Is Mighty Nein a sequel to The Legend of Vox Machina? We discuss the newly announced series and its connection to another show from Critical Role.
The independent studio Critical Role Productions is a hugely successful multimedia production company that started by producing the much-loved cult web series Critical Role back in 2015. Since then, they have grown in popularity to become the leading product in the Dungeons & Dragons franchise.
After live-streaming their own Dungeons & Dragons campaigns from humble beginnings, they have gone on to create the hit Prime Video animated series The Legend of Vox Machina, which has just returned for a critically acclaimed second season. The Critical Role team looks to capitalize on this continued success with a new series for Prime Video, titled Mighty Nein. But what exactly is this new, mysterious show, and is it a sequel to The Legend of Vox Machina?
What is Mighty Nein?
On January 25th, 2023, Prime Video announced the unveiling of a new series called Mighty Nein, which is soon to start production. This is part of a much broader multiyear exclusive overall TV and first-look film deal for Critical Role with Amazon, after the huge success of The Legend of Vox Machina, Prime Video’s first foray into the Dungeons & Dragons realm. Mighty Nein will be the second new series from Critical Role.
The Legend of Vox Machina is based on the first campaign launched by Critical Role in 2015, which ran for over two years, consisting of 115 episodes.
Mighty Nein will be an adaptation of their second campaign, which concluded in 2021 after three and a half years of game-play and 141 installments. The second campaign followed The Mighty Nein, a party of seven adventurers from Wildemount. Just like the Vox Machina, this band of criminals and misfits completed deadly missions and battled the bad guys in another dangerous part of this world.
Will Mighty Nein be an animated series?
The teaser trailer for Mighty Nein includes voice clips from the cast, while the camera pans over the Dungeons & Dragons table where the actors play, highlighting key props, figurines, and magical books used for the series. This is a live-action clip, but the series will be an adult animated offering, just like The Legend of Vox Machina.
The Legend of Vox Machina has received much praise for its animation style and rightfully so. Hopefully, the Mighty Nein will have an equally compelling style, but one that slightly differs from The Legend of Vox Machina’s.
Is Mighty Nein a sequel to The Legend of Vox Machina?
All of Critical Role’s campaigns take place within the same world, that of Exandria. The Vox Machina roam the continent of Tal’Dorei, whilst the Mighty Nein preside in Wildemount. These are two separate parties, taking on separate adventures in separate continents, but their paths have been known to cross. There was an episode of Critical Role where the two fought one another in an epic death match.
Both shows are loosely connected and take place in the same fantasy realm, but the Mighty Nein is more of a spin-off series than a sequel to The Legend of Vox Machina. It’s a continuation of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing groups’ franchise, which is best summarized as an expansion of the Critical Role universe.
Will the cast of The Legend of Vox Machina be returning for Mighty Nein?
Yes, the whole central voice cast of The Legend of Vox Machina will be returning for the Mighty Nein.
In the second campaign, Travis Willingham (Grog) played Fjord Stone, a half-orc warlock. Marisha Ray (Keyleth) played Beauregard ‘Beau’ Lionett, a human monk. Taliesin Jaffe (Percy) was Mollymauk ‘Molly’ Tealeaf, a blood hunter, and Caduceus Clay, a cleric. Ashley Johnson (Pike) played Yasha Nydoorin, a barbarian. Sam Riegel (Scanlan) was Nott the Brave, a goblin rogue. Liam O’Brien (Vax) played Caleb Widogast, a wizard. Whilst Laura Bailey (Vex) was Jester Lavorre, a cleric and Matthew Mercer played the Dungeon Master. All your favorite voice actors will be returning for this hotly anticipated spin-off series.