Arcane is a Netflix animated series based on the world and characters of the popular video game League of Legends, developed by Riot Games. The series was released globally on Netflix in batches of three episodes over three weeks in November 2021. It received critical acclaim and commercial success, becoming one of the most-watched and highest-rated shows on the streaming platform.
Arcane is set in the twin cities of Piltover and Zaun, where magic and technology clash and create conflict. It mainly focuses on the origin stories of two iconic League of Legends Champions: Vi and Jinx, sisters on opposing sides of a war. Vi is a rebellious orphan who grows up to become a law enforcer in Piltover. Jinx is a mentally unstable genius who becomes a terrorist leader in Zaun. The series also explores the lives and relationships of other characters from the game, like Caitlyn, Viktor, Heimerdinger, and Ekko.
One of the most notable characters in the series is Powder, AKA Jinx. She transforms from a sweet, innocent girl into a ruthless, chaotic villain. Powder is the younger sister of Vi, who loves her dearly but feels insecure about her lack of fighting skills. She tries to prove herself to Vi and their gang using explosives and gadgets. She often causes more harm than good after a tragic event that separates her from Vi and kills her friends. Powder snaps and adopts a new persona: Jinx, a maniacal anarchist who wreaks havoc in Zaun with her arsenal of weapons and her imaginary friends: a fish named Shimmer and a monkey named Ziggs. Jinx is obsessed with finding Vi again and making her pay for abandoning her.
Fortiche Production did the animation production of the series. This French studio has worked with Riot Games on several cinematics and music videos for League of Legends. Anime, comic books, steampunk, and cyberpunk genres inspire the series’ animation style. Creating a vibrant and immersive visual experience. Arcane also features an original soundtrack composed by Alex Temple and Duncan Watt and songs by Imagine Dragons, Sting, JID, Seori, Bea Miller, and others.
Cast of Arcane.
The series also boasts an impressive voice cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld as Vi, Ella Purnell as Jinx, Kevin Alejandro as Jayce, Harry Lloyd as Viktor, Toks Olagundoye as Mel Medarda, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Councilor Talis, Katie Leung as Caitlyn, Remy Hii as Ekko, Jason Spisak as Silco, JB Blanc as Vander, Mick Wingert as Heimerdinger, Yuri Lowenthal as Marcus Medarda, Josh Keaton as Salo Medarda, Amirah Vann as Sevika Medarda, Robin Atkin Downes as Singed Medarda, Terri Douglas as Councilor Hyacinth Medarda, Arthur Ortiz as Councilor Kolminye Medarda, Dave B. Mitchell as Hoskel Medarda, among others.
Arcane is a great Netflix show that appeals to fans and newcomers to League of Legends. It is a captivating story that explores themes such as family, friendship, betrayal, identity, justice, power, and destiny. It is also a stunning showcase of animation artistry that brings the game’s world and characters to life in a new and exciting way. Netflix has confirmed that a second season is in the works but has not announced a release date yet.