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Final Update

Filed under: † nemissa @ 7:59 am

We regret to report that Icaro will no longer be updated.
You may have noticed that updates here have been pretty non-existent in the past year. Maiji and I have had little time and resources to update with, despite trying to narrow the focus of the site. Icaro will still remain on the web as is; we’ve really enjoyed working on the site and we want the current content to continue to be accessible.

One final update has been made to the links and FtNW info section. The oekaki will be closed upon’s deletion and the shop will eventually be merged with one on The Icaro email will remain open, but it will only be checked sporadically. Comments will be disabled on this update blog due to the overwhelming spam it’s been receiving.

However, we are still working on other projects that involve Shadow Hearts. We are planning to release a doujinshi under the circle Time & Tide within the next year.

Thank you for all your support, we had a great time with the site and the community!


We’re not dead!

Filed under: † nemissa @ 7:48 pm

You may have noticed updates here at Icaro have been far and few between. I apologize for that; Maiji and I have been extremely busy due to school and such. In light of that, we will no longer cover every update from the official Japanese website. We will still of course continue to cover major news regarding SH; but minor things like magazine appearances, JP-only events, etc will not be covered.

In recent news, IGN has a roundtable discussion with Nautilus regarding FtNW.


SH:FtNW bound for US release

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:00 am

New publishing company XSEED Games has announced today they will be bringing Shadow Hearts: From the New World to the US. An official site for the game has been put up, along with links to product pages at EBGames and GameStop. (the links seem to currently be broken, but SH:FtNW does show up in EB’s search, so hopefully this means it’s legit!)

EDIT: Here’s an article at IGN that confirms it along with some interesting info about XSEED.


Various Icaro updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 10:40 am

A potpourri of site updates here at Icaro:
-Added tracking listing to Koudelka OST & Koudelka misc section
-New items added to the SH:C and SH:FtNW goods pages
-Updated SH:FtNW character pages for Anne, Edna and Gilbert
-Updated shop page with pre-orders for the upcoming albums
-New links & fanlistings


Official Site Updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 2:41 pm

Catching up with the official site updates just in time for the release date:

New characters added to the character pages: Anne and Edna. Voice samples for Natan, Ricardo, and Hildegard are now available be as well.

The third “web special campaign” video is available via the fan club site, and a commercial is available on the media page.

SH:FtNW has scored a 35/40 in Weekly Famitsu’s cross review, earning it a Platinum award from the magazine.

The 7/22 issue of Weekly Famitsu will contain special SH:FtNW postcards. The 7/22 issue of Dengeki PS2 will feature SH:FtNW on the cover, and the bundled DVD will contain a special movie. SH:FtNW also placed on recent magazine lists: 7/22 Famitsu PS2 - #6 on “Top 20 Most Anticipated Games"; 7/22 Dengeki PS2 - #7 on “Top 20 Most Anticipated Titles"; 7/22 Weekly Famitsu - #26 on “Top 30 Most Anticipated New Works".

On 7/14, Japanese cell phone service NTT DoCoMo will start an i-mode called “Aruze Mobile". “Aruze Mobile” is a cell phone portal size that will provide access to all Aruze’s official sites, and will feature a “Shadow Hearts Special Corner". Those who register and save points will receive images for their cell phones and a chance to win original goods.

Aruze has announced special pre-order goods available to those who pre-order at certain shops in Japan. In addition to the “Shadow Hearts Series Creation Materials Collection” book reported earlier, pre-orders at the following shops will receive:
Sofmap: Johnny & Shania original telephone card
Wonder Goo: Yuri & Alice tote bag
VIC21: Special alarm clock
Tsuyata: Special Disc (contains weekly calendars featuring SH monsters, and sound effect data)
wanpaku: Clear pencil board
TV Panic: Premium Disk (contains PC wallpaper, opening movie, sound data, special cover images. You can also buy the clear file at this store)
Supplies are limited, images on the official site are preliminary and subject to change.

In the 7/8 issue of “Dengeki Playstation", SH:FtNW ranks #8 on the “Top 20 Most Wanted” poll and SH:C ranks #9 on the “Top 20 Reader’s Favorite” poll. In the 7/8 issue of “Weekly Famitsu", SH:FtNW ranks #24 on the “Top 20 Most Wanted” poll.

The 7/7, 7/14 and 7/21 issues of “Weekly Shinchou” and “Weekly Fumiharu” will feature an article by “Aruze-kun” talking about SH:FtNW.


New Shadow Hearts CDs

Filed under: † nemissa @ 11:32 am

According to a few websites, 2 new Shadow Hearts CDs are due out on August 24th: the soundtrack for SH:FtNW, as well as an arrange album titled “near death experience".

Sources: ffonline, Game Music Revolution (2)


SH:FtNW section activate!

Filed under: † nemissa @ 6:26 pm

Icaro’s section for Shadow Hearts: From the New World is now up! So far we just have character profiles and release info, but we’ll be updating it as more info on the game is released.

In other updates, a report on the demo version of SH:C is now online, and well as a few new links on the links page.


Various official website updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:51 am

Another batch of official website updates:

The first two “web special campaign” videos are now available on the website.

New characters have been added to the character page: Gilbert, Baigen and Gerard. Voice samples have also been added for a few characters.

Results of the forth illustration content have been posted. The fifth contest as already been announced, and the theme is simply “From the New World". Entries are due on August 26th.

SH:FtnW will appear on the cover of the 6/24 issue of Dengeki Playstation, featuring an illustration of Johnny and Shania. The magazine will also contain developer interviews. 2 new fusion monsters will be revealed in the 6/24 issues of Weekly Famitsu and Famitsu PS2.


Many official site updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:21 pm

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, here’s what’s new at the official website since my last report:

Character page has been updated with the new characters: Frank, Mao, Hildegard, Killer and Lady.

Starting 6/10, a special program will be broadcast on the official website in commemoration of the release of SH:FtNW. Popular actors You Shirota and Aki Hoshino will play the parts of Johnny and Shania respectively as they “navigate the American continent". A second program will follow on the 20th, and a third on July 1st. The 3rd program will only be available to fanclub members. Fanclub members can also take a quiz during the final program to win a LCD TV or an overseas vacation.

Blog site Cafesta has started a SH:FtNW promotion: You Shirota and Aki Hoshino, mentioned in the above news item, now have their own blogs on Cafesta and will post pictures from the production. They also have had special Cafesta-style avatars of Johnny and Shania created for them. Fanclub members can also get special SH-themed skins for their Cafesta blogs.

SH:FtNW Premium Box contents revealed:
-Playstation 2 software “Shadow Hearts: From the New World”
-Special Image DVD
-Special Soundtrack CD
-"Johnny” Deluxe T-Shirt (free size 1)
-"Shania” earring-style keychain light
-"3 Valentine Siblings” 3 cell phones straps
-Special B5 notebook

900 internet & manga cafes across Japan will have demo stations of SH:FtNW starting June 1st, and will run for approximately a month. Full list of locations is available on the official website.

The Diary section of the official site is now up. There is a “diary” for Lenny, and a developer’s diary. So far there are entries from production manager Hamamoto and planner Ishida.

Lastly, a second trailer has been added to the streaming media section.


Small shop update: SH:FtNW Limited Pack

Filed under: † nemissa @ 1:09 pm

There’s a couple updates to the Icaro shop: Play-Asia now has pre-orders up for the Limited Deluxe Pack of Shadow Hearts: From the New World. They are also having a large summer sale, which includes Shadow Hearts: Covenant at a lowered price.


Ancient books analysis up

Filed under: † maiji @ 2:05 pm

An analysis of the three ancient tomes of the Shadow Hearts series - the Pulse Tract, the R’lyeh Text and everybody’s favourite Émigré Manuscript - is now up. You can read it by checking out the link on the Setting page for any of the games.

If you have any corrections or information to contribute, please contact us at icaroweb [at]! :D

Also fixed the Timelines page to match the new layout. ^^


New SH:FtNW trailer

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:49 am

The official site updated today with a new trailer for SH:FtNW. It starts of similar to the trailer that was included in the Director’s Cut of SH2, but it contains lots of new gameplay and cutscene footage.


New SH:FtNW characters and pre-order item revealed

Filed under: † nemissa @ 10:13 pm

New playable characters in SH:FtNW were recently revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu and on the official website. Hildegard Valentine, the Peach Bat from SH:C and self-proclaimed magical girl heroine; Mao, a giant cat that uses drunken fist fighting techniques; and Frank Goldfinger, a 46-year-old wannabe ninja.

Scans of the Famitsu article can be seen here, thanks to maskrider.

Also recently revealed on the official website is the “Shadow Hearts Series Creation Materials Collection” book, which will be given out with pre-orders of the game. The book is 44 pages, B5 sized, and will contain art from all 3 SH games. It will also contain special guest art by “Fruits Basket” manga artist Natsuki Takuya.


ICARO site “mini” renovation

Filed under: † maiji @ 10:38 pm

Converted the website layout to CSS to (hopefully) make it easier to change design elements and update the site as a whole, while also reducing html file size =D Moved things around a bit; some minor restructuring in the menu sidebar, combined some SH:C character pages, and moved the SH LJ community to the links page. Added some new banners too. :D


SH:FtNW JP release date and limited edition goodies

Filed under: † maiji @ 9:08 am

According to Games Are Fun, the Japanese release date for Shadow Hearts: From the New World has been set for July 28. The standard edition of the game will retail at 7329 yen; a limited edition will also be available for 12390 yen. This limited version will include a bonus DVD, a music CD, three Valentine Sibling phone straps, a Johnny t-shirt, a Shania keychain and a notebook.

More information is also available from RPGFan (which, interestingly, gives different prices for the releases).


SH:FtnW character and battle system info

Filed under: † nemissa @ 7:48 pm

RPGamer translated the new character profiles and info on the battle system for SH:FtnW. (probably a better translation than I can do anyway. ..)


Major SH:FtnW update on official site

Filed under: † nemissa @ 5:49 pm

The official Shadow Hearts site got a major update today, and the design now features SH: From the new World. While many sections are still under construction, they have put up characters profiles and new artwork. The characters page reveals a new character (Ricardo Gomes), the name of Shania’s companion (Natan), and a returning character (Rene/Lenny!).

Of course, we will be updating with translated info as soon as possible (read: as soon as nemi finishes classes ^^;).


SH:C sweeps RPGamer awards

Filed under: † nemissa @ 7:42 pm

RPGamer posted the belated results of their best of 2004 awards today. This may interest our readers because SH:C walked away with awards in many categories, most notably the staff’s top overall pick for 2004!

Staff Awards:
1st in Best PS2 game
3rd in Best Storyline
2nd in Best Soundtrack
1st in Best Overall

Reader awards:
2nd in Best PS2 game
2nd in Best Storyline
3rd in Best Battles
3rd in Best Soundtrack
3rd in Best Gameplay
3rd in Best Overall


Fanart contest results announced!

Filed under: † nemissa @ 8:25 pm

Icaro is proud to present the winners of the 2005 fanart contest! Congratulations to the winners, and a heartfelt thanks to all the contestants and judges.


Icaro shop updated; fanart contest poll

Filed under: † nemissa @ 4:09 pm

Many new items have been added to the shop page; most notably the Koudelka soundtrack is available again. If there are any other items you’d like to see listed, don’t hesitate to contact us. And thanks to all those who been supporting us through the shop!

The fanart contest is now closed, the results will be posted tomorrow morning. In the meantime, there’s a ‘viewer’s choice’ poll going on in the LJ community, check it out.

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