Adult Swim Exec Opens Up About Arcane and Its Surprising History

One of the biggest animated originals to arrive on Netflix in 2021 was Arcane, the CG series that took beloved characters from the League of Legends franchise and weaved a story that was amazingly well-received by critics and viewers alike. With a second season already in development, the show’s background was dived into from a surprising source, with an executive at Adult Swim breaking down the time needed to create this popular series, while also taking the opportunity to confirm that the show following the likes of Jinx, Vi, Jayce, and more is an “amazing achievement,”

For those unfamiliar with Arcane, it follows the story of two sisters who are torn from one another thanks in part to a war that is brewing between the city of Piltover and the underground world of Zaun, with the latter seeing its residents struggling to survive while the former’s population revels in their wealth and privilege. Presenting fans with nine episodes over the course of its first season, Arcane has become a fan favorite by blending some jaw-dropping animation, beautiful storytelling, and intricate character work that takes characters from Riot Games and breaths new life into them, which exploring their individual backstories.

While Arcane didn’t air on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, co-creator and Executive Producer of Toonami, Jason DeMarco, took the opportunity to explain how long it took for the popular animated series to hit the streaming service of Netflix and how the lengthy production time is uncommon in the world of animation:

“Nah Arcane DID have a big budget- I know how much it was- and they had SIX YEARS of development, which most shows will never ever get. To be clear- that doesn’t mean the show isn’t an amazing achievement (it sure is!), but it has no lessons to bring to the world of CG anime.

No anime studio can afford to throw development $$$ at a team for more than half a decade! And if Arcane was going anywhere but Netflix, where ROI doesn’t really matter, the economics wouldn’t make any sense for a studio. It’s definitely a miracle- but it won’t be a bellweather.”


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