It already dominates the world of gaming, and so it was perhaps inevitable that the Halo
franchise would one day launch an assault on other media. And while talk of a full Halo
movie remains tempered, there’s nonetheless this series of seven animated tales in the shape of Halo Legends
The seven stories are all set against the backdrop of the Halo universe, and range in length from 10 to 20 minutes. Each was commissioned from a renowned maker of Anime, and the collection does vary quite a lot in style as a result. That’s not a bad thing, though, as while the quality is also a little inconsistent, you’re never very far from something really quite interesting.
The films that form Halo Legends originally debuted on the Xbox Live video service, but they appear to have found a more natural home on disc. They weave themselves with some style into the background narrative of the games, and while they’re clearly aimed more at the hardened, enthusiast game, even the casual viewer may find themselves pleasantly surprised. Something a little different, and all the better for it… --Jon Foster
ANTHOLOGY OF ANIME-STYLE SHORT FILMS EXPLORING THE ORIGIN AND HISTORICAL EVENTS OF THE HALO UNIVERSE AS FEATURED IN THE MICROSOFT SCI-FI VIDEO GAME, AND FOLLOWING THE ADVENTURES OF THE VARIOUS CHARACTERS WHO INHABIT IT. EACH FILM IS CREATED BY A DIFFERENT LEADING JAPANESE ANIME PRODUCER. EPISODES ARE: 'ORIGINS (PART 1)', 'ORIGINS (PART 2)', 'THE BABYSITTER', 'THE DUEL', 'THE PACKAGE', 'HOMECOMING', 'ODD ONE OUT' AND 'PROTOTYPE'.