Noob Reviews: Blood of Zeus (Season 01)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Blood of Zeus?
Blood of Zeus is an adult animated series that is definitely not for younger viewers.
Taking us all the way back to the mythologically rich era of the gods, we follow an ancient (fictional) Greek demigod by the name of Heron as he is thrown into the middle of a brewing conflict between the gods and giants. Who all believed lost to time.
Many many years ago, a war between the gods and titans was won by the gods. But before the last titan fell - it called a curse upon the sea that raised dozens of giants to continue on the fight and slay the gods in their name. Although the giants were eventually beaten back. It cost the gods dearly to do so, and they were unable to entirely destroy the giants. Instead, they had to settle for capturing their souls which separated their very essence from their physical forms.
Flash forward to present day (for Heron), and a demonic army is sweeping across Greece, destroying all in its path. This demon army has been brought to the lands after a tyrant (Seraphim) discovered the location of a fallen giant’s corpse and fed upon its flesh. Giving him the inhuman abilities he uses to rule with and raise his demon army.
It is as this army, with Seraphim at its head, falls upon his home. That Heron must join forces with Amazonian warrior Alexia and look for allies (both mortal and god) if they are to stand any hope of saving Greece and defeat their foe. Unbeknown to them though, some would see their plans fail as mighty powers seek to resurrect the giants and destroy Olympus. Seeing both Heron and Seraphim as mere pawns in their grander schemes.
What type of anime-style is Blood of Zeus?
Blood of Zeus has been described, just like the Castlevania animated series on Netflix, as using an anime-esque animation style.
What do you mean by anime-esque?
As opposed to anime which is an abbreviation of the word animation in Japanese, and used to describe all animations created in Japan. Anime-esque is often used to describe animations created outside of Japan. Especially from the west.
What is the first season about?
The first season throws us instantly into a thick, rich story that introduces us to both fictional and non-fictional characters alike, bringing us face to face with such legends as Zeus, Hera, Cerberus and Hermes. And sees the events unfold that will take Heron’s path from that of a humble farmer to becoming a demigod. And recognised as a son of Zeus.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the shows listing on Netflix here.
When was the first season released?
Blood of Zeus’ first season was released in October this year (2020).
Has a second season been confirmed?
Although a specific date is yet to be announced, Netflix has confirmed that Blood of Zeus will be renewed for a second season ‘due to the overwhelmingly positive reception the first season received at launch.’
How many episodes are there?
The first season has a total of eight episodes, each having a run time of around twenty-seven minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Blood of Zeus’ first season?
Blood of Zeus takes well-known mythology and flips it on its head, throwing in demons, tyrants, giants and heroes on their rise to power. Although at times the story seems a little bit too daft and very much outside of the realms of believability, for the most part, it is well written. Engaging. And just keeps on rolling with the surprises time after time. And hitting you with plot twist after plot twist.
In addition to the story, the voice acting was fantastic with characters really portraying a sense of emotion and passion into their lines that helped to build the immersion. And when coupled with an outstanding art style that was visually stunning and very smooth, with no flaws or oddities coming to mind that are worth a mention. The two really did go hand in hand.
Having been a huge history fan since I studied secondary school history and history throughout college, I thought the way that the non-fictional characters were handled and worked into the story was both respectful but well thought out. Giving them a personality and attitude you may come to expect to see them having - having read about them. The varied and grotesque giants were also a fantastic addition alongside the demons and Seraphim himself. Who (spoilers) may or may not be getting played by several gods without him even knowing as they seek to further their own goals. But just seeing the web of lies and deceit grow and grow until the full explanation is laid out is brilliant and admittedly not something I saw coming. Yet lays a solid groundwork for a new season to hit the ground running.
As I mentioned above, this is definitely not an animated series for younger viewers as there are a lot of graphic gory moments, threats of sexual violence and some brilliantly choreographed battle scenes. But I would highly recommend this as worth a watch. And dare I say it is effortless viewing too so would fit very nicely into a binge-watch session on these long nights ahead.
What rating would you give Blood of Zeus (Season 01)?
I would rate the first season of Blood of Zeus as a very solid 4.8 out of 5 bananas.
Blood of Zeus is a fantastic clash of old meets new. Of well-known mythologies mixed with massive action-themed anime-esque sequences and demonic foes. With a beautiful art style, well-structured story and immersive character development - I will definitely be eagerly awaiting more details on the second season. And continue raving on about this one to the friends and family, that will still hear me out.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Blood of Zeus (Season 01) and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.