Back in 2019 when Netflix dropped The Witcher, I do not think they realized the gold mine they created. Yes, starring someone like Henry Cavill always helps, but the Witcher provided more. Not only did they create a new series in a genre struggling to find shows that last, but they found a universe with infinite possibilities to tell more tales. We may need to wait until December 17th for the Cavill version to return, but Netflix just dropped a trailer for their animated tale The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Check it out.
For those unfamiliar with this upcoming adaptation the summary reads as follows:
“The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir — a swashbuckling young Witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. But when a strange new monster begins terrorizing a politically-fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past.”Official Synopsis
Nightmare of the Wolf Trailer – An Anime Prequel
This new series drops on Netflix August 23rd, so the wait won’t be quite as long. This new series promises to give us a whole new perspective on the life of a Witcher. Where Geralt likes to remain quiet, gruff and aloof, Vesemir looks to be more outgoing, slick, charismatic and as quick with his wit as he is with his sword. I love the line near the end of the trailer when asked if the demon is a friend, Vesemir replies “friend of a friend.”
The great thing about Anime is that it allows stories to be told much cheaper than live action version. Game of Thrones could learn a thing or two from this. Nightmare of the Wolf also precedes Geralt’s story as Vesemir is in fact his mentor. How someone like Vesemir created such a sullen, crotchety Witcher such as Geralt remains to be seen. Hopefully, we get a few answers by shows end.
The show will feature the voices of Theo James, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish and Mary McDonnell. This appears to be a one-shot movie instead of a series. Its run time is listed as 81 minutes, so sadly, no marathoning will be required here.
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