Trese review: Netflix anime is an outstanding attempt at bringing Filipino culture to the mainstream

A strong female lead — whether animated or live-action — is always a pleasure to watch onscreen.

In Netflix’s neo-noir anime Trese, danger rears its ugly head as soon as night falls on Manila. The city, teeming with mythical Philippine folklore creatures, is threatened by criminal activity far more sinister than petty theft and kidnapping. “Beware the ones that crave your blood and covet your souls,” warns Alexandra Trese , a babaylan (shaman) detective, the only one Manila cops turn to for help when stumped by an offence far beyond their understanding or jurisdiction…

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