By Monica Tarca
Happy news for all Witcher fans out there waiting for season 2 of their beloved series: Netflix prepared another big surprise – The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf animation. The new story will depict „a new threat facing the Continent”. The production will be brought by The Witcher Series team (Beau DeMayo and Lauren Hissrich) and animated at the famous South-Korean Studio Mir (which made The Legend of Korra). This is another collaboration between Studio Mir and Netflix after Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The new project is the result of the huge success of The Witcher series. In its Q4 Earnings Report, Netflix announced that “Through its first four weeks of release, 76m member households chose to watch this action-packed fantasy, starring Henry Cavill.“ And this series „drove up sales of The Witcher books and games around the world, and spawned a viral musical hit”.
Since the production was called „anime”, Twitter became flooded with comments from anime fans worldwide, saying „IT’S NOT ANIME IF IT’S NOT JAPANESE, ANIME IS JUST THE JAPANESE WAY TO SAY ANIMATION, ANIME IS NOT A BRAND. Just call it an animated film.” (@Hatsu99), or „Guys… There’s nothing wrong with calling it a cartoon. Call it an animated feature if it makes you feel better. This just comes off as weird” (@TankingCleric), etc. And I think they are right, so we’ll just call it animation, or anime-inspired film.
So far, no release date is confirmed, and we don’t know for sure if it will be ready until the second Witcher series. The cast is also TBD.
Monica works as a writer and translator, and is a passionate researcher of pop-culture, anthropology and cinema. In her spare time she also enjoys toy photography and often searches for old Japanese art toys to enlarge her collection. She also loves to discover monsters from old movies, folk tales, myths and legends of various cultures.