Netflix Premieres Filipino Folklore Anime ‘Trese’

by Jim Bea Sampaga

Are you looking for your next binge-worthy series? Look no further. Last week, Netflix just premiered its newest anime-inspired series titled Trese, an adaptation of the award-winning Filipino comic book of the same name.

Set in Manila, Trese follows Alexandra Trese, a detective who solves supernatural crimes. The series heavily portrays Filipino folklore and mythology through its dark fantasy and horror aesthetics.

With a total of six 20–23-minute episodes that are offered in Tagalog, English and Japanese dubs, Trese boasts star-studded casts in its Tagalog and English line-up.

Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano voices Alexandra Trese in the Tagalog dub while Filipino-Canadian Shay Mitchell for the English dub.

The English dub cast also includes Hollywood stars with Filipino ancestry such as Nicole Scherzinger, Darren Criss, Dante Basco, Manny Jacinto and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Trese is produced by BASE Entertainment and Filipino American animator Jay Oliva. The comic book creators, illustrator Kajo Baldisimo and writer Budjette Tan, also worked closely to execute the series.

“Kajo and I started Trese in 2005 and after all these years, we are finally reaching a global audience,” Tan said in an interview with

“I feel we were able to get here now because we never stopped working on this little story that we wanted to tell.”

Trese is now available to stream on Netflix.

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