Netflix Drops Final Trailer for Dota: Dragon’s Blood
A mere two weeks after getting announced, the Dota-based anime Dota: Dragon’s Blood has finally gotten its main and final trailer. Co-produced by Netflix and Valve, Dota: Dragon’s Blood will be an 8-episode series that will launch globally on the streaming platform on March 25. The story will revolve around two of the game’s heroes – Davion, The Dragon Knight, and Mirana, Princess of the Moon, and their intertwined storylines.
The announcement shocked many at first, especially since Dota 2‘s main rival League of Legends has become fabled for their cinematics over the years. Dota 2 was on a bit of a back burner in comparison, severely lacking in the motion picture department compared to their rivals at Riot Games.
Nevertheless, the hype behind Dragon’s Blood is real, and it is massive. Netflix themselves have a proven track record with bridging the gap between gaming and anime, as their adaptation of the Castlevania video game series turned out to be a massive hit, becoming one of the most streamed shows on the platform.
Production-wise, the show is in good hands too. Dota: Dragon’s Blood will be produced by Ashley Miller, a screenwriter and producer best known for working on blockbuster titles Thor and X-Men: First Class. South Korean studio Mir, best known for making The Legend of Korra and The Boondocks, will be taking care of the animation, and in our humble opinion, Dragon’s Blood looks stunning in the official trailers.
“Fans will love how we’ve imagined the DOTA 2 universe and woven together an epic, emotional, and adult-oriented story about some of their favorite characters. The cinematic animation, acting and music are simply next level and I’m grateful to Valve for supporting our creative ambitions.”, stated showrunner Ashley Miller
The show will feature an acclaimed voice cast with Yuri Lowenthal starring as Davion, Lara Pulver as Mirana, and Troy Baker as Invoker among others.
What we know about Dota: Dragon’s Blood story so far
Dota: Dragon’s Blood will be looking to both expand and explain a big chunk of Dota 2‘s lore. For many years, Dota 2 fans have gotten the game’s backstory on a teaspoon, a fact Valve has expanded on as of late in a couple of different ways.
As previously stated, the story will revolve around Davion and Mirana. Both of them are on separate routes at first, as Davion is shown fighting against various dragons, while Mirana is just kicking ass, seemingly on a quest for her Goddess Selemene. It is hinted that we’ll get to relive Davion’s battle with the elder dragon Slyrak during which he inherits his dragon powers, as well as a previously unknown group of knights that will most probably feature Kaden, a character only vaguely mentioned in Dragon Knight’s Dota 2 lore.
Although it is still unknown how their paths will converge, they are shown as an anime-esque dysfunctioning dynamic duo. One of the game’s more popular heroes, Invoker, will seemingly fill in the position of the designated source of wisdom for our protagonists, while we’re shown glimpses of other heroes like Luna and Terrorblade.
Selemene, the goddess of the Moon is looking to set to be one of the series’ antagonists, although Terrorblade will probably take the role of the main villain if we take into account his rumored ties with Dragon Knight in Dota 2’s lore.
All in all, this looks a step in the direction many gaming fans were hoping for in the last couple of years. Bridging video games and anime has been both a dream and a topic of gamers for quite some time now, and its future will more than likely depend on the success of Dota: Dragon’s Blood.
The show is set to premiere on March 25 exclusively on Netflix. The series will be voiced in 12 different languages, featuring subtitles in 30 others.