Monster Hunter has grown over the years to become one of Capcom’s hugest franchises, with the latest installments some of the best-selling titles on the systems they’re sold for. The concept is simple: there are giant monsters running around, and you hunt them. A lot of people want to do this! The question is, will they enjoy watching monsters get hunted as much as the act of doing the hunting?
Capcom has tried to spin off Monster Hunter to film and television before, with little success. The biggest and loudest effort came last year with the arrival of a live-action, full-budgeted Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring (shocker) his wife Milla Jovovich. It came and went and, seven months removed, barely anybody remembers it happened.
Maybe Monster Hunter is better suited for smaller, anime-based TV productions, like what was just announced now. Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild is the name of a CGI animated movie coming to Netflix this August.
We use the word “movie” loosely, as for a lot of people, the definition of a feature film is something that has to last at LEAST over an hour, and at 58 minutes (probably including credits), Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild just falls short. According to the trailer, though, a lot is packed into that miniscule running time.
Aiden, a character who’s appeared in Monster Hunter 4 and Monster Hunter World, is the focus of this story. He tackles his chosen profession with a cocky zeal, and considers himself the top of his class, but he may be out of his league when an Elder Dragon threatens to destroy his entire village. He’ll need help from his friends, like the surly fellow hunter Julius.
Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild stars Ben Rausch, Erica Lindbeck and Dante Basco, and was directed by Steven F. Yamamoto. It stomps onto Netflix August 12.