‘Castlevania’ is an American adult animated web television series, inspired by the Konami’s video game ‘Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse’ and ‘Castlevania: Curse of Darkness’. The series was originally planned as a film by producer Kevin Kolde and his company Project 51, with the art style of the series heavily influenced by that of Japanese anime and Ayami Kojima’s artwork in ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’; which is about a grief-stricken Dracula, who takes revenge against humanity for the death of his wife.
It has been developed for the streaming platform by Kevin Kolde, Warren Ellis, Adi Shankar. Ellis has also written the script for the show. The series shows a vampire hunter team up with others to try and defend a country that is overrun with otherworldly creatures that are controlled by Count Dracula himself.
If you have played the games, then you will love the series, and the allure of the game was enough to earn this show quite a large fanbase. Of course, when the show actually took off, a lot of people who had never played the game also began to watch the show due to its rich content and fine execution, not to mention the way it expertly interweaves various genres like drama, action, horror, adventure, and dark fantasy. The critics also gave ‘Castlevania’ favorable reviews, praising it for its strong focus on the narrative and visuals. They also praised how well the game had been adapted to a show, and in fact, in the history of Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Castlevania’ is the first video game adaptation to be rated as ‘Fresh’, which is a positive thing for the show.
Castlevania Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Castlevania’ Season 2 premiered on October 26, 2018. A year before that, hardcore gamers and anime lovers were all left yearning for more when ‘Castlevania’ Season 1 was wrapped up with only 4 episodes during its initial run on July 7, 2017. After journeying deep into the horrors of the fantasy world of the series, fans just wanted more of it and in response to this, Netflix announced a whole new season 3 on twitter.
It is hard to predict the official release date since Netflix is known for making advanced long-distance announcements but all fans can now peacefully wait for a new season. ‘Castlevania’ Season 3 is expected to premiere sometime in 2020. As soon as we get any updates regarding this, we will update it here in this section. Till then, you should definitely go through our list of other similar vampire anime shows.
Castlevania English Dub:
The English Dub of ‘Castlevania’ is available on Netflix.
Castlevania Plot: What is it about?
‘Castlevania’ starts off with Dracula’s wife being falsely accused of being a witch and being burned at the stake as a result. Overcome by grief at losing his beloved, Count Dracula’s sadness soon turns into rage, and he declares that all the people of Wallachia in Romania, will pay for this transgression with their lives. True to his word, he summons an army of demons and they end up overrunning the country. As a result, all people begin to live lives of fear and distrust, literally ruled by monsters. However, humanity never gives up without a fight, and the same case applies here. Trevor Belmont, the outcast monster hunter, takes up arms against Dracula and his army. While one man might not seem enough, he has help from other powerful sources, including Sypha Belnades, a formidable magician, and Dracula’s own son, Alucard, who decides to take a stand against his father and protect humanity from the horrors that Dracula has exposed them to.
As far as adaptations go, the show is brilliant. It also does a good job at humanizing Dracula, showing him to be grief-stricken and fueled by revenge into committing evil acts, rather than just doing it as a comic villain. However, they also portray the Church as a rather comically villainous entity when it burns Dracula’s wife for no good reason, and then actively impedes the attempts of others to stop Dracula. There is no good reason for this, except for some misplaces notion of trying to control the masses. The show fluctuates in this manner in the plot as well. However, this much can be said, that the visuals are stunning, and the bloodbaths and violence that we see all have a very sleek and stylish feel to it. Despite having some cliches, this is a series which is ripe with potential.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see the show give more depth to the stories of the characters, and the plot will hopefully be as filled with action and adventure as it has been up until this point.
Trevor Belmont is the last member alive of the Belmont clan; a family of monster hunters who was previously excommunicated and evicted from their own ancestral land after being accused of practicing black magic. At the beginning of the series, he appears to reckless and lazy drunkard but later he sobers up and shows his true unmatched monster slaying skills.
Adrian Alucard Tepes
Adrian Alucard Tepes is the dhampir son of Dracula who seeks to protect humanity from his father. For those unaware, a dhampir is a creature, according to Balkan folklore, that is born as a result of a union between a vampire and a human. In Dracula’s Curse and Castlevania Legends, he is the main antagonist of the series and fights against his own father after teaming up with the Belmont Clan. He is later portrayed as the protagonist of ‘Symphony of the Night’.
Lisa is Dracula’s beloved wife, and when she is burnt at the stake after being falsely accused of being a witch, it drives Dracula over the edge. When her son, Alucard, witnesses her death, she asks him to promise her that he will never hate humans. This is what later drives him to save humanity from his father.
Vlad Dracula Tepes
Vlad Dracula Tepes is a vampire who swears vengeance on humanity after his human wife is executed. He summons a huge army of monsters to kill every single person of the Wallachia village.
Bishop is the clergyman who upsets the scales by ordering Lisa’s burning.
Hector is a devil forge master who is summoned by the Dracula to help him wage war against humanity.
Carmilla is a member of Dracula’s war council but is also a scheming vampire mistress with plans to usurp him.
Hopefully, all of the main characters will return in the upcoming season, both the good guys and the baddies. We might also see some new characters being thrown into the mix as the world of ‘Castlevania’ and the that of monsters is equally expansive, and new additions would pump some fresh blood into the show, which is always welcome, and not just because this is a show about vampires!
While we wait for an update on ‘Castlevania’ Season 3, check out the season 2 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.
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