23/07/2009. Contributed by Stephen Hunt
Microsoft, in collaboration with some anime types, is looking to produce a series of original anime short films, to be called Halo Legends. Halo Legends, which officially debuted at a Comic-Con panel today, is being produced by Microsoft's 343 Industries and features creative direction from anime creator Shinji Aramaki, director of the Appleseed and Appleseed EX Machina movies, and Mamoru Oshii, director of Ghost in the Shell.
The compilation will include a series of short stories that explore different times, themes and characters from the Halo universe and will be distributed globally by Warner. Other studios that are part of the project include the creators behind The Animatrix, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell and Dragon Ball.
Set hundreds of years in the future, the Halo series of games and novels chronicle mankind's struggles against an alien collective known as the Covenant. The Covenant is scouring the universe for relics it believes will lead it to a new life and is destroying civilizations and planets that stand in its way. The most prolific hero from the fiction is a super soldier or Spartan known as Master Chief, who is the main protagonist in the original trilogy of the Xbox 360 Halo titles. In the trilogy, Master Chief discovers that the Covenant is intent on activating a series of mysterious ring worlds known as Halos, which would ultimately exterminate life throughout the universe.
Aramaki told SFcrowsnest, "Halo and its characters are a very natural fit for anime. As a fan of the 'Halo' universe, it is an honor to work with Microsoft and my very talented peers from other studios to create this collection."
Amit Desai at Warner added, "As a leading entertainment distributor and a company identified with premier anime content, we're very pleased to be working with Microsoft on Halo Legends. The combination of the talent involved and the 'Halo' brand ensure the collection is something consumers are really going to enjoy."
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