Arknights: Reimei Zensou

Arknights Animation: Prelude to Dawn

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Synonyms: Arknights: Prelude to Dawn
Japanese: アークナイツ【黎明前奏/PRELUDE TO DAWN】
English: Arknights Animation: Prelude to Dawn
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Type: TV
Episodes: 8
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 29, 2022 to Dec 17, 2022
Premiered: Fall 2022
Broadcast: Saturdays at 01:23 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Yostar Pictures
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.101 (scored by 3322933,229 users)
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Ranked: #36832
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Popularity: #2032
Members: 98,501
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The discovery of a black crystalline mineral known as Originium has accelerated technological advancement in the world of Terra, with its high energy yield allowing people to demonstrate abilities akin to magic called Arts. Large veins of Originium can naturally be found at the sites of Catastrophes, various forms of natural disasters caused by the mineral itself.

However, the usage of Originium comes at a price, as there is a high risk of getting infected with Oripathy—an incurable and highly contagious disease. Because nations subject the infected to harsh discrimination, the oppressed begin a dissident movement. Calling themselves Reunion, the rebel faction mercilessly destroys cities, further contributing to the already calamitous nature of Catastrophes.

Rhodes Island, committed to treating the infected and uninfected as equals, is a paramilitary pharmaceutical organization believed to be the most advanced in its research for the Oripathy cure. Unfortunately, the person spearheading the project—an enigmatic figure known only as the Doctor—suffers from amnesia, effectively impeding what might be the only hope for the infected to break free from their chains of despair.

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Arknights: Reimei Zensou adapts the Hour of An Awakening main story arc of Hypergryph's 2019 mobile game Arknights. The anime supports 5.1ch surround audio and a 2.35:1 CinemaScope screen ratio to provide a movie-like watching experience.

The series was released in a Blu-ray box on February 22, 2023.

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Opening Theme

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"Alive" by ReoNa

Ending Theme

"BE ME" by Doul


Dec 16, 2022
Game adaptations or game advertisement anime have always been a mixed bag. Whether it’s terrible plot writing, boring worlds, or obvious pandering, game adaptations always are met with skepticism. However, Arknights: Prelude to Dawn is an example of one done with passion and love for the source material. I haven’t played Arknights myself, but I would imagine many Arknights players would be satisfied with this adaptation and loved how their favourite characters came to life. Of course, that isn’t to say that the entire eight episode run was flawless, as I did find a few parts rather heavy on exposition and a bit boring, but ...
Dec 16, 2022
Mixed Feelings
A game adaptation that stayed true to its source material. To the average person, this show may appear boring and will not pique their interest in the game. While to someone who plays Arknights, this show was a pretty good adaptation and overall an enjoyable ride, especially seeing their in-game waifus get the screentime they deserved.

As the title suggests, this season is simply introducing the audience to Rhodes Island and Terra's current state, problems, and so on. Unfortunately, since it is an introduction, it is bound to bore many people. But it serves its purpose admirably, hence the "Prelude to Dawn" in the title. In ...
Dec 16, 2022
In a lot of ways, we've come pretty far from the kind of abominable video game adaptations that were common in past decades, and many newer attempts at least have bigger budgets, a smoother flow, or sometimes even have a loftier vision than b-movie schlock like Masami Oobari's endless string of adaptations or live action Street Fighter or whatever. Arknights is a gacha game adaptation with a slick cinematic appeal and an ostensibly more ambitious story due to the pretensions of its ambiance and overwrought dialogue, but, in reality, there's not a whole lot there beneath the surface.

The world essentially looks like a lazy ...

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