We have reached the end of Netflix and Riot Games’ new animated series Arcane. The first two parts were extraordinarily satisfying and helped build this story from the ground up. Diving into the lore of League of Legends is known for its colorful cast of champions and this series has proved they can take them and tell a fantastic story. So does part three do its job and bring a satisfying end to this journey? It does and doesn’t in the best of ways. But no spoilers up here – keep reading to figure out what we thought!
DISCLAIMER: This review for Arcane contains spoilers for the first six episodes (parts one and two). If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out either, I highly suggest doing so here!
One of my favorite things about Arcane has been the way Fortiche has animated it. It has been strong from the very beginning and is one of the reasons I fell in love with the series. And their best work is on display in these final three episodes. The way they use the neon colors and lights takes the fight scenes to the next level. And the way they are able to bring the final scene to life is simply stunning. I want to see Fortiche put out more series, even if it isn’t in the League of Legends franchise.
We got our first glimpse of Jinx’s (voiced by Ella Purnell) emotional journey in part two. And if, like me, you thought Purnell brought her A-game, you will love her in part three. The way she is able to convey Jinx’s frustrations and mental instability while not coming off as comical or over the top is astounding. Between how Fortiche is able to animate her and Purnell’s vocals, we are left feeling torn over having sympathy for her and disliking her for her actions.
Part three is all about tieing up pieces of the overall story of Arcane. They have given us a glimpse into the past of not only Jinx and Vi (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) but of Caitlyn (voiced by Katie Leung), Jayce (voiced by Kevin Alejandro), Viktor (voiced by Harry Lloyd) and so many more. If you had told me that one failed heist that took place back in episode one would have caused this explosion of events, I would have laughed at you. But, the way Riot Games connects all of these characters and events makes this world feel much more authentic.
Now, the one thing that I am still reeling about after finishing the final episode is how much was still left open-ended. I won’t spoil the ending, but the fates of many were left pretty vague. I need to know what happens with the council, Viktor’s path, Silco’s (voiced by Jason Spisak) fate, what happens with Caitlyn, Vi and Jinx and so much more. This gives me hope that Netflix and Riot Games will work on a second season of Arcane. Or, I would be happy with them looking into the origin of other characters that would be affected by these events and thus creating a chain of stories.
With the success of Arcane, I couldn’t imagine that they are ready to stop now. So help me put it out in the universe that we will get an announcement soon. We will be sure to rewatch this series through again until we have more! What was your favorite moment in part three? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!
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