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Castlevania is an animated series originally based on the game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, released on Netflix worldwide. The first season consists of four episodes of 23-25 minutes each, which all premiered on July 7th, 2017.[1]

The series is based on the Dracula's Curse story, incorporating elements from other games such as Symphony of the Night and Curse of Darkness. It features Trevor Belmont as the main protagonist, on a quest to stop the evil Count Dracula who seeks to destroy humanity following the execution of his wife Lisa.

The series was well-received by fans and critics, who praised its animation, visuals and story, though Season 1 was criticized as being too short.[2]

A second season was ultimately confirmed by Adi Shankar and released on October 26th, 2018,[3] after being delayed from a July 2018 release. A third season was confirmed on June 7, 2018[4].

Synopsis

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"A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video game."
— Official Netflix synopsis

Cast and characters

Characters
Image Name Voice Actor Description Introduced in
TrevorNetflixEp4
Trevor Belmont
Richard Armitage
The last living member of the Belmont clan, a disgraced family of monster hunters.
Season 1
AlucardNetflixEp4
Alucard
James Callis
The dhampir son of Dracula and Lisa Tepes, who seeks to protect humanity from his father.
Season 1
DraculaNetflixEp1
Dracula
Graham McTavish
A vampire who swears vengeance on humanity for the death of his wife Lisa, summoning an army of monsters to destroy all the people of Wallachia.
Season 1
Sypha Belnades Netflix
Sypha Belnades
Alejandra Reynoso
A Speaker and the Elder's granddaughter who wields powerful magic.
Season 1
ElderNetflix
The Elder
Tony Amendola
The leader of a group of Speakers aiding the people of Gresit whom Trevor befriends.
Season 1
LisaTepesNetflix
Lisa Tepes
Emily Swallow
Dracula's beloved wife who is burned at the stake for witchcraft.
Season 1
BishopNetflix
The Bishop
Matt Frewer
A clergyman who orders the burning of Lisa Tepes for witchcraft, later being named the bishop of Gresit.
Season 1
HectorApp
Hector
Theo James
A man from Dracula's Army with the power to resurrect beings.
Season 2
CarmillaApp
Carmilla
Jaime Murray
A cruel vampire from Dracula's Army.
Season 2
GodbrandApp
Godbrand
Peter Stormare
A lustful, viking vampire lord from Dracula's Army.
Season 2
IsaacApp
Isaac
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
Another Devil Forgemaster under Dracula's orders.
Season 2

Episodes

Season 1

# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
101
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E01 Witchbottle
Witchbottle
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
July 7, 2017
A headstrong young woman seeks out forbidden knowledge, and a corrupt bishop courts disaster by enraging a legend.
102
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E02 Necropolis
Necropolis
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
July 7, 2017
Trevor Belmont drifts into the panicking city of Gresit, where he learns of an ancient evil and makes a surprising vow.
103
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E03 Labyrinth
Labyrinth
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
July 7, 2017
Belmont explores the catacombs of Gresit and makes a disturbing discovery. As night falls on the city, the beasts return for blood.
104
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E04 Monument
Monument
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
July 7, 2017
In the season finale, Belmont strives to save Gresit from certain doom and comes face to face with a shocking truth.

Season 2

# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
201
Warcouncil
War Council
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
Dracula's generals gather to prosecute the war against humanity. There is discord when Dracula's human allies, Hector and Isaac, are given command of the armies of the night.
202
Oldhomes
Old Homes
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
Trevor, Sypha and Alucard take a dangerous path in their desperate attempt to defeat Dracula. The last vampire general, Carmilla, arrives at the castle.
203
Shadowbattles
Shadow Battles
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
Carmilla plays political games with dark intent. Trevor and his comrades sack his childhood home for secrets.
204
Brokenmast
Broken Mast
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
Hector and Isaac take their first steps on divergent paths. Trevor and Sypha grow closer. Vampires can die too.
205
Lastspell
Last Spell
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
The Belmont Hold is discovered. Dracula's War Council goes to war with itself.
206
Theriver
The River
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
Another city is about to fall to Dracula's castle, and Dracula himself may be about to fall, at the hand of someone he thought was on his side.
207
Forlove
For Love
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
The battle lines are drawn. Comrade against comrade, father against son and two new lovers against the world.
208
Endtimes
End Times
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
The dead are buried, friends and enemies are scattered, and hard choices are made.

Locations

Season 1

Season 2

Production history

Original movie project

Main article: Dracula's Curse Animated Movie

In March 2007, writer Warren Ellis announced that he was working on a DVD movie adapted from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse along with former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi. Ellis explained that as he worked with Igarashi to fit the timeline of the series, including writing a new story, Igarashi had eight rewritten pre-production materials, before concluding with a draft that he turned in August 2008.[5]

After that, however, nothing else was heard about the project until February 2017, when co-producer Adi Shankar and Netflix announced it would be released as a series.[6][7] Kevin Kolde and Fred Seibert are also signed on, as are Seibert's animation company, Frederator Studios.

Netflix project

The show influences has been described by the producer Adi Shankar to be from Japanese anime such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll, as well as western animation such as Young Justice. It has also been stated by Shankar to be "R-rated as f**k", "super-violent", and to have a Game of Thrones vibe.

The series was written by Warren Ellis, who was in charge of writing the script for the now defunct Dracula's Curse animated movie adaptation. Ellis worked at Marvel and developed Hellstorm: Prince of Lies, the acclaimed cyberpunk series Transmetropolitan, and more recently the award-winning FreakAngels series. The movie Red is based on his graphic novel, Red.

Promotion and release

A teaser trailer was released on May 24th, 2017. The series was finally released worldwide at midnight (PST time) on July 7th, 2017. Season 2 was officially announced a few hours later on the same day of the release.[8]

On the day of the release of season 1, Netflix officially announced a second season consisting of 8 episodes to premiere in 2018. In January 19th, 2018, Warren Ellis stated that the second season was to arrive in Summer 2018.[9] On July 25, 2017, Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont's voice actor) announced they had completed the voice work for season 2.[10] An official trailer was released three days later on July 28.

On October 16, 2018, Netflix and the American Red Cross organized together an event called "Dracula's Blood Drive", a blood donation campaign, at the Los Angeles Film School[11]. Donators would receive exclusive merchandising and would attend a screening of episode 1 of season 2, ten days before the official release. Voice actress Alejandra Reynoso and director Samuel Deats participated to the event.

Season 2 was released worldwide at midnight (PST time) on the expected date. All eight episodes were available.

Future

On June 7, 2018, it was confirmed that the series was renewed for a third season and that production would begin in the near future. Producer Adi Shankar confirmed on October 31 that Netflix had greenlit 10 new episodes[12].

Home media

Season 1 is set to be released on December 4, 2018 on Blu-Ray and DVD. The package contains storyboards, an art gallery and other special features.

Music

Main article: Castlevania Music from the Netflix Original Series

The music from the series was composed by Trevor Morris. He also composed the main title theme.

The soundtrack to season 1 was released as digital download and physical CD.

Gallery

Main article: Castlevania (animated series)/Gallery

Posters

Videos

Trivia

  • The second teaser poster released for this series is inspired by the cover art from the original Castlevania video game, which in turn was based on Norseman, a painting by Frank Frazetta.

Related products

References

  1. Gematsu — "Netflix Announces Castlevania Animated Series Launching 2017" (February 8, 2017)
  2. Rotten Tomatoes — Castlevania S1 reviews
  3. Adi Shankar's Twitter — @adishankarbrand
  4. Digital Spy — "Exclusive: Castlevania season 3 is coming to Netflix" (June 7, 2018)
  5. Polygon — "Netflix's new Castlevania series is the most bingeable show at just under 100 minutes" (July 7, 2017)
  6. IGN — "Netflix announces animated Castlevania series". (February 8, 2017)
  7. Collider.com "Super Violent ‘Castlevania’ Animated Series Coming from Producer Adi Shankar". (August 25, 2015)
  8. Deadline — "‘Castlevania’ Animated Series Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix" (July 7, 2017)
  9. Collider.com "This Week in Animation: ‘Castlevania’ Season 2 Returns to Netflix This Summer". (January 20, 2018)
  10. Richard Armitage on Twitter — "Back in the studio for Season 2" (July 25, 2017)
  11. LA Film School Official website – "[1]
  12. Adi Shankar on Twitter – "Castlevania season 3 just got greenlit!!" (October 31, 2018)

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