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Artists of the Fire Emblem series

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Hidari and Sachiko Wada, the character designers for Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and The Sacred Stones respectively, drawing Fire Emblem characters live on stage at a Fire Emblem Cipher event in July 2017.

Numerous artists have made significant contributions to individual games in the Fire Emblem series by providing illustrations of its characters, settings and scenarios. These artists, and the games in which each is credited, are summarized here.

Katsuyoshi Koya

Katsuyoshi Koya (Japanese: 小屋勝義 Koya Katsuyoshi) provided the vast majority of the card illustrations for the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game, with their work covering the entire casts of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, and is also credited as a graphic designer for Mystery and Genealogy. Although they were not responsible for the original character artwork used in the box art and manual of any of these games, their work has effectively replaced those for Mystery and Genealogy and is now the most widely used to represent characters from these two games, including being used in Fire Emblem Awakening for the bonus unit portraits for the cast of Genealogy. Their artwork was also used as the basis for the Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Exceed figurine series, and for the designs of the Mystery and Genealogy cast in Fire Emblem Cipher. In 2008, they also contributed two "bonus artworks" of Lena and Barst for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

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Mayumi Hirota

Mayumi Hirota (Japanese: 広田麻由美 Hirota Mayumi) provided the character artwork for Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, having first come into contact with the series through her work on the Fire Emblem: Treasure art book in 1999; in an interview published in Treasure, director Shouzou Kaga said he considered her illustrations to be the perfect representation of his ideas for the characters of Genealogy of the Holy War and, later, Thracia 776.[1] She was also responsible for the art book Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Illustrated Works and an assortment of other merchandise art accompanying Thracia 776. Her Treasure illustrations were reused for the first series of the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game, and she would continue to work with Shouzou Kaga after he left Intelligent Systems, serving as the character designer for TearRingSaga: Yutona Heroes War Chronicles and TearRingSaga Series: Berwick Saga.

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Rika Suzuki

Rika Suzuki (Japanese: 鈴木理華 Suzuki Rika) provided the cutscene illustrations which accompanied the original live broadcasts of BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles. They also provided the illustrations for Gen'ichirou Suzuki's four-part novel adaptation of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Mie Takase's two-part novel adaptation of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.[2] They later returned to the series in 2012 to contribute artwork of Seliph for the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC package Lost Bloodlines 3.

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Eiji Kaneda

Eiji Kaneda (Japanese: 金田榮路 Kaneda Eiji) provided the character artwork for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and, although he is uncredited, Fire Emblem as well according to Daisuke Izuka.[3] He also contributed two card illustrations for the Jugdral Anthology set of the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game, and later returned to the series to provide the artwork for Ike in the DLC package Rogues & Redeemers 3.

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Sachiko Wada

Sachiko Wada (Japanese: ワダサチコ Wada Sachiko) is credited as contributing to the character portraits and other duties in all games from Thracia 776 to Radiant Dawn. Her most prominent contribution to the series, however, is as the director of and character artist for Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. She also contributed two "bonus artworks" of Palla and Julian for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, as well as the artwork for Leif in Fire Emblem Awakening's DLC package Lost Bloodlines 1.

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Senri Kita

Senri Kita autographing prints of her Skrimir art at a Fire Emblem Cipher event in July 2017.

Senri Kita (Japanese: 北千里 Kita Senri) provided the character artwork for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and was also responsible for the in-game character portraits in Radiant Dawn. She later provided the artwork of Marth for the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC package Champions of Yore 1.

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Masamune Shirow

Masamune Shirow (Japanese: 士郎正宗 Shirō Masamune) provided a limited selection of character artwork for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

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Daisuke Izuka

Daisuke Izuka (Japanese: 井塚大介 Izuka Daisuke) provided a limited selection of character artwork for Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, also contributing to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon a small set of character artwork depicting the game's seven new playable characters. His first contribution to the series was as a graphic designer for Fire Emblem in a part-time capacity, with the illustrations of the fire dragons being his work,[3] and he is credited with contributions on every game between then and New Mystery. He is notably credited for working on the character portraits in Shadow Dragon, but not New Mystery despite the majority of his Shadow Dragon work remaining nearly unedited in New Mystery. He later provided the artwork of Eirika for the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC package Smash Brethren 2 and, being primarily a professional illustrator for various trading card games, currently serves as the art director for Fire Emblem Cipher.[4]

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Yusuke Kozaki

Yuzuke Kozaki drawing Fire Emblem characters live on stage at a Fire Emblem Cipher event in July 2017.

Yusuke Kozaki (Japanese: コザキユースケ Kozaki Yūsuke) provided the character artwork for Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates.[5] His first contact with the series was in the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game, to which he contributed three card illustrations for the Jugdral Chronology set. In an interview with the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, Kozaki described how he was first contacted to work on Awakening when he received an email request from Intelligent Systems to design sixty characters for an unidentified game, to which his first response was "Is this Fire Emblem?" and also admitted that prior to being hired for Awakening, he had never completed a Fire Emblem game before.[6]

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Hidari

Hidari (Japanese: Hidari; literally, "Left-Side") provided the character artwork for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Long before work began on Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the staff of Intelligent Systems had hoped to hire Hidari for Awakening downloadable content and Fire Emblem Cipher after hearing high praise for his work from post-New Mystery series art director Toshiyuki Kusakihara, but Hidari was not available for either job. To ensure that he was available, they arranged in advance to commission him for Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.[7]

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Other artists


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Celica in Gaiden: the work of an unattributed artist.

The above listed individuals are by no means the only artists associated with Fire Emblem games; each individual game usually has several artists, sometimes including the above, who work on creating the graphics in the games themselves. Additionally, the individuals responsible for providing the character and box artwork for Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Gaiden and, prior to Koya's work, Mystery of the Emblem and Genealogy of the Holy War are currently unknown.

Fire Emblem Trading Card Game

While the majority of the character artwork for cards in the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game was the work of Koya and Hirota, a plethora of other artists contributed card artwork for the Jugdral Anthology card series and certain promotional cards in 2003. These artists included Eiji Kaneda and Yusuke Kozaki, among numerous other illustrators with no other known tie to the Fire Emblem series.

Manga artists

Many games in the series have been adapted into the form of manga, each of these being done by a different artist.

Fire Emblem Awakening DLC contributors

In addition to featuring new work from Kita, Wada, Suzuki, Izuka, and Kaneda, a large number of other artists with no prior connection to the Fire Emblem series also contributed individual character artwork for the DLC packages in Fire Emblem Awakening. All of these illustrations were later recycled for the characters' appearances in the Fire Emblem: One Hundred Songs of Heroes card set. Some of these artists have since contributed to 0 (Cipher).

Fire Emblem Cipher contributors

Unlike the original trading card game, Fire Emblem Cipher features artwork contributions from numerous artists, including both prior series artists and new contributors.

Fire Emblem Heroes contributors

Fire Emblem Heroes features artwork contributions from numerous artists, including both prior series artists and new contributors.

References

  1. Kaga, S.; trans. North2, Fire Emblem: Treasure - Interview with Shouzou Kaga, Serenes Forest, Published: 1999-01, Retrieved: 2015-02-24
  2. 鈴木理華, Wikipedia, Published: 2014-10-4, Retrieved: 2015-05-18
  3. 3.0 3.1 "[Translation:] Nice to meet you! Thank you. I didn't do character design for Blazing [Blade]. At that point, I was just a part-timer. It was because of Eiji Kaneda-sensei, my senior, that the characters have been imbued with their souls; I drew the fire dragon illustrations, which happened off in the background. What a long relationship..." — Izuka, D., @genseki_t2 はじめまして!有り難うございます。烈火はキャラデザしていません☆その時は僕はまだバイトでした☆キャラ達は金田榮路先生と先輩によって魂を吹き込まれており、僕は火竜のイラスト描いたり背景まわりを作っておりました。長い付き合いだなぁ…遠い目。, Twitter, Published: 2015-04-14, Retrieved: 2015-08-01
  4. 4.0 4.1 pasu, [English Translation Emma and Shade from the frontlines of Cipher!], Serenes Forest Forums, Published: 2015-08-10, Retrieved: 2015-08-10
  5. Nintendo Direct - 14.01.2015, Nintendo UK & Ireland, Published: 2015-01-14, Retrieved: 2015-01-14
  6. Iwata, S. et al., Iwata Asks: Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo, Published: 2012-03, Retrieved: 2014-07-26
  7. Yamagami, H., et al.; trans. Xkan, Fire Emblem Echoes: Dengeki Developer Interview (April 2017), kantopia, Published: 2017-4-27, Retrieved: 2017-4-28