The eight-episode DOTA: Dragon’s Blood “informs the story of Davion, a prominent Dragon Knight committed to cleaning the scourge from the face of the world. Following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm as well as the honorable Princess Mirana on a secret objective of her own, Davion ends up being embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.” It’s all very swords-and-sorcery high fantasy, which we can see in spades in the main trailer, along with the blood and gore which earns DOTA: Dragon’s Blood its “adult anime” designation. There’s likewise lots of dragon blood, to live up to the program’s title.

Studio MIR, the studio behind The Legend of Korra and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Protector, animates the new Netflix initial anime, which you can just really loosely specify as an anime– like a number of Netflix’s other releases under that medium, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood originates from a mainly Western production team, with Ashley Edward Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor, Black Sails) serving as series showrunner and executive producer. Studio Mir’s Ryu Ki Hyun also serves as co-executive producer.

Defense of the Ancients was released in 2003 as a World of Warcraft mod that would function as motivation for the MOBA (multiplayer online fight arena) category, eventually releasing as its own independent franchise with Valve’s DOTA 2, a sequel released in 2013. DOTA 2 was fulfilled with near-universal praise from critics, and has been pointed out as one of the biggest computer game of perpetuity. Ideally the brand-new Netflix anime will live up to the praise around the computer game.

Here is the run-through for DOTA: Dragon’s Blood: