Trekking on the World of Fire Emblem – FE6-8 Ch. Header Picture Compilation

Hello! Been awhile!

Yesterday, twitter user CyanYoh posted a compilation of silly pictures that are from Trekking on the World of Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade.

These come from a strategy guide written by Enix (the same that would become Square Enix). They wrote guides for all three GBA FE games. They are guides written in a fun fashion that certainly keep the reader entertained throughout while also being informative. They have amusing little drawings at the start of each section which is what CyanYoh posted in their thread.

Fans on the thread wished to see the artworks from the Binding Blade and Sacred Stones as well. So I decided to scan those ones as I happened to own the books and make a full compilation post for the fandom’s reference.

These are all also in an imgur gallery for your convenience as WordPress isn’t the most intuitive place to read these. Please enjoy whichever is easier for you to read!

Please note that all scans of the FE7 book are from CyanYoh and have been uploaded with their permission! (Which saves me a ton of trouble of scanning those images myself, so thank you!)

Lastly, I provided translations as captions below the picture where they are needed. I did not typeset as I usually do due to time constraints. Likewise, I did not translate the chapter names. The picture often has to do with the chapter itself, so there may be some lost context. I hope I can revisit and translate all titles for you all too in the future… but hope you all can enjoy the silliness without the context for now, regardless.

Enjoy!

Binding Blade

“Galle! Don’t wait for me any longer!!”
SFX: Whoosh Gah!
SFX: Swipe swipe!
“Become a sage… now?!”
“Become a sage… at level 20?!
(Background) If sold, [I’d get] 5000G
(Item description) Guiding Ring
(Right) First time (Left) Second time
SFX: A sound of flexing muscle! A sound of being content with flab!

“The Ranking!”
(From left to right)
Boots, Maltet, Talisman, Secret Book, Energy Ring
(Left) “Prepare yourself…”
(Right) “Who even are you?”
(Bottom right) “Well…”
“Oh hey, it’s 10G!”
“My sword arm is yet again wasted on the unworthy…”
SFX: Kyaah!
“Hnph! Hnph!”
“You can do it!”
SFX: UUUWOOOGHH
“Hex…hex…hex…”
SFX: Eeeep!
(Right) “What the hell are ya doin?!”
(Left) “Ah, hello father-in-law!”
SFX: Nudge nudge
THE THUNDERING UNCLES
“Get back here! You’re to be paired with me!”
SFX: Run awayyy
SFX: The sound of awkwardness.
SFX: Gettting alongggg
Pegasus Trio: “Triangle Atta–“
“–CK!” – Barth
SFX: stomp stomp stomp
SFX: The sound of silence
“Welcome!”
Sign: “Quality Assurance”
“Using ‘Rescue'”
SFX: Snore
“Hm hm!” (the kind of nod that is followed by “I see!”)
BOW SQUAD
(Left): Torch
(Right): Body Ring
Sign: “Please do not feed.”
Kid: “Gorillas!”
SFX: Fwooosh
“Was that…the finishing blow?!”
SFX: Stomp stomp stomp
(Top right): “Stooopp!”
SFX (Left): “Hiyaaahh!”
SFX (Right): “Ooooh”
Box: “Sword Master Lv. 20 equipped with a Silver Sword”
SFX (Right) “EEEEYAHH”
(Left) Life
SFX: Clang!
“Oh Marrrcussss~”
SFX (Marcus) “Sniffle…”
“Hey hey, let’s all get along huh?”
“Ohhh noooo Royyyy is deaddddd… or something!”
SFX: Swish swish
SFX (right) “EEP”
(Right): Big and Little Sister : “You’re an idiot, sis!”
(Left): Big brother and little sister : SFX pet pet
“Which are you…?”
(Red book): “Enemy list”
(Blue blook): “Ally list”
SFX: “Heya”
(Bottom left) Percival
(Top right) ”Hi darling!”
(Right) “Hears this all the time”*
From the phrase: “耳にタコができる” (lit: Ears can become octopi) – to be told or made to hear something so often that you (metaphorically) get calluses on your ears​
“Regarding the culture of the Sacae region”
“Don’t give up! You’ll definitely hit him on the next shot!”
SFX: Snore…
Right: “Iron Bow”
Bottom: “Iron Sword”

Blazing Blade

(Scans are courtesy of CyanYoh)

“This is important!”
Don’t sell yourself short.
Find a client.
Overcharge.
“Hm hm…” (the type of nod followed up by “I see!”)
“Yayyy~!”
“Waaah!”
SFX: Smack! “Gwaaahhhh…”
“Hiyah!”
“Here we come!”
(Bottom right) “The originals”
“Uh…”
“Flap flap…!”
“Winner”
SFX: Phew
Sign: Level up tour!
This is the back of the line.
Estimated 5 Hour Wait
“Ah?!”
SFX (left to right): Bulging muscle, Zoom! Squiggle squiggle
Serra: “Me! Me!”
Bartre: “Me, me!”
(Top left) Afa’s Drops
(Bottom left) Tactician
SFX: Oooh! Clap clap clap
“Hnngh!” SFX Break!
(Clipboard): Record of Physique
(Left and Right) “Support Level B”
(Right) “Can you two do this later…?”
Pent: “Hehe my darling wifey!”
Louise: “My lord husband~!”
“Three Women with Fire-Type Affinity”
“Well well we’re gonna get along just fine aren’t we?”
“Who wants some snacks???”
“That’s MY Son!”
(Left) “Hector’s design in the future!”
SFX: Fluffily Beardeddd
(Right): “Bwahahaha!”
“Wonder who I should use…”
(Right) “It’s…the same dance…again…?” SFX: Pant pant pant…
(Left) “I’m spinning even more than usual this timeee!”
Left: “…It’s all so transient…”
Middle: Sniffle
Right: “What kind of line is that…”
“People of the desert…?”
“Come buy from my shop!”
SFX: The sound of awkwardness.

Sacred Stones

Right: “You’re the only one I can rely on…!”
Left: “If I can’t do it then no one can!”
“Overthrow Grado!”
(Left) “Triangle Attack!”
(Right): “I can’t do a thing…”
(Top) “Ha!”
(Left) “Hup!”
(Bottom) “Ho!”
SFX: Slice!
(Top right): “Latest Items!”
Sign: “Please feel free to try it out!”
“You’re my special little lance allll for me aren’t youu?”
Use: 45/45
(Right) “Please use it at least a little bit?”
(Right) “WE’RE NOT USING IT YET!”
(Left) “Um… please?”
SFX: Clipped shut!
“Gahahahaha!”
(Left) “I’ll use it! It’s mine!”
(Right) “It’d be a waste for you to use it!”
(Bottom right) “They’re stilllll at it…”
“Great Shield is active”
“Beep boop!”
“Celebration! Level 20 Achieved!”
SFX: Pop pop!
“Choose whichever you like!”
(Left) Falcon
Beautiful!!
Triangle Attack!!
(Right) Wyvern
Pierce!!
First appearance!!
(Bottom right) “Hmm…”
“Please don’t make me a pirateeee!!”
Book: Path of Guidance
(From left) “There’s no way I can lose!”
Energy Ring, Goddess Statue, Talisman, Speedwings, Dracoshield, Angelic Robe, Boots
SFX (left): “Eeeyahhh!”
“This too is for the sake of Lady Myrrh…! sniffle sniffle”
(left) “Don’t slip up”
(right) “You can count on me”
FORM UP! Facial Hair Club
(Left) Strength. “Hmph!”
(Middle) Skill. “Ha!”
(Right) Luck. SFX: Trip!
“Seth!” “Seth!”
Seth: “Ha…haaa” pant pant
“Coliseum? Tower? Ruins?”
Reliability UP!
“Ah, the famed archer named Zethla from long ago…”
(Left) “I want to enact vengeance on my brother’s enemies…”
(Right) “Let’s do our best together!”
“We got married!”
“The possibilities… are limitless!”
(Left): “Let’s team up again!”
(Right): “Pay your damn bar tab!”
(Left) “Heyyy lady! I’m your knight in shining armor!”
(Right) “My brother just can’t help but be like this huh…”
(Left) Wight
(Right) Bonewalker
(left) “Are you interested in purchasing a Flux tome with your Fire tome?”
(right) “No need for a set…”
“Gahaha! I’m still good!”
(Left) “Time for a strategic retreat!”
(Right) “Good luck~”
“Ah you came~! Great weather today isn’t it? By the way are you single? If so, well my kid is here you see, and…”
“Effective against monsters”
“That eyeball…”
“Titania is always such a good girl!”

You can tell I took some liberties with some of the SFX in places, but the original JP remains in tact for readers to enjoy hopefully without cringing.

I may take a look at some of the other silliness the books have to offer, but for now, that’s all from me!

FE7 Localization: Ursula’s “my lady Limstella” [JPN vs ENG]

Happy new year to all! Really sorry about the lack of posts lately… life has just been so busy.

A short and very trivial post today, mostly for posterity! A thread on reddit regarding gender pronouns got me curious to check a line in Ch 26 of FE7, where Ursula refers to Limstella as “my lady Limstella.”

Fans of FE7 are aware that Limstella isn’t really clearly referred to as male or female throughout the game, so this line sticks out a bit with that in mind.

The question that arises is: does the JP script also clearly define Limstella in this line to point at any intended gender?

Short answer: No, the JP uses a gender neutral title (“-sama” 様), so the gender-specific title is unique to the ENG/Localization.

You can see more details below. (Please be wary of spoilers for FE7).

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FE7 Blazing Blade Localization: Comparing all of the Character Epilogues [JPN vs ENG]

Today’s post is a personal curiosity! After seeing the differences (or mistranslations) between the regions of the various epilogues of FE7, such as Guy and Priscilla, or Bartre and Karla, I decided to go through all the epilogues (paired and unpaired) to see if there were any other differences to find that may not have been noticed yet.

There were some differences indeed, but none as major as the ones this blog has already covered.

Please be wary of spoilers as we go through many character endings.

So let’s take a closer look at these!

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FE7 Blazing Blade Localization: Did Guy elope with Priscilla in the JP version? [JPN vs ENG]

This post is part of a series on reader requested (and personal curiosity) comparisons between Fire Emblem games’ Japanese and English scripts.

Today’s post concerns a reader question via twitter regarding Guy and Priscilla’s A support ending in Blazing Blade:

Short answer: Yes, it appears Guy did indeed elope with Priscilla in Japanese!

I had been unaware of this, but it was mentioned on Priscilla’s Fire Emblem wiki page under trivia, though with no source. So while this information may already be known to some, I write this mostly for posterity for those interested in taking a deeper look or wondering about its validity and wanting the original Japanese.

So let’s take a closer look!

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Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade Staff Interview (N.O.M 58 – May 2003)

I translated an interview I came across from the Nintendo Online Magazine No. 58 (May 2003) that did not seem to be translated elsewhere as far as I saw…

It contains some fun tidbits for the first Fire Emblem game to come to the west (The Blazing Blade), and FE in general, so I encourage you all to read and share.

Enjoy!

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FE7: Blazing Blade Localization: Serra’s “Oh, that’s so sweet! You wanted to see me again!” line [JPN vs ENG]

This post is part of a series on reader requested (and personal curiosity) comparisons between Fire Emblem games’ Japanese and English scripts.

Today we look at a conversation from FE7 (Blazing Blade) chapter 14:

A friend brought up the following:

“Remember that recruitment convo with Erk? Where Erk says Serra is the last person he wanted to see and she’s happy he wanted to see her at all? How did that work in Japanese?”

Short answer: The content is actually similar, but localization tweaked the original joke slightly but managed to convey close intent thanks to clever word choice.

Let’s take a closer look!

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FE Three Houses Localization: Are there references to older FE Games in the Two-Toned Whetstone sidequest?

A fun trivia and comparison post today!

A reader brought this nifty easter egg that reddit user PeppersJacks noticed in English to my attention. It involved items you trade while getting the Two-Toned Whetstone to either Shamir or Catherine, and whether the item names are actually references to previous games in the series.

The main items people point to are the Whetstone referring to Fates, the eyedrops referencing Awakening, and the book Path of Dawn being the Tellius games. Is this also the case in Japanese? Are there references that weren’t fully translated, or is this just a little nod by the localization team, or is it all a coincidence?

I took a look in Japanese as requested, and it turns out they most likely are intentional references when looking at the Japanese! But whether the localization opted to convey these (or realized the references) is up to interpretation. They do not seem to reference individual titles per se, but rather the sagas seen over the series …with one exception.

PeppersJacks got most of it, though the Tome of Comely Saints left them a little unsure. However it and the others are made more obvious in Japanese.

Let’s take a deeper look.

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FE7 Localization: “You think you can stand up to Batta the Beast?” [JPN vs ENG]

Today’s short post comes from a reader on twitter:

Hi, I was wondering if you could take a look at a certain infamous line from FE7’s prologue boss in Japanese…

They linked the above image of the first boss that many western fans of FE had first run into –Batta the Beast!

So just what does he say in Japanese? It’s a straightforward case of colorful localization. Let’s take a look!

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FE7 Localization: Was Hector and Eliwood’s A Support Mistranslated? Who cut their hand? [JPN vs ENG]

Today’s post comes from a thread on reddit which concerns Hector and Eliwood’s A support conversation. u/Dragoryu3000 posed a question:

Hold up, is Eliwood and Hector’s A-Support majorly mistranslated?

They pinged me in a thread and I looked into it. The issue revolves primarily around Erik Laus and vague wording in the translation being potentially misleading as to what occurred. You can read their thoughts and the rest of the thread in-depth on the thread before reading this post if you want to get a better idea of the issue, but I’ll try my best to explain it as we go along, too.

So let’s take a look!

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Fire Emblem Blazing Blade (FE7): A look at the Japanese commercial

As part of a request from a friend on twitter, I decided to look into the original Blazing Blade commercial. I translate what’s going on, an excerpt from an interview regarding the commercial, a design document, what song is playing, and some other fun tidbits.

So let’s take a look!


First, here is the commercial itself, starring former actress Maki Horikita.

And below is the translation. I try to go in order and specify what is said by the voice, and what is just text. The song is afterward. Please note the translation is also to express intent, and thus, is not completely literal.

出会い
Encounters….
仲間
Friends…
戦い
Battles…

(Voice) 仲間と一緒にどう戦うか・・・
How will you fight alongside your friends…?

成長
Growing Together…

喜び
Happy Moments…

強くなる
Becoming Stronger

(Voice) みんな、どんどん強くなる・・・
Everyone grows stronger and stronger…

別離
Partings

会えない
For the last time

(Voice) 失った仲間には、もう・・・会えない・・・
The friends who fall…we shall never see again…

(Girl): さようなら
Goodbye…

(Voice): ファイアーエムブレム烈火の剣
Fire Emblem. The Blazing Blade.

Next, the song lyrics. Title: “LIFE IS…~another story~” by Ken Hirai. Specifically, the chorus:

答えなど何処にもない
誰も教えてくれない
でも君を想うとこの胸は
何かを叫んでるそれだけは真実

There’s no answer anywhere
Nor will anyone tell me
But my heart shouts at the mere thought of you
That much is the truth I do know

Note the song cuts off before the final two characters 真実 (truth). This is the third paragraph of the song. The rest of the Japanese lyrics for the song can be found here.

The song in full (or a cover of it, anyway) can be seen below. The original you will probably have to purchase:

Next is a brief excerpt from a larger interview with Tohru Narihiro from the Making of Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary book (specifically page 277).

[On expanding appeal with FE7…]

The TV commercial for Binding Blade featured a song that was reminiscent of the Shadow Dragon commercial. However, the Blazing Blade commercial had a different kind of appeal with casting Horikita Maki along with Ken Hirai’s song playing.

Narihiro: Yes. That was one of many ways we sought to widen the gates [to make the game have more widespread appeal].

It was presented with this design document:

The above document has the same flow as the final product. The minor differences are the lack of “goodbye,” as well as a slightly different word used for “parting” (they wrote “separation” instead). Another subtle difference is that it seems Kent is the character dying instead of Heath in the commercial, a tidbit I point out just a silly point later. Also, the title seems to be “A girl’s murmurs.” The music is simply “Ken Hirai~” but not what song of his, either.

This article is mostly straightforward and a reference point, so I’ll summarize any thoughts/analysis/silly trivia in bullet point format this time around:

  • From the commercial, interview, and documents, one can see that the intention was to broaden the appeal of the game by using a known actress, popular song from 2003, and a change of style in presentation among other things.
  • Most notable is how the commercial is more emotional and focuses on meeting allies, growing with them, and eventual partings via mechanics like perma death. Compare this with previous commercials that are more opera-like with an operatic flare (links provided in the interview segment above).
  • “LIFE is…~another story~” is a romantic song (as the excerpt may have implied already) by the famed Ken Hirai, so was likely used for its popular appeal rather than its literal meaning. However, the themes of friendship and bonding share similar themes to love and longing, so it helped set the intended mood beyond it simply being a popular song in 2003. The song was not written for the game, but was actually the theme for a TV drama known as Black Jack Ni Yoroshiku.
  • The final commercial featured Heath as the ally that has fallen and is being “parted with,” rather than someone so looks more like Kent in the original document. The emotional music paired with her waving him off with a “goodbye” became a bit of a joke among the fanbase, with multiple fans citing this commercial as the reason why they voted for hm on an FE7 popularity poll. They felt that bad! It’s much like how Dorcas came to fame thanks to the US commercial making him a bit of a joke.
  • Speaking of the US commercial (linked above), you can see the difference in intended marketing between the two versions. The US commercial goes with “build an army, trust nobody” as its central theme, rather than the themes of “meetings, growing, bonding, partings” that the Japanese commercial aimed for. Considering it was the debut game for the US (and west) too, it’s an interesting approach!

I believe that’s all that really needs to be said for this commercial! I hope to cover the Japanese commercial for Sacred Stones down the line.