Before we delve into our main topic, here’s a rundown of what Fire Emblem Expo II is for the uninitiated. (If you already know, skip ahead!)
In the November of last year, Fire Emblem series developer Intelligent Systems announced it would be bringing back Fire Emblem Expo in May 2020—appropriately named Fire Emblem Expo II. Like the original Expo, it was a fan-focused event to hold art exhibits, onstage music and play performances, and hotspots for buying all-new merchandise. It was like a Fire Emblem paradise, and sure to be a hallmark for the series’ 30th anniversary this year as fans create new memories together.
The key visual for Expo II, as seen on its official site.
It’s accompanied by a tagline meaning: “To the world of Fire Emblem, together!”
Sadly, Intelligent Systems later announced cancellation of this event due to coronavirus concerns a month prior to its planned schedule, which would’ve taken place at the Zepp Namba in the city of Osaka, Japan. While it was a tough move to go through, Intelligent Systems did share offerings to make up for the loss, like broadcasting the original 2019 Expo concert on YouTube and selling tailored merch on the Fire Emblem Online Shop (including a CD album with music from the event, Fire Emblem Premium Arrange II, which would be used for a Tap Battle event in Fire Emblem Heroes). In the end, bits and pieces of Expo II still ended up with fans even if the event itself didn’t actually take place.
Among the things Intelligent Systems did in their efforts to keep the spirit of Expo II alive was publish the scripts to a number of stage dramas which were to be played at the event on the Expo II website for all to read, which brings us to our main topic!
Each stage drama is an all-new short story starring a group of characters, acted out by their voice actors with appropriate background music. Commonly released on CDs, they are also played exclusively at in-person events, and the stories we have to share today are thanks to the published Japanese scripts, and those scripts being translated by a fellow fan passionate enough to bring all three of them to English!