Linked below (hat-tip: Kotaku), the two most “talked about” (read: complained about) poster images advertising “Halo Legends,” a DVD project in the vein of “Animatrix” wherein a collection of top-tier Anime production houses will produce animated short-films set in and around the universe of the “Halo” video games…
It’s kinda weird, for me, to see Halo looking… well, interesting and visually-dynamic all of the sudden. Y’see that up there? That’s an image I’d expect to find on a golden-age pulp-scifi magazine or 80s NES game box-art, not in association with the incredibly bland Halo universe.
There was no way this wasn’t going to turn out interesting on a culture-clash basis alone: Halo – alongside the entire First Person Shooter genre – may as well not even exist in Japan, where all these films are coming out of, firstly. Secondly, for a larger-than-you’d-think number of it’s devoted fans, Halo has become a kind of rallying-point for Western gamers who HATE the prevelance of the Japanese aesthetic in the medium. That’s why I like THIS one the best:
Sunny day, field of flowers, woman’s hands holding a teddy bear charm. I love this image. I love it because it looks as though Production IG is deliberately whacking the hornet’s nest in regards to Halo’s angrier fans. It makes me picture thousands upon thousands of backward-ballcap’d, gold-chained, 13 year-old suburban douchebags collapsing to their knees, fists shaking at their sides, staring up at their framed posters of Tony Montana and Dominic Toretto with tear-filled eyes, screaming at the heavens “RAARRGHHH!!! TEH JAPS R TURNIN’ MASTER CHIEF INTO TEH GHEY!!!!!”
I picture that, and it makes me smile 😉