Very good, very fun game. In my opinion, Celica was the more nuanced protagonist and had a way cooler route, while Alm was more the vanilla shounen protagonist. I liked both of them, but I was a bit disappointed with how they decided to tie the two routes together at the end.

It feels a bit shackled by being a product of the 90s, with some female characters kind of being pushed to the back seat for the men at the end of the day, but that's more of a tiny speck of a complaint that I had of at the end of everything and it's not something that would impact me replaying it. I again acknowledge that it's probably just a product of its time, but even then this was probably a very progressive game for having female protagonist at all.

The voice acting was very good, the characters were very charming, and the music is great. The game is appropriately difficult, and it all makes for a fun playthrough. Alm and Celica are a very cute pair, and I'd love to see them again, whether through me replaying it or through some other means.

This game restored my faith in Fire Emblem after the mess that was Fates. I wish it sold better, but it is what it is.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021