Netflix is fast becoming a powerhouse in the anime space — “Blood of Zeus” is proof of it. With massive set pieces, great characters, and powerful animation to keep audiences glued to their screens, this show may just be the best anime Netflix has ever released.
Fans are really raving about this one. The show was an instant smash from the moment it dropped in October 2020, and critics rated it 100% on Rotten Tomatoes — which says a lot about the show.
You may be wondering, what’s the latest about “Blood of Zeus?” This article discusses all that and other information that may help you find out if this will be your next favorite.
Where Can You Watch “Blood of Zeus?”
“Blood of Zeus” is a Netflix original. Therefore, you can stream all the episodes of the anime series on Netflix.
What Is “Blood Of Zeus” About?
Set in Ancient Greece, the story is told around the character Heron. Heron had been ostracized by his community, but one day he discovers that he is the son of Zeus. Not only did he discover his true heritage, but he also discovered that his fate was to save the world from the demonic armies against it.
The series also leans on a plot most lovers of Greek mythology are familiar with — the moral failures of Zeus and his unfaithfulness to Hera. However, in “Blood of Zeus,” not only does Zeus fail to remain faithful, but he does it with utter disrespect and disregard for Hera. What follows is Hera’s anger, vengefulness, and push to reaffirm her power over Olympus. We are not so used to seeing the character portrayed this way, but it all adds some flair to the storyline.
While the narrative component of the series is worth commending, the animation also didn’t come short. Powerhouse animation studios — the producers of “Seis Manos” and “Castlevania” — delivered a classic work of art, the kind they have a reputation for. The animation style properly depicts the beauty and violence of Greek mythology.
Why Is “Blood of Zeus” 18+?
“Blood of Zeus” is rated 18+ because the show contains several adult themes such as physical assaults, fights, and brutal, bloody violence. There is also drinking, obscene language, some forms of nudity, and allusions to sexual assault.
These themes clearly indicate why the anime series is rated TV-MA — meant for mature audiences only.
About the Cast of “Blood of Zeus”
The voice acting in “Blood of Zeus” is spot on, credit to the crop of actors selected for the series.
Here’s a quick highlight of the cast of “Blood of Zeus” and their characters.
Born in Miami, Florida, Derek Phillips is known for voicing several characters in both TV shows and video games. He voiced Mark Jefferson in the video game “Life is Strange” and Randall in “The Walking Dead: Michonne.” Phillips is the voice behind the character Heron in “Blood of Zeus.” As the main character, his role ties everything together in the series.
Voice actor Jason O’Mara was born in Dublin, Ireland. O’Mara moved to London, England, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Theatre at Trinity College in Dublin. In 2017, O’Mara won Best Supporting Actor, Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for his role as Sgt. Jack Prendergast in ‘The Siege Of Jadotville.’ He voices the character Zeus, the father of Heron and King of Olympus in “Blood of Zeus.” Zeus is the God of Thunder and perhaps the most powerful of the Gods. The character had illicit affairs with goddesses and mortal women alike, producing several illegitimate children. This plotline plays a major role in the series.
English actress Jessica Henwick is best known for voicing Nymeria Sand in Game of Thrones (2011) and Elle in “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” (2021). In “Blood of Zeus” she voices the character, Alexia — Grand Archon of the Amazons. She assisted Heron in the battle against the Demons.
Claudia Christian had an early start to her career. The American actress made her television debut in the popular series “Dallas” as a teenager. She has featured in dozens of films in her over 30-year career. Christian voices the character Hera, wife of Zeus and Queen of Olympus in “Blood of Zeus.”
English actor Elias Toufexis has featured in several TV shows like “FBI’s Most Wanted,” “Criminal Minds” and “Star Trek: Discovery.” He is the voice behind Seraphim, the son of King Periander and Queen Electra in the “Blood of Zeus.” Seraphim is the leader of demons and the impermanent wielder of Hades’ bident. He is one of the major antagonists in the series.
Voice-over artist Chris Diamantopoulos is known for voicing Mickey Mouse in “The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse” and several other television shows. The Canadian actor is the voice behind the character Evios. Evios is a repentant thief who is seen assisting Heron and Alexia in the battle against the Demons.
Los-Angeles based Matthew Mercer is a multiple award-winning actor. He has featured in several animation shows and video games. Mercer voiced the recurring character Hermes in “Blood of Zeus.” Hermes, like Heron, is one of the children of Zeus born out of wedlock.
Born in New York City, Mamie Gummer is best known for her roles in “Side Effects” (2013) and “Ricki and the Flash” (2015). She voiced the character Electra, Queen of Corinth and former wife of King Periander. The character was not based on any personality in the Greek myth.
British actor, writer, and producer, Adam Croasdell is known for his appearance in British television shows like “The Chase” and “EastEnders.” He voiced the character Apollo — another of Zeus’ sons born out of wedlock. He is a recurring character in “Blood of Zeus.”
Two-time Emmy-award nominee Melina Kanakaredes has featured in several drama series — one of such is “New York News” (1995). She is the voice behind the character Ariana in “Blood of Zeus.” Ariana was a loyal servant to King Periander. Upon the death of Queen Electra, Ariana raised Seraphim. However, the character was killed by Acrisisus and his sons.
Voice actor/animator Fred Tatasciore has voiced in several films, television shows, and video games. He has voiced various Marvel characters such as Hulk/Banner, Thing, Beast, and Crossbones. He voiced the character Hades, ruler of the underworld in “Blood of Zeus.” Hades is the son of Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Will There Be a Season 2 of “Blood of Zeus?”
“Blood of Zeus” will renew for a second season. Netflix made the announcement via its official Twitter account late 2020. This doesn’t come as a surprise after such a successful outing in its first season.
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) December 3, 2020
More so, in an interview, show creators Charley and Vlas Parlapanides remarked that the way season one was concluded already opens the door for major developments to the plot moving forward. This suggests that fans can expect all their favorite characters like Hermes, Alexia, Heron, Seraphim, Apollo — not leaving out Zeus and Hera — to return in season two.
For example, in the season one finale, Zeus’ (Jason O’Mara) wife, Hera (Claudia Christian) was badly injured and barely survived. Her next plan of attack may well be part of the plot in season two. Could Zeus also resurrect in season two after sacrificing his life to protect Hera? That’s a possibility considering that the show is set in a universe of immortal gods who also excel in magic.
That said, what’s not clear yet is when exactly “Blood of Zeus” season two will premiere. However, going by precedent, season one of the show premiered about a year and a half after the show was first announced — the upcoming season might follow the same schedule. If that prediction is correct, “Blood of Zeus” season two may be released before the end of the year.
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