I’ve never been a big fan of League of Legends and it’s not for lack of trying. After a few bad experiences with some members of the Riot Games video game community, my interest was limited to enjoying it from the sidelines: championships, lore, artistic section of the characters … So when Netflix announced the Arcane series I couldn’t be happier: a new League of Legends experience in which I don’t have to be like my salary was at stake in every game.
Adaptations of video game series and films have never been found among the most recommended productions of cinema, although in the recent times the interest in the video game industry for platforms such as Netflix has raised the bar. And this collaboration between Riot Games and Netflix can mark a before and after for this genre.
Arcane o Arcane: League of Legends is the new Netflix series in collaboration with the creators of the original video game, Riot Games. I have had access to the first episodes of the series in what has been a face-to-face loaded with surprises and a direct crush on my little heart.
Arcane: interesting, beautiful and with some other screw less
What I have seen of Arcane are the first steps in history revealed by the official synopsis: “Arcane immerses himself in the delicate balance between the rich city of Piltover and the seedy underground district of Zaun. The tension between these two cities is hotter than ever due to the creation of hextech, the means by which anyone can control magical energy in Piltover, and that of a new narcotic that goes by the name of scintillation that transforms humans. on monsters in Zaun.
The rivalry between the two cities separates families and friends as Arcane brings to life the relationships between some of the most famous League of Legends characters, such as Vi, Jinx, Caitlyn, Jayce and Viktor. Based on the League of Legends game universe, the animated series features a complex world filled with moral choices, incredible animation, and an engaging story. “
The plot is very interesting. The series has a set of clear protagonists and often focuses attention on various points and perspectives of the world and history. Nevertheless, some of those protagonists shine more than others. An example is Jinx, one of the most beloved characters in the video game, who simply dazzles every second that appears on the screen.
The political, social and moral implications are also very present. Certainly they are the engine of everything that happens, but I do not consider that a criticism of the class struggle, the price of progress or anything like that is sought. I don’t think Arcane takes herself that seriously. It achieves a very good tempo between humor, action and drama.
The animation, setting and the artistic section have made me fall madly in love with Arcane
I admit that Arcane has managed to leave me speechless from the first moment with everything that has to do with its visual section. The city of Piltover (light, color, beauty and wealth) and the underground district of Zaun (darkness, neon, danger and precariousness) are presented as two sides of the same coin. Both are set in a world with a retro-futuristic steampunk style very similar to what was seen in Bioshock Infinite, magic elements and some cyberpunk touches very well introduced.
Arcane’s world combines many classic and future elements that surprise and that go from the classic zeppelins, through swords and other firearms with blunderbuss and musket aesthetics, to machine guns and flying skateboards. This also applies to character design, clothing and personality. They haven’t made it easy for cosplayers!
When it comes to animation, Netflix and Riot Games have done a superb job. It is during the action scenes where you can appreciate the true love that they have put in Arcane. The choreographies of the fights are very funny and shocking. I only have good and beautiful words for these sections.
The only thing that worries me about Arcane is the development of his story: Will Netflix and Riot Games get an interesting enough story that is not diluted between so many characters and plots? It is something that we will know once we have access to the entire Season 1, which will be published in three acts:
- Act 1 (episodes 1×01, 1×02, 1×03): Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 AM (Spanish peninsular time).
- Act 2 (episodes 1×04, 1×05, 1×06): Sunday, November 13 at 09:00 (Spanish peninsular time).
- Act 3 (episodes 1×07, 1×08, 1×09): Sunday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. (Spanish peninsular time).
Season 1 will have 9 episodes directed by Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord and scripted by Christian Linke, Alex Yee, Conor Sheehy, Ash Brannon, Nick Luddington, David Dunne, Ben St. John, Mollie St. John.
Some interesting details about Arcane
- Although the world in general is called Runeterra, Arcane focuses on a single region, the connecting point between the two continents of Runeterra: the dual city-states of Piltover y Zaun.
- Piltover is the academic and scientific capital of Runeterra. Known for their brilliant minds and overcoming obstacles, Arcane displays the delicate
political cliff on which Piltover stands.
- Zaun is the complete opposite of Piltover, and not only geographically. Many of Runeterra’s brightest minds come from Zaun, but with much more difficult lives, progress is more important to many than ethics.
- The oligarchy is the form of government of both regions. Piltover has a
aristocratic oligarchy while Zaun’s is an industrial one.
The creators of the series, Christian Linke and Alex Yee, made it clear that The series is made so that both fans and non-fans of League of Legends can enjoy it: “We try to create something that doesn’t depend on the game itself, but is a great story about characters that everyone connects with, regardless of whether they know the game or not. We wanted to create something that audiences can follow and love regardless of this.“, dice left.
For her part, Yee says: “It is a fantasy series, but with a more dynamic and modern approach. We call it pop fantasy; that is to say, fantasy with a more energetic and fresh touch.“Finally, Linke points out that the fans”You should see [Arcane] as standalone content [al videojuego].”
In conclusion, I think Netflix and Riot Games’ Arcane series can make a difference and shed hope on video game-inspired movie and series productions. Netflix is putting all its effort into getting fully into the video game industry and This new series with Riot Games aims to be proof that they want to do it the right way. Fully recommended!
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