A Link to the Anime

Made by the fans for the fans, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods is in production with the intent to adapt the full Akira Himekawa manga into animated form.

Archer Animation is the force behind this beautiful work. According to their website, they intend to have the full first episode “The Voice” completed with the aim to provide Zelda fans with a “non-profit, fully-animated, theatrical experience.” The music comes from in-house and from the ever-popular Zelda Reorchestrated.

The “trailer” (which seems to be the first four minutes of Episode One) is viewable below. And after seeing it myself, if this is any indication of the the full project, we are in for a magnificent and beautiful treat.

Source: ZeldaMotion
  • Chainoftermina

    okay. yeah, when you said it was made by fans, I knew it couldn't be a true anime. but then again, you never said it was an anime, just a manga in animated form. as an animation student, I can appreciate all the hard work put into this, but it seems to me that it's just a video form of the manga. and thats okay, just, not really what I expected. You sorta made it sound like it was gonna be actual animation, like a cartoon. It's not, and thats fine, I just wouldn't describe this as "fully-animated" because it could certanly be more animated.

    but I digress, this looks very pretty and I can tell a lot of work went into this. nice.

    • Agreed. I was expecting a little more motion and less still pictures. There was some movement but it was very slow. The mouths were not lip-syncing very well either, but honestly: it's better than anything I'm doing right now. Good for them.

  • STUFF2o

    This is pretty cool. My only gripe is mistakes like "your" instead of "you're", "Im" instead of "I'm," and "alot" instead of "a lot."

  • STUFF2o

    This is pretty cool. My only gripe is mistakes like "your" instead of "you're", "Im" instead of "I'm," and "alot" instead of "a lot."

    • Yes, it IS rife with spelling and grammatic mistakes, unfortunately. 🙁 I was able to ignore them and focus on the story and the images.

  • Bre

    Just pointing out that this is a motion comic and not an animation (says the animator)

  • Bre

    Just pointing out that this is a motion comic and not an animation (says the animator)

    • Chainoftermina

      Yeah, thats what I was getting at. No offense, Bastian, but I think it would have helped if you had told us this in the post. but it's okay, just a mistake.

      • 😀 Actually the production describes it itself as "fully-animated" on their website.

        • Chainoftermina

          oh. okay, sorry I blamed you. It's them that should explain better then. sorry.

          • SharpandFlat

            I think some people are misinformed. ANIMATION (wiki definition- Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. …) or (The act of animating, or giving life or spirit.)

            This animation does both. This is undoubtedly a fully animated trailer. the only question would be the quality which is decent.

          • Chainoftermina

            "Illusion of Movement"

            the only thing that can be considered truly moving are the mouths during speech, and even that is very choppy. every other "movement" is simply a still picture sliding over the screen. there are no joints turning in arcs, no exaggeration, no actions of any kind. there are many principles of animation missing here, so no, it is not fully animated. The wiki definition is nice, but I go to school for this stuff and I'm looking at my class paper as I type. trust me.

          • SharpandFlat

            "a still picture sliding"

            Says the animation student who just looked at the definition.

            So movement in any way is not animation unless it has joints turning in arcs or exaggeration. If your an animation student, you should know how diverse animation.Trust me I'm a bus driver, I take students to school.

          • Chainoftermina

            they aren't moving. they are just sliding. these are just still, frozen pictures. the only thing that changes from frame to frame is the location of the drawing, not the actual drawing itself. and in order to have an actual animation, the drawings need to be different in every frame unless the subject is supposed to be standing still. you need all 12 Principles of animation in order to have true animation.

            and I take the train.

          • SharpandFlat

            Sliding Definition: being a smooth continuous >motion< aka movement… nuff said there.

            1.1 Squash and stretch
            1.2 Anticipation
            1.3 Staging
            1.4 Straight ahead action and pose to pose
            1.5 Follow through and overlapping action
            1.6 Slow in and slow out
            1.7 Arcs
            1.8 Secondary action
            1.9 Timing
            1.10 Exaggeration
            1.11 Solid drawing
            1.12 Appeal

            I guess 3d stunt doubles in films are not animated cause the lack "exaggeration". The Majority of flash animations are not animations cause they lack "solid drawing" or "appeal". Space ships scenes in Star Wars cause they don't have "Arcs"

            They are guidelines not rules.

          • Chainoftermina

            oh, for the love of……flash animations CAN have appeal and solid drawings. what the hell do you think I use in school? and no, computer generated special effects are not animation, they're computer generated special effects. and besides, I'm not talking about 3D cgi, I'm talking about cartoons! your seriously not going to give this up, are you? this is not animation, this is still, non moving pictures changing location on the screen. they don't look like they are walking, they look like statues floating across the stage. how are you not getting what I mean?

          • SharpandFlat

            Chill out dude, your the authority on the matter. I know p l e n t y about animation and I say its animation. You say its not. Some people think Zelda has a chronological time line some dont. There is proof either way. I respect your >opinion< but think you should not try to make it a matter of fact like your the animation judge.

          • SharpandFlat

            ^I meant "you are >not< the authority on the matter"^

          • Chainoftermina

            I wasn't trying to be the animation God, I was simply supporting back up to my argument that this is in fact not FULLY animated. It is partially animated, yes, but not fully. it is a KIND of animation, yes, but not the same kind as anime, as it was described as being in the original post. and if you still don't believe me, I suggest you read the original comment that all these replies are branching off of; the animator herself says that this is a motion comic and not an animation. and yes, there is a difference between a motion comic and an animation. the example is right in front of you.

          • FairyTatletale

            "you should know how diverse animation is." I spell corecteding… bus driver not english teacher.

          • SharpandFlat

            Schut yor mawth. lol

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  • odel

    this is awesome. looking forward to this

  • odel

    this is awesome. looking forward to this

  • Rinku_fan_001

    so,really???
    interesing……

  • Rinku_fan_001

    so,really???
    interesing……

  • Hayden

    This is so cool!

  • ibrahim

    I like what I see, very well done overall

  • hey

    i like it i really do wish it was an actuall anime

  • hey

    i like it i really do wish it was an actuall anime

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  • LoZyMugglegater

    Hmm,that was scary and cool at the same time.I am honestly not sure what my feelings on that are,but I think what I'm thinking right now can be summed up into the word,"weird."

  • LoZyMugglegater

    Hmm,that was scary and cool at the same time.I am honestly not sure what my feelings on that are,but I think what I'm thinking right now can be summed up into the word,"weird."

  • Thareous33

    Weird? I wouldn't it that. More along the lines of "crazy" which better fits the anime style. (I'm not talking about animated cartoons; I mean the quirkiness attributed to those like in Pokemon, Yugi-oh {is this spelled right?}, and Teen Titans). Though this wasn't exactly a cartoon, it was carried on like one in a likewise motion. It was not weird, nor so much crazy, but a majestic, fluent, and exquisite piece of work derived from this eminent series of which we have grown so fond.

    • Chainoftermina

      cartoons made in America aren't called anime. when some says anime they mean the Japanese stuff like what you said, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-oh, Dragonball Z, Naruto, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, Cowboy Bebop etc, etc, (if I name them all it would take a month to read this comment)

      shows like Teen Titans and Avatar the last Airbender aren't really true animes, cause they were made here in America, but they were done in an anime-like style. I just thought I'd clear that up for you. 🙂

      • Thareous33

        No, it's cool, Chain. I was pointing out the style, though I do thank you for clarifying the anime usage. The quirkiness, such as the tear in the middle of the brow for embarrassment, pretty much connects all these titles, American- or Japan-made. I think the differing backgrounds strange when they bring these expressions on the characters. Viewing them gives me a funny feeling like they were made for a dream. Our Far East friends have unlocked the qualities necessary to achieve this alluring trait which draws us closer to their products. Nintendo is a leading example of this.

  • Zeldadudetp

    I hope it has voice acting. But it looks pretty sweet.

  • Zeldadudetp

    I hope it has voice acting. But it looks pretty sweet.

  • FairyTatletale

    Anime or not I love it! More More More! Nom Nom Nom!

  • DmL

    How is this not gonna get shut down by Ninty??

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  • EDracon

    I don't like the style of it or the "animation." Fading annoyingly isn't animation, it's fading annoyingly.

  • SmithyClan

    It's just been confirmed that the new Zelda game will be called Prophet of Light.

    • Squiggy

      The only evidence of this is some comment on Reddit, and the guy who posted the name even says that everything he mentions was all guessing and he seems to THINK he'll be right just because he predicted the wolf transformation in Twilight Princess.

      So unless you have some actual concrete evidence to provide for us, don't grab some comment off of Reddit and call it the truth.

  • SmithyClan

    It's just been confirmed that the new Zelda game will be called Prophet of Light.

    • Squiggy

      The only evidence of this is some comment on Reddit, and the guy who posted the name even says that everything he mentions was all guessing and he seems to THINK he'll be right just because he predicted the wolf transformation in Twilight Princess.

      So unless you have some actual concrete evidence to provide for us, don't grab some comment off of Reddit and call it the truth.

      • LoZ

        I agree.

    • Where did you read that?

  • FairyTatletale

    This article is full of a bunch of h8ters :(… The other sites comments about it are pretty supportive.

  • FairyTatletale

    This article is full of a bunch of h8ters :(… The other sites comments about it are pretty supportive.

  • LINK

    pretty cool i like how its silent like the game.

  • OOGIE BOOGIE

    yeah great job at capturing the feel of the game guys.

  • Feline Witch

    Would have preferred OoT or the Oracles (I just like their stories and characters better) but this was pretty lovely. The manga ka has a nice style, so it's quite enjoyable to see it in motion. There is only so much you can do when you're an indie team with limited resources and funds, but I say they are doing a pretty good job.

  • Majora

    First of all this is oracle of seasons manga. Second of all I don't like when link talks especially in captions. Third of all Nintendo is going to sue those people just like they did with the hero of time trailer.

  • xXjackXx

    Not bad, not bad at all… It's something I'd watch for sure. =) 2 thunbs up

  • EXLR8

    Nice animation, has a nice game like original feel to it. Only it's story doesn't look to too orgiginal though. 😐 Good luck!

    • EDracon

      It's based off Link to the Past, it's not going to be original.

  • Quill

    I tought it was a Zelda anime… this kinda dissapointed me…
    However, I like the style of the animation. Good job.

  • The Owl Josse

    This was a new style of animetion, I really like the trailer. The game Zelda have allways changed there art form. From The legend of Zelda, ocarina of times funny 3d figures to wind waker cartoon figures and it had allways a deep meaning special Majoras mask. Zelda is art!!! 😀

    I hope the animated film will get famous 😀 good luck!!
    I am really glad that nobody have voice ackting and I love the music in it ^^

  • william

    i would love to do voice acting of link it would be cool

  • william

    i would love to do voice acting of link it would be cool

  • LoZ

    This is pretty cool! I love it when fans put together stuff like this.

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    i like it !!

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