Premiering March 25, new fantasy show based on the popular video game ‘DOTA 2’ tells the story of Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the earth.
Netflix has announced the upcoming release of DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, a new anime series based on Valve’s popular DOTA 2 video-game franchise. The multiplayer online battle arena, or ‘MOBA’ game, is one of the most popular of its kind, rivaling Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, and Legends of the Storm.
The upcoming fantasy series tells the story of Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the world. Following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm as well as the noble Princess Mirana on a secret mission of her own, Davion becomes embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.
Take a moment to watch the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood trailer:
“Fans will love how we’ve imagined the DOTA 2 universe and woven together an epic, emotional, and adult-oriented story about some of their favorite characters,” said showrunner and executive producer Ashley Edward Miller. “The cinematic animation, acting and music are simply next level and I’m grateful to Valve for supporting our creative ambitions.”
Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor, Black Sails) serves as series showrunner and executive producer. Renowned Studio MIR (The Legend of Korra, Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender) will produce the animation, with Ryu Ki Hyun serving as co-executive producer. The eight-episode anime series is set to launch globally on March 25.
Earlier this month, Netflix shared the official trailer for Pacific Rim: The Black, their new anime series from Legendary Television, which will premiere worldwide March 4, 2021. Based on Legendary Entertainment and Guillermo del Toro’s blockbuster Pacific Rim film franchise, the Netflix Original Anime Series continues the tale of epic battles between monsters and robots, with an exciting new animation style produced by Polygon Pictures, known for the Netflix Original Anime Series Levius, the Ajin: Demi-Human series, and the Godzilla Netflix Original Anime Movie Trilogy.
This came on the heels of their announcement late last month, also with Legendary Television, of two new anime series in development based on Legendary’s Skull Island, part of its Monsterverse franchise, and Square Enix’s hugely popular Tomb Raider global game franchise.
This past October, Netflix’s growing commitment to anime took center stage with their Netflix Anime Festival 2020, where they livestreamed announcements of five new projects, bringing the streaming giant’s upcoming anime show slate to 16 (at that time – we aren’t sure how many have since been added). The five newly announced projects - Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure, Thermae Romae Novae, High-Rise Invasion, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan and The Way of the Househusband – came on the heels of Netflix’s previous announcement of new production line partnerships with Asian anime studios ANIMA & COMPANY, owner of NAZ, Science SARU and MAPPA from Japan, and Studio Mir in Korea, bringing their anime studio partnership number to nine.