The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Anime Could Have Had Crow as the Protagonist in Jurai

Recently, Falcom released The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin Visual Collection in Japan, which, aside from housing countless illustrations for the game, also has a spoiler interview with Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo.

One question from the interviewer asked Kondo about how the team decided upon the setting for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War anime. He revealed that he provided two ideas when the animation studio, Tatsunoko Productions, inquired about which parts of the extensive Trails of Cold Steel saga they should adapt.

The first idea is what the anime has ultimately ended up comprising. However, the second concept, while not intricately explained, would depict the city of Jurai with the protagonist being Crow Armbrust. This honestly makes a ton of sense since while we hear plenty about Jurai from Crow himself, we never actually get the chance to go there in any of the games.

I remember back when there were rumors about a Trails of Cold Steel anime on the horizon; I thought that if they were to adapt the first game of the saga, it’d be neat to see the Field Studies of the teams Rean is never with. There’s even a point where one group goes to Jurai, so seeing that would be pretty cool.

Alternatively, seeing Crow’s childhood adapted or seeing Jurai after its misfortune would be an interesting concept to see unfold. Ultimately, I’m glad they chose the Northern War for the anime since I think that’s far more vital to adapt, but maybe we’ll see Jurai in the future.

This article’s featured image was taken from a Tumblr post I found while scavenging for non-spoiler-related Crow images, so thanks to that poster. Additionally, thanks to reliable Falcom community member Hansuke for translating this noteworthy news from the Visual Collection interview.

Trails into Reverie 2

The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure is releasing for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store, GOG, and Steam at the following times:

  • March 14, 2023 – North America
  • March 17, 2023 – Europe
  • March 24, 2023 – Australia, New Zealand

Additional coverage for the game is listed below:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is now available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games StoreGOG, and Steam.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 7, 2023.

The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2023.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam in Japan.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin is now available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan. Check out our latest coverage, which also acts as an avenue for previous extensive instances of doing so.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War anime is live, with new English-subbed and English-dubbed episodes launching every Friday. The dubbed variations are two episodes behind. Check out my reviews and breakdowns.

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Orpheus Joshua

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