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Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Anime Trailer Previewed

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Arknights Prelude to Dawn

Animation studio Yostar Pictures is working on an anime adaptation of Arknights, and previewed the series with a new trailer. The series’ formal title is Arknights: Prelude to Dawn. The trailer debuted during a stream promoting the third anniversary of Arknights‘ Chinese edition.

Check out the Arknights anime trailer below.

Though brief, this is the most substantial look yet at the series. It will adapt the first several chapters of the Arknights main story campaign. Those are the story arcs “Evil Time Parts 1 and 2,” “Separated Hearts,” and “Stinging Shock.” More could be adapted in the space of future seasons, but those appear to be the ones confirmed so far by the trailer and previous teases.

The trailer itself features voice work and footage from the opening act of the game, which details the “Chernobog Incident.” This is when Reunion, an army of Infected rebelling against mistreatment and persecution by world governments, takes control of the city in an attempt to sow chaos and topple the existing order. A group of Operators from Rhodes Island infiltrates the city, as it is devastated by Reunion’s riots and a Catastrophe. The goal: rescue the “Doctor,” who represents the player in the game. Various Arknights characters appear in the trailer, including heroine Amiya (voiced by actress Tomoyo Kurosawa), Dobermann, Hawk, Medic, Ace, and Reunion members like Mephistopheles and Crownslayer.

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn is in production, though no broadcast window was specified. The game is available on iOS and Android. Yostar announced a spin-off called Arknights: Endfield for PC and mobile devices in March.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.