The search for the next big fantasy show rages on, with every network desperate for their own “Game of Thrones.” But while everyone has been focusing on the live-action shows competing to be king, the real fantasy streaming war is happening right under most people’s noses: in animation.
Epic fantasy has been a growing subgenre of Western animation in recent years. While Amazon has “The Legend of Vox Machina,” Netflix has conquered the high fantasy animation corner with gems like “Trollhunters,” “Arcane,” “Maya and the Three,” “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” and “The Dragon Prince.”
Keeping with the dragon theme, Netflix has announced they are bringing one of the best fantasy video games of the past two decades to animation: “Dragon Age.” The first trailer for “Dragon Age: Absolution” teases the next big fantasy animation coming to the streamer, which promises to expand the world of the modern classic RPG with anime-inspired 2D animation.
The trailer for “Dragon Age: Absolution” doesn’t show much in terms of story, but there’s enough here to make fans of both the game, and of fantasy cartoons excited. For one, the show is made in collaboration with the studio behind the game, BioWare, and last time Netflix released a show made in collaboration with the game’s studio, we got “Arcane,” so this is good news.