HoYoverse recently released some great trailers for Genshin Impact, and the images make it easy to imagine what the game could look like as a full-fledged TV show. Thankfully, it looks like the Chinese developer was way ahead of us, as the Genshin Impact 3.1 presentation revealed that ufotable, the company behind God Eater’s animation and Demon Slayer, is currently working on the project.
Despite being over three minutes long, the trailer does not say much. While gorgeous, most of it is just a fly-through. It begins with Paimon drifting through a sunlit forest, then zooms in on familiar lands: the Mondstadt Plain, the Dragonspine, and the Statue of the Seven Gods. Finally, the trailer closes with a beautiful image of the main characters, twins Aether and Lumine, holding hands as they sprint through the ruins of Mondstadt.
While the emphasis may be more on style than substance at this point, it’s hard not to be excited to see what ufotable has in store for us in the world of “Genshikai Ibunroku.” The studio delivers amazingly smooth animation with a crisp, vibrant art style. It remains to be seen if the animation will depict a fantastical tale of twins, or if it will stay true to the game and focus on one of the twins, but if so, I’m betting on Aether.
HoYoverse says in their YouTube description that they have begun a long-term collaborative project between Hara-Kiri Impact and ufotable, so it may be a year or two before an anime is released. Personally, I am hoping for a series of episodes that may depict stories that were not told in the game, but I wouldn’t mind a gorgeous 90 minutes of movie magic. Whatever it turns out to be, I look forward to seeing Teibat in a new form. Hopefully, we’ll find out what it looks like soon.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen how well-animated game adaptations can work: the Netflix spin-off of “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Cyberpunk: Edge Runners,” has received rave reviews, even though the original was underrated. In fact, it is so good that Wes Fenlon of this magazine renewed his desire to go back to “Cyberpunk 2077” again. It is quite possible that the “primitive” animation will have a similar effect and, if done well enough, lure any new player to “Teyvat.