The League of Legends spin-off anime series Arcane has been given a release window of fall 2021. While this won’t be the first Netflix video game adaptation, it is the first-ever League of Legends show. Given how popular the game is, the show could do incredibly well. As long as it’s true to the source material.
According to Netflix, Arcane is described as an “event series.” This seems to indicate that it won’t have multiple seasons. Unlike Castlevania. Instead, the series could tie in with big events in League of Legends. This would add to the story being built around each character and how they interact. The series could equally tie in with real-world events such as tournaments, with new characters being revealed, getting an event series, and then being used throughout a season.
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What is Arcane?
The blurb for Arcane explains that the setting is “in the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.” The series will go on to cover “the origins of two iconic League champions – and the power that will tear them apart.” Shauna Spenley, a Riot Games Executive, added that this series has been created as a love letter to both players and fans. Particularly those who have been asking for deeper dives into the League of Legends world. She added that Netflix was the clear choice as a partner for creating such a series because the global brand and reputation for quality will see it spread to as many people as possible.
There are hundreds of Legends that the series could follow. If Arcane is meant to be a series of separate events, then it could follow all of them, from Lee Sin to Jinx. There’s no limit on where it could go and explore and the characters it could explore as well.
Netflix has a proven track record when it comes to creating an original series. The Witcher is a great example that is more inspired by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and based on the books. However, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness looks incredible, and there are plans for Tomb Raider and Sonic animes as well. Arcane could only be the beginning.