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8 Must-See Animated Movies Like Dragon Age Absolution

December 11, 2022

Part of the extensive Dragon Age franchise originally developed by BioWare, Dragon Age: Absolution is an adult Netflix series. The story follows Miriam (Kimberly Brooks), an elven mercenary and former slave, who teams up with her former lover, the human mage Hira, and a few others to steal a mysterious Circulum Infinitus artifact currently owned by Magister Rezaren Ammosine of the Tevinter Imperium, a man deeply connected to the horrors of Miriam’s past.

The robbery doesn’t go according to plan. Hira is arrested, another member of her group is killed, and Miriam is forced to contend with her dead brother’s possessed body. As Miriam and her friends try to figure out how to proceed, they realize there is a traitor among them. If you’ve seen ‘Dragon Age: Absolution’ and liked it, here’s a list of recommendations that might suit your tastes. Most of these animated series watching ‘Dragon Age: Absolution’ on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll or Funimation.

8. The Dragon Prince (2018-)

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Compared to Dragon Age: Absolution and other titles on the list, The Dragon Prince has fewer adult themes and focuses more on telling a coming-of-age story. The plot revolves around the human princes Callum and Ezran and the moonshade elf assassin Rayla, who discover the egg of the long-lost sky dragon Avizandum. They then embark on a perilous journey to return the egg to its mother, with the fate of the world hanging on their success. Like Dragon Age: Absolution, The Dragon Prince is set in a high-fantasy world, and as the titles suggest, dragons play an important role in both series.

7. The Legend of Korra (2012-2014)

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The spin-off and sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra tells the story of the eponymous character, the actual reincarnation of the Avatar spirit. Korra’s initial journey is in the opposite direction to Aang’s: she has mastered earth, fire, and water, but she struggles with the element of air. Like Miriam in Dragon Age: Absolution, Korra is a remarkable female protagonist, striking a perfect balance between vulnerability and strength. Same-sex romance is also an important part of the story in The Legend of Korra, and the villains are almost as well written as Rezaren Ammosine.

6. Berserk (2016-2017)

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Kentarou Miura’s Berserk has always been considered one of those manga series that hardly lends itself to being adapted into anime, but Liden Films’ 2016 production is an admirable achievement. The story follows Guts, a lonely mercenary who becomes a member of the Band of the Hawk group and spends years fighting alongside them before being betrayed by their leader, Griffin. Guts then embarks on a vendetta against Griffin and his new allies, the Apostles of the Divine Hand. Like Dragon Age: Absolution, Berserk features a dark and violent world filled with compelling supporting characters.

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‘Trese’ is the star of a Singaporean animated series based on the Filipino comedy series of the same name by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Like Dragon Age: Absolution’, it has a female protagonist, although the series is more in the urban fantasy realm. Alexandra Trese is a Healer-Warrior or Lakan who lives in a fantastical version of Manila. Part of her duty as a Lakan—a title she inherited from her father—is to maintain peace between humans and other races. As the bodies of both the human and the supernatural begin to pile up, Trese realizes that someone from the shadows is pulling the strings to foment widespread violence.

4. Dragon’s Dogma (2020-)

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Like Dragon Age: Absolution, Dragon’s Dogma is based on a video game and follows the story of Nathan, who loses his pregnant wife and everyone else in his village in a dragon attack. With new powers coursing through his veins and a missing heart, Ethan sets out to seek revenge, accompanied by a character named Hannah. Aside from the obvious presence of dragons in both series, Dragon’s Dogma has a rich and well-crafted setting, just like Dragon Age: Absolution.

3. Dota: Dragon’s Blood (2021-)

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‘Dota: Dragon’s Blood’ follows Davion. After losing his family in a dragon attack, Davion becomes a dragon knight. However, after an encounter with the dying Eldworm Slyrak, their souls merge. Davion recognizes the threat posed by the demon Terrorblade and joins forces with the Eldwurms and Princess Mirana. Over time, a romance develops between Mirana and Davion. The animation style of ‘Dragon Age: Absolution’ and Dota: Dragon’s Blood are quite similar. There are also narrative similarities between the two series.

2. Castlevania (2017-2021)

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‘Castlevania’ is a prime example of a successful video game adaptation. It is a story that mainly follows three characters, Trevor Belmont, Adrian Alucard Țepes and Sypha Belnades. Trevor comes from a long line of monster-hunting families. Alucard is a half vampire. And Sypha is a magician who belongs to a group of nomadic scholars known as the Orators. The three team up to defeat Vlad Dracula Țepeș, who happens to be Alucard’s father, after Dracula plots to destroy humanity after his wife’s death.

1. Arcane (2021-)

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Like ‘Dragon Age: Absolution’ and many other entries on this list, ‘Arcane’ is derived from a video game: Riot’s ‘League of Legends’. The plot follows two siblings, Vi and Powder, who are orphaned early in the series during a failed uprising by the impoverished people of the undertown against the privileged class of the city of Piltover. The sisters are separated when they are young and grow up to be on the other side of a conflict. Like Korra and Miriam, Vi is an outstanding female protagonist, and her relationship with Caitlyn Kiramman is an important aspect of the storyline.