Trese Review: Netflix Comic Adaptation Brings New Spin to Filipino Folklore


Netflix animation show Trese It hits the ground with a portrayal of Tikbalang, a Filipino folklore with both horse and human physical characteristics.The contemporary take of a drag racing show barking through the city of Manila feels like an outside scene wild speed movies. But it also encapsulates Tikbalang’s naughty and wild character, given the modern lenses of the series, without compromising the original myth.Tikbalang is like any other mythical creature Tresse, Treated with the utmost respect. Their story is structured to be accessible to viewers around the world. While folklore and depictions of mythical figures from the Pantheons of Rome, Greece, and Egypt in the West have been popularized by visual and print media for many years, folklore in the Philippines has the following form: I have never hit the United States. Trese..

The 6-episode horror thriller series follows Alexandra Torres in Manila Lakambabayan, Or parents and healers. She acts as a bridge between the world of mankind and the world of the supernatural and implements agreements set to maintain a balance between the two worlds. She also investigates supernatural crimes, especially when the former begins to bleed into nature. The show finds her medialess, as a malicious entity threatens to tilt the balance between the two worlds sideways. This is a violent and gritty show that modernizes the bedtime story of the Philippines and fantastically masks the socio-economic, political and ultimately moral complexity of Manila and the Philippines as a whole.

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This series uses award-winning ones Comic When this series of the same name by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo began in 2005 as a self-published black-and-white abstract monthly series, the real-life experience of having a ghost at Tan’s home, Aswan’s bedtime story, and the influence of American pop culture. It was included.From cartoons such as Batman, Hell boy, And Sandman, Sci-fi show Karl Korczak: Night Stalker, X-files, And CSI, And like an anime ghost in the ShellKomiku magically saw the superstitious Manila that involves creators every day. In 2018, Netflix officially green-lighted the animated version of the series.

This show will feature Tan and Bardisimo as showrunners. Justice League Dark As an executive producer and director. The entire English and Tagalog cast is also Filipino.The cast includes Shay Mitchell pretty little Liars Filipino celebrity Liza Soberano as two versions of Alexandra Torres.Darren Criss Gree, Dante Basco Avatar: The Last Airbender, And Manny Jacinto Good place It also plays a role. From the coat of Torres, inspired by national hero José Rizal, to accents, popular slang, tribal music and visual aesthetics of the city, Filipino talent is reflected in every aspect of the series. Even street food and brand names are real.

The series has a compelling Filipino folklore storytelling surrounded by fascinating and supernatural criminal investigations. Each study works in conjunction with a central throughline that blends into the shadows of each episode until it is finally exposed to full sunlight. The development of Trese and other characters creeps in as stakes rise apocalyptic. Torres is a powerful leader and female protagonist, and her strength and command of her role in both worlds bring extraordinary seriousness and determination.

Alexandra Torres stands in a dark train car in front of three bloody, severed, translucent female ghosts of Torres.

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The show revolves around horror and crime, but there are lighter moments to balance the heavier, visually darker ones. The battle scene effectively focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of each character, but the show also emphasizes that not all problems require violent solutions. Visually, Manila is unforgettable and chaotic. The compelling mystery behind the origins of Alexandra’s bodyguards, and her intriguing multifaceted allies, make it difficult to choose your favorite character from a long list of mythical creatures and humans.

These mythical creatures are familiar to Filipino viewers. They appear as a way for Filipino families to show and inform children about different cultural aspects of the Philippines in bedtime fairy tales that scare them and in school lessons. In the Philippines, where it is common for people to report real-life supernatural events and seek psychological diagnosis, the fear of supernatural and mystery continues to this day. Creatures like Aswang were pre-colonial in the Philippines and were once an attribute of pre-colonial religion.

Trese Use the white lady-like myths of Ballete Drive to set the tone of the series and bring home the unique take that Komiku started.Creatures like Tikbalang and Dwarves Nuno Sapunso It realizes the commonality between humanity and nature that has been commonly used to promote respect and consideration for the environment. Seeing the nature of the nuno sa punso as a useful informative resource gives it fresh and new complexity and draws a compelling resemblance to what humanity can learn from nature. Aswang’s criminal activity and political involvement also add a human touch to historically horrifying night creatures.

character Taragbusao This is a region-specific number for the Philippines. Unlike carnivorous Aswang and Nunosapunso, it is not well known nationwide. It is hidden in folklore in the Mindanao region. Similarly San Telmo Although not known nationwide, its popularity is gradually increasing as the interest in Filipino folklore grows. Some of these characters have a unique look directly from the folklores, while others have been updated and adapted through business choices and illegal activities such as trading organs in the black market and their opening drag racing. There is also. The leader of Tikbalang works in the woods from the top floor of a skyscraper, so he sets the tone for this mix of old and new.

A dark purple veiled woman stands in front of a crowd of purple-eyed black-eyed humanoids in Torres.

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Like many new animations Trese The style is based on Japanese anime, but it is the first anime series of BASE Entertainment, an entertainment studio based in Jakarta / Singapore. It is also the first Filipino-focused animated series made for viewers around the world. And it does not allow compromise in its cultural peculiarities. The West often associates the Philippines with the image of a tropical paradise, Trese Present it as a complex world full of police atrocities, corruption and economic disparities. The show cannot provide a comprehensive solution to these problems, but it is as culturally accurate as the other details of the show. And while they are sadly tackling current Filipino politics, with a small flicker of hope, they emphasize that they will continue to fight every night for those who cannot be good.

Using aspects of Filipino culture with different degrees of subtlety, Trese Balance moments of joy with the violence needed without defaulting to stereotypes. The story takes a sincere and deep look at Filipino folklore, educating other viewers about supernatural traditions around the world, while giving Filipino viewers the opportunity to look beyond the evils they have grown to fear. To do. At the same time, the show emphasizes that not all evils are supernatural. This is a show made by Filipinos for Filipinos, but the creators are willing to share their culture with the world if they dare to walk in the dark.

The first season of episode 6 Trese I’m currently streaming on Netflix.

[Ed. note: The author of this article is distantly related to Trese voice actor Liza Soberano, but has never interacted with her, and that connection was not a factor in this review.]