If you’re a fan of the game The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, then odds are you’re interested in seeing the anime adaptation, The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki Northern War. The anime was originally announced in spring of 2021, with plans that it would release in 2022. Well, we all know how plans go since COVID. While the anime is not coming out this year, the good news is it will be released sometime early in 2023. In the meantime, a snowy minute-long trailer has been released.
The trailer includes info on the cast. Makoto Koichi plays Lavian Winslet, Yūichi Nakamura plays Martin S. Robinson, Sarah Emi Bridcutt plays Iseria Frost, and Yuki Ono plays Talion Drake.
The anime is being directed by Hidekazu Sato, who has previously worked on The Slayers Next, Aquarion Logos, and Basquash! Character design falls to Mina Osawa, known for working on The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest. Meanwhile, credit for original character design goes to Shoji Hara. The task of animation story verification is in the hands of Mao Emura, who is also working with Hideki Ryоga on series composition.
When the anime was first discussed, the plan was for it to be a global anime. That meant working with UserJoy (a Taiwanese game company), Funimation, SYOU (a content fund), and NADA (a company that specializes in anime planning and production).
SteamPowered.com gave this description of the original video game:
“Among the nations on the Zemurian continent, the mighty Erebonian Empire has been quick to outwardly stake its claim militarily; yet politically, ugly bouts of internal conflict between the upper class and commoners attempting to rise to power have been steadily intensifying day by day. The Noble and Reformist Factions have been none too kind to one another over the years, and tensions between the two only stand to worsen if compromises aren’t made in the very near future.
Rean Schwarzer, like any other citizen of the Imperial Nation, is no stranger to these rising conflicts: the class system has been deeply embedded into the hearts of every Erebonian since the days of old. As a seventeen-year-old student preparing for his new life at Thors Military Academy, however, he notices that his crimson uniform differs from the standard ones issued to his peers—typically green for commoners, and white for nobles.
Enter, Class VII of Thors Military Academy. For the first time in the prestigious academy’s history, rank means nothing and skill means everything. With nine hand-picked students of various backgrounds and abilities, Rean included, Class VII readies itself to dive deep into the political quagmire that threatens not only them, but the Empire as a whole.”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.