Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Revenge is a dish best served cold. When it comes to mysterious Thai student Nanno however, it usually comes with a side order of violence and gore.
Back in 2018 this wonderful little Thai gem snuck onto Netflix without much fanfare. That’s a real shame because this daring and outrageously violent anthology is a serious Asian treat.
The first season was a real mixed bag of goodies, with a variety of great and good episodes – but nothing falling into the realm of disappointing. While the overarching idea here is a little outlandish, the cautionary tales and strong themes are enough to look past that.
For those unaware, Girl From Nowhere follows the exploits of a schoolgirl called Nanno, who unashamedly skips between different schools. In the process, she teaches lessons to different students who may be breaking the rules. These lessons can range from shifts in their own personal universe, suffering physical abuse and despair or even – if the occasion calls for it – death.
The first season’s 13 chapters had enough pizzazz about them to keep you watching, and by the end left enough for a subsequent season to pick up the pieces.
Well, Girl From Nowhere is back, and not only does the show pick up its own pieces, it changes the game completely with some really interesting and unique ideas.
With 8 episodes instead of 13, this streamlined experience begins just like the first season – with Nanno delivering her tough life lessons to different boys and girls. However, it soon becomes apparent that she’s not alone out there. Someone is stalking Nanno, leaving threatening notes for her and promising to see the girl soon.
As the season progresses, it some becomes apparent that there’s a new judge in town. This revenge mistress is called Yuri and she’s in no mood to wait around. This, of course, goes against Nanno’s entire mantra of savoring each revenge. For Nanno, she wants to allow her victims to dissolve into a gloopy slump of misery and regret. Yuri however, just wants them to die and move on.
This conflict bubbles up nicely across the season, never getting in the way of the individual chapters but always dancing around the peripheral vision of the show. It’s not until the final few chapters where Girl From Nowhere brings this into central focus.
Along the way, this series uses a number of different artistic choices, including an excellent black and white episode called ‘Liberation’. While a more comic tone is adopted in episode 2, episode 4 (aptly titled ‘Yuri’) is the stark opposite – delivering a chilling and harrowingly violent chapter.
It’s this imbalance of ideas that ultimately makes this Thai anthology such a treat. Those put off by the violence and ideas in season 1 certainly won’t be the target market here. This is a show designed first and foremost for those who stuck with 2018’s series and saw it through to the end. And boy does Girl From Nowhere do a good job rewarding its fans!
This unique, intriguing series is every bit as good as it was the first time around. With double the trouble and more violence than ever before, Girl From Nowhere season 2 successfully pushes the barriers of what this series is capable of, delivering an enthralling, heady trip across its 8 uniquely different episodes. This one’s a must-watch, and dare I say it, one of the best shows of the year so far.
Verdict - 8.5/10