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Mass Effect anime tie-in details revealed
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Mass Effect anime tie-in details revealed

This week at SXSW, Funimation revealed some plans and artwork for an anime tie-in to the Mass Effect video game franchise. It will follow the back-story of James Vega, a soldier for the Human Systems Alliance, and a potential squad-mate during the third and final game in the Mass Effect series. The actual plot of the film has not yet been described officially, but we’ve got a good look at the concept artwork for the project:

The film will be traditionally animated—as opposed to the cell-shaded stuff Funimation is doing for the Dragon Age film. EA and Bioware both have had direct input on the film, but Funimation has written the script and is creating the characters and landscapes and other detail. No word on whether Freddie Prinze Jr. will be voicing the role, as he does in the game, though I’d be surprised if he does not.

DailyMotion’s Michele conducted a floor interview with Justin Rojas of Funimation during SXSW, which you can watch below:

From The Floor: SXSW 12 – Mass Effect Teaser… by DM-Exclusives
Mass Effect, the anime will be out late 2012 or early 2013.


  1. Canti
    It will follow the back-story of Buff Plankchest, a generic FPS tough guy for the Human Systems Alliance, and the least interesting squad member of the third and final game in the Mass Effect series.
    Good choice there.

  2. Ilriyas
    Ilriyas Personally I was reminded of one of those bloody annoying, 'macho' Jersey Shore characters.
  3. BHHammy
    BHHammy Oneshot anime tie-in to a video game?

    Surely this has worked many times before!

    Why just take a look at Dante's...Inferno.


    This is going to suck, isn't it.
  4. Thrax
    Thrax James Vega, the most useless character since male shep. (oh snap.)
  5. fatcat
    fatcat yea, haven't use him yet. and I can totally dance better than him...
  6. lmorchard
    lmorchard I've been hoping all game for a nuke that needs James Vega to manually detonate in a "heroic sacrifice" while we all flit away in a shuttle.

    Still regretting that I accidentally picked Kaidan Alenko for that in ME1 instead of Ashley...
  7. Canti

    It was after this scene that doing "whatever the FUCK it takes" involved staying in the cargo bay for the rest of the game.
  8. Koreish
    Koreish So they made an Ashley clone that isn't as nice to look at as Ashley. Then thought he was important enough to have more back story than her as well.

  9. BHHammy
  10. TheAlertHusky
    TheAlertHusky Oh lord. I don't want this to happen. Anything to make money I guess but I still don't want it to happen.
  11. rolleggroll
    rolleggroll FUNimation? I'll pass.

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