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Exevier Apr 7, 11
Hmmm. That's interesting. Wouldn't have been my first choice for an anime adaptation, but that's not going to stop me from watching it. Hopefully the Legendary Pictures film isn't too far out, so it can make up for if/when this disappoints.

Of course, with the Dragon Age anime in the works, maybe Bioware's going to make sure this is quality stuff. They haven't let me down so far haha.

On a side note: Damn, Casey Hudson is a busy guy.
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Dragoshi1 Apr 7, 11
What people fail to realize is that lots of work go into this. The Halo Legends Anime for example. Many criticized it simply for being "Anime", but if you take the time to watch it, it actually sheds some light on the Haloverse(including a look at Cortana after the ending of Halo 3).

Mass Effect the Anime may not even show Commander Sheperd, as the novels don't even describe him/her. Simply because his/her appearance is decided by us the players. If he/she is mentioned, it'll be by using words that are neutral to females and males.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 7, 11
[link name=Dragoshi1]http://www.neoseeker.com/members/Dragoshi1/" class="mention[/link] Some of what Legends portrayed conflicts pre-established Halo lore, which contributes to some of that criticism. And of course it's going to get flak for looking too "anime." I mean, when do you see military guys with poofy magenta hair?

The problem with something like Halo being "anime" is that it does conflict a tad with the games' spirit and sensibilities. It's something much more subtle than plain old lore, in that case. Case in point, the "Homecoming" short.

Not all anime adaptations are automatically bad, of course. I quite enjoyed Gotham Knight and the much older Animatrix. Granted, they were adapted from movies, but still. They captured the spirit of their inspirational material quite properly, I'd say, and the animation was (mostly) topnotch.
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tballa Apr 7, 11
I liked halo legends...
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 7, 11
[link name=tballa]http://www.neoseeker.com/members/tballa/" class="mention[/link] Many did. Many didn't. People are funny like that.
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Paradox Apr 7, 11
Can't make Mass Effect any worst off than it is.
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Dragoshi1 Apr 7, 11
RabidChinaGirl That's also true, but only one short had the poofy hair. Take the Elite's Short, which was done in a watercolor style. According to Bungie, each one but Odd One Out was canon to the storyline.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 7, 11
Dragoshi1 My perception of the Elite didn't exactly jive with "samurai feline-esque race."

I'm well aware many people liked the shorts -- evidenced by its ratings on Xbox LIVE -- but on the flip side of that, there are many who did not for a variety of reasons.
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DedValve Apr 7, 11
I hated halo legends, but for entirely different reasons because it was anime. I enjoyed knowing more about the story but a lot of it was really, really stupid like those 2 elites fighting for glory or something in a stupid watercolor like animation? Yeah, I skipped through that. The rest of the movie didn't get any better.


I have higher hopes for this. Maybe we'll see the first contact war? Or how it was like before humans entered galactic civilization? So.Much.Potential.
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Exevier Apr 7, 11
quote Ded Valve

I have higher hopes for this. Maybe we'll see the first contact war? Or how it was like before humans entered galactic civilization? So.Much.Potential.
That's probably my number one curiosity about both the anime and the live action film. Will Shepard be in either? I'm guessing probably not for the anime, but I'd say there's a pretty good chance of a default male Shepard in the feature film.

The first contact war would be cool. It's been touched on in the comics, but not in much detail. Or maybe it could follow Anderson at some point like the first and (sort of) third novels did. Thane's story seems pretty fitting for an anime, too. Or maybe it'll be an original story with new characters. The sheer number of possibilities is what makes Mass Effect great. Haha.
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DedValve Apr 7, 11
I wouldn't like to see more Shepard. Without the entire Bioware team working on him I doubt they would get him to work. Not to mention that their is no "canon" shepard. He can be good, naive soldier, or a complete douche, so I wouldn't want to see any adaptation of Shepard other than his video game form. It just won't work out.

Besides, Mass Effect is so vast focusing on Shepard seems a waste. Their's to many goodies to make a movie or anime out of.
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Exevier Apr 7, 11
I have a hard time seeing the movie not having Shepard in it somehow, just because it's going to be such a big deal and they'll probably want it to center around the main storyline. Whether it's through the establishment of a temporary "canon" story (kind of like what happened if you jumped into ME2 without a game save), or something else, I'm not sure. Of course, there's still plenty out there that would make for a quality feature film; I'm just looking forward to see how they decide to go about this.

As for the anime, I'm sure it won't have Shepard in it, and I'm glad for that as well. As with the movie, I'm looking forward to seeing how this is handled. Either way, I'm optimistic!
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 7, 11
Exevier Maybe something centered around Hackett or Anderson? Just a stab in the dark, that.
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Exevier Apr 7, 11
RabidChinaGirl I'd definitely say that Anderson, Hackett, and/or the First Contact War are the top three possibilities, generally speaking. That'd be pretty great, because these two characters, in particular, both appear to have very thorough and interesting stories. I'm especially interested in Anderson's situation from ME3 on, because of some events in the novels. It's looking like one of the main characters from the books may be introduced in the games.

It seems especially interesting to me that this is being released after what should be the final game in the series. Just because of that fact, it makes me wonder how significant the anime is going to be in the overall story. It makes either full-on prequel (First Contact War/Hackett) or sequel (Anderson?) material seem all that much more likely, as it would be a bit unusual to release fairly insignificant spin-off material after the conclusion of the series. That sort of thing is usually used as a hype-building tool for future sequels.

But who knows; I'm just talking myself in circles, really.
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