Bayonetta Anime Trailer Shows Off Stylish Action, Anime-Style

By Ishaan . October 24, 2013 . 11:30am

Studio Gonzo have shared a new trailer for their upcoming Bayonetta: Bloody Fate anime film. (Thanks, Anime News Network). Set to open in Japanese theatres on November 23rd, the film will feature production staff that have worked on a number of high-profile anime series.



Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is directed by Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk) based on a screenplay by Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II). Designing angels for the film is Hiroyama Iijima (Afro Samurai, Tiger & Bunny). Finally, on monsters and firearm design are Katano Akai and Takashi Watabe (Ghost in the Shell and the new Evangelion movies).


Bayonetta: Bloody Fate will be followed up by the release of the Bayonetta 2 game next year. The game is in development for Wii U and will be published by Nintendo. So far, Nintendo have not announced if they will bring the first Bayonetta over to Wii U as well.

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  • EQeE

    Oh fuck it’s GONZO again. They never made anything decent.

    • Valtiel Ikari

      Gantz, Samurai 7, Basilisk, Afro Samurai?

      • EQeE

        Afro Samurai is a joke. The only good thing about it is S.L.Jackson. The only series they made and I respect is Last Exile which has a terrible and fucked up sequel.

        • Vash bane

          I havnt the time lately to watch anime (and I forgot) the latest last exile is bad?

        • Valtiel Ikari

          I have to disagree on that, Afro is very good, it does some crazy things, but the fights are awesome, the origin story is good, and how it’s revealed through the series is good to start feeling for afro, and that his transition was something hurtful for him, and actually had consecuencess for him and those around him, that haunt him. Creating an imaginary projection of his inner feelings (Ninja) in order to put a pose about him being brutal and emotionless just to achieve his goal and a lot more stuff.

    • Spirit Macardi

      Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk, Welcome to the NHK, and Full Metal Panic would care to disagree.

      • EQeE

        They made NHK. WTF, it’s one of my favorites. Maybe they are not as bad as people say on the internet.

        • doubleO7

          They’ve definitely made a few gems. You just have to sift through all their crappy shows to find them lol

        • Spirit Macardi

          They’re certainly not perfect, what with some of the shortcuts the occasionally make in animation, their reliance on conspicuous CG, plus some of the less classy titles they’ve made. Though, considering they were formed from former Gainax staff, most of that comes as no surprise.

          However, when they get something right, they REALLY get it right!

          • Space_Ghost

            I completely agree. I like them a lot from what I’ve seen, but I did notice some of the animation on Samurai 7 gets pretty sloppy at times in some of the earlier episodes.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Druaga was good times…dat first ep

        • Spirit Macardi

          Yeah, rarely will you find a show that mocks its own premise within the first few minutes XD

          Plus I absolutely adored Funimation’s dub work. Jil was the role that made me a fan of Todd Haberkorn.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      lol, I thought they died. Is this their comeback?

    • DyLaN

      Acc to some comment I saw, KNIM anime can be generally consider as a good adaptation.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    sexy and over the top like I wanted it

  • XypherCode

    I guess the anime is to complement Bayonetta 2 for those who haven’t played the first one. Nice move. I sure hope the film’s pretty decent.

  • HououinKyouma

    oh god why

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You will have it and you will like it.

  • xxx128

    Basilisk was awesome. Totally buying this.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Actually, I’m curious now about what will happen if this is brought over. Funimation seems to be the official distributor of all GONZO’s work in the US, but they’re located in Texas while the actors used in the games are in LA. I’m also fairly certain the games were a union gig, while Funimation can only do non-union for in house dubs because Texas is a right-to-work state.

    They’ll probably need to do what they did with Hellsing Ultimate and contract it out, likely to Studiopolis or Bang Zoom.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Bayo looks sexy as always… i’m really considering buying a wii-u mainly cause of platinum games (bayo-2 and wonderful 101)

    • Luis Ibal

      Same here.

  • WyattEpp

    I heard Wakamoto! Hooray!

    • Ninastars

      If annyone does not love the creator, Jubileus, let them be accused oh lord come ayyymenn.

  • Sergio Briceño

    Was this made so that Wii U gamers understand the backstory to Bayo 2 a little bit?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      This is a different story

  • Hope it is decent, I have a PS3 and really want to play the original but turned off by the reception of the port.

  • I love that they used “One Of A Kind” for the music for most of the trailer (My favorite track off the soundtrack). This looks good, and Bayonetta 2 is my reason for getting a Wii U next year lol.

  • DragKudo

    Sadly this is going to be a flop. It’s coming out on the same day as Persona 3. P3 is getting more advertisement. Don’t really understand why people are down voting me. meh

  • Jorge

    I can’t wait until someone eventually subs this and I can watch it. And then support the official NA release if that happens.

  • Vash bane

    I am happy about this anime yet sadden that I wont be able to play part 2( I am not wasting money again on a system I barely play) I wonder how many climaxes will be shown >:3

  • TrueDefault

    I’m super hyped, still, the boss battles with Jeanne in the anime will never be as awesome as the game.

  • DCBlackbird

    I haven’t seen an anime in some time… Bayonetta would of course be the one to get me back into them. Especially since I’ve been exhausted by the mainstream shonen material… This here looks much more dynamic and much less…. derivative and stiff.

  • Göran Isacson

    On the one hand, I’m a bit “well it might work but it’s still sorta eh” that it seems like this anime will retread a lot of familiar ground. Little Cereza, Balder is still around, really looks like it will be some kind of retelling and I dunno how hot I am on that option.

    But what I REALLY want to talk about here, is Norio Wakamoto as Balder and my feels regarding that choice. Warning people, it’s gon’ get TL;DR up in here, and about something that I am pretty sure I am completely alone in the world on feeling.

    I kinda don’t like it. And the reason I’m not feeling it has mostly to do with the english voice actor Grant Albrechts performance as Balder, and how it was simultaneously the worst and also the best thing ever about Bayonetta, and how difficult it is for me to readjust from Liam to Norio.

    To elaborate: the moment when Father Balder reveals his masterplan is without a doubt the moment where Bayonettas plot pretty much up and shits the bed. I am not gonna deny this, and I don’t think anyone here can in good conscience do it either. Suddenly we have time travel fuckery that barely goes explained or commented on, a long, overly elaborate and flowery rant that I to this day doubt was really necessary to the plot and which only seemed to paint Balder as a ponce extra-ordinaire, and a super-villain whose design seems to hail from a fever dream. Instead of looking commanding and respectable like most antagonists do, is an elderly, wrinkled, effete old man in a brilliant white and golden robe, phantom of the opera mask, Michael Jackson glove and… something I to this day just kind of boggle over… a albino peacock slung over his shoulder as a stole. And to top it all off, a vocie performance that just… my God. Father Balders English voice. It must be heard to be believed- I did not believe a man could draw out syllables that long, or titter that evilly, the only way it could have been more ridiculously stereotypically evil was if he was voiced by Tim Curry. It was like the perfect storm of “are you kidding me” and “there is no way I can take this seriously”.

    And it worked. Dear sweet Jubileus in Paradiso, how it WORKED. I was almost gasping for air at the magnificent display of lack of ability to give a single fuck. Balder is just… he is almost more the spirit of Bayonetta than Bayonetta herself, camp all the way out unto his very fingertips, capable of ruining demon-shit like it ain’t no thang while sporting a look that’s impossible to believe or take seriously, he’s just…. ALBINO PEACOCK AS A STOLE PEOPLE. He is fantastic, and he’s horribel from a design stand-point, just this unbelievable mish-mash of all kinds of things that I have no idea what it’s supposed to represent. It’s absurdity to the Nth level, and in a game like Bayonetta? I would not have it any other way. Balder is the villain a ridiculous, over the top game like Bayonetta both needs and deserves.

    See, until the point of his reveal I didn’t really care much for the plot. I did think Cereza was unusually warmly and adorably written for a game like this, and Bayonetta was likable enough as an action lead and the sequences she was involved with where fantastically eye-grabbing, but at the same time I was just sort of nodding along to the plot, not really feeling anything in particular for Bayo or Jeanne or the angels. But then Balder came out, and it was like a light illuminated my vision. Yes, I will not deny it. From the moment he steps onto the stage the plot shits the bed in terms of quality.

    But to me, what a dump it was. It was someone boldly striding into a bed in the center of a room, dropping trousers with a magnificent flourish, squatting down and dropping a dookie that made a mess approaching art. One could not help but be moved by the audacity of it all, just how little the game seemed to care about it’s plot. All that mattered in the end was how Bayonettas supremely creepy daddy smeared magic lipstick on a little girls lips with his bare finger-tips and then gets his creeper-plans ruined by two fantastic ladies working together. It was onehundred percent ovaries to the walls idiotic, and my God: it embraced it’s target goal with seldom seen aplomb.

    And Grants utterly over the top tittering fancypants delivery was SUCH a key part of that. At the same time completely unbelievable and utterly fantastic in how over the top it was. But Norio Wakamoto… man pretty much has one voice and one mode. Norio is Norio is Norio, and Norio has been the Charles vi Brittania, Alexander Anderson, lots of serious roles. His voice commands actual respect. I just… can’t picture superridiculous Bond-villain Balder with Norios voice. It just can’t be half as magic as Liam’s simultaneously phoned in and amazing performance. It just can’t be that camp. Jun Fukuyama could have done it, basically done his Leopoldon/Zero voice but with a more sinister edge, but Norio… I dunno man. I’m just not feeling it. All it does is make me imagine Balder stalking Hayate the Combat Butler and narrating his life sarcastically while staying completely invisible and like, having his face hover inches away from people and make them superuncomfortable all the time.

    … Okay that actually sounds kind of amusing. Maybe there’s some merit in this choice after all. Maybe.

  • Oltheros

    So they’re giving Bayonetta a Japanese VA then? Just for the movie or Bayonetta 2 also?

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