What you should know about Netflix’s Animated Adaptation of the Filipino comic book ‘Trese’

October 28th, 2020

“When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.” 

This is the premise of the new Netflix animated adaptation of the famous comic book series in the Philippines, the award-winning critically acclaimed Filipino comic book “Trese,” written and drawn by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo.

Trese is a fantasy, crime-horror comic book that revolves around the story of a woman detective named Alexandra Trese that investigates paranormal events and anomalies in Manila. Whenever a crime is committed that is well over the qualifications of the police, they call on Alexandra Trese to solve it.

These crimes are usually involving the creatures of Philippine mythology in modern times. Creatures like the iconic Aswang, Manananggal, Kapre, Tikbalang, and sometimes involves gods and deities roaming around the streets of Manila acting as kingpins of crime, beings that are part of organized crime or just simply co-existing with other humans trying to live a peaceful life.

The imagination and creativity found in the comic book caught the attention of Netflix and was fortunate enough to turn into an animated series.

Announced back in 2018, a lot of fans of the comic book were caught by surprise when Netflix made it official that they will be making an animated series adaptation of Trese, and this had people excited. 

The announcement alone received a lot of positive feedback and fans made it clear that they want to see the adaptation happen.

Set to officially be released in 2021, Netflix already gave fans some teaser images of the upcoming animated series on their Facebook account.


Aswangs of Manila, beware: Alexandra Trese is coming for you. Enjoy this very first look at TRESE, coming soon on Netflix. 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭

Posted by Netflix on Monday, October 26, 2020

The images are stunning and received well over sixteen thousand likes a day and more than ten thousand shares every day. 

This only shows how excited the fans are and how Netflix is doing a great job in catering to their fans and this iconic series.

“When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn to the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.”

Source: Trese – Murder on Balete Drive

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