Anime Studios Produce Halo Legends Shorts

Halo is coming to animation, with Microsoft teaming up with several top anime studios to produce shorts based on the blockbuster video game.

The project, called Halo Legends and announced at Comic-Con, will be produced by Microsoft’s 343 Industries and has brought on Shinji Aramaki, director of the Appleseed anime feature films, and Mamoru Oshii, director of Ghost in the Shell, as creative directors. Joseph Chou of J-Spec Pictures also will contribute to the production.

The short films will explore different times, themes and characters from the Halo games, and will be distributed globally by Warner Home Video. The project is similar to previous Warner DVD animation projects The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight.

Halo and its characters are a very natural fit for anime,’ said Aramaki.

Studios involved in the Halo Legends project include:

‘ Bones Inc., the studio behind the films Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist, Sword of the Stranger and Eureka Seven.

‘ Casio Entertainment, known for its visual effects work and CG animation on several top Japanese video games.

‘ Production I.G, which has produced for feature films, animation and video games, including Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and Blood: The Last Vampire.

‘ STUDIO4˚C, which has worked on The Animatrix, Tekkonkinkreet and Batman: Gotham Knight.

‘ Toei Animation, the oldest animation studio in Japan, and responsible for such hits anime series as Dragon Ball, Digimon, Sailor Moon and One Piece.

A preview of select Halo Legends episodes will 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 around the world.