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Fates Artbook Officially Teased + Upcoming Kotaro Yamada Artworks

It’s been over 3 years since Fates released in Japan, but fans have still been waiting for a fully-fledged artbook similar in vein to The Art of Awakening or the more recent Valentia Accordion.


A recreation of the teaser featured in the fan books.

The wait continues, but there’s now a visible light at the end of the tunnel. Because we finally have confirmation that a Fates artbook is actually happening, from the most unlikely of sources: the Takumi and Leo fan books released on 31st August.

Towards the end of the books, there’s a teaser for the Fates artbook from the same team behind the fan books, as well as the Tellius and Valentia artbooks. All it says is that “production [of the Fates artbook] is underway”.

A big thanks to @theprinceofiris for the heads up–and Japanese fans for sharing this information.

Back in March, Kozaki Yusuke–the artist of Fates–mentioned that he’s hoping to finish the Fates artbook before the end of 2018. However, judging from the wording and the timing of the teaser, the chances of that happening seems slim: expect a 2019 release.


The cover art appears to be of an original character inspired by Fire Emblem.

If you’re hungering for some Fire Emblem art goodness sooner rather than later, all hope isn’t lost. On 22nd September 2018, “Via luminis“, an artbook dedicated to the works of Kotaro Yamada will be released in Japan.

This 128 page artbook features art from over a dozen franchises that Yamada has worked on, including Fire Emblem. For reference, Yamada has contributed to Heroes and Cipher, and he was also the author of the Binding Blade manga, Hasha no Tsurugi.

Currently, the book’s exact contents are unknown, but as an educated guess, there ought to be at least 10 pages of Fire Emblem–and you can bet that Narcian will be among them. Hopefully there’s this Cipher art of the Hasha no Tsurugi crew as well.

Fates: Takumi and Leo Fan Books Coming to Japan

Fire Emblem Fates has been out in Japan for 3 years and, regardless of the game’s reception, its characters are still proving to be extremely popular.

Case in point, from 31st August 2018, two separate fan books dedicated to Takumi and Leo–the two younger royal brothers–will be released in Japan, published by the Nintendo Dream editorial team.

(Note: The cover and contents are subject to change.)

For reference, Leo was the highest ranking male during Nintendo Japan’s official Fates popularity poll, while Takumi scored 3rd place. Meanwhile in the international Choose Your Legends Round 2, they placed 30th and 18th among all the series’s characters.

Back to the books themselves, each comes with a set of 6 B2 size posters. The posters are double-sided and can be combined to create one life-size poster! According to the Amazon listings (Takumi | Leo), each book includes 52 pages and retails for 1,998 Yen.

Because they are fan books, the editorial team is looking for fans to submit their content. Firstly, there are a pair of questionnaires for Takumi and Leo fans to answer. A rough translation will be provided below. Entries close halfway through 23rd July.

In addition, fans are encouraged to send their artwork. Artwork should be posted to the address above in the form of a postcard. The artwork itself can be horizontal or vertical. The deadline for submissions is 27th July, so fans will need to be pretty quick!

Hmm, would they ever do versions for the little sisters…?

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Rumour: Tharja Warriors Reveal + Fates Artbook from Cipher Festival

This Sunday, 2018’s last Fire Emblem Cipher Festival event took place in Japan. Although these events are mainly focused on the Cipher card game, sometimes other snippets of information are brought to light.


(We only have official photographs from the event.)

According to event-goers on Twitter etc., a Fire Emblem Warriors character trailer for Tharja–one of the three new Awakening DLC characters–was shown on stage. Earlier, the official Japanese Warriors Twitter teased a surprise at the event, which appears to be this.

Sadly, because photography was prohibited at the event (outside of designated zones, like the artwork exhibits), we don’t have any pictures or videos to share. From what we can tell, the fans who saw the trailer were all very hyped–and it may even have distracted some tournament players…


(A poster on 2ch commenting about the Tharja trailer.)

Apparently, Tharja is a Robin clone, which probably isn’t a huge surprise. One of the new History Maps is based on Chapter 9 of Awakening, where she’s recruited, which again anyone could’ve guessed. Finally, during her victory movie, she poses like her official figure. Hmm, how will she pull that one off?

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Fates: Nendoroid Sakura Available to Pre-order

Good news for Sakura fans! The nendoroid figure of the youngest Hoshidan princess is now available to pre-order from most big Japanese hobby stores–or even directly from Good Smile Company themselves.

First announced way back during Winter WonFes 2017, Sakura is the latest Fire Emblem character to receive the nendoroid treatment–previous characters include Marth, Caeda, Elise and female Corrin.

A detailed review of the Sakura nendoroid can be found at Kahoton’s blog. The figure comes with a stand, three interchangeable face plates (normal, shouting and embarrassed), a staff with an optional healing effect and a dumpling rod.

The figure is priced at 4,800 Yen (with tax included) and is expected to ship from May 2018. Pre-orders close on 9th November 2017, so prospecting buyers have roughly a month to secure this adorable little sister.

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