5 Reasons to Watch Arcane

5 REASONS TO WATCH ARCANE

Our sweet little Jinx! (kind of)

Arcane : League of Legends has singlehandedly (grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go) became a well-known video-game adaption series, which whisked away many fans more deeper into the lore, and whats to come, as it’s hard to guess what would happen next. There has been alot of talk about Arcane, but WHY is Arcane so good? There are 5 reasons as to why.

Mel’s patio in Piltover

1.) The fascinating animation style :

To put in short, Arcane has an extremely jaw-dropping animation, from smooth emotions and body language in a character, to terrific scenery. 

The show really allows us to feel what the characters are feeling, and indulge into the story because of how  realistically animated it is. Arcane’s style is very similar to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s movie, except as a series, which is commonly noticed among fans. The first thing you realize about Arcane is its beautiful animation, really. 

Fortiche Production, a French animation studio, is behind its strikingly impressive look. Its style is a combination of both 3D and 2D, with an aesthetic that kind of gives it a comic book-look.From its unique steampunk environment underground, to the utopian urban paradise topside, It’s amazingly detailed, and brings along a lot of praise behind it.

Painting by Ekko in the fissures of Zaun

2.) The shows attention on newcomers :

Arcane, placed in the divided city of Piltover, on a planet named Runeterra, and in the universe of League of Legends; yeah, it’s a lot. It’s fairly hard to understand all that as a new fan, yet this video game adaption isn’t confusing to understand if you stumble upon it.. This is due to the fact that this game-inspired series is extremely welcoming to newcomers, me being one of them.

 Instead of Arcane being made from the strict canon of the game, this action-fantasy series is not only an expansion of the lore, but also builds a whole new story apart with it that’s easy to understand.

 For example, Jinx’s backstory, personality, and lore wasn’t even as developed as it is now after Arcane, and also the history of Hextech, wielded by the arcane. Hextech was originally created by Camile, a protector of Clan Ferros, who was born several generations after her family discovered the hex cores, the untamed magic core of hextech, which Jayce discovered all of this in the series Arcane instead.

If you are a newbie, wondering “what is she going on about?”, then here’s a short sum-up. The series is a story, or y’know,  animated show, based in the divergent city-state of Piltover. It’s quite literally divided, actually. Piltover is on two levels, economically and physically. Piltovians, or, “top siders” live above Zaun, living a peaceful and progressive life. Zaun, on the other hand is poverty and pollution stricken, poor, who endure lots of hard labor and brutalisation from crime lords and the police. For years, Zaun on the other side of the very bridge where there was a terrible war (which is seen in episode one), is neglected by Piltover’s government. Zauns’ terrible, but brilliant uprising is where they came up with Shimmer, a drug which turns the user into a monster. 

While the show is action-based Steampunk Fantasy, its proven numerous times how the show conveys the message of real world problems, like abuse of power, economic downfall, mental health issues, and so on. With all of this said, it’s not “just a video-game adaption” but it also reflects on society which is welcoming to all viewers.

Powder/Jinx in “Enemy” music video, by Imagine dragons

3.) The Unique Soundtrack :

 If you’ve seen Arcane : League of Legends, you’d know how well the music is for the series. Not only are the genres diverse, some being Pop, R&B/Soul, and Indie, but they are extremely relevant to the scenes and are pretty catchy, too.

 Right off the bat, “Enemy” by Imagine Dragons is played in the intro (watch here :https://youtu.be/YDjVH8cxrCQ), along with extremely realistic animation of the characters. If you’re a newcomer, boy, would you like the intro, as it’s absolutely stunning. 

Some songs that were used specifically to connect to the scene they were in were, “Playground” by Bea Miller, “What Could have Been” by Sting featuring Ray Chen, “Guns for Hire” by Woodkid, and “Our Love” by Curtis Harding featuring Jazmine Sullivan”.

 If you’ve seen Arcane : League of Legends, you’d know how well the music is for the series. Not only are the genres diverse, some being Pop, R&B/Soul, and Indie, but they are extremely relevant to the scenes and are pretty catchy, too.

 Right off the bat, “Enemy” by Imagine Dragons is played in the intro (watch here :https://youtu.be/YDjVH8cxrCQ), along with extremely realistic animation of the characters. If you’re a newcomer, boy, would you like the intro, as it’s absolutely stunning. 

Some songs that were used specifically to connect to the scene they were in were, “Playground” by Bea Miller, “What Could have Been” by Sting featuring Ray Chen, “Guns for Hire” by Woodkid, and “Our Love” by Curtis Harding featuring Jazmine Sullivan”.

The main characters of Arcane, see the diversity?

4.) The Diversity Complexity

Arcane’s show of diversity is the very topic I feel very strongly about, with its attention of womens, mens, racial, and sexual diversity.

For womens diversity, I personally believe it was done right. The series allows women to be different, from graceful, to manic, to warrior, and diplomatic counselor. Throughout all of these tropes, we see that every woman has her interior scars, and reasons behind how she acts. Jinx, loving and determined, soon spiraled to a manic killer. No woman in Arcane is ever limited to what she can be, and all types of women in the series are appreciated widely for various reasons.

Every female character in Arcane displays various types of body types, sexual orientations, ages, height, and ethnicity.

Mens diversity is a bit different, though it’s similar to womens diversity. Men are not only vulnerable, but after those times, they come through at their strongest. Every man deals with conflict and in their moments of vulnerability, and the difference between real life situations and arcane, they aren’t seen as weak, or an eye isn’t turned, instead, it shows their true character on how they react and nothing is stereotyped. For example, Jayce is seen laying on Mel’s lap, expressing his emotions, but after, he is seen in his most strongest moments of the show, ready to put an end to Zauns crime/shimmer.

As for racial diversity, this was done extremely well, and characters of all demographics are represented. Mel and Sevika are both black female characters, who are strong and, surprisingly, stray away from unhealthy stereotypes. Marcus is seen to be asian, with an aussie-sounding accent. Sexual diversity is also seen throughout the show, like the hints towards Vi and Caitlyns relationship.

Jinx practice fighting in Ep.8

5.) The thrilling fight scenes

The fighting scenes in Arcane are not only smoothly animated and carefully choreographed, but show how nobody wins in war. For example, most characters in the show, such as Jinx, Vi, Sevika, and so on, end up damaged after fighting, from bleeding noses to wounds. It’s extremely realistic, and the hand-to-hand combat in Arcane is meticulously done to where it almost looks like how a real boxing-fight would be. Arcane is a miraculously done animated-series, which has higher expectations for shows, me being one of them.