Is a ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series Coming to Netflix?

The Legend of Zelda – Copyright. Nintendo

As one of the most popular and beloved video-game franchises with an immensely rich amount of lore, it comes as no surprise the demand for a brand new Legend of Zelda animated series is strong. Is a Zelda series coming to Netflix? Here’s the history of the rumors surrounding a Netflix Zelda series.

The Legend of Zelda is a popular video game franchise developed by Nintendo. It’s been over three decades since the release of the first game, Legend of Zelda on the NES, and has since spawned a further 19 titles across various different generations of consoles. It’s been three decades since the release of the original animates series, and while the music was fantastic, the less said about the actual series the better.

Rumors of a brand new series have been circulating for years now, and of least for the foreseeable future, it may remain that way. This, of course, hasn’t stopped “details” being released about the supposed series, especially with it rumored to be coming to Netflix.

As we say, there’s nothing official but we’re just purely documenting what’s supposedly out there.


What is the plot of The Legend of Zelda series?

The plot of The Legend of Zelda series is entirely dependant on which video game it will be based upon. While all the video games follow similar themes, each video game is incredibly unique in its own right.

The first season of The Legend of Zelda series will apparently follow the events of the video game The Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

Will The Legend of Zelda series cover multiple games?

Rumour has it that a total of three seasons are planned for the animated series. The first as we’ve discussed will cover the events of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, the second season will be focused on Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and A Link Between Worlds. As for the third season, this will cover Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed why these particular games are being covered. Each season will represent the respective timelines of the video games.

The official timeline of The Legend of Zelda video games – Copyright. Nintendo

It must be noted that the timeline that the first season will cover is missing Twilight Princess and Four Swords Adventures.

Skyward Sword, which takes place years before the timeline diverges, won’t be in the animated series. The latest video-game of the franchise, Breath of the Wild, has also not been rumored to appear in the animated series. It is theorized that Breath of the Wild is where all the respective timelines converge. Nintendo is yet to clarify where in the timeline Breath of the Wild resides.


The Legend of Zelda’s IMDb Page

The IMDb page for a supposed Legend of Zelda series remains the biggest evidence for a potential series. According to IMDb Pro, The Legend of Zelda series is currently filming. Nintendo is listed to be the production company behind the series with Netflix as the distributor.

One of many concerns is the fact that the image used by IMDb is fanmade and not official.


What would an animated series look like?

A topic of great debate is what will the animated series look like? With different graphics and art styles used over the decades, there is a variety of choices to choose from.

Alongside the story rumors, the art style has also been rumored. The first season’s animation would be very similar to that of the Netflix Original anime Castlevania.

Castlevania – Powerhouse Animation Studios

The second season will apparently feature an art style much akin to Ralph Bakshi.  Bakshi’s most well-known work is directing the 1978 animated Lord of the Rings.

The Lord of the Rings (1978) – Copyright. United Artists

The third season will feature a supposed Studio Ghibli art style.

Famous characters of Studio Ghibli – Copyright. Studio Ghibli

One thing is for certain, that the animation from the 1989 series won’t be making a return anytime soon.


Castlevania producer Adi Shankar was rumored to be working on the show

In 2018 rumors were circulating that Castlevania producer was going to be working on an animated series for a Japanese video-game company. Immediately fingers were pointed towards a Zelda series, but we have since learned that Adi Shankar will instead be working on a Devil May Cry series instead.

Despite the increasing amount of rumors, we’re not sure whether the series is on the way or not.

Would you watch The Legend of Zelda animated series if there was one on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!