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Netflix announced in 2017 that it will venture into the anime genre full time and so far it has yielded unprecedented success for them.
Just three years down the line and we are watching their best (American) Anime yet.
Greek mythology is one the pillars of modern-day storytelling but surprisingly, it hasn’t gotten enough reboots in recent years.
Well, this anime sorts that out. It has beautiful graphics, it’s gory and there is beauty in its violence.
The plot is centred around a young man of humble beginnings, Heron (Derek Phillips), discovering that he’s a bastard son of Zeus (Jason O’ Mara).
He will go on to become a hero in the war between the Olympian gods and the Giants.
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It’s not a cultural accurate story. That was to be expected after it was implied at the beginning that it was a story lost over the years as it was told from generation to generation.
It gives Blood of Zeus the liberty to work freely without any constraints of a set narrative while still allowing them to feature gods and iconic figures.
Created by brothers, Charles and Vlas Parlapanides, second-generation Greek immigrants, it mixes up a classic narrative with some horror themes.
You can see their love for their culture and their willingness also to elevate the storytelling to another level by adding elements not normally heard of in Greek mythology like demons and monsters.
The show puts as much effort into it’s storyboarding as it does into its storytelling. The animation, in general, is stunning stuff.
The series brings like landscapes to life and makes use of lighting to produce an array of effects on certain scenes.
This is not normally the case with anime or animations in general but you can see the obvious effort to heighten the storytelling to climaxes.
Scenes in purple, green, or blue, give the supernatural elements of the series even more pizzazz and style.
Even the calm moments of reflection look amazing thanks to details like sunsets and sprawling flora. All of it does justice to the story.
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The action scenes are so well executed that one can easily see the beauty in the madness of the Carnage.
The creativity shown when showing the gods and Giants use their powers can’t be overlooked.
Blood of Zeus also has an epic musical undertone that highlights the grandiose nature of the battles.
There’s a use of choral chants and a full orchestra that are reminiscent of this time from the past and would give you goosebumps.
Netflix has been mediocre at times when releasing original content but so far it seems to be doing fantastically well with its animes and animations.
Love, Death and Robots and Castlevania have been great successes but Blood of Zeus still manages to top them both. I’ll give it a solid 9/10.