Historically, Netflix does not release viewing figures, but if braidWe can believe the post-credits setup of Season 2, the original anime series did well in enough countries to warrant a renewal. The more people watch this dark and convoluted supernatural horror anime, the more people are likely to search for the graphic novel of the same name it is based on.
Netflix, which is currently battling with Disney+ for viewership, has a rapidly growing library of anime shows. As savvy algorithms suggest Netflix-created shows to viewers who watch anything that has similarities to braid – which include, among others: cartoons and animated programs; graphic novel and comic book adaptations; horror and mystery shows and shows about urban legends and monsters; shows directed by women; and Filipino shows – it’s likely that many viewers have never heard of the graphic novel braid discover the show and follow it to its origins.
At just six highly serialized episodes, braid is an attractive and easy-to-consume spectacle. The short 22-26 minute episodes work almost more like a movie broken up into chapters than a long show and tell a cohesive story that leaves viewers wanting more. From there, it’s easy to search for the original material, whether it’s to learn more about the fascinating and complex protagonist Alexandra, to see some of her crime-fighting and mystery-solving that didn’t part of the series, or to examine some of the mysteries left hanging in Season 1. Even before the show’s premiere, its announcement led to a second printing of the graphic novel, indicating great interest in the story original as fans follow Alexandra and her complicated family through various formats.
But the main reason why viewers are likely to search braidNetflix’s graphic novel and not just moving on to other anime shows comes down to the gorgeous style of the Netflix adaptation. braidThe art of pays close attention to style and color, as well as composition and movement. Many stills are reminiscent of panels from the source material, and each episode features one or two wide shots reminiscent of double-page spreads in a graphic novel. These shots, which often only appear once instead of being reused as establishment shots like many anime shows reuse their art, add a lot of detail and show off the different skills of the artist.
In addition to more intricate art, the show often uses panning camera movement that resembles the natural eye movement of a viewer gazing at a panel or page instead of simply having the figures move within a frame or in front of it. a background always painted in matte. braid also borrows from some graphic novel work in the way it uses different color washes to really set scenes apart; the sickly green saturation in one scene can shift to blood red colors soaking up the entire next scene, and every dark alley or underground room is lit differently. The show’s language and cultural accuracy is another big draw; great care has been taken in depicting Filipino legends, and the writers include original phrases and terms from the novel in the script and voice acting/translation, using subtitles to explain where necessary.
Of course, none of this would matter if the show didn’t work per se, but braid doesn’t just tell a story you don’t often see on a global platform; he makes sure to include humor, pathos, and real-world issues among his twists and beautiful art. The fact that Netflix’s adaptation took so much care to feel and look like the intricate graphic novel it was derived from is promising for season 2. Meanwhile, the intricate story and style means viewers who enjoy the series will probably want to take a closer look at the source material. .
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