Halo Universe Unveils Halo Legends Anime Project
-- Production I.G. Production I.G has produced a number of acclaimed feature films, original video animation, TV shows and video games. For their storytelling and quality of animation, "Ghost in the Shell," "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade" and "Blood: The Last Vampire" have earned critical accolades in Japan and all around the world. "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence," directed by Mamoru Oshii in 2004, was the first Japanese animation feature ever to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes.
-- STUDIO4 Degrees C. STUDIO4 Degrees C is one of the top animation studios in Japan. Founded by the industry veteran Eiko Tanaka and acclaimed animation artist Koji Morimoto, it has become globally known for its uncanny ability to marry the spirit of high art with mainstream anime aesthetic. STUDIO4 Degrees C is known for works including "The Animatrix," "Tekkonkinkreet" and "Batman: Gotham Knight."
-- Toei Animation. Toei Animation, established in 1956, is the oldest animation studio in Japan. Toei has produced the largest number of global hit TV anime series for kids, such as "Dragon Ball," "Digimon," "Sailor Moon," "One Piece" and many more.
The complete "Halo Legends" collection will be distributed by Microsoft partner Warner Home Video, which will have more to announce on its release and distribution plans soon.
"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,'" said Amit Desai, vice president, Family, Animation and Partner Brands Marketing, Warner Home Video. "The combination of the talent involved and the 'Halo' brand ensure the collection is something consumers are really going to enjoy."
A preview of select "Halo Legends" episodes will first debut on Xbox LIVE, the largest gaming and entertainment network in the world, starting this fall through a new experience called Halo Waypoint. Launching in fall, Halo Waypoint will be a new destination for "Halo" fans on Xbox LIVE around the world. It will inform fans of the latest "Halo" news and activities, and grant access to content ranging from podcasts, trailers and screenshots, to exclusive video footage you won't find anywhere else. It also will provide a new challenge for "Halo" gamers with a career system and player rankings tied to both in-game and out-of-game accomplishments related to "Halo." In addition to the limited, early episode premieres, Halo Waypoint will debut several behind-the-scenes videos that chronicle the making of "Halo Legends."
More information will be shared about "Halo Legends" today at a panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The "Halo" franchise panel will be hosted by O'Connor, moderated by Chou, and will feature guests Aramaki; Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, president of Production I.G; and Tanaka, president of STUDIO4 Degrees C. The panel takes place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. PDT in Room 6BCF of the San Diego Convention Center. "Halo Legends" panelists will sign autographs at the Microsoft Xbox 360 booth in Hall G #5225 from 6 to 7 p.m. There also will be a signing at the Warner Bros. booth Hall F #4329 on Friday, July 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with O'Connor and 343 Industries' managing editor Kevin Grace on hand to answer questions about the project. In addition, the first trailer for "Halo Legends" will debut exclusively tonight on "GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley," airing at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.