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Microsoft Produces Halo Anime Series With Japanese Studios

by dtshyk
Jul 23, 2009 3:05 AM | 120 Comments
According to Los Angeles Times, Microsoft announced an anime series of game "Halo". The seven-episode series titled "Halo Legends" will be produced by Production I.G, Toei Animation, BONES, Studio 4℃, Casio Entertainment. Microsoft is in charge of the story and the visuals. A trailer will be shown at Comic-Con on July 23rd.

Key visual of Halo Legends

Frank O'Connor
Creative directors:
Aramaki Shinji
Oshii, Mamoru
Joseph Chou

STUDIO 4℃ produces a 30-min episode titled "Origins" and it's about one hundred thousand years of the history of Halo universe.

The DVD, downloads and Blu-ray will be available in the early 2010.

Game Spark

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Fall of Reach for the win!!!!

If they animate the first book all is good and I'll be really excited... otherwise meh...

Oct 19, 2009 8:21 PM by Llama765

Definitely didn't expect an anime for Halo
Love RvB and the game ( even though I don't own one... yet )
Some really awesome studios there.
Can't wait ^^

Sep 25, 2009 5:54 PM by aoikishu

I've only played one halo game and that'd be the first one. So I'm not really interested. Most animes made after video games arent that great anyways. I can only think of a few exceptions to that though.

Sep 20, 2009 3:26 AM by Rail_Man

I hate toei.

BONES, I'm looking forward too.

Sep 20, 2009 1:53 AM by Miccool

BONES, I.G., Toei... Halo is in good hands. No doubt, this is going to be amazing. <3

(Optimism is good, guys!)

Aug 20, 2009 3:15 AM by Frankencastle

Production I.G.
Studio 4°C

There's no way that this should be bad. There's no way... right?

Aug 19, 2009 6:24 PM by tehnominator

I just watched the preview, and I'm a little worried. I'm still gonna watch it and see how it is, but the preview didn't affirm me that it was going to be good.

Jul 26, 2009 12:15 PM by Meh_93

Hopefully this will be as awesome as Batman: Gotham Knight.

Jul 25, 2009 10:58 AM by spartan112g

Just watched the trailer for this thing... seems like this will be to Halo what the Animatrix was to the Matrix universe (i.e. the studios' interpretations of the Halo universe, not actual canon). This time around though, thankfully, we have far better animation studios behind the project.

I'm looking forward most to what Bones has to offer, but I'm skeptical overall with the series. Toei's work has me worried, and Production I.G.'s show of CGI in the trailer looked lackluster at best, same with Casio Entertainment... but we'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

Jul 24, 2009 7:12 PM by JG_Wezz

Hmm, everyone who mentions something about game to anime adaptions not being good also lacks Gungrave viewing. Seriously people, it's worth a watch.

Jul 24, 2009 7:02 PM by Seasonreaper

Just another of Microsoft's attempt to conquer the Japanese console market by popularizing one of its key franchise, that's it. Of course, like with Xbox 360 exclusive JRPGs, this isn't gonna work if the show is bad...

Anyway the anime is based of a game so even if most of the studios listed are top-notch, I'm not getting my hopes high.

Jul 24, 2009 1:43 PM by Alexstratz

Phew... well I for one am relieved that some American corporations are taking an interest in anime as an outlet of entertainment, despite the potential recoil from both sides (anime/halo fans... I've seen it both, some real hatred seen, sheesh).

Primus said:
They should just make an 12-13 episode anime out of "The Fall of Reach" and then leave it be. That was the only time Halo's story was interesting IMO

And Agreed, this would be the ideal length and encompassing. I believe that this will cover an extensive amount more than the games did... check the trailer: Halo Legends Trailer

Also shows the studio listing specifically through-out the trailer, and some scenes... honestly looks promising imo. Done as shorts - each section done by a different studio. Production IG's and Bones's sections look best.

Jul 24, 2009 11:05 AM by Rawnchie14

3rr0R said:
Now that's...
There are some really good studios on the list, however, I'm not fan of the game, so I'm not sure, if I'm going to watch it

I think I'll watch it just for Bones and Toei Ani.

Jul 24, 2009 9:27 AM by vault2049

They should just make an 12-13 episode anime out of "The Fall of Reach" and then leave it be. That was the only time Halo's story was interesting IMO

Jul 24, 2009 9:05 AM by HelpfulRomeda



Jul 24, 2009 8:27 AM by GREW

velcom said:
(most being sony fanboys)

How original.

Jul 24, 2009 7:54 AM by Seasonreaper

nice set of studio.

Jul 24, 2009 7:19 AM by villains

I myself can't wait to see this~! :D

Jul 24, 2009 6:56 AM by Penguin-chan

Fai said:

Games are already dead :P

Yet halo 3 is what one of the top selling games ever or something and their is more games coming out as well as halo 3 is still one of xbl's top played games (I am a halo fan but more of a fan of the first and second rather than all the people crazy over 3) can't say it's dead already.....

I do agree with you about people judging it already, but then again with all the halo bashers (most being sony fanboys) people are going to do that. I think this has potential and like i said at the start of the thread, we won't know till we see it.

Oh and I'm sure it will be damn successful in western countries. Just think about it, even all the non-anime viewers who love Halo will watch it. I'm sure it will be a hit even if it does disappoint.

Jul 24, 2009 6:44 AM by velcom

CkretAznMan said:
The Halo franchise should just die already.

no. Its too awesome to die out. The books that is. Games are already dead :P

Amex_Yohko said:
Dear Bill Gates,

Please stop bothering Japanese people. They hate you. They hate your XBOX and XBOX 360. You even force them to buy one in order to play Tale of Vesperia and they were fooled when the PS3 version was released recently. Now you forced them to make you awesomely bad Halo 'anime'. Please stop your silly idea otherwise the Japanese people will drop nukes on your country soon.

And the anime market is wider than just japan. Microsoft will get a huge profit from this project in USA and Europe. Good Story+Good Profit = Good stuff.

Now for fail:
+10 FAIL for you having Gundam FagSEED avatar.
+100FAIL for you not noticing that old Bill no longer is in Microsoft for OVER YEAR already.
+100FAIL for you judging stuff before it comes out.
Veridict: You FAIL.

l-PsYcHoDoN-l said:
And halo is basically an american thing so i dont expect it to be a huge success.

If they do faithfully follow the novel storylines, then it will be a major hit in USA and Europe.

Jul 24, 2009 5:43 AM by Fai

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