Halo Legends Review
It would seem that the Batman: Gotham Knight animated anthology spawned a spiritual successor in the form of Halo Legends. The similarities are hard to deny, a bunch of animated shorts done by the best in the business and the stories revolve around a central theme, and this time it’s the Master Chief and the Halo universe.
Halo Legends has 7 animated shorts, compared to 6 in Gotham Knight, and my favourite one would be the Toei Studio creation (and Dragonball Z inspired) Odd One Out. It’s a pretty crazy/funny mess, which fortunately unlike the rest of the shorts, is non-canon.
My second favourite would be the last short “The Package”. Done fully in CGI by Casio Entertainment, it wouldn’t give Advent Children a run for its money, but it’s still a pretty sight with an all-action plot. The Japanese water colour inspired “The Duel” can be a pretty tedious affair to those not accustomed to animation being a higher medium of art.
The other stories are pretty good themselves. Halo fans who are interested in the Forerunner backstory would be delighted with the “Origins” short, while Homecoming is a recollection of a Spartan’s training program, her escape, and her subsequent return with the knowledge that the program IS home.
Overall, Halo Legends is a keeper, and it does for Halo what Gotham Knight did for the Dark Knight. I highly recommend this anthology. Halo Legends will be going on sale on Play-Asia on the 26th of February. Click here for the Blu-ray version, or here for the DVD version.
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