You probably heard the announcement: the Ubisoft game series Assassin’s Creed is getting its own anime style adaptation from the same producer of Netflix’s Castlevania series, Adi Shankar.
This franchise has already evolved into comic books, novels, and the earlier big Hollywood movie with Michael Fassbender. Ubisoft has asked Shankar to create an all new original story for the series, so it is somewhat safe to assume that this will be something brand new.
Assassin’s Creed is diverse and expansive; there’s plenty of room for new interpretation. A world of blade wielding assassins and mind warping science fiction already sounds like an anime to me. Its time spanning battle between Assassins and Templars is ripe for all sorts of entertainment.
The only really necessary common thread is that sneaky hood and a bladed weapon of some kind; everything else is up for grabs. The games have already sprinkled in pirates, colonial America, the Italian Renaissance… the French Revolution, Imperial China… plus, the latest game is said to take place in Ancient Egypt. Shankar and the anime could go literally any direction.
Sure, Feudal Japan would be the obvious choice (and an untapped period of time so far), but anime has shown that it can take on many other cultures without being restrained to Japanese themes. Most of the games and other adaptations of the Assassin’s Creed world have chosen just one time period and had their fun there.
It could be interesting to see an anime that spans the whole timeline of the Assassin’s story and tells a more overall world building story. Who knows?
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