The trailer for the upcoming animated anthology Halo Legends debuted earlier this summer at Comic Con. Microsoft Studios will oversee story lines for the seven short films while five anime studios will produce the visuals. The anime studios include BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist and Sword of the Stranger), Productions I.G (Ghost in the Shell and Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade), Studio 4*C (Tekkonkinkreet and The Animatrix), Toei Animation (Dragon Ball and One Piece), and Casio Entertainment whose works I’m unfamiliar with. Anime directors Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) are also involved in this project. Halo Legends will cover different aspects of the Halo universe from the video game franchise and its associated novels. One of the segments will be a two-part origin story of the Halo universe while another is a non-cannon parody of the franchise.
It will be interesting to see how this anthology is received by Master Chief’s minions. The negative feedback I read on the internet from Batman Gotham Knight was not entirely unexpected. These views mostly came from people who don’t like anime or don’t grasp the concept of an anthology. I expect similar reactions to Halo Legends from some hardcore fans, even with Microsoft overseeing the project. Hopefully, most casual fans will give this project a chance.
Halo Legends will be previewed this fall on Xbox Live and a home video release will follow in 2010.