Trese Review


Trese is the newest Netflix Original Anime, based upon a Filipino comic by the same name. The show follows Alexandra Trese, who is a paranormal detective, and assists the police with paranormal crimes. The series is set in Manila, and creatures from the lore of the Philippines coexist alongside the humans. Trese is known as the ‘Lakan’, and her father facilitated an accords agreement with the different groups of creatures to keep the peace.

Trese Review

I haven’t read the source material, so I can’t say how close it was to the original work. I really liked Alexandra as a character, she was interesting and strong. One of the coolest things, for me, was that she carried a Kris, which is a really cool looking knife. One of my favourite things, that made me laugh the first time, is that there is a Fire god that she calls by hitting a button on a Nokia phone. There were also the twins, or ‘Kambal’, Crispin and Basilio, who provided a little comic relief.

Trese Review

The series is a short watch, six episodes that are around 20 minutes each. Each episode was a self-contained, separate case, then dove into Trese’s background and family. It was definitely for a mature audience, it was bloody and gory, and the animation was fantastic. I completely loved this series, because of the cool blend of mythology with a detective show. I hope that Netflix opts to make a second season because I want to know how the story continues.

Animation, Action, Adventure | 1980min | TV Series (2021– ) 7.2
Summary: Set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.


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