Since the final episode of its first season, the Netflix original series, “Arcane” (2021), has received praise for its unique story. The show is based on the “League of Legends” universe, a game developed by Riot Games.
“Arcane” takes place during the clash between the two cities of Piltover and Zaun. It follows the story of two sisters, Vi and Jinx, fighting on opposing sides of the conflict. This conflict also functions as a backstory for these characters and many other characters from the game, such as Jayce, Caitlyn, and Heimerdinger.
The nine-episode series is divided into three-episode acts. Act One follows Vi and Jinx as children while Acts Two and Three show both characters as adults.
The show also features famed actors, such as Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell, who voice Vi and Jinx respectively.
IMDb gave “Arcane” an overall score of 9.3 stars, with every episode scoring well on a ten-point scale. The first episode received the lowest score of 8.9 out of ten while two following episodes received a 9.8 out of ten.
IGN gave the show a ten out of ten, with IGN writer Rafael Motamayor calling the show “a classic in the making” and one that breaks “the so-called ‘video game curse.’”
“Arcane” has also received good reviews among the SNHU community. Brendan McGuire (’22) said he loved the show. “It was an amazing series and had some of the best animation and sequences I’ve seen in a while. The characters were also executed amazingly,” he said.
Ryan Burns (’22) also praised the series. “I like the animation style,” he said. “I’ve also been a big fan of Hailee Steinfeld and was happy to see her be a voice actor in the series.”
According to inverse.com, a second season of “Arcane” began production on November 20 and will continue the current storyline with the same characters. It is expected to be released sometime after 2022. The complete first season is available to watch on Netflix.