The best computer game adaptation ever : "ARCANE"

Netflix's animated series "Arcane" is truly the best screen adaptation of a computer game!

Jan 10, 2023 - 12:46
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The best computer game adaptation ever : "ARCANE"

Game adaptations have a long and infamous history. Even after twenty years, we can count the good adaptations on the fingers of one hand. "Arcane" from the French studio Fortiche Production therefore easily made its way to the top of this very short list.

The series is based on the characters and world from League of Legends, the extremely popular MOBA game from 2009. The series follows the conflict between the rich and technologically advanced metropolis of Piltover and the oppressed inhabitants of the underground city of Zaun. The parents of sisters Vi (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld – Bumblebee ) and Powder ( Ella Purnell – Army of the Dead ) were killed in a failed workers' revolt. After that Vander ( JB Blanc - heard in a bunch of computer games) takes care of them. He is the informal leader of Zaun. The biggest threat to Vander is the mobster Silco ( Jason Spisak – another dubbing veteran), who runs a lucrative business dealing in the dangerous new drug Shimmer. During that time, young inventor Jayce Tallis ( Kevin Alejandro – ArrowTrue Blood) discovers how to mechanically use magic as a source of energy that could spark a new industrial revolution. There are also class conflicts, political intrigue, police corruption, terrorism and other surprisingly serious topics.

Maybe it all sounds too complicated to you, but it is not. The screenwriters of the series are Christian Linke and Alex Yee. "Arcane" fits into young adult dystopias like the Hunger Games. And that is perhaps his weakest point. The tone of the series is a combination of adolescent cynicism and youthful idealism. On the one hand, the series shows us how politicians are corrupt, people are weak, and idealists are hypocrites. On the other hand, "Arcane" implies that actually, any violence is bad because it almost inevitably leads to further escalation of the conflict. So that the right person in the right place at the right time makes a morally correct decision. That's great for drama, but it sends the wrong message about the real world, where change is mostly the result of long-term work by a series of people and organizations.


Post By: Vanessa F.