Vampire in the Garden: Netflix anime review

The vampire queen Fine and a human girl named Momo flee together in search of a place where peace and mutual respect can finally triumph.

Can humans and vampires coexist peacefully? This is the fundamental question that Momo and Fine, absolute protagonists of the animated miniseries in 5 episodes Vampire in the Gardenon Netflix from May 16 (and also visible on Sky Q and via app on NOW Smart Stick). “Hot blood” (or human being) the first and monstrous creature the second, move in a post-apocalyptic world totally devoted to war and oppression.

The reversal, which makes the incipit of the story particularly interesting, sees the vampires already in command, in the continuous hunt for the last traces of life scattered on Earth both for a question of survival and to achieve the definitive destruction of the enemy. Momo and Fine, however, are genuinely interested in a new way that nobody seems to be considering: peacerepresented by the “scandalous” possibility of coexistence.

Vampire in the Garden: in search of a Paradise

Inevitably, it is difficult to frame the story – created by Wit Studio, and directed for all the episodes by Ryotaro Makihara – only for how it appears, without giving it a highly metaphorical connotation. In fact, here we talk about how humanity is perpetually led to mutual massacre, fueled by a blind fury that can be political, social, cultural. Also for this Vampire in the Garden it does not hide its fantasy nature at all darkwith various bloody battle sequences that do not spare the vision of blood and suffering on the faces of the characters.

However, stopping at this first “epidermal” level would be a huge sin: this one web anime – in a relatively short overall duration, the total does not exceed two and a half hours – it ranges from bildungsroman toon the roadalso touching on romanticism and sentimentality. Feelings and sensations are an integral part of Momo and Fine’s journey, in spite of everything, in spite of the coveted Paradise seeming only a chimera and in spite of anyone who tries to separate them as they are apparently irreconcilable.

Momo and Fine, fleeing the world (and themselves)

This, then, is not your typical vampire story. Vampire in the Garden (even from the title, which in an almost oxymoronic way brings together two terms that refer to opposite perceptions) very intelligently refuses to rely on the well-known mice of the fantastic kind. Trust is the main engine that drives Momo and Fine to unite and take action, e what strikes straight to the heart is not so much the post-dystopian scenario as the ability of the two (anti) heroines to isolate themselves while the catastrophe rages all around. Each of the two teaches something to the other, in a constructive exchange for both.

Only with comparison is it possible to mature and grow, learning. An option precluded to the vast majority of other bloodsuckers and other humans (including Momo’s mother, even willing to sacrifice her daughter in the name of an ideal of oppression), always obtuse in their beliefs and unable to dialogue. And, therefore, humans and vampires can live together, in harmony? Finally (no spoilers!) Vampire in the Garden he gives an answer, more than in the finale in the short but intense post-credits scene. By keeping the flame of hope alight, everything is possible; without it, we are nothing but bloodthirsty beasts.

Direction: 4 – : 3 – : 4 – : 3 and a half – : 3 – 4

Screenplay – 3

Photography – 4

Acting – 3.5

Sound – 3.5

Emotion – 3

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