If you watch anime, you’re probably used to intros that alternate between being deeply emotional and serious and cheesy and ridiculous as hell. Sometimes it’s neither of those and is solely fueled by positive energy. (This is usually after the show in question begins a new arc.) It’s a shame that video games don’t always have flashy intros. Because, after watching the Fire Emblem Engage intro, that kind of cheese is something games could use more of.
Fire Emblem Engage is set to be released in about two weeks, and the game’s intro cinematic has been released alongside impressions of the strategy-RPG. Much of the intro’s cheesiness can be attributed to its song, which sounds like it was recorded in the 1990s and then frozen for three decades. It’s so anime that you half expect it to end with a Crunchyroll advertisement. Colorful streaks of light corresponding with the toothpaste-colored protagonist Alear and their companions Alfred, Timerra, Ivy, and Diamant, as well as footage of their in-game models demonstrating their special abilities, attempt to hit that same cheese. Perhaps not as strong as the one for 2019’s Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but Engage’s opening is still impressive.
The main selling point of Engage is that Alear and his friends can summon main characters from previous Fire Emblem games, such as Marth from 1990’s Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light or Byleth from Three Houses, using special rings. That alone sounds anime as hell (imagine the hands of previous heroes lifting up Alear during a crucial moment! ), and hopefully the game can match the energy it exudes in its opening. Games like these can be lengthy, so an introduction should hopefully get you in the mood to defeat evil empires every time you boot it up.
On January 20, Fire Emblem Engage will be released for the Nintendo Switch.