Halo Legends project brings in big guns from anime world

The Halo franchise has encompassed all sorts of media, from games to books to graphic novels. And now, it looks like Master Chief will make the leap into the world of anime. Microsoft has announced that some of the biggest names in the anime industry will collaborate on the “Halo Legends” anime project, which will make its debut today at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Helmed by acclaimed anime directors Shinji Aramaki (“Appleseed”) and Mamoru Oshii (“Ghost in the Shell”), “Halo Legends” will be a compilation of short films that explore and expand upon the existing Halo universe. Anime geeks will note that names like Studio 4°C, Bones, Production I.G., and Toei Animation will also be involved in the production of the project. For anyone not in the know, the combined resumes of these studios include such outstanding works as “Cowboy Bebop,” “Dragon Ball,” “Blood: The Last Vampire,” and “The Animatrix.” So while there’s no doubt that Microsoft’s going to milk the Halo cow ’til it’s bone dry, at the very least, it’s comforting to know that series’ anime adaptation will be handled by a group of talented people who know how to do anime right.

The first trailer for “Halo Legends” will air later tonight exclusively on GameTrailers TV at the extremely convenient time of 12:30 a.m. And for those of us who want to learn more about the project and are attending Comic-Con today, the panel will be held in Room 6BCF at 4:30 p.m. PT.