Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series

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Halo: The Fall of Reach


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"An unstoppable threat. An unthinkable sacrifice."
— Official tagline

Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series[3] is an animated series adapted from the novel of the same name by Eric Nylund.[1] The series was created by Sequence in conjunction with 343 Industries.[4] Comprising three acts, the series is featured in the Limited Edition and Limited Collector's Edition of Halo 5: Guardians. It was made available in its entirety upon the game's release (as opposed to having weekly airing dates like Halo: Nightfall).[5][6]

The series was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 1, 2015.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

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Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series was created and directed by Sequence, along with 343 Industries. The hour-long[3] adaptation was released on October 27, 2015, with the Limited Edition and Limited Collector's Edition of Halo 5: Guardians.[5] The series is intended to serve as a way for fans to learn the origins of John-117, Blue Team, and the SPARTAN-II program. One of the goals of the project was to bring new life to the backstory of the Master Chief and his Spartan brethren. Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series features audio, sound, and visual effects from the Halo series. 343 Industries' Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor has stated that the series carefully aligns itself with the novel, but takes artistic liberties with certain design choices—such as choice of Covenant ships or weapons. The series has been said to tightly adhere to the novel with some additions to help "fill in gaps or smooth over previous errors". One of the main challenges of the adaptation was the decision to drop characters' inner monologues from the novel, while fitting the novel's contents into an hour also proved difficult.[3] As a result, the animated series only encompasses the first half of the novel (Sections I and II), with the battles of Sigma Octanus IV and Reach being omitted entirely. The most significant changes from the novel are listed here.

The series features minor connections to Halo 5: Guardians, which O'Connor claims are "a subtle nod only book readers will even notice". Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series shares artistic similarities with other works created by Sequence, such as the Terminals for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 4, and Halo 2: Anniversary. However, the scale and fidelity of the animation is noted to be more ambitious, fully animated, and largely 3D, unlike Sequence's previous Halo projects.[3] A trailer for the series was released on July 10, 2015.[7]

The soundtrack for Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series was composed by Tom Salta, who also worked on the soundtracks for Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

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Differences in adaptation[edit]

The animated film was not a direct adaptation of the full book, adapting the first two-thirds and ending with the death of Samuel-034. The most notable omission is the titular Fall of Reach; the film ends with the Battle of Chi Ceti and only flashes to the glassed Reach in the bookend scenes.

Greater emphasis is placed on the Blue Team that comprises John-117's team in Guardians, therefore increasing the roles of Frederic-104 and Linda-058. Fred and Linda join Kelly-087, Sam and John in their initial teamwork training session. In the Battle of Chi Ceti, rather than all of the Spartans launching and only Kelly, Sam and John making it, only Blue Team launches and all five make it aboard the Covenant ship.

The tree-carving scene does not take place in the book, rather the children head directly to a single rendezvous together.


The winners of Hunt the Signal got their likeness put in the animation.



  1. ^ a b Xbox.com: Halo 5: Guardians
  2. ^ a b Amazon.com: Halo: The Fall of Reach (Blu-ray)
  3. ^ a b c d Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Reaching Out
  4. ^ Games Radar: Halo 5 limited editions will be the only way to watch the Fall of Reach animated series
  5. ^ a b c NeoGaf: post by Frank O'Connor
  6. ^ YouTube: Xbox Daily, Day 3 - Halo 5 Segment
  7. ^ YouTube: Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series - SDCC Trailer
  8. ^ Halo Waypoint: Community Update - Forging Ahead

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