Nightmare of the Wolf captures the soul of The Witcher, even without Geralt

Nightmare of the Wolf captures the soul of The Witcher, even without Geralt


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If there’s one thing that ties the many iterations of The Witcher together — whether it’s the original books, the hit games, or more recently the live-action show — it’s Geralt of Rivia. The lovably miserable monster hunter is the core of the series in a way that’s rare for fantasy, which often follows stories bigger than just one person. But that’s also what makes Nightmare of the Wolf, an anime spinoff on Netflix, so interesting. It’s a prequel that shifts back in time to focus on Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, who can feel like the polar opposite of his protege: charming, playful, and with a voracious appetite for the finer things in life.

It’s a refreshing twist that also does a good job of exploring some of the mysteries at the heart of T…

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