The trilogy of Halo games may be over but Microsoft is not prepared to let the Halo cash cow lay idle in the pasture. The milk didn’t flow much when the real-time strategy game Halo Wars developed by Ensemble Studios for the Xbox 360 was released earlier this year but fear not Microsoft reviewed their milk extraction technology and teased our wallets with Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Who says the Master Chief has to stay within the video game realm alone anyway, the super great futuristic sci-fi spartan officer warrior is coming to conquer the world of anime soon.
Master Chief anime-ized
Microsoft isn’t planning a half baked animation branded as “anime”, instead they are looking to the east for help and have enlisted Japanese talent in the form of directors Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) as well as renowned studios like Production I.G. (Blood: The Last Vampire), Toei Animation (Dragon Ball), and Bones (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie) among others. “Halo Legends” as it is being called is an anime anthology focusing on different times, locations, and characters in the Halo universe.
I dabbled in the overrated Halo universe and played the console games. I absolutely loved Halo 1, Halo 2 should be erased from history and Halo 3 had excellent multiplayer (I never played the single player game beyond the first stage). I got caught up in the Halo 3 hype in 2007 and was put into a trance by the marketing campaign, I played Halo 3 online like crazy for the first few weeks it was released but then the trance lifted. The Halo anime does seem kinda interesting when I look at the names of the people in charge of the project. I know I’ll be watching it…will you?
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.