The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021)

The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir -- a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. But when a strange new monster begins… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Animation
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2021
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Consensus: Focusing on the adventures of a strapping young Vesemir, Nightmare of the Wolf is a fluidly animated addendum to the Witcher story that will delight fans with its swashbuckling action.

Brad Newsome
Sydney Morning Herald

Is there a place for Western anime? This gory, grimdark prequel to Netflix's live-action series The Witcher answers with a resounding yes.

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Sam Barsanti
AV Club

It's fun to see this world, with all of its inhuman monsters and monstrous humans, from a different point of view, even if it isn't quite as refreshing or engaging as Geralt's.

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Narayan Liu

The hallmarks of the studio are all there in Nightmare of the Wolf's art style and in the execution of its thrilling action sequences.

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Kambole Campbell
Little White Lies

Despite its efforts to deepen its fictional world, it's mostly the action that stands out.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

The overarching themes of the movie are moral ambiguity and reckoning with one's past, and the story can be enjoyed on its own terms for those unfamiliar with this universe.

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Andrew Wyatt
The Lens

In terms of stylish animation, clever storytelling, and gruesome fantasy violence, the film certainly delivers, although it never does much to distinguish itself from similar Netflix offerings.

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Angie Han
Hollywood Reporter

While the film is unlikely to hold much appeal for Netflix subscribers who never cared about The Witcher to begin with, it's a worthy side quest for anyone with a passing interest in seeing more of the Continent.

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Asher Luberto
The Playlist

While there's no shortage of the time Nightmare of the Wolf reaches its operatic conclusion, the emotional payoffs feel earned and honest.

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Erik Kain

All told, Nightmare of the Wolf is a welcome addition to the books, shows and video games in the ever-expanding Witcher universe.

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