Here’s the first look at the Dragon Age anime EA and Funimation announced so many months ago. I can’t help but notice it doesn’t look particularly like Dragon Age or anime. The latter is attributable to the fact that it’s made in CG by the tiny anime studio that did Vexille; without getting into the whole argument of what constitutes anime or not, while I felt immediately that those CG Appleseed films were anime, I’m not getting that with this. Maybe it’s because they’re adapting a Western property, maybe it’s the non-anime character designs, maybe it’s just too short a clip, but I’m not seeing any of anime’s traditional visual cues. As for the Dragon Age thing… well, that might be my fault since I haven’t played DAII yet and don’t know these characters, or maybe it’s just that I need the English dialogue to hear words like Ferelden or the Blight or Alistair, but right now it just looks like random folks in armor running around woods and shit. I’m not saying that can’t be Dragon Age, I’m just saying if someone hadn’t told me I was looking at Dragon Age anime footage I probably wouldn’t have guessed it.Thanks to Rei for the tip.
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