What’s up with this anime cooperation in between Valve and Netflix?

This was a surprise. On February 16, Valve’s Dota 2 Twitter accounted dropped a teaser trailer for a new anime series on Netflix called Dota: Dragon’s Blood, premiering in March. A few days later on it followed up with a longer look at the series and more information about who’s making it.

Even if you aren’t a Dota gamer, there might be great factor to be excited for this series. The animation studio behind it, Studio Mir, likewise made The Legend of Korra and Netflix’s Voltron reboot.

But how the heck do you adjust a multiplayer game like Dota into a story-driven animated series? If you haven’t read a wiki’s worth of Dota tradition, will you have any idea what’s going on? Here’s what we understand about the plot, characters, and developers of Dota: Dragon’s Blood.

The Dota series is developed and written by Ashley Edward Miller, who likewise has credits as a co-writer on the movie script for the very first Thor movie in 2011 and X-Men: First Class. Previously he composed on the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Miller is likewise executive manufacturer on the Dota series.

In one of lots of tweets about the series, Miller called some of the other writers working on Dragon’s Blood:

The name probably to be familiar to animation fans, though, is Studio Mir, the Korean animation studio behind Korra and Voltron. Studio Mir also worked on The Boondocks season 4, a Guardians of the Galaxy series, and is behind another upcoming Netflix game adaptation: The Witcher: Headache of the Wolf.

Mir’s series’ tend to use a mix of 2D and 3D animation, which looks like it’ll continue with Dota: Dragon’s Blood. From the initial trailer, I have to say it looks pretty nice.

Netflix at first released an incredibly short teaser trailer for Dragon’s Blood, leaving us with much more questions than responses. However it followed up a couple of days later with a beefier trailer that displays some interesting action scenes. Have a look.

The series is exclusive to Netflix and releases on March 25th. There are 8 episodes in the very first season.

Will there be a second season? Good concern– Netflix most likely won’t state anything about a second season until Dragon’s Blood debuts. But it’s not being called a limited series, so an extension appears likely.

The star of the Netflix series is Dragon Knight, aka Davion, however he’s not the only Dota hero in the series. Dragon’s Blood is legitimately pulling from Dota lore, here. Mirana, Princess of the Moon, is another crucial character. Miller tweeted that “the bond that forms between [Davion and Mirana] is the body and soul of our show.” Mirana’s companion Luna is also part of the main cast.

Other characters consist of Slyrak, the Cinder Eldwurm, and the Invoker, whose genuine name is Carl, according to the Dota wiki. I can’t inform you how happy it makes me that “the most intelligent being in the universe,” in Miller’s words, is named Carl.

There are some characters in Dragon’s Blood produced particularly for the show, too, and Dota tradition fans might be psyched to see the Goddess of the Moon, Selemene, appear on screen.

Likewise amazing: There’s rather a great voice cast lined up for this series.

The Dota: Dragon’s Blood trailer states “In cooperation with Valve” just a couple of seconds in, so the developers of Dota 2 have clearly had some input with the new series. (Valve likewise trademarked “DOTA,” which probably comes into play here). But how involved is Valve, truly? A tweet by showrunner Ashley Miller offers us just a vague concept:

The official Dota 2 blog site discusses that the Dota 2 client will have a Dragon’s Blood “section” where Valve will be sharing more news about the series.

Likewise: Who’s playing jungle? There are sure to be a couple of Dota in-jokes in Dragon’s Blood, however ideally the first 5 episodes aren’t dedicated to the laning phase and rejecting creep kills to the opponent group. Davion may not have a flying donkey carrier, however he does have a squire named Bram, so maybe one episode will be everything about him walking back to town to fetch a potion.