If Joss Whedon is a geek god, then consider Michelle Lovretta a disciple of his work, with her creation of Lost Girl. At first, it may look like Lost Girl is attempting to emulate Buffy’s formula, but don’t let it fool you for one minute. The series stars Anna Silk as Bo, a succubus that finds a hidden group of creatures called the Fae, that live amongst humans. The Fae are split into both Light and Dark factions and when she is told the origin of her powers, they give Bo the option to choose a side. She chooses neither, decides to goes rouge and allies herself with a human goth girl, named Kinzi (Ksenia Solo). Together, they open up a P.I. firm that handles cases for both sides, while trying their best to uncover the secret of Bo’s parents and why she was hidden from both groups for so long. Funimation has released the first season of Lost Girl, which contains all 13 episodes, uncut on their Giant Ape Media line.
The writing on the series is just fantastic, with a penchant of handling comedy, horror and drama in a well balanced manner. The series manages to further the main plot of Bo looking for her parents and finding her place in this new world, while presenting a great new take on folklore in every episode. The series gets major props for the research that’s gone into all of the creatures they showcase, with their use of powers and their modernization within the series. While it certainly bothered me a little that all of these different creatures were being lumped into the Fae category, it quickly wore off, due to the shows handling of their presentation and variety.
Another great aspect of the series is the portrayal of Bo, as both the seductress and the liberating and empowered female protagonist. Bo has, not only a lot of sex, but sex with multiple partners and other genders. While some may seem that as being in poor taste or too risque, it really pulls off the proper actions of her being a succubus type and her overall strength as a female figure. Her actions in the sex department always happen on her own terms, as well as being a prime example of pure untapped female sexuality. As I was watching it, I was reminded of Alan Moore’s examples of femininity within his comic Promethea and how sex is explored as a major part of life and existence, as a whole. It never feel gratuitous and it just goes to prove how creator Michelle Lovretta is dedicated to not only stay true to the characters’s mythology, but smashing down social norms and portrayals of women within media.
On the fifth disc of the set, there are some behind the scenes documentaries, as well as a few interview portions with the three main actors. The interviews are very insightful of of Bo, Dyson and Kinzi, as well as what initially drew the actors to the roles. The behind the scenes documentaries show some of the various set ups and the actor’s going through live rehearsals on set. There isn’t a whole lot of depth here in the extras department, but the amount of episodes and sheer content of them make the series really worth it.
Funimation has certainly come a long way from putting out anime, with all of the great live action they’ve been releasing in the last year. Lost Girl is certainly something that I never would have saw them distributing, but I think its a fantastic move on their part and gives anime fans some exposure to some great TV. If anime fans or fantasy fans are thinking that Lost Girl is some sort of knockoff Buffy clone, you’d better guess again, because this show is absolutely fantastic. Highly Recommended!