Netflix Dragon Age: Absolution Anime looks disappointing

A warrior slices through zombies with an axe.

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I started screaming kotaku Slack when my colleague (and staff writer) Isaiah linked a screenshot of it Dragon Age: Absolution. My Favorite Western Fantasy RPG Is Getting An Anime Adaptation? Sign me up. But then I started watching the trailer and my excitement immediately waned. absolution doesn’t look like a show produced for the fans of the source material.

Dragon Age: Absolution is a six-episode anime set in the Tevinter Imperium, a nation where mages without magic rule over humans. Netflix promised it would feature an all-original cast and stay true to the lore. The show is animated by the same studio behind Netflix The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare.

I wanted to like this so bad. But as the camera panned across incredibly generic looking buildings and characters, I was discouraged. There is a striking geometry to how BioWare designed cities in the games, and the Tevinter concept art would show their architecture as cramped and claustrophobic. If you told me I was watching a trailer DOTA: Dragonbornthen I would have believed you. I haven’t seen anything that tells me this is one dragon time Adjustment.

I bought those Dragon Age: Inquisition Art book shortly after the game came out, and I wish that absolutionThe characters from looked like Inquisitor Concept Art #24. Even cloaked, I associate the game’s characters with strong silhouettes. I didn’t see a single memorable character in the entire trailer. It was so bad that I began to wonder if I could tell two magicians apart. Voltron: Legendary defender had similar issues with uninspired character design.

Of course, I don’t blame the staff here. Those of the studio witcher Anime looks significantly better than that dragon time Follower. It’s a tough time for Netflix animators right now, and shows are definitely impacted by how much budget they’re given. Netflix recently 70 employees laid off from his animation department last month and animated projects like Wings of Fire, Kind regards from Kindergarten, and Anti Racist Baby was cut all the way through. Even if absolution well, we might not see a second season. Just look what happened Tuca and Bertie.

In the end it’s just a trailer. Maybe absolution‘s story will make up for how tepid I am about optics. But anime is a powerful medium because it strives to blend narrative with visual storytelling. absolution already feels paralyzed in front of the goal. Netflix Dragon Age: Absolution Anime looks disappointing

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