BioWare's New Mass Effect 3 Anime Tells Vega's Story

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BioWare's New Mass Effect 3 Anime Tells Vega's Story

BioWare releases the first trailer for Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Anime, where "nothing is ever simple."

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, the anime prequel to Mass Effect 3, released its first trailer at San Diego Comic Con. The anime, created by Ghost in the Shell studio Production I.G., tells the story of James Vega's battle against the insectoid Collectors. He and his special forces buddies - or "ladies", apparently - have to protect a remote star system from invading aliens.

"Every time man explores the unknown," the narrator grates, "he ends up in a war with whatever he finds." So, not much time for introspection here; it's much cocking of shotguns and big bangs, from the same brain that gave us Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the Mass Effect universe, the narrator reminds us, "nothing is ever simple," but nothing about the plot revealed in the trailer looks particularly complex either.

The anime is scheduled for a summer 2012 release.

Source: Eurogamer

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I wasnt aware that anyone actually cared about Vega's story.

I left his ass on the ship as soon as I was able.

FelixG:
I wasnt aware that anyone actually cared about Vega's story.

I left his ass on the ship as soon as I was able.

Yeah. The funny thing is that he wasn't offensive enough to hate like most the other human characters. He had some funny moments, but was ultimately dull compared to the rest of the crew.

Really?

I mean, seriously?

James Vega's story?

Of all the awesome characters to choose from, they went with Vega? Not Wrex, not Liara, not Garrus, not Mordin, not Samara, not Legion, not Jack. Nope. James Vega.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the guy, but...

...

SERIOUSLY?

Fappy:

FelixG:
I wasnt aware that anyone actually cared about Vega's story.

I left his ass on the ship as soon as I was able.

Yeah. The funny thing is that he wasn't offensive enough to hate like most the other characters. He had some funny moments, but was ultimately dull compared to the rest of the crew.

So dull he couldn't even narrate his own anime.

Just rewatched the video, at 15 second he looks extra derpy, more so than he did in the actual game.

FelixG:
Just rewatched the video, at 15 second he looks extra derpy, more so than he did in the actual game.

Yeah I saw that too, christ I didn't even play ME 3 and I hate the guy already

Wow, ninja'd not just by the first post, but by all four of the first posts. Considering we're all in such unanimous agreement here, what the hell were they thinking!? Is there a single other character in the Mass Effect universe as utterly uninteresting as James Vega? Even Jacob or Ashley would be an improvement... seriously, what could possibly prompt them to pick him?

Yeah Bioware has this human racism thing going. I was really happy with the Shepard dying bit of the promo's for ME2 because I was honestly hoping they'd go with a "roll whatever you want character". Then dissappoint. So much dissappoint.

On topic: Totally agree with the Vega haters. Now if they have to go with some random human story arc, why not...

Dr Chakwas?
Whats-her-name who tells me I have messages?
Hmm Joker in the academy could have been a cool, inspirational story about one man overcoming his disability....
Miranda and all the behind the scenes stuff she was up to?
Bailey and the first part of the attack on the Citadel?
Erm my ideas may be getting better, but yeah anything beats Vega. Heck a day in the life of a keeper cleaning out plumbing...

I serverely dislike that loosey goosey overly flashy anime style. Looks fucking cheap as hell.

And put me down also for 'who gives a fuck about James Vega'.

I'm mixed about this. On the one hand, Vega doesn't seem like a first choice for a Mass Effect anime back story, but on the other hand if they had to go with a human character than James actually seems like the better choice. He was perhaps one of the few human characters that was the most developed. With the exception of Joker, every other human (including Cortez, even though I quite liked him) seemed to only have one thing going for them. At least James, even if he was somewhat uninteresting, wasn't stuck in a rut on a particular issue.

Perhaps this will be a way to flesh out Vega's character. Why does he where that mask, for example?

Half the Mass Effect crew could probably make picking navel lint interesting enough to watch.

James Vega is not in that half. I agree with the "why Vega of all people?" crowd.

Story about Joker's rise would have been way better.

OK, now I for one think Ghost in the Shell is one of the most awesome things ever to have been created, anime or not, but does anyone else have the feeling that EA is beginning to take this franchise concept a little too far with an anime?

The only team member less interesting to me than Vega was Javik (and at least Javik had something like a character arc). I'm not sure if that was the fault of the writers or Mr. Prinze, but... yeah, why Vega?

hoo boy... cheap animation and cheap voice acting ahoy!

Why not do an animated film about Garrus' time on Omega? That would be a hell of a lot more interesting.

A film that's just one and a half hours of Javik throwing things out of the Normandy's airlock would be more interesting than a story about Vega.

Why the hell not make an anime out of the release-day twitter invasion starring Emily Wong? I miss her, she was awesome. I would have paid lots of money to see that. Screw this mess.

Why Vega? I mean, the games are full of interesting characters, and they pick the guy that doesn't really have any kind of development and that looks like a Jersey Shore reject?

That voice acting is horrible, also yeah left the guy on the ship as soon as i was able to as well.

Next we will be getting an even more interesting back story on Jacob Taylor.

Tank207:
hoo boy... cheap animation and cheap voice acting ahoy!

Why not do an animated film about Garrus' time on Omega? That would be a hell of a lot more interesting.

A film that's just one and a half hours of Javik throwing things out of the Normandy's airlock would be more interesting than a story about Vega.

That, Sir, was funny...

I'm in with the "why Vega?" crowd.

Not only are there far more interesting characters out there, if this is a prequel to ME3 then we know the story! Vega tells you! I don't need any more than that, unless this anime gives a great character exploration. But I doubt that will happen.

(and again I'd rather see that about any other character. Hell I'd love to see that about Samara, the difficulty of committing to a strict code and then having to hunt down and kill your child... why she chose to have three kids after the first one turned out to be Ardak-Yakshi...)

Unbelievable.
What were they thinking? Of all the interesting characters and back stories they could have done, they chose this? I'd honestly like to have been there to have seen their thought process on this one, as this just leaves me baffled.

Also worst narration I've ever heard.

Even if I agree with them most of the times, I can't help but think that the people that brings us the news here on the Escapist are becoming more and more biased.

Are you supposed to give your opinion in every bit of news you show?

I always saw Vega as being a compitent squad mate but not that deep, not that interesting. Aside from the big problem that I have with the trailer that ill get to in a minute im just gonna throw this out there:

Why not make the movie about Thane?

He's a symapthetic, crowd favoured character with a good voice actor, interesting back story and because hes a biotic Drell he can do all the anime flying combat stuff that the kids find so cool these days.

Now onto the big thing:

THE MARINES IN THE VIDEO DO NOT LOOK, ACT OR FIGHT LIKE "WELL TRAINED SPECIAL FORCES"

I want you to pause the video at 0:21

Now compare these people with this image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Navy_SEALs_in_Afghanistan_prior_to_Red_Wing.jpg/767px-Navy_SEALs_in_Afghanistan_prior_to_Red_Wing.jpg

As you can see the Navy SEAL's all look like well trained, well equiped, profesional soldiers (Also I would use the term "Scary Motherfuckers" to describe them)

Note how the guys from the Mass Effect anime all look like there first year college studens, with long hair, glasses (so they dont have corective surgery in the future?) and there stance is just irritating. I've already put way more time into this then I probably should have so let me conclude with this:

Having special forces training means that you will be physically more fit then the average soldier, it means you will have a deeper understanding of tactics and how to move and fight silently, it means that you will be an incredibly proficient gun fighter, which if you play Shepard as a soldier is pretty much exactly the above.

It does not mean that you can duel weild mass accelerator guns (depicted was having 0 recoil in the trailer, anyone who's played the game nows otherwise), flip around the environment like a ninja & survive explosions with you at the epicenter that take up half the screen.

Ow and there suits are inconsistent with how they are depicted as appearing in ME3

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120319162127/masseffect/images/0/01/ME3_Captain_Riley.png

The TL:DR version is that they got everything wrong, and that erks me.

I really liked Vega. At first yes I hated him, but there was a void missing in my Team Alpha that used to be filled by Wrex and Grunt, so on a whim I put him in. And I never regretted it. I think doing an anime about while not my first choice, is awesome. He is the only character not really givin the chance to be flushed out that the other crew members of the Normandy has had.

He had a real challenge to be thrown into a story at the last arc and make him a viable asset to the team outside of the "meat shield" role. And while he didn't really bring that thru in the game, he got enough of a story IMO that warrens a deeper telling.

So what do we exactly see here? Vega doing situps and other exercises? Debating over what ridiculous tattoo to get next? His struggle at fitting through doorways designed for people who aren't roided up muscle monsters?

Tank207:

Why not do an animated film about Garrus' time on Omega? That would be a hell of a lot more interesting.

Seconded, I would watch the hell out of that. Instead I tend to run like hell away from this piece of garbage.

I really don't get the Vega hate, yea he wasn't the most well developed member of the cast but he had some good lines and I sure as hell like him more than Kaiden and Jacob.

OT: could be interesting, the talent behind it sounds promising but it could also be super meh like Halo Legends, thankfully between my local family video and the Redboxes all over the place I should be able to rent it for cheap.

I see I'm in the minority on this one. I used Vega cause he was a pretty damn good squad mate in combat. And yeah he wasn't anywhere near as interesting as the rest of the team, but the team had roughly 3 games of development and he only had the 1. We had a lot more time to get to know the rest of the squad, so the way I see it, this is an opportunity to try and flesh his character out further, and I don't have a problem with that at all.

To be fair, Mass Effect: Conviction was pretty interesting, and I have some deep suspicion that Bioware doesn't so much want to do a fourth game with Shepard as a new series within the same universe, so Vega might be that guy. However, put me down in the "animation looks terrible" camp. James has a derpface in the trailer.

of all the characters y vega? the dullest character on the crew and they choose him to base an anime on. sigh.

I must admit that the animation is a bit off-putting.

What is it with EA making anime knockoffs of their products? Every time I see one, I can't help but think they're doing it out of a sense of cheapness and because of the size of the anime fandom that they think people will lap up their shit.

When was the last time anyone made a straight to dvd animated film for a game produced by a western company? Oh right, because "they only make stuff for kids." while anime makes all the mature adult stories.

Fucking hell.

On top of that, the animation looks horrendous, even by the low standard set for the majority of anime, and it is being written by one of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars writers. That is a BAD sign.

For those who don't know, during season 2, Clone Wars best season, two people were doing most of the writing, Henry Gilroy and Paul Dini. Gilroy quit due to disputes and Paul Dini was busy with other projects, turning over the writing responsibilities to people who thought that General Grievous getting beaten by GUNGANS would be awesome entertainment.

Well, the "Dragon Age" one with Cassandra the Seeker was quite awful, but this might be worth a look...

In all likelihood this will still be better than whatever Mass Effect movie they are making. I loved ME but I thought people had realized good games don't make good movies. ME the game had a good story but I can guarantee they are going to make the movie into a Michael Bay style action movie.

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