Smash-hit open-world Gacha RPG Genshin Impact is getting its own animated series!
Developer HoYoverse revealed during the Genshin Impact version 3.1 preview livestream on Friday (16 September) that they have launched a long-term animated series project with ufotable, the top Japanese animation studio behind hit anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Alongside the announcement, HoYoverse also premiered a concept trailer animated by ufotable featuring the Traveler Twins, Aether and Lumine, as well as Paimon.
There were also scenic shots of different locations in Mondstadt, like Stormterror’s Lair and Dragonspine, beautifully depicted in ufotable's signature anime style.
Yu Peng Chen, lead composer for Genshin Impact and endearingly called by the community as the Music Archon, also provided the original score for the trailer.
HoYoverse has not yet given a timetable for the project, though we can expect them to be released in the coming years as Genshin Impact's in-game story continues to unfold.
The developer also didn't share further details on how a Genshin Impact anime will look like — whether it be a full animated series or a series of OVAs or movies.
If you don’t know ufotable, they’re most known for animating Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, on overnight sensation and the most popular Shounen anime in recent years.
The studio also worked on the Demon Slayer movie Mugen Train, season 2 Entertainment District Arc, and upcoming season 3 Swordsmith Village Arc.
Ufotable also animated other anime such as Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Bladeworks, the Kara No Kyoukai: Garden of Sinners movie series, as well as animated cutscenes for video games like Tales of Arise and the God Eater series.
Ufotable even won a slew of awards for their work for Demon Slayer, including Best Animation at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2022 and Animation of the Year at the Tokyo Anime Awards 2020.
Ufotable's work on Demon Slayer has given them a reputation for animating epic battle scenes, which are a gem to animation lovers because of their complexity, excellent direction, and unmatched style.
We’re excited to see how their take on a Genshin Impact anime will pan out!
Considering the overarching storyline, we can expect that they’ll focus on the main storyline and Archon Quests.
We also can’t wait to see the game's epic battle cutscenes through the vision of ufotable, including the defence of Liyue versus Osial, the Traveler's battles with Tartaglia and the Raiden Shogun, and Raiden Ei versus the Raiden Shogun — the hype is real!
Genshin Impact is currently in version 3.0, which will run until 28 September and features the release of Sumeru, Dendro, new characters, and a ton of other content.
Genshin Impact versions 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 will have shortened run times of five weeks instead of the usual six weeks, likely to catch up to the game's original release schedule after the release of version 2.7 was delayed back in April.
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