Today, the first of the “promised” upcoming teasers of Encantadia was shown during Eat Bulaga’s commercial gap. The video features various forms of weaponry that we will be seeing in the series. Some were already shown in the concept arts of Sir Noel Flores while a few looked new to our eyes. In this post, we’ll have a breakdown of the most recent teaser of our beloved series. Here’s the video if in case you’ve missed it.
Grungy, fiery, and metallic. The medieval, metallic look featuring a blurred-out map on the background with fire embers on the foreground was reminiscent of the opening titles of Game of Thrones.
The first to flip in on the frame is the shield of the warriors from the north, the Sapiryans. Shown was the bull sigil with the emblem of the Brilyante ng Lupa reigning between its hoofs.
Next to appear is a Sapiryan mace. It’s highly reminiscent of Ynang Reyna’s sceptre from 2005 that for a second we thought it was the new sceptre design.
The mace was followed by the controversial “gun-blade”. If there’s one thing that represents the amount of glory being written into Hathoria’s storyline in the requel, it could be this ingenious weapon that we have seen from Hagorn’s concept art.
Many fans critiqued that the inclusion of a gun-blade is out-of-place in a “medieval” world of magic. But that’s the point: this gunblade is one of the few forces that break through the glass of “being faithful to the 2005 version” and breaking in to the “The old will be new again” reference from Direk Mark Reyes, for in this requel, Hathoria will be a glorious, advanced kingdom, learned in the arts of battle and weaponry.
Another eye-catcher is the pair of daggers called “twin blades.” There’s only one character who used these in the original series: Pirena.
Following the twin blades is a shield that is inspired from a bird’s wings. It is interesting to note that at this point in the teaser, the fires subside to show an armor worn and torn in battle.
Bow and Arrows
The last weapon to be featured is the bow and arrows. None of the sang’gres wielded this kind of arms before. It was Odessa, a Heran from Etheria, who was a virtuoso to such instrument.
The sets of weapons shown were from the three mighty kingdoms (one of which is actually a queendom): Sapiro, Hathoria, and Lireo. But wait, where is Adamya? No Mahiwagang Tungkod ni Imaw? It was said in NexCon 3 that Adamya is not a kingdom, but a territory, meaning no military caste system for our cute midgets. Perhaps because the Adamyans are also the peace-lovers in the requel. It will be interesting, though, that the reason why no Adamyan weapons are shown is that they could be one of the harbingers of magic in the series of showdowns of power.
As the exhibition of weapons fade to black, the teaser tells us that the wars are about to come again (whether it’s the war in Encantadia or the network war for the TV ratings, we can’t really tell) in an unflattering frame sporting the Arial font:
But the abomination of using a basic sans serif font in this fantastical world is redeemed once the first look of the what could be the title card is revealed, the letters spinning back to front and the gems revolving into place, against a backdrop of a bas-relief of the map of Encantadia:
The title card is based from Sir Noel Flores’ design. It’s said that many iterations were presented to Direk Mark, but none of those passed so he just asked Sir NLF for one. The design is also a nod to the old title card, both showing the map of Encantadia with the four elemental gems on it.
The last frame tells us that Encantadia is “coming soon” and the full view of the gorgeous map of Encantadia is shown.
Do you have more eagle-eyed observations, Encantadiks? Any bonus easter eggs you spotted? Feel free to tell us below! Haste live!