Halo Legends review

February 4, 2010 at 12:42 am 3 comments

“… but now, after after 7 years, I have finally come to understand your role, your place in the universe, and how you came to be here…”

The Man himself... in 3D!

Female spartans - a fanboy's dream

If you thought an anime series based on Halo lore wouldn’t work, think again. Halo Legends is an amazing viewing experience that seriously begs for more and more. While in total only 7 episodes and 1 OVA, with each episode 10-20 minutes in length, Halo Legends is packed with entertainment.

Yes, somehow there are samurais in Halo....

Every episode is different as different directors were responsible for each. The result is a collage of multiple perspectives of the Halo universe, all presented differently and having separate meanings. Obviously this makes Halo Legends a rather annoying subject to review. For instance, the hilarious OVA ‘Odd One Out’ following Spartan 1337 is juxtaposed with the deeper and far more serious episodes ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Prototype’.

F*CK. YES.

Even with the contrasting methods of animation, it is very clear from the start that a LOT of money and time was spent by the various directors into making their individual episodes look pure AWESOME. Two standouts from the excellent crowd are the watercolour style of ‘The Duel’ and the 3D epicness of ‘The Package’. These both must be seen to be believed.

Aeons ago, individuality was clearly not an option~

HADOUKEN!

The soundtrack of the Halo games was top-notch, and the soundtrack of Halo Legends is no different. Sometimes grand and epic, other times touching and sad, the music in Halo Legends effectively conveys a wide range of emotions that combines with what we see on our screens. Legends would be clearly not as entertaining without its first-class soundtrack.

I knew they weren't extinct!

It's Han Solo in carbonite!

What’s so amazing is the amount of emotion and meaning that is produced by such short episodes. We instantly laugh at Spartan 1337’s misfortune, while we lament Daisy-23’s death (yes, spartans can die). Perhaps the only thing I find annoying in this series is the fact that out of 3 female spartans that appear, only 1 survives. And she’s not even a main character.

Whoa... they make it look so easy~

If you’ve played Halo and you consider yourself a Halo fanboy, Halo Legends is a must. Not only is it one of the very few great video-game-turned-anime series, it’s a fantastic watch, with entertainment directly correlated to your Halo fanboy status. Fighting is well choreographed, and the English voice actors aren’t bad at all.

Final review:

Animation: 10/10

Sound: 9.5/10

Character: 8.5/10

Story: 8.75/10

Enjoyment: 9.25/10

Overall: 9.2/10

This suit is too awesome to just have one image taken

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  • 1. Baka!  |  February 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I agree that suit is made of pure awesome. The main qualm i have with the series is that each episode is waaaaaaay too short. Max 15 minutes (and Prototype I think is only 11 minutes). The freaking credits are 5+ minutes….On the whole though the series is consistently well done and definitely kept me interested and wanting more.

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  • 2. Ipodman  |  March 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

    they are well made anime styled movies… but a lil boring for me…
    well, glad you enjoyed it, more power to HALO fans! 🙂

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  • 3. ippius  |  March 26, 2010 at 10:35 am

    eeeeeexactly XP

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