Vampire in the Garden Review – Netflix Anime is an Anti-War Journey Brimming With Music

Vampire in the Garden

Studio Wit has just under 2 hours to create the story. It moves at a rapid pace, shifting seamlessly from a gritty war movie, to a us-against.the-world road trip, to tragedy, and back again. The series is a mix of complex characters and visually stunning sequences. It rarely experiences whiplash. It’s plotted as tightly as any 2 hour movie and consequently never strays away from the two species’ inherent conflict in finding coexistence. 

It’s unfortunate that when the two finally do reach their paradise, the storytelling takes a sudden nosedive with predictable plot twists and barely believable antagonists driving the narrative forward. Their paradise isn’t just a sham that they stumbled into, it’s a garden-variety anime. It’s missing all the beauty and nuance that has been present up to this point. However, it shows the worst in humans and vampires, and tears Momo and Fine apart after an emotional finale battle. Thankfully, it’s still a beaut to watch, and no more than a brief stumble in an overwhelmingly strong anime. Although the ending feels right and is well-earned, it’s hard to imagine what might happen in a second series, if one exists.

By following two idealists fleeing an inexorable conflict, you can ultimately win. Vampires in the Garden This is a strong, yet clear anti-war statement. Momo and Fine agree that the only solution to war in this situation is to disengage. There is no right or wrong side, and there are no enemies worth fighting to stop Momo from finding paradise. Momo’s freedom is hard-earned, but unsustainable. It’s a simple answer to an urgent real-world question, but a nice one at that. But for her, it’s enough.

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