Two New Pieces of Azel and Edge Artwork

Two New Pieces of Azel and Edge Artwork
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I’ve added two new great pieces of fan art to the site. The first prominently features Azel, while the second focuses on Edge.

Azel Artwork Edge Artwork

We can thank Nev for these creations.

Inside the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album

Inside the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album
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Aevelia has contributed two scans of the inner artwork from the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album. The back of the booklet features an Edge CG (also featured in Saturn Power Magazine), while the inside of the tracklist has an alternate artwork of Azel sleeping in her ancient bed.

Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album Case Front Insert (Back Side)  Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album Case Back Insert (Back Side)

You can find more picture of the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album in the Product Pictures section.

Fan Art of the Heresy Dragon

Fan Art of the Heresy Dragon
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I’ve added three new pictures of the dragon to our ever growing fan art gallery:

Inspired by the Original Panzer Dragoon The Solo Wing From Memory Forever Blue

As always, further art from these artists can be found in their contributor profiles.

Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Coming to Xbox One

Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Coming to Xbox One
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Some original Xbox games will be coming to Xbox One later this year, via backward compatibility. At E3, Phil Spencer from Microsoft announced that backward compatibility will be supported for some games, and that original Xbox games “will look better and play better across the Xbox One family.”

Panzer Dragoon Orta has not been confirmed. However this is definitely a step in the direction of Panzer Dragoon Orta on Xbox One becoming a reality.

Albert Penello from Microsoft also confirmed that original Xbox discs and digital purchases will carry over, so if support for Panzer Dragoon Orta is added at some point you won’t necessarily have to re-purchase the game to play it on Xbox One.

Custom Disc Labels for the Saturn Panzer Dragoon Games

Custom Disc Labels for the Saturn Panzer Dragoon Games
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Anarkhya has kindly contributed these custom disc labels for the three Saturn Panzer Dragoon games, made using official art from the games and related guidebooks:

Panzer Dragoon Custom Disc Label Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Custom Disc Label Panzer Dragoon Saga Disc 1 Custom Disc Label Panzer Dragoon Saga Disc 2 Custom Disc Label Panzer Dragoon Saga Disc 3 Custom Disc Label Panzer Dragoon Saga Disc 4 Custom Disc Label

These custom disc labels can be printed out and used on CD-Rs containing the games. Useful if you wish to keep your original copies free from wear and tear.

The Flow of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art Goes Ever On

The Flow of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art Goes Ever On
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Fan art based on the Panzer Dragoon series keeps coming. Here’s the latest batch from artists over at Deviantart:

Orta and Her Dragon Hard Cosmic - Monastery of Ash Orta Azel Saturn Dock Icon Last Flight Spitpaint: Dragon Rider Edge, Azel, and a Pure-Type Orta Standing Beside Her Dragon  Panzer Dragoon: Escaping the Empire A Ride Into The Dust

I’ve also added this short animation of a Gelata Urchin flying through Deep Canyon Glutch:

Thanks to Nevey for this last contribution.

Video Game Grooves Podcast Covers the Data Discs Vinyl

Video Game Grooves Podcast Covers the Data Discs Vinyl
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Video Game Grooves is a new podcast that began in April of this year. Dedicated to keeping listeners informed about the latest video game soundtrack vinyl releases, Video Game Grooves has covered the Data Discs release of Panzer Dragoon in their latest episode. You can listen to the podcast on their website:

Video Game Grooves Episode 4 :: Panzer Dragoon, Fez

The podcast doesn’t offer any new information, but is a decent general discussion of the Data Discs release. The section on Panzer Dragoon starts at 00:48:14.

Futatsugi Says Rail Shooters and VR Are Very Compatible

Futatsugi Says Rail Shooters and VR Are Very Compatible
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Famitsu recently interviewed Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi. Although the Google translation of the interview is rough, his comments about Panzer Dragoon and VR can be interpreted as follows:

  • He thinks rail shooters and VR are very compatible.
  • He says that although rail shooters are an old game style, we are currently at the dawn of VR, so the genre is a good match.
  • He thinks the combination of rail shooter and VR present in Rez Infinite is very good.
  • He thinks that when you play a VR rail shooter, the immersive feeling it creates makes us forget that it is an old game style.
  • He thinks that if someone made a VR version of Panzer Dragoon, it would be fun.
  • He is thinking of making a VR rail shooter.

Of course, Futatsugi’s development studio Grounding Inc doesn’t own the rights to Panzer Dragoon (or Crimson Dragon), so any VR rail shooter than he made would likely be a new IP. Unless Sega or Microsoft allow him to use their intellectual property for the new VR shooter.

Another Wave of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art

Another Wave of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art
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Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve added another batch of fan art to the site. Check out these new additions.

Blue Dragon Birthday Drawing Winds of Freedom Lagi the Blue Dragon Panzer Dragoon PS2 Pen Drawing of the Dragon Battle of Blue Dragon and Black Dragon Panzer Dragoon Orta Pencil Sketch

Once again, be sure to check out other art from these artists on Deviantart.

A New Wave of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art

A New Wave of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art
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I’ve uploaded a new batch of fan art to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. Thanks to the talented artists over on Deviantart for granting us permission to host these.

The Guardian Dragon, Humanised Blue Dragon and Imperial Ships The Mighty Blue Dragon The Blue Dragon (Black and White) The Saga Continues... Sweet, Sweet Morning

Be sure to check out the other art over on their Deviantart pages (linked from the contributor profiles on the individual picture pages).

These pictures are all great, but I particularly like the creativity present in the humanised Guardian Dragon picture.

New Saturn Power Magazine Scans and Fan Art

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Legaiaflame has made some scans of old issue of Saturn Power, a UK magazine from 1998, containing a preview of Panzer Dragoon Saga:

Saturn Power February 1998 (1 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (2 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (3 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (4 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (5 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (6 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (7 of 8) Saturn Power February 1998 (8 of 8)

And while we’re time travelling back to 1998, Azel 98 has also contributed this new piece of fan art of Azel:

Azel Acting Cool

Phantom Dust Now Available on Windows PC and Xbox One

Phantom Dust Now Available on Windows PC and Xbox One
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The re-release of Yukio Futatsugi’s Phantom Dust is now available for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. You can download it from the Microsoft Store now.

From the store page:

Phantom Dust for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC is a re-release of the original Xbox classic, now returning with full Xbox LIVE support and a host of enhancements, including Xbox Play Anywhere, cross-device multiplayer, achievements, and 16x9 presentation. It features new gameplay enhancements including multiplayer starter decks that let you jump straight into multiplayer, improved frame rate, and adjustments to overall game balance. Experience the cult classic that’s kept a passionate community playing to this day and a unique multiplayer experience that’s never been duplicated.

Not only do we finally get to play Futatsugi’s other big game with the initials “PD” in PAL regions for the first time, but the game is available completely free of charge.

New Panzer Dragoon-esque Music

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Here is some Panzer Dragoon style music that I created:

1) Kaihou to Kaihuku no Otsuki-sama

2) Language of Enablement for All to Use

3) Anorak Unit 3

4) Anorak Unit 4

Thanks, Artiste.

The One Who Wears Edge's Face, Enter Your Name

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Nemoide has sent us this cut out mask of Edge’s face:

Panzer Dragoon Saga US Edge Mask Advertisement

According to the ad, further masks were available from Sega.com of other significant Panzer Dragoon Saga characters: Craymen, Azel, Gash, Paet, the Dragon, and Edge’s captain. However it’s unclear if these additional masks were ever made. A quick scan of the Internet Archive (at around 1998) didn’t produce any findings.

Blue Dragon Papercraft

Blue Dragon Papercraft
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A Japanese Panzer Dragoon fan by the name of Akira has recently given us permission to share his Papercraft of the Blue Dragon on this website.

Blue Dragon Papercraft (1 of 6) Blue Dragon Papercraft (2 of 6) Blue Dragon Papercraft (3 of 6) Blue Dragon Papercraft (4 of 6) Blue Dragon Papercraft (5 of 6) Blue Dragon Papercraft (6 of 6)

You can visit Akira at his website to view other work he has done and also browse his YouTube Channel to watch the assembly video of his craft.

Our thanks go out to Akira for letting us share his pictures and video.

Cartoony Transformations of Azel and Orta

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Azel 98 has envisioned some new cartoony transformations of Panzer Dragoon characters Azel and Orta:

Azel Hair Down Azel Gorgeous Beautiful Face Azel Inflated Orta Swells Up

I particularly like the first one depicting what Azel might look like with her hair down. It’s a mystery whether Azel’s hair could become loose like that or if its underlying structure is rigid, similar to Abadd’s bony “pony tail”.

Panzer Dragoon Advertisements

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I’ve set up a new Advertisements category containing scans of ads of the Panzer Dragoon games for historical purposes. To start us off, here’s a US Saturn pricing ad which features the original Panzer Dragoon:

Sega Saturn US Pricing Advertisement

If you’ve got some old magazines around containing Panzer Dragoon ads it would be great to receive your contributions.

Note, it’s possible that if your ad blocker may complain about this section or hide the images because we’ve used the word “advertisement”. We’re not trying to sneak ads into your browser. We don’t like ads either, which is why this site has never had any.

First Look at Xbox One/PC Phantom Dust Re-Release

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Phil Spencer from Microsoft has tweeted a screenshot of the upcoming remastered version of Phantom Dust which is expected to arrive some time in 2017 on both Xbox One and Windows PC.

Phantom Dust Re-Release Screenshot

Phantom Dust was originally released in 2004 for the original Xbox. Phantom Dust was Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi’s other big game, and like Panzer Dragoon, received a cult following but was not a commercial success.

Phil Spencer wants Phantom Dust to be released before E3 in June of this year.

New Panzer Dragoon Zwei Fan Art

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Alkaline Azel and Zak Simmons Hurn have contributed a new piece of Panzer Dragoon Zwei fan art. Check it out:

Panzer Dragoon Zwei

This passage from Dragon Book 2 comes to mind:

It was like being in the middle of warring Gods, only the combatants were people. Even if the vehicles were hell spawn, the riders were still human. But I had to protect myself. I sent them all to fiery deaths. Without hesitation.

Inflated Orta

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Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do…

Orta Inflation

Thanks to Azel 98 for the contribution.

VGMO Interviews Saori Kobayashi at MAGFest 2017

VGMO Interviews Saori Kobayashi at MAGFest 2017
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Emily McMillan from VGMO (Video Game Music Online) recently interviewed Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi at MAGFest 2017.

Read the Full Interview on VGMO

In the Interview, Saori Kobayashi shares some interesting insight into her album Terra Magica, which was released last year, in how it relates to Panzer Dragoon:

I’m very well aware that most of my fans are Panzer Dragoon music fans so I definitely wanted to keep elements of that in place for this album. In terms of the packaging on the CD–as we all know, Panzer Dragoon is a game series that takes place in the sky, and that’s been a very prominent theme of those games, but for something like Terra Magica, I wanted to focus on the ground a bit more. I wanted to show that part of the Panzer Dragoon world that has not been as prominently featured, if that makes sense.

There is no game, but it’s supposed to sound like it came from a game. It’s an album that’s made specifically for people who like to listen to that, my old music.

Also, we learn that the music of Crimson Dragon was changed specifically for the Xbox One version. The arrangement was done by an orchestra, and a more Hollywood-based composer, however the Xbox 360 versions of some of those tracks ended up on her album Journey. “Journey would be the way I would have done it.” Kobayashi says.

Alexander Aniel from Brave Wave also revealed that there’s more coming from Saori Kobayashi in the future. “Big anniversary coming up!”, he says. Could he be talking about Panzer Dragoon Saga’s 20th anniversary next year?

Retronauts Discusses Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack

Retronauts Discusses Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack
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The latest episode of the Retronauts podcast contains a twenty minute section discussing the Panzer Dragoon soundtrack which was recently re-released on vinyl. Check it out:

Retronauts Episode 83: A trial run for “Retronauts Radio”

The talk includes music samples from the soundtrack, a discussion how the soundtrack feels like movie score, Azuma’s previous work and how it influenced Panzer Dragoon’s soundtrack, how the soundtrack has a 90s quality to it but yet doesn’t feel dated, and some talk about the new Data Discs release. Good stuff.

Saori Kobayashi Performing at MAGFest 2017

Saori Kobayashi Performing at MAGFest 2017
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Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi recently performed at MAGFest 2017, which took place between the 5th and 8th of January in National Harbor, Maryland. The full 40 minute performance can be found on MAGFest’s YouTube channel.

Saori Kobayashi played six tracks, with assistance from Yumiko Takahashi, the Triforce Quartet, and others. The songs played include music from the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon games.

  • 0:00 - Dance of Seekers (from Terra Magica)
  • 8:03 - Bravehearted (from Terra Magica)
  • 15:05 - Dragon’s Journey (from Journey, based on the theme of Crimson Dragon)
  • 19:42 - Tsubasa (from Journey, based on the camp theme from Crimson Dragon: Side Story)
  • 27:43 - Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (from Panzer Dragoon Saga)
  • 33:23 - Anu Orta Veniya (from Panzer Dragoon Orta)

The last four songs include vocals by Yumiko Takahashi. All of the performances are great and I particularly liked the addition of the flute and violin in the intro to Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu.

High Quality Scans of the Azel Novel

High Quality Scans of the Azel Novel
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I’ve uploaded a couple of scans of the front and back covers of Panzer Dragoon Azel, the Japanese novelisation of Panzer Dragoon Saga:

Panzer Dragoon Azel Front Cover Panzer Dragoon Azel Back Cover

My thanks go to Skye Welse for contributing these scans.

Panzer Dragoon Series Sculptures

Panzer Dragoon Series Sculptures
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A while back I was surfing the Internet in the hopes of finding some new and fantastic creations related to the the Panzer Dragoon series. Here are some of the great sculptures that I have found.

Sculptures of the Blue Dragon and Prototype Dragon by UMR:

Blue Dragon Sculpture (01 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (02 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (03 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (04 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (05 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (06 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (07 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (08 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (09 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (10 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (11 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (12 of 12)
Prototype Dragon Sculpture (1 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (2 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (3 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (4 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (5 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (6 of 6)

A sculpture of Shelcoof and another of the Blue Dragon with his rider by Ozaki Shosan Workshop:

Shelcoof Sculpture (1 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (2 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (3 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (4 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (5 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (6 of 6)
Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (1 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (2 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (3 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (4 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (5 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (6 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (7 of 7)

Another sculpture of the Blue Dragon by Wakasa Takeshi:

Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (1 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (2 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (3 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (4 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (5 of 5)

A sculpture of Edge and his dragon by Sparrow S.A.:

Edge and Dragon Sculpture (1 of 2) Edge and Dragon Sculpture (2 of 2)

Finally, a sculpture of Atolm Dragon by Artelier Luna:

Atolm Dragon Sculpture (1 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (2 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (3 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (4 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (5 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (6 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (7 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (8 of 8)

Some of these items are for commercial use, but it seems that almost all of them are only sold during an event called the Wonder Festival in Japan.