First teased back in February, Good Smile Company has blessed us with a first look at the Fire Emblem Fates Sakura nendoroid during today’s Summer Wonder Festival 2017.
Currently, the Sakura nendoroid is a work in progress (which should be immediately obvious since it hasn’t been painted yet), but it’s still very cute all the same.
According to the official description, Sakura will come with accessories and face plates, similar to previous nendoroids. The Elise nendoroid came with a horse, so hopefully Sakura will get something even half as good.
Because it’s still early days, a release date and a price have not been announced yet. We imagine it’ll be 2018 before it releases, since figures of this complexity can take a while to manufacture.
Behind The Voice Actors is a site that not only collects data on the various voice actors for movies and TV shows, but also for video games. If you’re unfamiliar with their site, it’s a pretty informative spot to check out and it’s quite easy to navigate, very much like IMDB and its movie/actor database.
Fans of the more recent Fire Emblem games will be very aware of the presence of voice acting. Awakening was a pretty ground-breaking game in the Fire Emblem franchise for this, as it gave virtually every character some sort of voice direction (whereas Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn only featured some characters, and we won’t look at the Smash Bros games as official Fire Emblem games). This past year, Fire Emblem Fates really pushed the envelope, giving fans some great voice acting along with a pretty popular trio of games to boot.
The crux of this is to highlight the awards won by several voice actors and actresses in the 6th Annual BTVA 2016 Awards, which this year, included many voices that worked on the games winning awards for other roles, as well as three winners that slated their spots on the top for their Fire Emblem voicework! Of note, Rena Strober, Matthew Mercer and Cam Clarke won in their respective categories, for their performances of Corrin (male), Shigure and Azura in Fire Emblem Fates!
Show your support by paying a visit to their respective Twitter accounts (Strober, Mercer, Clarke) and letting them know how you feel. Rena is already a regular on Serenes Forest, but it never hurts to say hello!
Click Read More to see a full breakdown of the 2016 winners, and their roles in Fire Emblem voice acting. *Note, only the three mentioned above won awards for their Fire Emblem performances, but may have also been mentioned or awarded for other roles.
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…