Arcane, the outstanding League of Legends animated TV show, gets an illuminating five-part behind the scenes documentary series called “Arcane: Bridging the Rift.” Part One is out today and delves deep into Riot and studio Fortiche‘s animation, narrative, and general production processes of the breakout animated show. You can watch below, and see why it’s got me more even than excited for the municipal chaos of Arcane Season 2.
Arcane: Bridging the Rift Part One is called “I Only Dream in Risky,” and follows the Arcane team, and focuses on co-creators Alex ‘Skribbles’ Yee and Christian ‘Praceo’ Linke as they reveal the origins of Jinx’s origin story.
They discuss Jinx’s original character design, you can also read our exclusive interview on her developmental story for more insight, and talk about the journey that led to them working at Riot Games. It took six long years to complete production on Arcane, and Bridging the Rift documentary picks through all of the inspirational moments in a way that someohw boosts the show’s emotional impact post-production.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the League of Legends show Arcane yet, you should! Its premiere episodes surprised me enough to write:
“I had very low expectations for this series out of fear that it’d be a lifeless, corny cash grab, but that’s not the case at all. From episode one, Arcane effortlessly breathes life into MOBA characters, transforming them from controllable playthings into flawed, excitable, and curious people that you can easily empathize with.
The 40ish minute long episodes cover a decent amount of intertwining plotlines, preventing confusion by making each arc distinctly personal and concise. Whether it’s hovering around the mad scientist Singed’s body augmenting experiments or upperclassman Jayce’s rich kid blues, it always spends just enough time on each story to keep you hooked.”
[Both Riot Games and Fanbyte are owned by the same parent company, Tencent. We don’t often, like, chill together or anything, though. I think Riot’s office is pretty close to the L.A. office where our bosses work? That’s about it.]