This pop culture pundit is always happy to put aside the usual headlines of yet another series that has fallen under the scythe of the dreaded cancellation syndrome from their respective home networks – or streaming platforms – for the generally more upbeat proclamation of a worthy series that will indeed live to see another day; I’m sort of sentimental in that regard, Dear and Constant Reader. Such a lucky bird receiving the green light for new adventures is the new Netflix animated series Arcane, according to our pals over at Variety.
Alright, first things first: If you’re not already checking out Arcane on Netflix…Well, what the heck are you waiting for?!? The series, created by masterminds Christian Linke and Alex Yee, takes place smack dab in the middle of the League of Legends universe and is about two sisters, Vi and Jinx, who find themselves in a veritable Civil War scenario when they wind up on opposing sides of the warring Piltover people and the denizens of Zaun. The latter is quite a squalid and neglected land (think most of small town America circa 2021); the former is more like Party Central with everyone living it up and toasting their awesome good fortune. Needless to say, conflict erupts in aforementioned Civil War.
All caught up, then? Good, because you’ve got even more slickly paced and exquisitely animated adventures from Arcane very much on the way: Netflix has officially picked up the critically lauded series for a second season, thereby renewing everyone’s faith in humanity. The announcement was made at the tail-end of fan extravaganza this past Saturday evening.
“We’re beyond happy about the positive response to Arcane’s first season and are working hard with the creative wizards at Riot and (French animation studio) Fortiche to deliver our second installment,” enthused Christian Linke and partner-in-crime Alex Yee about the season two pick-up in a press release.
Details on what fans can expect from a second season of Arcane is being wrapped up tightly at the moment, but it has been confirmed series voice stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell and Katie Leung will all be re-upping for more drama and strife than you can shake a pogo stick at. Executive producing this new season will be Linke and cohorts Marc Merrill, Brandon Beck, Jane Chung and Thomas Vu.
We’re still waiting on a production start date, let alone a release date, so bear with us kiddies as we endeavor to forage out more details about season two of Arcane!