Dota: Dragon’s Blood: Book 3 review: An engaging tale of creation and destruction

Dota: Dragon’s Blood: Book 3 (season 3) is based on the final battle against Terrorblade as well as a huge twist that changes absolutely everything about the world. The latest season is now streaming on Netflix.

Story

The Invoker, now joined by Mirana, Davion and the rest, plans to make a final assault against the demon Terrorblade.

Even though the situation looks to be in their favour, The Invoker reveals his secret plans, turning the entire world upside down.

Now, with memories wiped out and the world made according to The Invoker’s liking, the heroes must find a way to right the wrongs.

In the process, relationships are tested and huge secrets are revealed that will change everything. Who will come out on top?

Positives

Season 3 starts off extremely strong, immediately diving into the ongoing tussle between The Invoker and Terrorblade.

The first couple of episodes, as a result of this, are fast-paced and exhilarating. The fights, although a mash-mash of 3D CGI and 2D animation at times, manage to be engaging.

The narrative takes quite a creative turn with the recreation of the world. This allows the exploration of numerous scenarios and the possibility to revisit interesting characters.

Existence is a prevalent theme throughout the season and is handled well by the creators. The dialogues are strong as well.

For all the events that occur in the three seasons, the ending works well and provides development for a number of characters.

Negatives

Despite a strong start and end, the rest of the season, especially when the characters are trying to figure out the truth about their world, drags considerably.

The animation is a mixed bag. Sometimes great to look at, other times an eyesore. This is something Netflix needs to figure out for a lot of their anime content in general.

For those unfamiliar with the game, the show remains a bit hard to digest with some details getting no context. It’s not enough to just watch and understand every bit of it, you will likely have to become familiar with the existing lore.

Verdict

Overall, the season is a decent addition to the franchise and will be engaging enough for most viewers. Long time Dota player may not find it worthy, but from a pure storytelling point of view, the series has more going for it than against.

Dota: Dragon's Blood: Book 3
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Director: Han Seung Woo, Mio Del Rosario & Park So Young

Date Created: 2022-08-11 12:00

Editor's Rating:
3

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