November 17, 2021

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Jack Gordon

CATEGORY

The New Netflix Original – “Arcane”

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The video game League of Legends has always been popular, but no one expected the company, Riot Games, to undergo the creation of an animated show. The official League of Legends Netflix Original, Arcane, was released on November 6th, 2021, and quickly became a humongous hit. It’s reached #1 watched …

The video game League of Legends has always been popular, but no one expected the company, Riot Games, to undergo the creation of an animated show. The official League of Legends Netflix Original, Arcane, was released on November 6th, 2021, and quickly became a humongous hit. It’s reached #1 watched TV show on Netflix in many countries, despite coming out within 2 weeks of this data being collected. Arcane isn’t only popular because it’s from a popular game, but also because it has a compelling story with a beautiful art style.

The show mainly follows the story of two sisters, Jinx (blue hair) and Vi (pink hair), who lost their family at a young age. I personally have not watched the show, although I plan to very soon because it’s highly suggested by everyone who has seen it. I only have very little prior knowledge of the characters and their story, but it’s easy to pick up even if you have no clue who they are. What attracts me to Arcane the most, however, is the beautiful animation and art style.

Riot Games has a very unique style of animation, often shown in their animated shorts for their games, so it’s expected that they would use it for their original show. It’s a 3D animated show, but the texture of their skin and clothes gives the show a “pop art” feeling. The lines at the edges of the shadows are harsh and clearly visible, which is a common trait in many “pop art” style animations or games. Take Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, for example. Arcane‘s art style is very similar to that game’s, but with more extremes in lights and darks, and much more detailed.

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