakening).

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As per tradition, the promotional cards feature characters from the next series (Series 5) using the official artworks from their game; the sleeve designs were shown before at the Winter livestream,

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Eager as always, Kawade delved deeper, unwrapping one of the 16 random booster packs, scoring himself Sedgar, Yashiro, Inigo and even a signed Toma.

After some discussion about upcoming tournament events in Japan, we’re treated to a TV commercial for Series 4.

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Next, Kawade headed over to the whiteboard to educate players in the way of Cipher. Naturally, this involved many new Series 4 cards as examples.

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Meanwhile, Kitanishi found plenty of ways to entertain himself, at one point cheekily waving a racy picture of Maiko from the recently released Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Visual Materials Collection in front of an bemused Takano.

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Anyway, back to more serious matters… Somebody needs to pull those shiny SR and signed cards and only special guest and illustrator, Yusuke Kozaki is badass enough for the task.

The fruits of his labour were…

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(Cordelia and Kiria)
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(Robin and Lucina)
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(Yashiro and Tsubasa)
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(Mamori and Nyna)
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(Toma and Eleanora)
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(Say’ri and Libra)

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Following Kozaki’s envious card-pulling adventures, the hosts teased some of his artwork from the upcoming Series 6: Oboro, Chrom and Hans.

While we’re here, they also took this opportunity to plug the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates official soundtrack, available from 27th April 2016.

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Moving on, we’re given more details of the closer–but still faraway–Series 5, “Beyond Strife”, starting with the design of the booster pack.

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From here, full artworks of Dieck, Elincia, Edward and Meg were shown to our dazzling eyes.

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Not to be content, the hosts continued with previously unseen assets from Series 6: a rough sketch of Xander and artworks of Maid Elise and Arvis. Ahh, too much excitement!

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Finally, to wrap up the event, the hosts briefly recapped the Series 4 release details and, for our convenience (and sweaty palms), showed off a montage of the 7 signed Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE cards.

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