THE WITCHER: NIGHTMARE OF THE WOLF Anime Is Influenced by SAILOR MOON and DRAGON BALL Z
Following the outstanding success of Netflix's The Witcher, the American company is currently producing not only the second season of the live-action show, but also a new anime movie, titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
In a recent interview with Comic Book, writer Beau DeMayo revealed some new details on the upcoming Nightmare of the Wolf. While many fans believe that Andrzej Sapkowski's novels were influenced by Polish mythology, it seems that Netflix's animated flick will take the franchise in a slightly different direction.
Considering that DeMayo loves both traditional animation techniques and anime, it comes as no surprise that his take on The Witcher will try to mimic the scope and intensity of the very best Japanese anime series.
"Some of that stuff [...] was really baked in my DNA. The Sailor Moon of it all, Dragon Ball Z, big spectacle action that... Like a Dragon Ball Z-type action scene looks goofy in live action. But it looks bad-ass in the animation," DeMayo explained. The Marvel's Moon Knight writer then added:
"When you're approaching an action scene in anime, it was just like, what is something that we could only animate that we couldn't do in the live action show, so that it feels of its own world and it feels earned? I think, with the live action but also with the anime, was just so important that it not just be an action fest, that there be a story there. That there be emotion there that's really sincere. A lot of people underrate animation, especially anime sometimes, for being able to deliver emotion, really poignant emotion."
According to the show's now-deleted synopsis, Nightmare of the Wolf will shed new light on the Continent's oldest and most experienced Witcher. In the animated movie, Vesemir reportedly only "begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise."
Last month, the team at Netflix announced that Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve, Hostages) will play Vesemir in the second season of the streaming juggernaut. It's not clear if the actor will also voice the hero in the anime.