The intro, composed by Japanese animation studio Studio Trigger, features vocals by Shantae voice actress Cristina Vee, as well as appearances by series characters Risky Boots, Sky, Bolo, Rottytops, and Mimic.
The full video description reads:
“Presenting the Opening Animation for Shantae 5, created by none other than the revered Studio TRIGGER! TRIGGER producer Naoko Tsutsumi (Little Witch Academia) collaborated with Shantae creator Erin Bozon (Futurama) and Matt Bozon (series director) to bring the Shantae characters to life. Vocals for the opening were performed by Cristina Vee (Miraculous Ladybug), featuring an original composition by Mark Sparling and musical arrangement by Maddie Lim.”
The news that Studio Trigger would be working with WayForward on an intro movie for Shantae 5 broke a few days ago, with more details promised “soon.”
Shantae 5 will be the first in the long-running franchise to feature an opening movie; the last game released in the series, the Kickstarter-funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, had animated cutscenes as a $1.3 million stretch goal, but it wasn’t reached.
Studio Trigger was established in 2011 and has worked on several Japanese anime series including Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, as well as opening animations for games like Project X Zone and Indivisible, and even the Live2D illustrations of character units in Fire Emblem Fates.
Shantae 5 will be released for Nintendo Switch, along with PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Apple Arcade, in late 2019.
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