Monster Hunter is having a great year, and thanks to Capcom’s relationship with Netflix, that trend has continued this week. Unrelated to Paul W.S. Anderson’s live-action film from last year, Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild, an hour-long computer-animated film that was announced in 2018, is now accessible on Netflix.
Legends of the Guild follows Aiden and a crew of fellow hunters as they defend Aiden’s hamlet against a terrifying Elder Dragon. Dante Brasco, who is most known for his roles as Rufio from Hook and Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, leads the cast as Aiden. Brando Eaton (Awkward., Dexter), Erica Lindbeck (The Owl House, Pacific Rim: The Black), G.K. Bowes (Aggretsuko), and Brian Beacock (Aggretsuko) are among the other cast members (Beastars, Sword Art Online).
Unlike the previous year’s film, Legends of the Guild draws more directly from Monster Hunter World. A lot of the graphics looks like it was stolen straight out of the 2018 game, from the character designs to the weaponry and monsters. Compared to Milla Jovovich’s isekai journey in the theatrical Monster Hunter movie, it’s wonderful to see we get a better look at what it’s like to live in a world full of monsters.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which I reviewed in July, is the second story-focused Monster Hunter project set to arrive in 2021. It’s a fantastic introduction to the Monster Hunter series as a whole, as well as a fantastic time for people who prefer games like Pokemon. You can read the review here, and while you’re at it, you should also read Jay Guisao’s Monster Hunter Rise review.