James Vega was one of this reviewer’s favorite characters in the MASS EFFECT video game universe. He accompanied Commander Shepard on many missions in MASS EFFECT 3, covering his back in action against the impressive array of enemies the main character encountered in the quest to liberate Earth from the Reapers- an ancient race that appeared every 50,000 years to reset the galactic clock and conquer races that had reached a certain level of development. It was with some delight that news of an anime telling more about Vega’s back story was received. We heard from him in the game about what he did as an Alliance Marine. He was a crucial part of some of the earliest operations involving Earth’s Alliance against the Reapers and their allies, the Collectors, and literally had the physical and emotional scars to show for it. But hearing the story as told to Shepard one day aboard his ship, the NORMANDY, was very different to seeing it played out in this offering from Production I.G. and Funimation. This is a story that was, like the back stories of so many characters in the MASS EFFECT universe, ready for further exploration and in some ways, the creators of this film delivered all that could be expected of it.
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