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Merchandise: Cipher Artworks 21 + 22 & Heroes Metal Acrylic Key Holders!

We have a slightly belated merchandise update today, while things are fairly quiet.

Earlier in December, the FE Cipher team announced the release of the final pair of artbooks, 21 (left) and 22 (right), covering the latest (and last) two expansions: Tempest of Apocalyptic Flame and The Heroes’ Paean expansions.

Both artbooks will include a pair of Peony and Triandra promo cards. If you haven’t been keeping up, these cards were originally meant to release earlier, in tandem with the national tournaments. But those were sadly all cancelled due to coronavirus health concerns.

The artbooks are available for pre-order via Intelligent System’s web store (Artworks 21 | Artworks 22). Artworks 21 (40 pages) is priced at 2,200 Yen (with tax), while Artworks 22 (68 pages) will set you back 3,850 Yen (with tax). They’re expected to ship out from the end of January 2021.

Next up, there will be a new series of FE Heroes metal acrylic key holders releasing at the end of January 2021.

Volume 1 features the following characters: Alfonse, Sharena, Anna, Peony, Mirabillis, Marth, Ephraim, Eirika, Azura and Ryoma.

The key holders measure 60 x 60 x 3 mm. You can purchase a box of all 10 for 9,000 Yen (without tax) or a random sealed packet for 900 Yen (without tax). If you’re curious, feel free to check out the product page.

Fates Artbook Cover, Three Houses Cipher Promos & Meet Edelgard!

Earlier today, Fire Emblem Cipher held its Series 16 pre-release livestream. In addition to many Cipher-related news and reveals, the team shared some more general Fire Emblem info as well.

As promised, the cover artwork for the Fates artbook “Pellucid Crystal” was unveiled during the livestream. Yusuke Kozaki has really outdone himself with a highly detailed panorama featuring Nohrians and Hoshidans fighting together.

The artbook can be pre-ordered via Amazon Japan. The editing team has also opened up a webpage showcasing various sample pages from the artbook (which you can also find below). As a reminder, the book contains 320 pages and releases on 25th April 2019.

Next, the hosts showed off a trio of Cipher promotional cards depicting the House Leaders from Three Houses. These will be given out during this year’s “Cipher Festival” event. The artists are Kotaro Yamada, Senri Kita and Rika Suzuki.

Besides the spiffy art and brown/olive border colour, no further details were provided. That said, we do know Three Houses will feature in Cipher‘s Series 18, although it’s likely these cards will precede that series.

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Fates: “Pellucid Crystal” Art Book Releasing 25th April 2019 + Message from Yusuke Kozaki

To say it’s taken a while it’s an understatement, but the Fire Emblem Fates art book is finally fated to arrive on 25th April 2019, in Japan. This information was provided by the Nintendo Dream editing team.

The art book’s full title is “Fire Emblem Fates: Visual Guide – Pellucid Crystal”. It’s produced by the team behind the Tellius and Echoes books, and is fully supervised by Intelligent Systems. Currently, it’s available to pre-order on Amazon Japan.

The book itself contains 320 pages, which cover various character artwork, taken from in-game visuals (including the Private Quarters) and concept designs. In addition, there will be movie scenes, outlines of the storyline of all three paths, plus details regarding the world and story.

When this news was announced, the game’s artist–Yusuke Kozaki–cautioned fans that the art book will not contain official artwork for every character. So those wishing to buy the book to see all the official artwork should bear this in mind.

But I should mention, not every character has an individual illustration. I know this is probably frustrating for those wishing to buy the book and expecting otherwise. To make up for that, I drew a spectacular piece for the book’s cover.

–Yusuke Kozaki, via Twitter (translated).

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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.