'DOTA: Dragon's Blood' Season 2 Review: Netflix anime series gets smarter and better
In recent years, we have seen a lot of projects based on popular video games series. The production houses and streaming platforms announce these projects to cater to a certain section of the audience. But it’s never easy to produce such projects because people, who have already played the game, would want to see what they saw during the game and if makers are unable to show that, it might end up getting negative reviews.
One of the highly anticipated projects based on a video game series was last year’s ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood – Book 1’. Based on the acclaimed video game series ‘DOTA’ (‘Defense of the Ancients’), the anime streamed exclusively on Netflix in 2021 and garnered positive reviews. However, there were some complaints about the narration, and felt a bit rushed. In 2022, the streaming platform has come out with ‘Book 2’ of the series and looks to satisfy all the viewers out there. Were they able to do that? The answer to that question is YES!
The ‘Book 2’ or Season 2 starts from where we left off during the first season. Davion (Yuri Lowenthal) has been captured by Kaden (Anson Mount) and is being taken back to one of the fathers. As soon as they reach there, Davion has been tied up and the father has come here to talk to him. He wants to take the Dragon out of him and kill all the dragons. After taking some blood from his body, he makes a lot more samples from his blood and tries to do something with it. He calls Kaden and tells him that he intends to make samples for everyone in their brotherhood so that they can be invincible. Kaden doesn’t like the idea and leaves, but the Father drinks it.
At first, he thought he was having the same strength as Davion, but soon we realize that Terrorblade (JB Blanc) has taken over him and is now trying to find Davion. Elsewhere, Fymryn (Freya Tingley) wants to get Davion out of the towers. But Terrorblade has unleashed havoc on the towers and a swarm of dragons has attacked it. As soon as the fight ends, Terrorblade makes them understand what they have done in the past and they’ll die as well if they don’t join him.
The first three episodes of Season 2 give viewers an ample amount of action and keep everyone hooked. But the real fun starts from Episode 4. The action is still there, but the storyline gets even better. One of the best things about Season 2 is that the narration has improved, although the duration of the episodes remains the same as Season 1. But it doesn’t feel rushed like the previous edition. As someone who has not played the game and enjoyed Season 1, the latest edition is even bigger and better.
The voice is superb. Literally, some of the finest voice actors are giving voices to iconic characters like Davion and Mirana. Yuri Lowenthal has once done a phenomenal job in voicing the main protagonist. Meanwhile, if you are thinking that you have heard the voice of Mirana in the past then we are pleased to tell you that Lara Pulver voices Mirana, who was seen playing the role of Irene Adler on BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Freya Tingley as Fymryn is great and has been one of the revelations from the anime series. Her voice perfectly captures the essence of the character. On the other hand, Kari Wahlgren is amazing as Luna. She is a fighter and needed a voice like Kair and man, she doesn’t disappoint.
JB Blanc and Anson Mount as Terrorblade and Kaden are menacing. No other actors would have been able to voice these characters better than these two gentlemen. The characterization of all the characters is enjoyable. However, the best part of the newest edition is action. Yes, it has a fair share of gore, but viewers won’t be disappointed after seeing that.
All in all, Season 2 of ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ has covered most of the shortcomings and feels much smarter than the first one. The latest anime series surely demands a viewing.
‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.