I wonder how this is going to turn out. After all, we don’t start off with Roy.
Taking place on the fictional continent of Elibe and staring Roy, the son of Fire Emblem protagonist Eliwood. Roy leads the League of Lycia’s army against the forces of the militant country of Bern shortly after his father falls ill.
The story begins when King Zephiel, ruler of the kingdom of Bern, finishes the brutal conquest of Ilia and Sacae and sets his sights on Lycia. With the war coming to his own country, Roy is sent home to lead Pherae’s army to oppose Bern, but soon after he meets Guinevere, the princess of Bern and Zephiel’s younger sister, who has escaped from her homeland to search for a way to stop the imminent war between Bern and Lycia.
Upon the death of marquess Hector, Roy carries on the Lycian League and makes many promises: to protect Princess Guinevere and Hector’s beloved daughter, the mage Lilina, and most importantly, to save the entire continent from Zephiel’s mysterious thirst for world domination.
But this story’s hero is Al, son of a Bernian blacksmith. After turning 15, he left his home with his father’s sword to go on an adventure in this continent bound for war.
So the story, instead of starting us with the events of The Binding Blade tells us a homely story about some aimless kid named Al. What does an aimless kid decide to do? He goes and leaves his home to go on a journey. Because this is what people do. Too bad doing so gets him into major trouble, and immediately captured because he stuck his nose in business he shouldn’t have gotten stuck in. However, this moment allows him to get involved in the main plot point, which is finding the Crest of Flames — which I would assume is the Fire Emblem. Along with Gant, a knight he meets up with during his troubles, after defeating that manakete they decide to go journey together to find the Crest of Flames.
Let’s just say if you have a queasiness for shounen, this just won’t work out for you. You have the atypical shounen protagonist who acts all energetic, silly, and moronic, and then you get the guy who has the experience and backbone, but is honorable. You’ll have your deaths (in fact it happens in the first few pages), but you won’t feel anything for them. You don’t get a real sense of the storyline, but that’s expected. It’s simple enough. But let’s just say some really dumb things happen in this chapter.
Overall, it’s just a wait and see on whether or not the paths of Al and Roy will converge. And when they do, who’s going to have the most space?