Mega-teaser, teaser-trailer, first official trailer… whatever you may call it, it’s here: the cinematic that was released in Encantadia’s “day one” at ToyCon. Without further ado, let’s do the breakdown!
The prologue spanned the first minute of the video. It is dark and as a matter of fact the only noticeable color-graded part of the teaser. Set in the spacious halls of Lireo, it boasted of the 24-feet bulwarks of the palace and an unsettling lighting, simulating moonlight streaming through the celtic intricacies of the window grills, into the foggy room were our beloved four sang’gres fade in.
One by one, the sang’gres (royal blood) put on a retrospective of their skills in combat. Clad in their lite training suits, it is apt that they appeared to be training for a competition, deep in the night. The scene demonstrated the individuality of each sang’gre as it radiated the tension and rivalry that runs among them.
The scene was all about silhouettes, and thus the trivial presence of the elements which the sang’gres embody was an effective device for us to identify which is which, aside from the weapons we know the sang’gres wield.
The prologue fades out to black and the title card of Encantadia casually appears—until the iconic “Tadhana” beat kicks in. The welcome, entrancing voice of Bayang Barrios polarizes our adrenalin and awakes every Encantadik in this Earth consumed by selfishness, prejudice, and indigence. Suddenly, the audience will desire to forget who he or she is and just want to pick up a sword and fight for mother-effing Lireo. That’s Bayang Barrios for y’all.
Winged beasts flurry around the towers of Lireo, a nice addition to this world-building, as the Diwatas are the keepers of the Brilyante ng Hangin. What better way to harness the power of the wind than to ride these flying pashneas?
The scenes in Lireo are cut short by a glimpse in the realm of the mortals. Raquim is then shown carrying her daughter, Amihan, unmindful of the passersby on the footbridge.
Hathoria is highly glorified in this requel and the aerial view of its army exhibits how they are a force to be reckoned with. We see a few of the different classes of Hathors in the horde: Olorkas (unmasked, horrid humanoids), helmeted soldiers bearing the red-and-black banners of Hathoria, and their Lord of fiery splendor and red-metal bravura, Hagorn.
As the impending war creeps in, we see Mine-a facing the tall bust of Emre on its pedestal, the queen weeping at the sight of an omen.
From then on, various scenes from the episodes, both familiar and novel, come into play. We get a glimpse of Raquim in the mines:
Pirena garbed in her cloak, strolling perhaps in the acreage and getting herself in a rather confusing situation. Is it a reckoning or conspiring with the enemy or getting caught doing so?
The scenes switch back to the setting in Lireo, with Amihan in the courtyards of the palace.
The recurring scene of the members of the chief ruling body of Lireo is shown once again, focusing on Danaya with Aquil behind.
The scenes return to the courtyards, this time with Alena, Banak and Nakba.
The sights in daylight are eventually followed by scenes in the dark.
That’s it for Part One! Meanwhile, allow us to prepare as we attend the second day of ToyCon, as Encantadia will have another segment today!
P.S. If you notice, the screens vary in color tone and brightness in contrast with the actual teaser that was released. The reason for that is our amateur color grading fan-edit which we’ll post on our Encantadia Saga Facebook Page, later on. Should you notice details and easter eggs from the parts of the trailer that we could have missed, do let us know!