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The third Overwatch animated short is LIVE – watch the Shimada brothers battle it out

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The first Overwatch animated short, “Recall” showed a brief skirmish between Winston and Reaper. The second, “Alive”, was a little more action packed, and showed the speedster, Tracer, going head to head with the deadly assassin, Widowmaker.

Now, finally, we can witness the bout that every Overwatch fan has been waiting for – the battle between the Shimada brothers, Hanzo and Genji. Their own animated short, “Dragons” is now out!

Or at least, it will be by the time you read this. I’m writing this in advance so that when the third Overwatch animated short debuts, I can watch it immediately and without delay!

So, why the hype? Why am I so excited for this particular fight? Well, you might remember from my last post that the last time Hanzo and Genji saw each other, one of them nearly died.

Spoiler alert: it was Genji. Believing he had killed his brother, Hanzo abandoned the Shimada clan, and left to travel the world in hope of restoring his honour. Genji meanwhile, was rescued by Overwatch, and subsequently turned into the kickass cybernetic ninja we now know him as today. As you’d expect, his not too happy with his bro following all that “left for dead” business, so he’s got a bone to pick.

Which brings us back “Dragons”, which shows that particular sibling battle in action. Ok, enough talk, let’s watch!

Discover the story behind one of Overwatch’s biggest rivalries in our third animated short: Dragons. “Dragons” explores the history of conflict between the scions of the Shimada clan: Hanzo and Genji. In this episode, we follow Hanzo as he returns to the siblings’ family home in Hanamura once again to seek redemption… only this time, he finds himself confronted by the ghosts of the past.

Oh my gosh, how epic was that? No seriously, was it cool? I can’t tell, because I haven’t seen the short yet myself. I’m writing this from the past, remember?

Last Updated: May 16, 2016


  1. Blizzard should really think about doing Animated movies. I would watch two hours of this and the other stories they have released so far for Overwatch.


    • Guild

      May 16, 2016 at 19:56

      Damn straight. How awesome was that. I really wish they’d do full length features


    • Francois Knoetze

      May 16, 2016 at 21:25

      fully agree…these guys need to get into the animated movie business. love these shorts


    • Kromas untamed

      May 17, 2016 at 07:44

      Been saying that for years. Their cinematic dept is on par with Pixar in terms of animation and waayyyyy better than anything else in terms of story.


  2. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 17, 2016 at 07:22



  3. wgb

    May 17, 2016 at 08:00

    and now I want to buy Overwatch . . . hanging head in hype shame.


  4. DarkBoBo

    May 17, 2016 at 08:29

    Day Made !!!! Joh best short out of the lot for me and they aren’t even my favourite characters.


  5. DragonSpirit009

    May 17, 2016 at 08:58

    Oh my freaking goodness!! This is so awesome! I love these animated shorts!


  6. GooseZA

    May 17, 2016 at 11:31

    That was fantastic!


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