Niko and the Sword of Light

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Niko and the Sword of Light
Voices ofAndre Robinson
Kari Wahlgren
Tom Kenny
Steve Blum
Dee Bradley Baker
Jim Cummings
Kevin Michael Richardson
Composer(s)Stephen Barton
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23 + 1 pilot
Production
Executive producer(s)Bobby Chiu
Kei Acedera
Jim Bryson
Adam Jeffcoat
Rob Hoegee
Chris Prynoski
Shannon Barrett Prynoski
Producer(s)Ben Kalina
Editor(s)Barry J. Kelly
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Amazon Studios
Titmouse, Inc.
Release
Original networkAmazon Video
Original releaseJuly 20, 2017 (2017-07-20) –
September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
External links
Website

Niko and the Sword of Light is an American animated web television series co-produced by Amazon Studios and Titmouse, Inc. The series is based on an animated comic book of the same name[1] and debuted on Amazon Video as a pilot that premiered January 15, 2015.[2] It was later picked up as a full series.[3]

On August 4, 2017, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second and final season. The first half of season 2 premiered on December 27, 2018.[4][5] The series concluded on September 6, 2019.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

The series is centered around a 10 year old boy named Niko, who is the last of his kind in a strange world as he goes on an adventure to bring light back to his land.

Cast[edit]

  • Felix Avitia as Niko (pilot)
  • Andre Robinson as Niko (series) - Niko is the latest in a line of Champions who have tried and failed to defeat the evil sorcerer Nar Est and destroy the Darkness, and is physically the youngest as his chrysalis was opened too soon by accident. He is an excitable young boy with a heroic spirit, a pure heart, and never shies from a challenge. Wielding the Sword of Light, Niko can defeat darkness-corrupted creatures and purify them, restoring them to their true forms.
  • Kari Wahlgren as Lyra - Lyra is the Princess of her kingdom, Corondale, which has been imprisoned within a sphere where time has stopped, and she has literally been fourteen years old for seven-hundred and sixty-eight years. It is her duty to mentor the Champions and guide them in the form of a spirit to defeat Nar Est, but every time the Champions have fallen. When she first meets Niko, her latest (and last) Champion, she tries to lead him somewhere safe to wait a few years for him to grow older, only for circumstances to force her to appear physically in the outside world in her mission to help Niko save them all. After Nar Est is a long last defeated, Lyra finally assumes the throne as Queen.
  • Jim Cummings as Narrator, Mugwhump
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Flicker - Flicker is a Buttermonk that was corrupted by Darkness and turned into a monster. He chased after Mandok to eat him and this resulted in freeing Niko from his chrysalis before his time. Flicker is the first darkened creature Niko purifies and returns to normal, and Flicker becomes a loyal and beloved companion of Niko and his friends. At various points of their journey, Flicker undergoes a metamorphosis via cocooning, growing bigger and larger, gaining the power to shoot lasers from his eyes, until he is fully grown, appearing like a bug/beast/dragon-like creature and becomes a means of transportation for his friends. After getting injured, Flicker again undergoes a cocooning and reverts to his original tiny form. Besides flying and his laser-vision, Flicker has the ability to project others' memories from his eyes like a movie projector.
  • Steve Blum as Nar Est, Rasper - Nar Est is an evil sorcerer who overthrew his king and unleashed a terrible Darkness upon the world to conquer it. He was prevented however from total domination by the Shard of Light from the Crystal he corrupted, which is the source of his power. He uses his evil magic to corrupt creatures and places, turning them into horrible monsters and places fraught with danger. His pet bird, Rasper, constantly pecks at the sphere that contains the shrunken kingdom of Corandale. It is revealed that Nar Est himself is a (unknowing) pawn of the Darkness itself.
  • Corey Burton as Jackal - Jackal is a mysterious humanoid canine the group meets and befriends after a harrowing monster attack, although they don't know his name and he speaks a language only Mandok can understand. At first, he seemed a friendly, dependable ally, but revealed his true allegiances after leading them into the Thorns of Tribulation as an agent for Nar Est and that he can speak their language perfectly before he tries to steal Niko's Sword of Light.
  • Tom Kenny as Mandok - Mandok is a little galago-like creature who is cowardly, bumbling, but ultimately loyal and occasionally wise. He is the one who accidentally caused Niko to awaken too soon, and winds up traveling with him and Lyra in their adventure to defeat the Darkness. His knowledge of the world comes in handy due to being up to date on certain locations.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Beady Brothers
  • Hynden Walch as Wispy - A wisp of the Darkness that survived and escaped being destroyed by the Sword of Light. It helped Nar Est escape his imprisonment, telling him to find the Amulet of Power to help the Darkness return and conquer the world yet again.

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2015)[edit]

Episode No.
(series)
Episode No.
(season)
Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Runtime Release date Prod.
Code
00"From the Desert of Despair into the Swamp of Sorrow! (Niko And The Sword Of Light Pilot)"Sung Jin AhnRob HoegeeSung Jin Ahn, David Woo, Ben Juwono & Donna Lee22 min.January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)NSWL100

Chapter 1: The Cursed Volcano (2017)[edit]

Episode No.
(series)
Episode No.
(season)
Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Runtime Release date Prod.
Code
11"From the Temple of Champions to the Bridge of Doom (A Champion Has Awoken)"Sung Jin AhnJim Krieg, Rob Hoegee & Matt WayneSung Jin Ahn, Kim Arndt & Alexandria Kwan23 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL101
22"From the Sky Maze of Anguish to the Swamp of Sorrow (Let The Journey Begin)"Sung Jin AhnErnie Altbacker & Matt WayneSung Jin Ahn, Kim Arndt & Alexandria Kwan23 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL102
33"From the Swamp of Sorrow to the Hills of Humiliation (Niko And The Trail Of Wisdom)"Michael MoloneyMay ChanPaul Cohen, Gabriel Lee, Michael Moloney & Bob Suarez24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL103
44"From the Phantom Woods to the Mountains of Misery (Niko And The Memories of Darkness)"Sung Jin AhnGeoffrey ThorneKim Arndt & Alexandria Kwan24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL104
55"From the Sea of Suffering to the Faraway Shore (The Search For The Sea Pearl)"Michael MoloneyErnie AltbackerPaul Cohen, Gabriel Lee & Bob Suarez24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL105
66"From the Tumbledowns to the Gap of Gloom (Meet The Tumblebees & A Mysterious Sidekick)"Sung Jin AhnRob HoegeeKim Arndt, Alexandria Kwan, Luke Weber & Chris Ybarra23 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL106
77"From the Endless Expanse to the Thorns of Tribulation (Niko And the Spy Of Nar Est)"Michael MoloneyPatrick RiegerPaul Cohen, Gabriel Lee & Bob Suarez24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL107
88"From the Cliffs of Catastrophe to the Pools of Destiny (Niko Meets The Original Champion)"Sung Jin AhnMatt WayneKim Arndt, Alexandria Kwan & Luke Weber23 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL108
99"From the Shattering Springs to the Clouds of Chaos (Niko And The Pirates Of The Sky)"Michael MoloneyGeoffrey ThornePaul Cohen, Gabriel Lee, Bob Suarez & Chris Ybarra24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL109
1010"From the Peaks of Peril to the Mounds of Mania (Niko VS Jackal: The Slope Race)"Sung Jin AhnJim Krieg, Rob Hoegee & Matt WayneKim Arndt, Diana Huh, Alexandria Kwan, Fabien Tong & Luke Weber24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL110
1111"From the Tunnels of Terror to the Den of Doom (Niko And The Cure For Lyra)"Michael MoloneyLen UhleyPaul Cohen, Gabriel Lee & Bob Suarez24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL111
1212"From the Cursed Volcano to the End of Hope (Niko’s Final Battle: Part 1: The Fallen Champion)"Sung Jin AhnErnie Altbacker & Matt WayneKim Arndt, Alexandria Kwan & Luke Weber24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL112
1313"From the Depths of Despair... (Niko’s Final Battle: Part 2: Darkness Be Gone)"Michael MoloneyRob Hoegee & Matt WaynePhil Allora, Gabriel Lee, Kim Arndt, Fabien Tong, Paul Cohen, Bob Suarez & Chris Ybarra24 min.July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)NSWL113

Chapter 2: The Amulet of Power (2018–19)[edit]

Episode No.
(series)
Episode No.
(season)
Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Runtime Release date Prod.
Code
141"A Day in Carondolet"Sung Jin AhnMatt WayneAaron Brewer, Brittany McCarthy & Mitch Schauer24 min.December 27, 2018 (2018-12-27)NSWL201
152"A Night in Carondolet"Sung Jin AhnPatrick RiegerPaul Cohen, Alexandria Kwan, Gabe Lee, Kevin Reed, Zach Shore & Fabien Tong24 min.December 27, 2018 (2018-12-27)NSWL202
163"The Forest of Fangs"Sung Jin AhnErnie AltbackerAaron Brewer, Brittany McCarthy, Doug Olsen & Mitch Schauer24 min.December 27, 2018 (2018-12-27)NSWL203
174"Sky Whale City"Sung Jin AhnShaene SidersAlexandria Kwan, Gabriel Lee, Brandon McKinney & Kevin Reed24 min.December 27, 2018 (2018-12-27)NSWL204
185"The Thorn of Contention"Sung Jin AhnErnie AltbackerAaron Brewer, Nathan Jones, Brittany McCarthy, Doug Olsen, Kevin Reed & Zach Shore24 min.December 27, 2018 (2018-12-27)NSWL205
196"The Caterpillar Train"Sung Jin AhnMatt WayneNathan Jones, Alexandria Kwan, Gabe Lee & Kevin Reed24 min.September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)NSWL206
207"The Vast Sea"Sung Jin AhnCandie Langdale & Patrick RiegerBrandon McKinney, Doug Olsen & Luke Weber24 min.September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)NSWL207
218"The Automatron"Sung Jin AhnShaene SidersPaul Cohen, Alexandria Kwan, Nathan Jones, Gabriel Lee, Doug Olsen, Fabien Tong & Chris Ybarra24 min.September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)NSWL208
229"The Forgotten Fortress"Sung Jin AhnRob HoegeeAaron Brewer, Brittany McCarthy, Brandon McKinney & Zachary Shore24 min.September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)NSWL209
2310"The Balance of Power"Sung Jin AhnPatrick RiegerAlexandria Kwan, Gabriel Lee, Brandon McKinney, Kevin Reed & Luke Weber24 min.September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)NSWL210

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children Niko and the Sword of Light Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NIKO and the Sword of Light". Kickstarter.
  2. ^ "What's new on Netflix and Amazon for January 2015". CNET. January 16, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Amazon Picks Up Slew of Comedy, Drama, Kids Series". Variety. December 18, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Marnell, Blair (August 4, 2017). "Niko and the Sword of Light: SpongeBob Voice Actor Tom Kenny on His New Animated Series". IGN. Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. ^ http://screencrush.com/whats-new-on-amazon-prime-december-2018/
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/PrimeVideoKids/status/1163495847381872640

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