Japan studios to create new anime on Halo universe

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Anime studios in Japan are set to take on Microsoft’s iconic franchise, Halo, by collaborating with Microsoft on a new anime, “Halo Legends”, that would see the game’s universe being launched in a new medium in several original short films.

Announced at Comic-Con in San Diego, the new animation will be produced by 343 Industries, a game publishing company owned by Microsoft, with the help of Shinji Aramaki, who is known for his work on “Appleseed” and “Appleseed EX Machina”, and Mamoru Oshii, who directed the “Ghost in the Shell” movies.

The films will also have the backing of several studios that have created “The Animatrix”, “Cowboy Bepop” and “Fullmetal Alchemist”; and include names like Bones, Production I.G, and Toei Animation.

It will be distributed by Warner Bros, via its Warner Home Video unit, but have not released any announcement on when it will these new movies be released, and how it will distribute the films.

According to the press release:

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 Xbox and 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. He becomes mankind’s champion in a race against an unrelenting enemy in its most desperate hour. Through The New York Times best-selling novels, comics and additional Xbox 360 games such as “Halo Wars” and the upcoming “Halo 3: ODST,” the universe has grown and tales of other heroes have emerged.

Previews on some of the episodes will be released this fall on XBOX Live, via a new destination called “Halo Waypoint”, which allows users to keep up to date with the latest news, activities and exclusive content from podcasts to video footage in the Halo universe.