Cipher Final Livestream Recap: Looking back on five years of FE Cipher

Welcome to our recap of the very last episode of the regularly scheduled show about Fire Emblem Cipher, where Intelligent Systems broadcasts news about the Japanese trading card game.

Another look at Cipher‘s curtain call for its final set: an ensemble of lead characters from across history joining as thirteen Super Rare cards. Hit the image for its full size.

We’ll be touching on the highlights of the livestream for all your Cipher needs, so continue reading to learn more.

We begin the show with our opening hosts: Tsutomu Kitanishi (Cipher project chief, left), Ryota Kawade (Cipher producer, right), and Lynn (voice of Azura, center). Before they begin reintroducing the final set, they ask Lynn to read off Azura’s new SR cards which were revealed this past week.

Series 22 is Cipher‘s final booster expansion to the TCG, a set titled The Heroes’ Paean which features characters from just about every Fire Emblem you can name, including spin-off titles. It hits stores quite soon, starting October 1st. Most of today’s episode is spent opening packs from this booster as part of a celebration of the upcoming release, and we get to see some brand-new cards in the process, which we’ll show in just a bit.

Don’t forget the other happenings kicking off on the same date as the release! Acrylic keychains of select characters from the set are being bundled with Cipher purchases for a limited time, tournaments will begin circulating the last batch of unique promo cards, and pack battles will take place across store with various giveaways including special marker cards and past promo cards of the Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude from Three Houses.

For the last two months of the year, even more such special marker cards will be handed out at tourneys too, based on cards from the final set.

For November, they are: Marth, Deirdre, Ninian, and female Robin
For December, they are: Soren, Azura, male Byleth, and Tiki

From January to March next year, official tourneys will hand out an all-new promo card of Emma, its design currently being a work in progress.

If you’re just getting into the scene and are interested in past stuff, then good news: these events will make sure to hand out past promo card packs in early 2021.

Why only until March 2021? Because after that is the definitive end of official support for tourney events and gatherings, as outlined above. March 2022, the following year, is when Intelligent Systems closes up shop and will no longer offer customer support via email or hotline.

The much-awaited 21st and 22nd volumes of the Artworks books are coming to the Fire Emblem Online Shop! Featuring card illustrations from their respective sets, promo cards of Peony and Triandra (originally meant for a delayed tournament event) will be bundled with these purchases. Keep your eyes open for when they will be available in the future.

A mysterious man behind a mask appears to join the show (and, not pictured: regular host Kubocchan from Intelligent Systems). Apparently, the mysterious man is very talented with art, and tasks himself with drawing a sketch during the show.

With outrealm businessman Fresh Mitani stocking up with a boatload of packs, and Ike’s voice actor Michihiko Hagi stopping by to join the cast, it’s getting to be quite the party. Be on the lookout for Yusuke Kozaki too!

Like Lynn, Mr. Hagi voiced Ike’s Super Rare card, giving us our first proper look at the default version of the card.

Kubocchan possesses a number of cards, each of which indicate what’s coming up next with the show. The first card is a surprise: the unexpected return of Young, a veteran host who will be joining us to open more packs. It’s almost as if we have an all-star lineup here of our own!

The second card segues us into Mr. Kawade’s personal presentation: What’s cool about Series 22.

Among the reasons Mr. Kawade shares is the fact it finally allows the 9-card panorama of characters from The Binding Blade to become complete, with the release of Guinivere. He presents how the full illustration in all its glory looks for the very first time on stream.

Another reason Mr. Kawade highlights is the abundance of 3-card panoramas, and shows off an entirely new one never seen before: of Felicia, Flora, and Jakob.

Mr. Kawade’s final reason about what’s so great about Series 22 is that it gathers together all of Cipher‘s very own characters: Emma, Shade, Yuzu, Randal, Alice, Valjean, Niamh, and Poe – all of whom have new cards in this set.

For Kubocchan’s next card, we got to hear words about Cipher‘s end from the following voice actors: Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Katsuyuki Konishi, and Takehito Koyasu. Among others, these three respectively voice Claude, Hubert, and Seteth from Three Houses.

Across all the pack openings, we were able to get first looks of the cards of the above characters. Of note, Saias is a Rare card.

The next segment was Mr. Kawade’s “All Night Cipher”, where submitted fan mail was shared and one entrant won an exclusive playmat based on today’s episode, and everyone would receive stickers of Cipher characters.

The last segment was a rewind montage of all the amazing milestones Cipher got to do as an entertainment platform over the past five years, like their very first livestream, their first event at Comiket, the first anniversary Cipher Caravan tour, and Cipher Festivals. For those invested in Cipher and its events, this was a touching retrospect.

During the show, the mysterious man finished his commemorative sketch of female Corrin, and revealed his true identity: Fire Emblem series artist Yusuke Kozaki. Who could’ve seen this coming!?

In closing, we’ll share below all the commemorative illustrations various other Cipher artists had prepared for this episode, thanking the card game for everything it’s done.

After many final says, the cast bids viewers farewell with the show’s signature greeting: Ichi! Ni! Sai-fa! (“One, Two, Cipher!”, where Cipher rhymes with three in Japanese.)

This concludes Cipher‘s very last livestream broadcast. Look forward to our full coverage of the set’s release next week.

Feel free to visit our forums to talk about Cipher if you have any questions or are looking to share your love for the card game.

Fire Emblem Cipher’s next and very last booster expansion set, The Heroes’ Paean, will be available from Japan starting October 1st.

About the Author: Prince of Iris
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