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Another Wave of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art

Another Wave of Panzer Dragoon Fan Art
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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.

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.

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.

Arunotaku TV's Video of DATA008: Panzer Dragoon

Arunotaku TV's Video of DATA008: Panzer Dragoon
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Aruno of the retro gaming/tech YouTube channel Arunotaku TV has created a video showing us what the collector’s edition of the new Panzer Dragoon vinyl looks like up close and personal:

The video contains a narration explaining each aspect of the vinyl in French, but we’ve worked together to include full English subtitles.

In addition to this, I’ve created an encyclopaedia entry here on Panzer Dragoon Legacy with the vinyl’s tracklist, related images, and other information.

This will be the last update for the year. I hope everyone has a good transition into the new year, and that 2017 brings better tidings. That said, 2016 has been good to Panzer Dragoon fans at least, with the release of Terra Magica in April, a live performance of Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu from the original artists in July, and of course this LP. The Panzer Dragoon series is far from forgotten.

Panzer Dragoon Prototypes Added to Downloads Section

Panzer Dragoon Prototypes Added to Downloads Section
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Previously only available in torrent form, the rare Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Panzer Dragoon Saga prototypes are now downloadable from our Downloads section. These prototypes were originally released by The Hidden Palace, a community dedicated to the preservation of video game development media such as prototypes, source code, artwork, and more.

Download the Prototypes from Panzer Dragoon Legacy.

A special thanks to DRX and the community members here (myself, Dragon Phoenix, Scott, Grumbler, alavaliant, Saturn_Worship, Lance Way, Ehndow, The Ancient, Roushi, Shadow, Snow Girl and Chizzles) who helped raise the funds to make these prototypes available in 2008.

The Panzer Dragoon Vinyl is Now Available to Purchase

The Panzer Dragoon Vinyl is Now Available to Purchase
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The Panzer Dragoon soundtrack can now be purchased on vinyl! Head on over to the Data Discs website if you wish to order a copy.

DATA008: Panzer Dragoon Online Store Picture (1 of 5)

The vinyl went on sale just a few hours ago, but already the limited frosted clear sky blue and grey vinyl edition has sold out. You can still purchase the sky blue or classic black version, however.

Saori Kobayashi to Attend MAGFest 2017

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Along with her AKANE band member Yumiko Takahashi, Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi will be performing at MAGFest 2017. MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music and other aspects of gaming that takes place in National Harbor, Maryland. From their website:

This year’s guests from Japan are Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi. Saori is an accomplished pianist who has composed music for Sega games since 1993. Her most notable work comes from the Panzer Dragoon series and Crimson Dragon, which features magical string melodies back by quick drum beats and ethnic flute melodies. She will be doing a special concert with Lauren Liebowitz from The Returners, Doug Perry, and The Triforce Quartet. This concert is only going to be held at MAGFest and is surely not one to miss!

Previously, Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi did a live performance of Anu Orta Veniya together at BitSummit MMXIV.

Panzer Dragoon Vinyl to be Released on Saturday

Panzer Dragoon Vinyl to be Released on Saturday
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Data Discs are about to release the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon on vinyl. It will be available on Saturday the 3rd of December. From Data Discs’ website:

We are proud to present the first ever vinyl edition of Yoshitaka Azuma’s score to SEGA’s classic rail-shooter, Panzer Dragoon. First released in 1995 to coincide with the North American launch of the Saturn console, Panzer Dragoon has since become a cult favourite, not only for its stark art direction, inspired by renowned French artist Jean “Mobieus” Giraud, but also for its sweeping soundtrack.

DATA008: Panzer Dragoon Online Store Picture (3 of 5)

Panzer Dragoon is presented as a double 180g LP, cut at 45rpm and housed in a single pocket, 425gsm mirror board sleeve with accompanying lithographic insert and silver laminated OBI strip. This edition features the entirety of Azuma’s score, along with three bonus tracks of alternate synthesizer versions. It is available in the following editions:

  • 180g 2xLP on frosted clear, sky blue and grey vinyl (limited edition) - £22.99
  • 180g 2xLP on sky blue vinyl - £22.99
  • 180g 2xLP on classic black vinyl - £22.99

It is great that this remastered version of the classic soundtrack will soon be available to vinyl collectors. You will be able to purchase the vinyl from the Data Discs website.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack
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Over on the Assembler Games forum, member Esppiral has figured out how to change the horizontal and vertical field of view in Panzer Dragoon Saga. The result is that the game can now be played in widescreen, as demonstrated in the following screenshots (click the thumbnail to view the full screenshot in widescreen):

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 01 Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 02 Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 03

You can check out the full topic where Esppiral provides codes to get the widescreen hack working on various Saturn emulators. Seeing these screenshots make me wonder just how good a remastered Panzer Dragoon Saga could look.

Saori Kobayashi and Jordi Asensio Live in Paris

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Back in July, Saori Kobayashi performed live to a group in Paris, together with Jordi Asensio. In this performance she plays three classics: Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (Panzer Dragoon Saga), Anu Orta Veniya (Panzer Dragoon Orta), and Dragon’s Waltz (Crimson Dragon). I’ve uploaded the video to our archive so that it can easily be found by Panzer Dragoon fans in the years to come.

A special thanks to Nicolas Girault for the recording. You can follow Nicolas on Twitter and YouTube.

Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn by Anark Grafik

Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn by Anark Grafik
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I’ve uploaded some photos of a custom Sega Saturn created by French artist Anark Grafik. As you see in the photos, the Saturn adopts official art from Panzer Dragoon Saga, specifically from the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG guidebooks.

Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (1 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (2 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (3 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (4 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (5 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (6 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (7 of 7)

Really nice work all over. My thanks go to BooQC Publishing for sharing the photos.

Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito at Japan Expo 2016

Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito at Japan Expo 2016
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Back in July, Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito attended Japan Expo 2016. I’ve uploaded a video clip and some photos of this event to our archive (captured by Brave Wave).

First up is a recording of Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito performing the epic theme song to Panzer Dragoon Saga, Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu to a live audience. Just awesome.

I’ve also uploaded six photos taken at the event:

Japan Expo 2016 Photo 01 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 02 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 03 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 04 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 05 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 06

I particularly like the dragon sketch from Panzer Dragoon fan, @kpeclet.

Thanks to Brave Wave for sharing this content on their Twitter feed.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Annual Hosting Fundraiser 2016

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Panzer Dragoon Legacy will be holding an annual hosting fundraiser each year so that the community can help fund the website’s server costs. This is similar to the method used by other fan sites such as Shining Force Central. To keep the website running for another year, we require:

  • US$10 per year for the domain
  • US$6 per month for the main site’s hosting fee + backups (US$72 per year)
  • US$12 per month for the forum hosting fee + backups (US$144 per year)
  • Total: US$226 for one year

To contribute to the fundraiser, you can make a donation directly to my PayPal account. I’ll post another update once the full US$226 has been met. If you’re unsure how much to contribute, I suggest around $10, but $5 or $20 would be great also. We need just over twenty people contributing $10 each to reach the fundraiser goal.

Why are we suddenly starting this fundraiser? Over the last year I’ve been adding features to Panzer Dragoon Legacy to make it more of community driven site. We now have a contributions system so that fans can directly submit news, articles, pictures, and more directly to the site for approval. This is great for ensuring that the site can continue to be sustained without a significant time investment from the busy administrators here. Long term, I’d like to see this site become mostly community sustained, both in terms of server costs and fresh content, with the administrators here acting mainly as curators of the Panzer Dragoon fan archive. This will ensure that, as a community project, Panzer Dragoon Legacy can continue to thrive for many years to come.

New Fan Picture of the Blue Dragon

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German Panzer Dragoon fan Veselo has contributed this stunning new fan picture to our gallery. It is of none other than the armoured blue dragon:

Blue Dragon in the Forest

What would the Blue Dragon look like in real life? This picture brings us closer to finding an answer.