On the list of things I expected to see in the news this week, “Lord of the Rings anime” was definitely not one of them.
Yet here we are.
You might even say that this news snuck up on me…
[There are several mistakes in that article: Helm’s Deep is not the fortress; the fortress is the Hornburg. Helm’s Deep is the ravine the fortress was built to defend. And it’s “Middle-earth”, not “Middle-Earth.”]
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about all this.
I think I want to like this. But I don’t think I can.
I like anime. Rohan is my favourite part of Lord of the Rings. Helm Hammerhand (so named for his propensity for punching to death the enemies of Rohan) is the best king of Rohan.
But I can’t help but feel like this is a cheap, cynical cash-in resulting for a boardroom full of executives throwing meaningless buzzwords and Twitter trends at each other.
I’d love to be wrong about this, though.