First Trailer For ‘Mass Effect 3′ Anime Prequel

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 13th, 2012 at 2:59 am,

Plenty of questions arose when we first got word that BioWare was intent on expanding the Mass Effect universe through anime. Even more when trying to grasp why the animated film, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost would be centering around James Vega, a character introduced in Mass Effect 3.

Now that the first trailer and details on the project have been released at SDCC 2012, the direction and possible quality of the film are much clearer.

As a joint venture between BioWare and Production I.G., the creators of the series have gone to the right people, with the Japanese anime firm most well-known for Ghost in the Shell. Whether that kind of quality can be reproduced around a character as hot-or-cold among fans as James Vega remains to be seen, but the plot will hopefully add to the struggle against the Collectors showcased in Mass Effect 2.

With the trailer comes a brief plot synopsis, hinting at events within the Mass Effect universe that fans were previously oblivious to. Apparently, Vega was keeping plenty of secrets in ME3:

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is the prequel to the highly-anticipated Mass Effect 3 and follows the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega. Vega leads an elite Special Forces squad into battle against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his soldiers must protect the civilians from a ruthless invasion determined to capture the population for unknown purposes. Learn more about the Mass Effect universe with an unprecedented glimpse into the haunted past of Mass Effect’s newest hero!

Mass Effect Paragon Lost Anime Trailer

We’ll forgive the somewhat corny ‘Paragon Lost’ title, since the character at its core never really broke out of the strong, silent soldier mold during the course of the campaign. Vega had alluded to some particularly trying life-or-death scenarios with his previous unit, which the new prequel looks to provide more insight on. Obviously fans would be happier to hear that an anime film was being created around a more beloved character, like Garrus or Tali, but the control players have had over the fates of those characters makes that proposition somewhat tricky.

Since Vega was one of the more straightforward, less-nuanced members of Shepard’s team in ME3 – despite being played by Freddie Prinze, Jr. – more time delving into his backstory could be a good thing, provided the story is strong enough to stand on its own.It might be tempting to take a few shots at BioWare for having more story to tell than what was included in ME3‘s campaign, but it’s never too late to add to the fiction.

With the new Leviathan DLC telling a new chapter in the Reaper story line, fans of the extended Mass Effect fiction have plenty to look forward to over the next few months. What’s the initial reaction to the film’s trailer? Does the past work of the studio behind it instill optimism, or would a live-action film have been a better idea?

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost will be released on November 13, 2012.

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Source: Kotaku

TAGS: BioWare, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 3, SDCC 2012

  • KR

    Vega looks weird(er).

    • KR

      Also, so far every anime adoption of video games (including the terrible Dawn of the Seeker) have been terrible. It’s nice to see this movie is in 2D but still, not even interested in it. In the past I would have, but after this entire ME3 debacle (I didn’t just hate the endings – I hated that entire rushed, half-assed game and I LOVED the first two games) I’m not interested in anything Mass Effect anymore.

      And I agree – why not put a side quest in the game to help Vega cope with what happened to his team (as probably would’ve happened in ME2) and hear more about it? But no. Bioware has been selling out and so we get another terrible video game anime. Thanks.

      • dan

        i wouldnt say every video game anime. The Dead Space ones were rather fitting, in my opinion.

  • Red

    Why Vega? He’s such a weak character. His whole point in ME3 was to be the stereotypical jarhead of the group. Crass, rude, arrogant… Just down right pointless. His character lacked real shape. “Hey, Loco,” does not make a character. Why couldn’t this have been about a character people give a **** about. How abouta Garrus anime covering his time as Archangel, or a Joker anijme showing how he ended up with Cerberus. Hell, a Conrad Verner anime would be better than Vega!

    • Sammy

      I dissagree, Vega is one of my most favourite characters in the series. I’m just hoping that we get more story info on him in game as well via future dlc.

  • DrSamBeckett

    Nothing like Anime to ruin something that could have been good.

    • Dante

      I think the ruin came before this anime but either way…

  • Heather

    I think what bothered me most was the narrator trying to hard to sound like Anderson. But he’s no Keith David. I know what they’re trying to do here, and it’s tough. They’re fleshing out a character that no one had time to grow attached to, but it would be nice to see what exactly the Alliance was doing about human colonies disapearing before Shepard got involved.

  • bio

    Are those Krogans or elites?

  • Andrés

    Not interested.

  • Britt

    Which one was James Vega…?

  • Tyree

    This looks downright awful. And the worst thing you can do to get people interested is having wretched voice acting in your trailer.

  • nmargot

    This looks awful!!

  • Thomas

    pendejo anime…