The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War Begins in January 2023

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A January 2023 premiere date has been announced for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War, the anime inspired by the The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel JRPG series. More cast details have also been released.

Viewers can expect to hear Haruhiko Jou as Glark Grommash, Mie Sonozaki as Jayna Storm, Takayuki Kondou as Rogan Mugart, Kouki Uchiyama as Rean Schwarzer, Inori Minase as Altina Orion, Jun Fukuyama as Ivano, and Ryuuichi Kijima as Tak.

The previously announced main cast of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War are Makoto Koichi as Lavian Winslet, Yuuichi Nakamura as Martin S. Robinson, Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Iseria Frost, and Yuuki Ono as Talion Drake. 

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The show takes place in the year 1205 of the Septian Calendar. Lavian is the granddaughter of a revered North Abrian hero-turned-traitor named Vlad, who joins the Northern Jaegers to prove that she is different from her grandfather. After constant disciplinary violations, Lavian is ordered to form a platoon with Martin, Iseria, and Talion to infiltrate the Erebonian Empire and learn more about the “Hero of the Empire” that threatens North Ambria.

Hidekazu Satou (Aquarion LogosLast Hope) is directing with Hideki Ryouga and Mao Emura (Tsukipro the Animation scriptwriter) as series composers, Mina Oosawa (The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest) as character designer, and Shouji Hara (King of Prism -Shiny Seven Stars- character designer) as original character designer. Emura is also the animation story researcher. Tatsunoko Production is the animation production company.

The Nihon Falcom The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel video game series began in 2013, with the fourth installment initially releasing for PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2018 and in North America and Europe in 2020. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV was later released for Nintendo Switch, PC, and Stadia in 2021. The games are part of the larger Trails series that began in 2004, which in turn is part of The Legend of Heroes franchise that dates back to 1989.

Sources: @sen_animejp, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War website, Comic Natalie

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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