Production I.G. Collaborates on Halo Anime

By Ishaan . July 26, 2009 . 9:30am


Last year Production I.G. and Studio 4°C collaborated with DC and Warner Bros on Batman: Gotham Knight. Now, joined by Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist), Casio Entertainment and Toei Animation (Kanon), they’re working on a Halo anime financed by Microsoft.


The Los Angeles Times reports that directional duties will be handled by Shinji Aramaki, the man behind Appleseed and its sequel. Aramaki will also be directing his own Halo short. Titled Halo Legends, the anime series will be distributed by WB on DVDs and Blu-ray early next year, and will be previewable on XBLA this fall.


While Production I.G. is no stranger to working on game-related projects (they’ve worked on everything from Fire Emblem to Professor Layton), I was surprised to see Toei enlisted to aid with the project. Why enlist Toei when you’ve already got studios like I.G. and Studio 4°C, both with a significant amount of sci-fi experience?


Delving further into the L.A. Times’ article gives you an idea:


Studio4 C’s project, tentatively called “Origins,” is a two-parter that’s about 30 minutes long in total and tells the entire 100,000 year history of the Halo universe. Another, from Toei, is the only one outside of the official canon and pokes fun at some of the game’s characters.


Well, that explains it! I’m not particularly interested in Halo, but I will admit to having almost a blind faith in Production I.G. That they’re involved with the series gives me enough incentive to want to watch it.

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  • lostinblue

    seems like a waste of time and money.

    • malek86

      Can’t agree with that. If it were a TV anime, that would be the worst idea ever, but this is a straight-to-video series of shorts. I bet they’ll make a bucketload of money. Fans will buy everything, just think of Advent Children… and at least this one has a chance of actually being better (which is not going to be difficult).

      • lostinblue

        Well, I could call Advent Children a waste of time and money as well. they’d be better off using that money elsewhere.

        Even if it is profitable, I dunno about that, I was talking about the idea not the financial outcome.

  • Aoshi00

    Just saw the Comic Con trailers. Never was a huge fan of the series or Master Chief since I don’t play FPS or online multiplayer. But the anime looks interesting, the twist is of course one of the ODSTs being a female under the helmet, like Samus of Metroid.

    I don’t really watch anime these days anymore, but I just saw Evangelion Rebuild 2.0, totally mind blowing, Anno is still a crazy SOB. Can’t wait to own it on Blu-ray.

  • Hraesvelgr

    While I’m likely to pick this up on BD if I buy it, I still find it slightly humorous that it’s being released on Blu-ray.

  • Blackstar

    lmao microsoft products on sony products, thats pretty funny yet ironic, i wonder what the fanboys have to say about this?

    • Paul

      Fun fact: Sony doesn’t actually own the Blu-Ray, they are just one of the many companies that support it.

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