This review is spoiler-free.
After humanity loses its battle with vampires, a young survivor named Momo has a fateful encounter with Fine, a vampire queen, and together they embark on a quest to find harmony.
The premise of the series, and the very visually pleasing trailer, really struck a chord with me, so Vampire in the Garden was a show that I was very much eager to watch! As with any ‘Netflix Original’ series these days, it’s difficult to feel safe, as the series is more likely to be cancelled before it airs the first episode, let alone renewed for any future outings! This trend is very prevalent in Netflix’s animation offerings, and my eyebrows were raised immediately when Vampire in the Garden was only showing five episodes listed!
The main thing I cannot get my head around is the five-episode order from Netflix. While the talented Wit Studio does their best, this series – which clearly has no hope of a second series – is done a huge disservice as such a compelling story and rich characters are crammed into five short episodes. Vampire in the Garden deserved at least a ten or twelve-episode run to really be allowed to flex its storytelling muscles because while the end result is good, it misses out on being great!
The quality of the writing in terms of both the overall narrative and the individual characters is really good! In such a short space of time, they have managed to create some incredible characters that you want to invest in and care about. Again, if they had more time to breathe it would have been even better!
As for the animation, Wit Studio – Attack on Titan, Seraph of the End – once again delivers the goods, and it’s as you’d come to expect from such a talented studio. While it lacked any real game-changing or breath-taking moments, the style was still very pretty, and it is definitely on the high end of the animation spectrum.
Despite the stylish animation, compelling story, and great characters, Vampire In The Garden is let down by the frustratingly short five-episode run which blocks its path to greatness! So much potential and deserved better!