League of Legends: Arcane – A Netflix Series Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is a bit of a weird one for me and I wouldn’t usually jump in to a review as quickly as this but I know that I’m going to be binge watching this show to catch up before the next episode comes out on the 20th November (I think) so won’t have time to write one down the line. But I’m just 1 episode in, I don’t usually watch anime or serious animation and I’ve never played League of Legends… BUT I do have a tiny insight as I love seeing people cosplay as Jinx – it is hands down one of the best cosplay looks out there. But I saw it pop up on Netflix and something drew me in… Even after just a single episode we’re sitting at a 4.5 star review and if they keep it up, that can only get better!

I don’t know exactly where this fits in to the League of Legends universe and as such this is actually a pretty nice introduction to that world – one which I now want to explore further by delving in to the game, so they certainly got that right as a marketing tool for the game! However, the premise as Netlifx puts it is:

Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of a war between magic technologies and clashing convictions.

This is a 6 part series being released in 2 acts, with each episode being around 40ish minutes long… Perfect length for this kind of show and had I not had other things already planned when I sat down last night I’m pretty sure Act 1 would already be behind me!

In that first episode, we are introduced to a rabble bunch of kids pulling a job – a robbery… But it looks like what they find isn’t quite what they were expecting… Something which looks to act as a catalyst for a world which seemingly is going to just get more chaotic and violent. We already see a little bit of this and the way it’s presented is absolutely stunning. The animation is equal parts beautiful and gritty as well as perfectly setting the balance between bringing a game to life and helping you forget that this is based on a game.

Stuff like this based on games can be hit and miss, especially when it’s animated! Live action movies based on games can be absolutely incredible! Some of my favourite movies include Doom (no really), Resident Evil (basically the whole franchise) and the Silent Hill movies… They just work! On the other hand, animated Resident Evil movies and those for Final Fantasy have never been something I have enjoyed. They always still feel like a huge cut scene from a game… This series doesn’t feel like that!

I don’t want to spoil anything from that first episode and can’t even begin to imagine where the story is leading so I’m going to leave it there, strap in and enjoy the ride moving forward, strongly recommending you ignore the game part and doing the same… Purely because game adaptation is a phrase which can so easily put you off… this is an easy stand alone series!

I will just say that between the producers, animators and voice actors, they’re really working hard to make this project WORK! The main voice cast includes:

  • Hailee Steinfeld as Vi
  • Ella Purnell as Powder/Jinx
  • Mia Sinclair Jenness as Young Powder
  • Kevin Alejandro as Jayce Talis
  • Katie Leung as Caitlyn Kiramman
  • Molly Harris as Young Caitlyn
  • Jason Spisak as Silco
  • Toks Olagundoye as Mel Medarda
  • JB Blanc as Vander and Bolbok
  • Harry Lloyd as Viktor

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