The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War Special Video Released

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The upcoming The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War anime has received a “special video” that provides another peek at its premise and characters before the show’s January 8 premiere in Japan.

The song “proud hero” by Nami Nakagawa is featured in the middle of the video.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel — Northern War is inspired by Nihon Falcom‘s The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel series, which began in 2013. The show takes place in the year 1205 of the Septian Calendar and follows Lavian Winslet, 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 S. Robinson, Iseria Frost, and Talion Drake 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 main cast includes Makoto Koichi as Lavian Winslet, Yuuichi Nakamura as Martin S. Robinson, Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Iseria Frost, and Yuuki Ono as Talion Drake. 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel series is 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. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV was initially released for PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2018 and in North America and Europe in 2020. In 2021, it was released for Nintendo Switch, PC, and Stadia.

Source: Tatsunoko Channel

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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