Dragon’s Blood: Dota 2 fans rejoice as game gets its own animated Netflix series

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Let’s be honest here. Cartoons based on video games have a rather spotty history. And by “spotty” I really mean that I can’t think of any good ones.

On that note, I’m just gonna leave this here:

Things could be changing, though. There’s word, for instance, of a forthcoming series based on the Canadian indie hit Cuphead. And we can tell you for certain that a show set in the world of Dota 2 will hit Netflix in March. It’s called DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, and you can check out the teaser trailer below:

How can we be certain that Dragon’s Blood won’t turn out to be a disappointment? We can’t. But it certainly has an impressive pedigree. As Valve tells us:

Featuring stunning animation from Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra / Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender) and an epic story from Ashley Edward Miller (X-Men: First Class / Thor), DOTA: Dragon’s Blood offers a new vision of the Dota universe for fans around the world to experience and discover. We’re looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

Looks pretty cool, right?

Well, not to nitpick, but I couldn’t help but notice that the teaser describes the show as an “original anime series”. Here’s the thing, though: a series created by an American writer, based on an American video game, and animated in South Korea can’t properly be called “anime”. I don’t make the rules, folks. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Outside of Japan and in English, anime is colloquial for Japanese animation and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. Animation produced outside of Japan with similar style to Japanese animation is referred to as anime-influenced animation.

Get it right, Netflix!

You’ll be able to binge DOTA: Dragon’s Blood starting March 25.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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