10 May 2013

A Quick Mass Effect Addendum: Paragon Lost

Right on the heels of wrapping up my playthrough of the Mass Effect trilogy, I decided to watch the anime movie Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, which I purchased recently.

The movie is basically a prequel to both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. It's set just before the former, featuring the 'collectors', the main enemy of that game, while starring James Vega, a character from the latter (voiced by  Freddie Prinze Jr, as in the game).

So yeah. It is, indeed, an anime movie. For a person who's not a big anime fan there's bound to be some culture shock regarding the art style. Even for an anime fan like me, moving from the game graphics to an entirely different style took a little adjustment. The animation quality is reasonable, though of course we're not talking anything like Studio Ghibli quality here...

The movie was written by Henry Gilroy, who's apparently best known for his work on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. It's reasonably loyal to the canon of the video games (although there may have been one or two plot points I wasn't quite sure of). It's not a particularly deep story, mostly based on action. But it kept me entertained for one and a half hours... I'd definitely recommend playing at least the first two games before watching this, though, as there are both references to the first game and some spoilers concerning the second.

And yeah, that's about all I have to say about it. If you enjoy both Mass Effect and anime, there's a fair chance you'll enjoy Paragon Lost. At least if you're not expecting anything too earth-shaking...

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