Role-playing game Dragon Age is getting an anime. The flick will roar into Japanese theatres across the country.
Wait, why is there a Dragon Age anime? It's not a Japanese game and while the title has a huge following in the West, it doesn't have the name recognition that home-grown role-playing games do in Japan.
As EA explains in a recent video, the game itself was inspired by Japanese prints and the films of Akira Kurosawa. Making an anime, instead of a Western cartoon, allows the filmmakers and game developers to explore more complex and adult themes.
Some of the country's most famous faces are lending their voices to the project. The movie will star Chiaki Kuriyama of Kill Bill fame as Cassandra Pentaghast, Shosuke Tanihara as Regalyan D'Marcall, and Gackt as Knight Commander. Gackt will also be providing the movie's theme song.
EA, BioWare and Japanese animation distributor FUNimation originally teamed up, planning to release the project straight-to-DVD this year. Instead, as previously mentioned, it will be getting a theatrical release in Japan early next year.