Bioware & Funimation Announce Dragon Age Anime


Bioware and Funimation have announced they will be adapting the hit Dragon Age RPG franchise into an anime movie, due for DVD release in 2011.

EA furnishes the usual glib press release peppered with vapid quotes – Bioware begins:

“Anime is a great medium for us to continue the robust Dragon Age story. Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we are delivering the exceptional quality and entertainment value that our Dragon Age fans expect.”

Funimation continues:

“We are thrilled to be working with EA and BioWare on the production of the Dragon Age anime feature. We are going to be bringing the classic visual and storytelling techniques found in anime to create a film that will extend the narrative of the world BioWare has created.”

Bioware’s decision to abandon the (presumably expensive) use of Dungeons & Dragons in favour of its own painfully generic “dark fantasy” setting was generally expected to result in a minor mixed media franchise with novels and similar, but an anime adaptation is quite unexpected – although perhaps logical, given the overlap in fanbases.

Funimation for its part is said to be set on creating a variety of original anime-style productions of its own in future – given the rather dismal history of western produced movie adaptations of games, they may have picked a challenging area in which to start.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Morrigan Disapproves (-24)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She always disapproves.

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    Comment by DFC
    23:08 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tsundere Moe Morrigan and moe Sten who likes cookies. They all get together in a tower to drink tea and have snacks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tsundere Morrigan and Kuudere Sten, you mean?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kuudere means what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, typical anime stuff XD
    I will watch if it doesnt turn out to be just a normal cartoon with cheesy drama and action and not-funny comedy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most likely with totally diffrent chars / story - so I don't care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will probably suck as Dantes Inferno anime sucked. But maybe not - surprisingly Halo anime was OK, while games sucked. These anime tie-ins have very instable quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 14/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    kinda like how you suck

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funimation will go the way of Tokyopop at this rate.

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    Comment by Malakim
    14:18 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We can has tsundere Morrigan?
    "It-It's not like I'm teaching you blood magic because I like you or anything!!!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the first thing that popped into my mind.

    Morrigan <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Morrighan is definitely tsundere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember that it is western made, so it probably wont have that and will go the way of comicbook adaptations, nothing anime-ish. The only thing anime-ish is the artstyle, if I read this article properly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont look like anime to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope this doesn't follow the game's plot because that would get rid of the point of having multiple origins by having an anime-canon origin. :/

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    Comment by Ephemeral Style
    17:18 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I must say, calling Dragon Age's setting painfully generic is quite cruel.

    BioWare did a lot of interesting things with the fantasy genre. The Darkspawn and Archdemons are really interesting and while the idea of an endless horde of mindless brutes isn't unique, how they executed it is quite unique.

    And don't even get me started on mages and demons/spirits. The way they pulled those off is just awesome, easily my favorite part of the Dragon Age universe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its as generic as it can be but its still done in the finest way possible. I dont have anything against this kind of generic worlds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will watch. I wish Morgan looked as hot in game as she does in that pic.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    01:09 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah...She was a bit on the scrawny side...

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    Comment by twin blades
    14:51 10/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I Hope it turns out alright. I know that when america gets a hold of anything Japanese... and or try to turn something Japanese it usualy fails. But I have a felling it will be okay maybe not ground brawling but just okay. Also Fuck!! all you weaboos complaining about how it shouldn't be called anime that's starting to get so fuckin annoying!! Who cares where it's from if it's tight it should be looked at as a higher tier animation than just a retarded cartoon you see on Saturday morn. I mean damn I know it's not but boondocks is like one step away from being Anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It just needs to stay away from being a cartoon (like Batman the animation) and actually be fully anime-ish to be anime, which happens to be Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:35 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This should be very interesting.

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    Comment by Klingengeist
    01:21 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funimation doesnt sound too promising...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea. I hate funimation. They get mad when people are distributing the stuff they are trying to sell to people for free. I know a great many of you think they are out to rip the consumer off, because they are trying to make a profit. ...

    But you know what happens when they don't make a profit? They go bankrupt. When they go bankrupt, that hurts the Anime Studios. Eventually the anime studios go bankrupt too.

    I know you like to think that the anime industry is booming and all. But anime's are expensive to make. You might think, "no they aren't". But there are a lot of people that have to be pay rolled to make the anime. That just doesn't include production teams, but Seiyu and, yes Broadcasting companies. A HUGE chunk of an anime's budget is put towards the TV Broadcasters. Until DVD sales, there is no profit in the anime. Usually it's debt.

    Since it cost sooo much to broadcast an anime, this is why in recent years, certain titles have been skipping tv broadcasting and have been experimenting with alternate ways of promotion. Think of the Manga+OVA promotions of Negima and To Love Ru. They are trying to bring out a more direct and less middle man approach to bring anime to consumers.

    Meanwhile, Funimation has been making huge strides to keep the anime industry over here alive. They have been going for add revenue online streaming. If you go to hulu btw, you will see they have finally started to stram in subs rather than dubs now. (Thank god).

    And if your not a total prick and actually try to put money back into the industry by supporting the anime with dvd purchases, You will also see that Funimation prices their DVD's at very very affordable prices. You can generally grab an entire 12-26 episode series for under $30 these days. That is a HUGE improvement from past sales where companies would slap you with a 4-5 episode DVD for $20-$30.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed man. But Funimation's dubbing isn't that bad. I mean, Americans dont have the same accent or style of speaking like the Japanese. Actually thats the problem, they like to slang words a lot. Like Orihime, they pronounce it "Oh-ree-HEE-may" (WTF). And it doesnt sound natural.
    I think they should experiment with voice actors outside of America, and use people who can say Japanese words properly -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i thought Japanese really hates any main hero with bread and main heroine with boobs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm the story is pretty good and it's not that I didn't see it impossible to be turned to an anime... I wonder what's the hero going to be like... O_o

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    Comment by Myballz
    09:25 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering Funmation wants to make this into an Anime should they first find out if people want this to be an Anime?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This will suck but people will buy it in good enough numbers to continue this trend. I just wonder what studio is going to animate it.

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    Comment by Myballz
    09:44 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a popular game that EA manage to Publish.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    12:58 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correction: it's a popular game, despite being published by EA.

    Credit where it's due.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ugh, definitely do not want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but isn't Funimation only a licencing company, not a production company? Doesn't mean shit unless they get Bones or MadHouse to do it, just saying

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    Comment by Niwa
    09:04 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    get same guys who did the dante's inferno movie
    and I am sold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Japan is not involved, it's not anime.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea Funimation is a US founded company. I seriously doubt they have a studio of their own, and I don't think they've released anything they've entirely made. Anime by definition is Japanese, just like a katana, kimono, etc.

    13:38 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe Funimation will be Simonizing existing animes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bioware & Funimation Announce Dragon Age Cartoon

    this will do

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:14 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously. They themselves declared it "anime" as opposed to cartoon in general. How do they expect the fanbase to acknowledge it as such if they don't even involve any Japanese companies?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a load of bullshit. Its' an American company so it can't make anime because it won't have the "ghost of anime"?


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    Comment by Artefact

    The CEO and founder of Funimation, who happens to be handling this project, is Japanese - I expect that complicates things further for proponents of the "anime nativism" argument.

    In any case, the credentials of Funimation seem to suggest giving them the benefit of the doubt - Warner Bros. they are not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This has absolutely nothing to do with weaboo-ism or however you want to call it. It's a simple matter of definition. An American company does not create anime. Japanese companies create anime if the initiative for the production came from them.

    In no way does this hint at the quality or artistic value of the production, that is an entirely different question altogether.

    Fact of the matter is, the word "anime" in the western world is being used to differentiate Japanese animation productions made primarily with Japanese audiences in mind from cartoons that originated somewhere else, because of the obvious differences in appeal and aesthetics. It is that simple. Calling people weeaboos who just state the facts will not change that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually Funimation is paying a Japanese Studio to do all the animation for them. They announced co-productions like these a long time ago. Funi isn' doing the animation themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can let Japanese studios do the animation production and even the character designs all they want, it will still be lacking the aesthetics and genuine feel of a work that originated from within Japanese culture, the "ghost" of anime if you will.

    It might turn out to be really great and all, but calling it anime seems inappropriate no matter how you look at it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, chill out weaboos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, could you try to be less of a weeaboo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you american weeaboo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "If Japan is not involved, it's not anime."

    Then how do you call series like: Thundercats, transformers, the Galaxy rangers, M.A.S.K. , G.I. JOE, Jayce and the wheeled Warriors, etc.?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime by popular definition as a loan-word in English usage means "Japanese animation". Thundercats is just "animation".

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    O RLY?

    Why don't you go to some forum for any of the Saturday morning cartoons you mentioned, call them "anime" and observe the fans rage? Could be quite amusing, actually... ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Call it umm, animations.

    Anyway guys, Japan uses the word "anime" for anything thats animated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why an animation studio outside Japan should just create a new term for their productions that are similar to "anime" but are not "American Cartoon".

    Something like 'Anima'.

    And the fact 'anime' is an (English original borrowed word) some should not feel so high and mighty of the origins where their creations came from.

    Lastly I think some can agree when we enjoy some animated creations like Halo Legends, Dante's Inferno, The Boondocks, This etc.
    We are not fond of calling it a "cartoon".

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GI Joe? Transformers? Saturday morning cartoons for the children.

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    Comment by CC
    00:42 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    'super cool'

    Your choice of words at the end anulled everything before it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 11/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your choice of avatar to the right anulled everything to the left of it.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    12:53 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Compared to 'High art' like Yugioh, I suppose?

    FWIW, the new GI Joe online shorts are super cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say the initial/main target of broadcast/marketing will tell you the origin. Anime does use foreign countries, but the release is mostly intended for Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 10/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People keep claiming that, but I have yet to see any conclusive evidence that even a single Gonzo production was made primarily for overseas marketing.

    For starters, I am not aware of a single release from them that had an English website before a Japanese one. Or an English-language TV broadcast at least simultaneously with the Japanese one, or an original DVD release that hat English subtitles (let alone an English dub) from the get-go. Feel free to correct me if you know of any such instance.

    Admittedly there have been a few cases like this involving other studios, off the top of my head Bounen no Xamdou is the only one that comes to mind though.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Then a lot of Gonzo releases were not anime as they were intended primarily for overseas marketing?

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