Last year, Intelligent Systems released the first (and currently only) drama CD for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, “Foreign Skies, Daybreak Forest”. Drama CDs rarely leave Japan–and this time was no different.
Thankfully, garmmy, who recently translated a roundtable discussion focused on Genealogy of the Holy War, has made it their mission to translate the contents of the drama CD. You can find the full translation on their blog.
As a reminder and for those unaware, “Foreign Skies, Daybreak Forest” is an original story that takes place near the beginning of Act 4, along Alm’s route. We advise only reading the translation once you’ve crossed Rigel Forest or thereabouts.
By the way, if you don’t know what a drama CD is, they’re similar to audio books. So you’ll listen to spoken dialogue, often with background music and sound effects. Essentially, you’re listening to–rather than watching–an anime episode. The translation provided is in the form of a script.
During today’s Cipher live-stream, the hosts showed off some new Fire Emblem merchandise for sale at the Fire Emblem Expo event on 4th May 2019.
In case you missed the memo, Fire Emblem Expo is an event for fans, taking place at Zepp Tokyo in Japan. It’s not Fire Emblem‘s version of E3 by a long shot; rather, it focuses on providing fun experiences–and that includes shopping!
Conveniently, Intelligent Systems will be taking pre-orders for most of the merchandise, so you don’t need to stress out on the day of the event. Pre-ordered merchandise can be picked up at the venue or delivered to your house. Pre-orders are open until 3rd March 2019.
Tickets for the event aren’t required for pre-ordering or ordering from the event venue. Essentially, the merchandise stalls are outside of the event itself. However, stock is limited–once pre-orders run out, it’s first-come-first-serve on the day of the event.
In addition, two brand new drama CDs were announced, focusing on Blazing Blade and Radiant Dawn. These will release prior to Fire Emblem Expo, on 17th April 2019, but will also be available from the expo. For more details, please scroll to the very end (or click here).
Now, on to the goodies…
A year after the game’s release, a new drama CD for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, dubbed “Foreign Skies; Daybreak Forest”, will be released in Japan on 17th August 2018.
Fire Emblem isn’t new when it comes to drama CDs, with Awakening and Fates receiving a bunch of them. For those unsure, drama CDs are basically audio CDs and they usually feature side stories.
Here’s the translated description from the drama CD’s official site.
Valentia Year 401
Chancellor Desaix has been defeated and Zofia Castle has been reclaimed.
The Deliverance led by Alm crushed General Berkut at Rigel’s borders and has started to advance into the Rigelian Empire.
As the march into enemy territory is progressing smoothly, trouble breaks out within the Kingdom of Zofia.
Clive, a key member of the Deliverance, sorties a part of the Deliverance to resolve the situation.
During the march, Alm discovers a village that has been converted into an imperial base, and prompted by Lukas, must make a terrible decision whether to burn down the village—
As soon as Alm entered the empire, somebody was waiting for him to step foot in Rigel Forest…
Authored by the development staff, an original story encompassing a whopping 90 minutes! Alm’s inner conflict, Lukas’s anger, Forsyth’s anguish, Python’s chivalry, and Faye and Silque’s girl talk!? This is an original drama CD that occurs during Act 4, when the Deliverance spend several days in Rigel Forest.
The bonus track “The Voice Calling for You” is a vocal track included for the first time! This previously unheard song that tells another ending will soon come to light…!
Otomart, a Japanese online store that specialises in selling CDs and DVDs, recently added four Fire Emblem Fates drama CDs to their database (although they’ve currently been removed at the time of writing).
For those unfamiliar with drama CDs, they’re collections of short episodes that you can listen to–the best Western comparison is probably a radio drama or audio book.
Drama CDs are quite popular in Japan, as they provide an easy and relatively low-cost way of expanding on the story or exploring fun, little side-stories. Previously, there was also a series of drama CDs for Awakening.
In addition to the separate drama CDs, there’s a collector’s edition box, which contains the four CDs plus extra goodies. Here are the details…