Reign is an American anime/fantasy/adventure series co-produced by Nickelodeon and P.A. Works (a Japanese animation studio). It is set to premiere in late 2020. Much like the Avatar franchise, the animation is strongly influenced by anime but this time, it is Nickelodeon's first true anime series. The series takes place in a fictional world, Unus, a place labored by Guardians and Protectors. However, when a new force of darkness rises in Unus after a deadly war, it's not what it seems. The "dark force" is a cute, innocuous, dragon-creature named Zenar who welds a mysterious element that is hardly known to mankind. Nevertheless, everyone wants to capture and kill the beast before it wreaks havoc on the world. Most of the story elements are strongly influenced by different branches of mythology and religion, particularly Christianity. Folklore, famous figures, and literary characters are also referenced.
In Season 1A, Reign had a TV-V7 rating. However, as of Season 1B and onwards, Reign received a TV-14 rating due to strong, explicit violence, coarse language, and themes of sexuality. It is the first and only Nicktoon in which its demographic is aimed towards teenagers and adults.
Reign airs every Friday at 7:00 pm but was later pushed to 8:00 pm due to the demographic of the program. Reign currently airs on Nick at Nite.
The world of Unus (meaning one in Latin) is controlled by the most powerful Protectors in the universe: the Guardians and are the ones who created Unus. There are currently eight Guardians:
- Igdros, Guardian of Fire
- Yames, Guardian of Water
- Yarus, Guardian of Earth
- Vita, Guardian of Nature
- Odros, Guardian of Light
- Vadraria, Guardian of Magic
- Khanir, Guardian of Darkness
- Fubium, Guardian of Storms and "father of all Guardians
Behind the Guardians are Protectors. Protectors are noble and legendary warriors who protect the innocent from incoming danger. Becoming a Protector requires a lot of effort and time. For a person to become one, they must have a memorable moment in history, which is much harder than it sounds. Additionally, they must master their element and archetypes. One does not have to be born with an element. Protectors are divided into 6 archetypes depending on his/her fighting style, personality, and hobbies. Gender and physical appearance may also come into consideration.
With all these powers combined, Unus was relatively balanced until Fubium attacked Destragou, the region of Khanir, and the Dark element. The attack of Destragou caused the unfortunate death of Khanir. Enraged at their brother's murder, the other Guardians declared war on Fubium which led to the Dark Ages war. As the war raged, a new element was created that killed and corrupted the souls of thousands of Protectors. This new element was labeled as Malice" due to their bloodthirsty nature and lacking an unconscious.