Do You Need to Watch ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’ Before ‘Sirens of the Deep’? Explained

Published 11/16/2023, 5:53 AM EST

Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels inspired creators to expand the Witcherverse in different ways. The gamers found the video games while the show lovers watched the live-action adaptation on Netflix. The expansion of the experience also enriched the anime lovers’ thirst with the adaptation of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Now, the Witcherverse is growing its universe with The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep.

Before the forthcoming anime lands on Netflix, do you need to watch the previous one?

Is it important to watch The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf before Sirens of the Deep?

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The 2021 anime is a dark fantasy that serves as a spin-off of the Netflix Original. It tells the story of the young Vesemir, who used to derive pleasure by slaying monsters in exchange for coins. However, his perception changes when a dangerous monster rises in the Continent. Therefore, it is not necessarily important for you to watch this anime in order to make sense of the upcoming one, but there is certainly a catch!

 

It is also the beginning of the Vesemir-Geralt relationship that The Witcher fans need to know about. In the flick, Vesemir came to his senses after many hurdles, realizing how his role as a Witcher was much more than just slaying monsters. Therefore, he began his journey as a mentor to newly converted witchers, including Geralt. This sets the tone for Geralt’s behavior throughout the saga.

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The film introduces characters like Lady Illyana Zerbs, Tetra Gilcrest, Kitsu, Luka Skogar, and many more who give us a wide idea about the Witcherverse. However, it also serves as a missing pillar in the understanding of the entire Witcherverse.

How is the 2021 anime the missing pillar for The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep?

To move forward with any narration, one must know how the story reached up to that point. The Netflix drama depicted the wide picture of the source material. However, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf chose a specific part, the origin of Vesemir and Geralt’s stories, which was crucial for fans to know. Now, the forthcoming anime is going to portray a short story from the novels which is going to take place between 2 episodes from Season 1 of the show.

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Moreover, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf also serves as a fine representation of anime creations. It has effective imagery along with the perfect tone. Therefore, if you watch it before Sirens of the Deep, it will set the tone to enhance the experience. Although not directly connected to the 2024 anime, the previous anime will certainly give you a sense of completeness of the Witcherverse.

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The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is streaming on Netflix. If you have already watched it, share your favorite moments in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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