League of Legends Arcane: anime TV series, trailer, Netflix release date, cast, story leaks - Dexerto
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League of Legends Arcane anime TV series: release date, trailer, cast, story leaks

Published: 14/Jun/2021 6:56 Updated: 14/Jun/2021 7:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends is finally coming to the small screen ⁠— Riot Games has unveiled new animated series “Arcane” coming to Netflix later this year. Here’s everything we know about the limited series so far, including release date, casting, early Jinx vs Vi story leaks, and more.

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The fallout between sisters Jinx and Vi will be the main story in Arcane.
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The fallout between sisters Jinx and Vi will be the main story in Arcane.

Riot finally greenlight TV series

League of Legends is finally coming to the small screen.

Back in October 2019, it was announced Riot Games were working on a League of Legends anime. Six months later, “Arcane” was officially unveiled amid the game’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, where it was also confirmed that Jinx and Vi would star as main characters.

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Riot and Netflix have since confirmed the show will follow “the origins of two iconic League champions, and the power that will tear them apart.”

LoL fans will finally get to explore Zaun and Piltover in a TV series this year.
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LoL fans will finally get to explore Zaun and Piltover in a new TV series this year.

Arcane’s Netflix release date

Riot Games has announced that Arcane will premiere on Netflix in Fall 2021. Beyond that three-month period (September, October, December) there’s no clear release date for the planned League of Legends animated series. Luckily, once the show does finally arrive, we’re likely to see all episodes drop at once.

Arcane was set to drop in 2020, but has since been delayed several times.

Jinx will be the first LoL champion to star in a Runeterra series.
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Jinx will be the first LoL champion to star in a Runeterra series.

League of Legends Arcane trailers

Arcane Anniversary Announcement

The original Arcane trailer debuted back on October 16, 2019. Steeped in lore, it showed us Piltover, the “city of progress,” and its fume-infested underground twin, Zaun.

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Arcane Netflix Teaser

On May 4 this year, Netflix dropped its own 18-second teaser.

‘A Score To Settle’ Story Trailer

Most recently, Riot Games unveiled a new Arcane story trailer, “A Score to Settle”. The new trailer showed us a short clip from the animated series.

LoL Arcane casting news

Riot has yet to confirm any details on Arcane’s voice cast.

The show’s IMDB listing also has no actors or producers marked down. Dexerto expects those involved — especially which actors will be voicing main characters Jinx and Vi — to be unveiled ahead of the series’ official Netflix release date.

The new "cinematic universe" will run alongside upcoming animated series 'Arcane.'
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We don’t know who will be playing Jinx, Vi, and other LoL champions just yet.

What will Arcane be about?

Arcane will tell the origin story of Jinx and her sister Vi.

The League of Legends series will explore the sisters’ childhood in Piltover and Zaun, and explore the twin cities. Piltover is the upper-side utopia, while Zaun is the mean streets, and is Runeterra’s dystopian underbelly.

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In current day LoL lore, Jinx and Vi are less than friends. The sisters throw snide remarks at each other and Jinx taunts her sibling whenever they meet. Jinx has become an infamous Zaun terrorist and Vi is a Piltover sheriff. The show will explore how the two sisters got to their modern-day relationship (or lack thereof).

Dexerto also expects loads of other popular Zaun and Piltover champions to appear in the upcoming animated series.

These could include:

  • Camille
  • Caitlyn
  • Ezreal
  • Jayce
  • Orianna
  • Vi
  • Heimerdinger
  • Jinx
  • Ekko
  • Twitch
  • Blitzcrank
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Janna
  • Singed
  • Urgot
  • Viktor
  • Warwick
  • Zac
  • Ziggs

Riot wrote: “We’ll dive deeply into the stories and struggles of these characters and find out what their lives look like, what made them who they are today.”

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