The Arcane series according to League of Legends is absolutely excellent

I admit that despite its immense popularity, League of Legends has always gone beyond me. I know the basic principle of this legendary representative of the MOBA genre, but that I would like to name at least the most famous heroes? No way.

When the Arcane series, which takes place in the League of Legends world, appeared on Netflix, it left me completely cold. One lazy evening, out of curiosity, I did the first part, just to find out that it was terrible boredom and it didn’t make much sense to continue. Yes, the level of animation was fantastic, somewhere other than Netflix, but the story dragged on desperately slowly, the characters were flat, and the drama presented seemed like a dull classic about class injustice.

I played the second part unintentionally, just to play something in the background while browsing Reddit. But he immediately picked up a completely different pace, introduced other characters and, most importantly, began to develop much more interesting conflicts. And I was suddenly hooked.

Arcane series on Netflix

Why the creators decided for such a boring start is a bit of a mystery to me, especially when all the events of the pilot could be summarized in about 10 minutes and calmly stuffed into the narrative of the second part. Whatever was behind this strange screenwriting choice, I’m glad that the unsuccessful first part didn’t completely discourage me. Arcane is a hit.

In essence, the story remains simple and does not deviate from the traditional tracks of complicated families, ambitions or moral dilemmas, but unlike other series, all characters have clearly defined motivations. They are behaving as you would expect, not according to what the script requires. And this is unfortunately quite rare in the world of serial production.

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The creators, and this pleasantly surprised me, also managed the character of Jinx very tastefully. Her schizophrenic Harley Quinn-style personality, under a different direction, could seem extremely annoying, but in Arcane they were able to present it in an interesting and sensitive way.

I’ve already praised the animation, but I have to go back to it: The creative change of styles is not only for decoration, but also helps with the orientation in the narration and brings original abbreviations. In addition to the visual side itself, Arcane also boasts fantastic acting performances that will surprise you with its sincerity.

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The animation was taken care of by a Parisian studio Fortiche Production. If you’re a fan of the game, you’ve probably heard of it, because he’s had movies and video clips for Riot developers on his shirt for over a decade. A decade ago, the game studio chose these animators because they had a unique approach to other creators, and as can be seen, nothing has changed during that time. On the contrary, Arcane outperforms most competitors.

I am all the more sorry that at the moment it is not possible to find a detailed look under the hood, how they worked on the series Fortiche Production, ie except interview on Mashable (By the way, the creators didn’t use any motion capture system, which is hard to believe given how great the movements look). Maybe we’ll see in time.

Arcane Arcane series on Netflix

Arcane is currently sitting on rating 9.4 on iMDB, making it one of the best rated series you’ll find on Netflix. And I’m not surprised. On the other hand, I’m a little worried that after praising the show to heaven, you may be a little disappointed. So try to tame your ideas a bit, because as I have already written, the main story is such a classic that does not surprise you much, simply “just” works well, does not get stuck and except for the first part it treads like a lubricated machine, which picks up especially after the first three parts decent turnaround.

Arcane Arcane series on Netflix

After so many serial disappointments of recent times (whether it’s the Wheel of Time or the Foundation), it’s nice to come across a piece that knows what it wants to tell, and goes for it, steered by extremely skilful creators. In addition, the series was released with Czech dubbing, which is quite decent, it will only traditionally deprive you of the accents of some characters and offer funny repaid names, such as “magiadádro” (in the original “hexcore”).

Arcane is simply a great experience. Don’t be put off by the protracted first part, with each new one it just gets better and better. If this trajectory lasts for the series, we definitely have something to look forward to in the recently announced second series.


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