The following is a translation of an interview with Kondo Toshihiro, president of Nihon Falcom, as published in the Hajimari no Kiseki Official Visual Collection, released in Japan on 28 November 2020. The following is the first part of the interview (pp 214–219), focusing on Hajimari no Kiseki. It features spoilers for every aspect of Hajimari no Kiseki throughout, including the identity of C, and expects the reader to be familiar with preceding games as well. It also features a spoiler for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox’s ending.

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Response to Hajimari and its three protagonists

Hajimari no Kiseki was released over…


The following is a translation of an interview with Kondo Toshihiro, president of Nihon Falcom, as published in the Hajimari no Kiseki Official Visual Collection, released in Japan on 28 November 2020. The following is the second part of the interview (pp 220–223), focusing on the upcoming title Kuro no Kiseki. It contains information about Trails of Cold Steel IV’s ending and minor, plot unrelated details from Hajimari no Kiseki. Click here for the first part of the interview.

Please continue reading at your own discretion.

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The meaning of Kuro and the highlights of the Calvard arc

Tell us about the meaning behind the character for kuro (黎) in its title.


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Travel vector created by freepik — www.freepik.com, modified

In my wrap-up of this year in which we’ve been doing things differently, I’d like to do exactly that: things differently. 2020 has been a rough year. Rough on all of us. We wrestled through a slew of negativity of various kinds — some hitting home harder than others, but emotionally draining nonetheless.

Dear passengers, welcome onboard Flight GU4N20 with service from real life to other worlds. We are currently first in line for take-off and are expected to be in the air in approximately two minutes time.

I probably speak for the both of us when I say I’ve…


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The following information may contain spoilers for all Trails games, including games not yet released in English.

Take note of the newcomers in the centre of the new key visual. The characters of the C’s Route fulfill a role near the crux of Hajimari no Kiseki as a whole. Falcom got their ideas for this game’s scenario from our younger staff members, with the character C born straight from their proposal. ‘The Hermit’ basically refers to C, acting as the leader of his group.

As you can see, Lapis is a Rosenberg-made doll and becomes a big key in the…


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V. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

After the brilliant Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, my favourite of 2016, I had some reservations about its sequel. Screenshots and subsequent trailers failed to capture that sense of exploration of, and adventuring through, uncharted territory I’d come to love from Adol’s unintentional trip to Seiren Island. Instead, Monstrum Nox felt restrictive and bleak.

Guess what? It was. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is a bleak game, full of restrictions. Adol and the Monstra are trapped within the prison city of Balduq, unable to access other parts within or surrounding the city until they’ve dealt with nightmarish Larvae during monster raid-like…


Response to Cold Steel IV’s rush of famous scenes and enormous volume

It’s been over two months since Cold Steel IV was released. How did fans respond?
Cold Steel IV is a game of enormous volume, something we’ve received the most response to. With a setting that large and bringing together main characters from all over the Trails series, not only united Class VII including Rean, but also Estelle and Joshua from Trails in the Sky and Lloyd and Elie from Trails from Zero to Azure, the game may have felt highly majestic.

As the final entry in the Cold Steel arc, the game is crammed with famous scenes from the beginning…


The following is a translation of an investigation of a Japanese blogger into the lore of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The original text can be found on Souls Seed.

In the beginning

In the centre of the Sanctuary (Fountainhead Palace) is an enormous crater. Traces that something did indeed crash there can be easily found. The impact to create a crater this size would have instantly killed any living beings or buildings in the direct vicinity. …


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V. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki III

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