Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Magic the Gathering, recently released an anime trailer in collaboration with WIT Studios ahead of the release of their upcoming set, Kamigawa Neon Dynasty.
To showcase this more modern Japanese aesthetic, Wizards of the Coast reached out to WIT Studio, known for their work on Attack on Titan and Vivy, to add their aesthetic expertise to craft a memorable promotional trailer for the franchise. This is the first collaboration between the two, but hopefully not the last.
The trailer helps set the scene for Kamigawa’s Neon Dynasty, a set that fuses traditional Japanese aesthetics with those of cyberpunk to showcase the previously visited land of Kamigawa (where the last set took place in 2004), which has since been transformed into a cyberpunk wonderland. in the 1200 years that followed.
You can watch the trailer here:
What is the story behind the Kamigawa Neon Dynasty trailer?
The trailer follows the Planeswalker Kaito Shizuki on his adventures with Kamigawa’s Wandering Emperor as the two travel through time and space to fight against a variety of enemies that appear in the new set.
The trailer features the beautiful animation that WIT Studio has become known for, with heavy special effects like those used in Vivy, their 2021 flagship title. It’s a beautiful, glittering opening to Magic: The Gathering’s first-ever sci-fi set, showing how far the plane (or, to put it another way, the land of Kamigawa) has come in the last 1,200 years. It’s nice to see a more modernized Planeswalker and to see how far WIT was able to push both the character designs and aesthetics of the traditional Magic aesthetic while retaining elements of his own distinct style.
The video was produced by the Japanese office of Wizards of the Coast in association with WIT Studio and Maxilla.
The song performed in the trailer is “Scratch”, sung by Koshi Inaba with lyrics and music by TK. The song can be purchased on Amazon Music currently.
When will the set come out?
Kamigawa Neon Dynasty made its worldwide release on February 18, 2022. It brings back some familiar mechanics from the original 2004 Kamigawa block and modernizes them with a new aesthetic and card mechanical design.
It’s one of the most anticipated Magic sets in recent memory, and for good reason: it looks great! Make sure to check it out if you’re interested in Magic.