Fire Emblem: Hasha no Tsurugi (ファイアーエムブレム 覇者の剣, translated as Fire Emblem: Sword of Champions) is a Fire Emblem manga that depicts the adventures of Al, a young boy with a mysterious past. It is initially a side-story to Fire Emblem: Binding Blade, but it becomes more of an alternate retelling of the game's story from Volume 3 onwards.
The manga is referenced in the actual game in the form of the items Al's Sword, Gant's Lance, and Tiena's Staff, named after the three main original characters introduced in this work. Characters from it will be a part of Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).
- Author: Hiroshi Izawa
- Illustrator: Koutarou Yamada
- Publisher: Shueisha
- Release: April 4, 2002 - October 4, 2005 (Japan)
- Vol. 1: ISBN 4-0887-3244-8 (April 4, 2002)
- Vol. 2: ISBN 4-0887-3324-X (September 4, 2002)
- Vol. 3: ISBN 4-0887-3376-2 (January 6, 2003)
- Vol. 4: ISBN 4-0887-3430-0 (May 1, 2003)
- Vol. 5: ISBN 4-0887-3513-7 (September 12, 2003)
- Vol. 6: ISBN 4-0887-3558-7 (January 5, 2004)
- Vol. 7: ISBN 4-0887-3602-8 (May 1, 2004)
- Vol. 8: ISBN 4-0887-3657-5 (September 3, 2004)
- Vol. 9: ISBN 4-0887-3763-6 (January 5, 2005)
- Vol. 10: ISBN 4-0887-3813-6 (May 2, 2005)
- Vol. 11: ISBN 4-0887-3868-3 (October 4, 2005)
- A large majority of the playable characters that appeared in Fire Emblem: Binding Blade makes brief cameo appearances (or at least have their names mentioned) in the manga series. Roy, Ekhidna, Cecilia, Perceval, Douglas, Elphin, Fae, Chad, Sophia, Niime, and Lance play somewhat of a large role.
- While the manga is a side story of Fire Emblem: Binding Blade and most of the plot is accurate to the game, some of the story has been modified slightly in order to incorporate Al and a few other original characters. As a result of this, the later developments differ substantially from the events in the game; the series continues on for several more chapters devoted to Al's side of the story after Roy's triumph.
- There is a Nintendo event with Fire Emblem: Binding Blade that unlocks a Trial Map of that in similar to Tiena's rescue.
- One of the volumes ends with a picture of some characters from FE7 such as Lyndis and Matthew.
- Several Plot holes can be seen that impacts Fire Emblem: Binding Blade.
- Usually, at the end of each chapter where an important character is introduced, "personal data" statistics appear, but most of the information is usually off from the actual game's statistics. For instance, Niime is identified as a "Sage", while she is actually a "Druid".
- Eliwood states knowing nothing about the Fire Emblem, which contradicts the events of Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken.
- Karel is never shown, since it follows the Bad ending.
- Notable examples of plot changes include:
- Narcian not getting killed by Roy's troops, but an enemy Wyvern Lord known as Zeed.
- Zephiel holding both Eckesachs and Sword of Seals.
- Many major to moderate bosses are killed differently.
- Murdock is more powerful in the manga, it requires (literally) both the combined strength of Roy and his comrades to defeat Murdock's defense.
- Like the game, the manga has received a fan-based translation instead of an official translation.