It is not very often that I get to review my favorite franchises. And when I do get the chance, it is always a delightful experience for me. Who wouldn’t love to talk about their likes and the things that they love, and to give their opinion about them. The Witcher is a franchise that is very close to my heart and one that I absolutely love talking about. And today, we are going to talk about Netflix’s latest contribution to the franchise. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf comes in the form of an anime from Netflix, and I am really excited to talk about it.
Are you a fan of anime? If you are, then how do you feel about them? I’m sure most people here are anime fans and also realize that I’m a huge fan of anime myself, reviewing them on occasion. Even if you are not a fan of anime, I’m sure you realize what it is all about and the sort of stories that it tells. It is a delightful experience like no other and can even leave you in tears. And that is why you should never underestimate them in the name of animations and kids’ shows. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is a prime example of an anime done right and with all the grotesque details that the story entails in a palatable fashion.
About The Witcher Series
The Witcher series is quite a popular franchise worldwide. Based on the books of Polish origin with the source story, The Witcher has been adopted into many forms. The lore of Witcher is one to admire and get lost in. It is simply incomparable to any other. The politics and the intertwined storylines at play make for a very believable world and are paramount to selling the seriousness of the story. The Witcher is not a regular story by any means. Rather, it is one of the best ones on Earth, with a following so huge and fiercely loyal that it could take down bigger franchises.
The Witcher is primarily famous for the video game trilogy published by CD Projekt Red. The Witcher is one of the most successful video game franchises ever, with many citing the third game in the trilogy as one of the best of all time. The Witcher 3 won countless awards for its gameplay and story and was considered one of the strongest games of all time. That is how huge and amazing the Witcher franchise is.
Following the success of the video games, Netflix took it upon itself to cash in on the series and the story. It brought out its own version of the Witcher in the form of a screenplay starring Henry Cavill. It showed a version of the Witcher in all its violent glory and grotesque action. It didn’t hold back one bit and told the story of the Butcher of Blaviken, and how he came to be known by that name. It is one that I personally loved and I feel that everyone should surely watch.
Following the success of the show, Netflix decided to bring the Witcher to anime lovers. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is the origin story of Vesemir, Geralt’s close companion and confidante. It shows where Vesemir came from and the entire story is a lead up to the second season of the Witcher. In some ways, it is promoting the original series itself, but it is an independent movie by all means.
Recently, the trailer for the second season of the Witcher was revealed by Netflix, and it caused a huge roar in the fan community. In fact, I even covered the teaser for Witcher season 2 here on this blog. You might be interested in reading more about it if you’re also ardently waiting for the second season in the Netflix show. Read The Witcher Season 2 Teaser Trailer Revealed to find out all about the second season in the Witcher.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf Review
Talking about The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, there is a lot to be said about the anime movie. The movie is one that is going to appeal to the fans of the TV show more than the original fans of the game or the novels. It is a proper set up for the second season of the show and goes in depth about the origin story of Vesemir. It shows Vesemir as a normal man, who underwent the trial of the Grasses, a feat that not many accomplish, and nine in ten men die doing. Yet, he comes out of it strong as ever, and goes on to become one of the best witchers ever.
With his achievements, comes arrogance and pride. And Vesemir is anything but a humble man in this story. But that is not for long. Vesemir has huge respect for his mentor Deglan and is one who completely gives in to his superior. But it does not last long as he soon discovers the horrors that Deglan is responsible for committing behind closed doors. As soon as Vesemir discovers everything that he had been lied to about, his entire perspective on life changes. He becomes a changed person and one that others actually look up to.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf tells this exact story of how Vesemir went from being a haughty arrogant witcher to a loving and caring father figure in the Witcher community. While still a far cry from changing the reputation that Witchers hold, he becomes a completely different man that new Witchers look up to and seek guidance from. It is a story of evolution and the focus is on character development here. And Nightmare of the Wolf does that in spectacular fashion.
As expected from an addition to the Witcher franchise, violence and grotesque action are the norm here, with no limits to how far the creators will take it. This has always been a signature of the Witcher series, and I’m pleased to see it here. The animation, too, is quite amazing, and the artful way in which the story has been told is simply top notch. There is not much you can ask for, and the Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf delivers on art and expression perfectly.
The voice acting here is amazing with the cast genuinely pulling off an amazing run, and the plot quite strong and additive to the current Witcher series on Netflix. The characters are very fleshed out and character development is the name of the game here. You simply cannot ask for more from a movie like this. The pacing, too, is very uniform and well handled. The moral ambiguities here are ones that will leave the viewer wondering and putting themselves in the characters’ boots to understand their perspective. It is a movie that poses challenging ideas and draws on the ideas that make Witcher what it is. And that is what makes it so great and worth watching for any Witcher fan.
If you are interested in animes and grotesque action, then you might also want to check out Shaman King: Will It Return For A Second Season. Shaman King is one of the premier anime that we just love. And it is one that is adored and revered by anime fans worldwide. So you might want to check it out as a part of your anime hunt.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf: The Verdict
Coming to the verdict of the movie, I would have to put a disclaimer here. The Witcher is one of my favourite franchises and I have a soft spot for it. But The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is simply a movie that doesn’t need me to hold a soft spot for it. It is that phenomenal. And it is one that is a must watch for fans of the franchise. The storytelling here is worth watching, and one that needs to be explored. In my opinion, this is one of the best anime you can watch on Netflix right now. So I would definitely recommend you to go for it.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is currently streaming on Netflix. You may watch it by clicking the link down below.
If you want to watch the trailer for the movie, you may watch it down below:
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf currently holds a rating of 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb, based on thousands of user reviews and ratings. IMDb is our preferred platform for all movies and TV shows.
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