Halo Legends features seven different stories set in the Halo universe, each made by a different studio.
The Babysitter follows the Helljumpers, Orbital Drop Shock Troopers who are sent behind enemy lines to perform an assassination.
The Duel features the tale of an ancient Arbiter who refused to bow down to the Covenant religion. Branded a heretic, he must now face the consequences of his actions.
The Package depicts a group of Spartans, including the Master Chief, who are deployed to infiltrate a Covenant flagship and retrieve a “package” in a secret operation.
Origins shows Master Chief and Cortana stranded following the events of Halo 3, with Cortana summarizing the fall of the Forerunners, the defeat of the Flood, and the rise of humanity as well as the events of the Human-Covenant War.
Homecoming centers on the Spartan Daisy, who reminisces on her past, and the SPARTAN-II project while evacuating UNSC soldiers pinned down by Covenant forces.
Prototype is viewed from the perspective of Marine Sergeant Ghost, who is determined to fight for all he is worth in order to make up for past grievances.
Odd One Out is a non-canon parody of Halo featuring Spartan 1337, who suffers from extremely bad luck.
This is my first review, so I’m sorry if you feel it is not as good as other reviewers.
Halo Legends, based on a popular game franchise is quite actually a good adaption of short stories that I rather enjoyed.
This review is based on a person who has played all the games and knows the storyline in which the games told.
"Note to people who have not played the games"
You may not like or understand this anime due to the anime adaption not following the main story line from a to c, its meant for halo fans to be able to understand the universe more and how
the events of the past lead to events that happened in the game.
I can't rate the series overall as one series that follows one storyline main plot because it’s so diverse in that sense it offers 7 different stories and many different art styles, by many different anime developers.
But I will say that where one story shines, another may not shine as much.
6 stories, which cover different aspects of halo's history, from its birth to its rebirth and how things led up to the story of halo: combat involved.
there is also a parody episode based in the halo universe but its not canon.
How well did they tell the history and events that happened?
I must say that it was very well done, from a narrated episode from the AI Cortana who was the master chiefs assistant in the game, to characters that only got introduced in the graphic novels, to totally new characters which help the viewer understand the halo universe aswell as expanding the halo universe and of course a episode with the master chief himself in which expands and explains more of his past and the other Spartans past.
The art of each story are rather unique in certain areas, but all of them expect for one episode have familiar anime art styles.
The art itself in each episode is great, and fairly enjoyable to the viewer who is watching.
it the art itself which has a negative for me because of the use of so many different styles, one episode may put off a viewer and they may get annoyed of the art style and not like it as much as the other art style for example in the previous episode.
But this is also one of its pro's because of its diverse art style, there is sure to be an episode where someone's tastes is met.
So from where one episode follows traditional anime style, to one that is heavily CGI based to one that is totally unique and has a water paint blurry effect.
the sound is great and to be expected from such renowned anime producers, from the dramatic halo soundtrack that is everyone is familiar with to a eastern soundtrack that helps portray the characters for example in one episode there is 2 elites that are fighting and the soundtrack you hear helps strengthen the idea of the elites being people who considered honour as their way of living who can be greatly related to the samurai of Japan.
"note to readers" the original anime is english speaking and from my view very well done so please do not be put off if you prefer japanese speaking over english.
The characters are portrayed very well, with the art styles and the soundtrack being so good, it is hard not to like the characters.
I think that without the great sound and art and story, it would be hard to relate to the characters usually but because the other elements of the anime is done so well you straight away feel the emotions of the other people in some episodes and feel their agony and desperation to shock and regret.
I will give a brief introduction the episodes and my thoughts on them.
Is an episode about a group of hell jumpers or better known as orbital shock troopers who go on a mission with a Spartan.
my thoughts on this episode is that it tries to tell the viewer on how the Spartans where portrayed from the public eye of other UNSC personal and this one focuses on one particular hell jumper attitude to working with a Spartan on an important mission that I will leave for the viewers to find out the details of.
Is based on the elites and is about an arbiter that will not follow the covenants beliefs
my thoughts on this episode is that the art style is rather unique, and may put off the viewer or irritate them when watching the episode but it should not distract the viewer in general from understanding the story its self and what it is trying to portray.
Is a 2 part episode narrated by the AI Cortana who explains past events of the history of the halo universe.
My thoughts on this story were that it was very well done, and that it does a very good job of explaining how things came 2 in the halo universe.
I will state that these 2 episodes should be watched first for maximum enjoyment from the viewers and people who have not played the halo games.
Is an episode that shows how the Spartan program recruited and how the Spartans came to terms with themselves.
my thoughts on this, is that it does a good job of portraying and introducing other Spartans but the episode itself is 2 short to give justice to the characters themselves, but does the job of explaining how the Spartans was recruited.
The story is focused on a Marine who is sent to a distant planet to destroy prototype powered armour.
my thoughts on this, is that it does a great job portraying the main character who you as a viewer as never heard of before and is nice to see a different event that doesn’t involve any Spartans but instead shows a man coming to terms with his past and the decisions he chooses to make that makes him human.
is a story that is a two-part all CGI-film taking place during a raid that consists of Spartans including the master chief that raid a Covenant Battle cruiser to take back a package.
my thoughts on this, is that the CGI itself is quite good, but due to it being an anime I believe CGI does not feel right when watching an anime that contains episodes that are not all CGI.
"Odd One Out"
This episode is a parody story of Halo universe and is not canon.
My thought on this episode is that it was quite funny, and they should make more episodes like this.
This adaption is quite enjoyable, though some of the episodes are quite emotional it just makes the episodes even more enjoyable.
The negativity can come in at a start of an episode with a different art style but once the person gets into the episode the difference in animation goes away and the person can enjoy the episode.
Overall I give the anime a 9/10, because of its various art styles and interesting story plots, but because of the episodes being so short the viewer may feel unsatisfied, but overall the anime is more like a taster and helps introduce more characters into the halo universe so that maybe in the future we can hope to see more of these people in later halo productions.
but for someone watching who is not familiar with the animations background (played the games or read the novels) i would give it a 6-7/10 i think.
It's really hard to rate this because of the fact that only a select few of the episodes are good compared to the rest, which are garbage.
The Babysitter. This one was okay. Animation was pretty good, action was good, characters actually had a personality.
The Duel. Words can't describe how epically bad this was. Shit animation (looked like I was trying to watch through a fogged-up window), set in some garbage fuedal Japan imitation (totally out of canon), insane amounts of melodrama, characters they WANT you to care about but can't. And the actual "duel" at the end is so retardedly
anticlimactic they should change the name of the episode.
The Package. Also okay. Pretty nice animation. All I really have to say.
Origins I. Cool for learning about the back story.
Origins II. See above.
Homecoming. This was alright. Nice psychological view into spartans' minds.
Prototype. BY FAR the best one. It did THE BEST job out of all of them giving the characters depth in such a small time frame. The animation was great, the action was the best out of all of them, AND it had David Matranga as the main character (who does his character great justice). The only problem I have with it is that it's not really clear why the prototype--and all pertinent data--had to be destroyed. They just say it does.
Odd One Out. Holy shit. This is so retardedly out of canon it isn't even funny. What the fuck is the point of this garbage? What the hell is going on? Why are there two random humans who have DBZ-type powers? Why is there a dinosaur? Why does 1337 have DBZ-like powers? God... this is shit. The sad part is that THIS is the episode in which they decided to cast Greg Ayres, Bittney Karbowski, and Chris Patton--renowned, talented VAs whom anyone who knows ANYTHING about English-dubbed anime knows at least one of. They got shit roles for shit characters for a shit episode. Oh, and Cortana looks retarded.
All in all, didn't live up to the stupid amount of hype it received.
Oh, and the credits are always epically long, but that can't really be helped I suppose.
It's very hard for me to do this review since each short is different and made by a different company but overall these shorts are fantastic (This is coming from the point of view of a long time Halo fan since she was 7 years old)
The Babysitter: 9
Animation was pretty decent and for a short period of time I did get emotionally attached to the characters. There is also a good twist ending that people will enjoy.
The Duel: 9
For me the animation was unique and colorful. I wish they developed more but this was actually for me the saddest out of all of them. The
fight scenes were extremely epic.
The Package: 7
I have to say this is my least favorite. The animation though CGI looked a bit campy to me and I really don't think CGI goes well with anime unless it's a video game. When I first heard John 117 it was off putting because I'm so use to his original voice but as I watched more episodes I got use to it and forgave that. I also didn't like how Halsey is so young but there are good things about this too. The action is awesome and it does reveal a lot about who was Cortana's maker and such.
Origins Part 1: 9
Very great recap of Forerunner/Flood War and why Halo was created. Animation was a bit too simple but I loved how much this one can suck you in by a matter of seconds.
Origins Part 2: 10
Second part has better animation and is more epic than the first. Contains the most memorable moment in the entire series.
Odd One Out: 10
Hilarious. That's all I have to say. O yea and hearing Brittney Karbowski (Black Star) and Chris Patton is win.
What can I say about Bones? Amazing animation, amazing story, amazing everything.
The second saddest of the bunch. Very interesting and gripping and finally they were able to depict Halsey correctly.
So that's my overall review. Again I'm writing this in the point of view of a long time Halo fan since she was 7 years old so if you don't know Halo I don't know what your POV on this will be.
Now giving something like this probably makes me a huge Halo fanboy, true I am a Halo fanboy, but these few episodes managed to reveal more and expand upon this amazing universe.
There may be only 9 episodes, but each one focuses on different stuff that goes on in the Halo universe and it doesn't just focus on the humans either, even the Arbiter gets his own episode showing us more how Sangheili culture works and what their like as a species.
A lot of the episodes do involve humans fighting against the Covenant along with the odd Spartan, but it really goes into
depth between the relationship of the UNSC marines and the Spartans, not knowing where they really came from and whether they should trust them to get the job done.
Even the Master Chief and blue team get a full episode to themselves, showing how well they work together and how badass they are.
It even tells us about the origins of Halo and how the Forerunners managed to beat the flood by having to sacrifice themselves.
I also found it funny how we even got an episode that felt like a proper anime version of Halo, feeling a lot like the ridiculousness of DBZ.
There is a wide variety of characters to choose from, as each episode focuses on someone different or a whole group of people entirely.
What I really like about this, is that it opens the universe beyond the games and by this point the latest game would've been Halo 3 ODST, so fans knowledge of the Halo universe would've been very secluded to the Master Chief. These episodes help show us there are more characters out there who made an impact on the war with the Covenant along with giving us a character from the Covenant as well to show us that there's a story here as well.
But it also does give us some Master Chief as well just to keep the main fans happy, while also showing us why he is such a good leader with other Spartans.
However I think out of all the characters Spartan 1337 is definitely one who stands out and feels like the Halo version of Deadpool and would fit very well in an anime version of Halo, since his snarky and overconfident personality make him a very enjoyable character.
What I really like about almost every episode is the different artstyles used for them, making each episode feel unique and would stand out. The best artstyle from an episode would have to go to The Duel which looked really well done and showed that Sangheili were not too different from the ways of the Samurai.
Odd One Out also stands out too, because it felt like it was going for a DBZ parody, just within the Halo universe and it did that very well.
Music and sound effects wise, were great, they really captured the true essence of Halo and what it stands for, despite the music being taken from the games it was redone very well and fitted the moments of each episode.
What I really like about these episodes, is that they try to focus on every possible aspect, ranging from the battles, to the spartan program and the Spartans themselves and it even allows us to take a look into the Covenant more as we see they aren't the complete monsters their shown to be in the games.
When it comes to adapting a video game into a viewing format like a film or an anime, this definitely gets the feel of Halo spot on and really does well to give us stories to expand it's universe beyond the games.
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