EA's Dante's Inferno started a Hollywood bidding war before it was even announced. Now, it's not only being adapted as a live-action film for the big screen, it's getting an animated feature as well. That's pretty impressive for a brand new IP…

This anime tie-in to EA's forthcoming God of War clone marks the second time in recent years that the company has taken a game title and released an ancillary cartoon in an attempt to drum up extra interest. They also did it in 2008 with Dead Space: Downfall (an animated prequel to the main game) and that turned out fairly well.

Unlike Downfall, Dante's Inferno doesn't appear to be a prequel, but instead is simply an animated version of the game's narrative. Despite my general disinterest in all things anime, this title has piqued my curiosity with its mixture of melodrama and violent death. If nothing else, it should serve as a pleasing appetizer to tide us all over until the Dante's Inferno feature film (already in pre-production) eventually releases.

The animated feature is set to make its DVD debut on February 9th—and in preparation, here's the new clip.

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Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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6 years 6 months ago
[quote=Matthew K][quote=Mike Bracken]I’m right in the middle on this issue. On the one hand, I know where Anonymous is coming from–and in a perfect world, people wouldn’t think of a game and anime when Dante’s Inferno was mentioned. However, since we don’t live in anything even remotely resembling a perfect world, I try to keep Matt’s attitude about things. I fail often (I’m cynical and bitter by nature. :p) but I try. [/quote] And I think we all succumb to that feeling of, “Oh, the book was soo much better!” when watching a movie, etc. But I also think disparate… Read more »
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6 years 6 months ago

No argument from me on any of those points.

I think it’s challenging to take disparate media on its own terms at times, but I try to do it. I completely agree that this will do nothing to tarnish the literary reputation of Dante’s Inferno as well.

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6 years 6 months ago
[quote=Mike Bracken]I’m right in the middle on this issue. On the one hand, I know where Anonymous is coming from–and in a perfect world, people wouldn’t think of a game and anime when Dante’s Inferno was mentioned. However, since we don’t live in anything even remotely resembling a perfect world, I try to keep Matt’s attitude about things. I fail often (I’m cynical and bitter by nature. :p) but I try. [/quote] And I think we all succumb to that feeling of, “Oh, the book was soo much better!” when watching a movie, etc. But I also think disparate media… Read more »
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6 years 6 months ago

I’m right in the middle on this issue. On the one hand, I know where Anonymous is coming from–and in a perfect world, people wouldn’t think of a game and anime when Dante’s Inferno was mentioned.

However, since we don’t live in anything even remotely resembling a perfect world, I try to keep Matt’s attitude about things. I fail often (I’m cynical and bitter by nature. :p) but I try.

Matthew K
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6 years 6 months ago
Quite simply: Because it just might be a good GAME (although I seriously doubt it). Adaptations come in varying degrees of fidelity. Sometimes, it’s just the spirit of the thing that comes across, and in this case, it’s barely that. So I take the name and setting with a grain of salt and try to appreciate the game on its own merits. If you intend to maintain your sanity as other classic texts, films, songs, and childhood loves become fodder for “re-envisioning” projects, you might want to follow suit. Nothing is sacred in the world of commercialism. Might as well… Read more »
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6 years 6 months ago

I apologize to anyone who is looking forward to this, but why would anyone want to take a piece of excellent classic literature and turn it into anime? This type of defilement is just counterintuitive and silly. What about a true preservation of the classics? What about the enlightenment? The real sad thing about this situation is that for those individuals who haven’t read any of Dante will automatically associate the words “Dante’s Inferno” with a videogame and anime, rather than a great literary classic. These are questions we should ask ourselves.

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