Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is well underway all over the world people are celebrating. Thus it’s no surprise that Shanghai-based miHoYo, developers of Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact, is getting into the spirit of the occasion. While Genshin celebrates with the ongoing Lantern Rite event, Honkai has debuted a new animated short featuring the game’s core cast.
In the special, characters Murata Himeko, Raiden Mei, Kiana Kaslana, Bronya Zaychik, Fu Hua, and Theresa Apocalypse all enjoy a chilly evening, a nice dinner, and a comfortable time at home to watch the Lunar New Year turn over. At the end, the characters Durandal and Rita Rossweisse call in to watch the fireworks. Though no story spoilers are to be found in the ten-minute feature, the comment sections have fans familiar with current developments in Honkai Impact 3rd‘s plot are celebrating the reunion as somewhat bittersweet. An alternative version of the short posted to Facebook contains an extra scene featuring Seele talking to Bronya.
The short is part of miHoYo’s Cooking With Valkyries animated series, a spinoff of Honkai Impact 3rd in the vein of shows like Fate/stay Night‘s Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family. The show features the characters of Honkai Impact in a peaceful environment, free to make their favorite foods and have fun adventures with no heart-wrenching plot developments to get in the way. The series is up to its 2nd season and is uploaded regularly to the game’s official Youtube channel. Though usually dubbed in Chinese, in 2020 miHoYo began uploading episodes featuring the game’s Japanese dub cast as well.
Here’s one of Murata Himeko (who happens to be voiced in Japanese by Rie Tanaka, the same actress who voices Genshin Impact‘s Lisa) making some noodles:
Honkai Impact 3rd is immediately available on iOS, Android, and PC. Players who begin can try out the ongoing collaboration event with Neon Genesis Evangelion and potentially win Asuka as a playable character.