The New Castlevania Animated Series Launches Today On Netflix

The first four episodes are out now.

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The track record for film adaptations of video games remains poor, to say the least, but we've seen curiously few attempts at turning games into TV shows. We're getting one such show today, with a new animated series based on Castlevania making its debut.

Season 1, Part 1 of Castlevania is now available on Netflix. This is comprised of four episodes, each running about 23 minutes long, meaning you've got roughly an hour and a half's worth of episodes to check out. The first trailer for it (above) was surprisingly promising.

"Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself," an official description reads.

Castlevania's voice cast includes a pair of stars from the Hobbit films, Richard Armitage (who plays Trevor Belmont here) and Graham McTavish (Dracula). You can check out the full Castlevania cast here.

An exact date for the next set of episodes has not yet been announced. There's also no word on what's next for the video game series, though Symphony of the Night designer Koji Igarashi's spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, is due out in 2018.

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JRD1912

It was more or less good, id give it about a 7...But 4 episodes for a season?! WTF?!

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MagnusOpus

Watched in one sitting was great, really liked it and can tell that season 2 will be great too. Not a big problem with 4 episodes, but please don't make us wait too long for the next bit!

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Pelezinho777

Transition could have been done better.

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turok0

just watched it and it's pretty terrible

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coop36

Just finished it, and as a lifelong Castlevania fan I have some mixed feelings. The animation itself was above average, and much better than I expected for a Netflix series. So that I liked. And for those wondering, its technically an American animation, but alot of the work (inbetweens?) was does overseas. So it does have the traditional anime style. I would say most of the character designs are pretty accurate to what a 'Vania fan would expect, and not over-designed or trying too hard to change what already works. Though, Im not a huge fan of Trevors design. It comes off as a bit generic to me, while Sypha and Dracula are near dead-on interpretations. The monster designs also seemed visually unappealing, specifically the flying gargoyle creatures. Considering the videogame series rich design history to draw inspiration from, they certainly couldve done better.

I thought the writing was lacking a bit, and seemed to veer towards the 'immature edgelord' territory pretty quickly. To elaborate, its another production that confuses needlessly excessive gore and swearing with being a mature story. Ironically, there wasnt much depth or subtlety in the writing that would denote legitimate maturity and restraint, so it comes across as superficial in that way. Im sure there only being 4 episodes is partially to blame, but it was noticeable, and I cringed a few times when it just got too over the top. Trevor Belmont is pretty much a drunken Jack Sparrow with non period appropriate snarky banter, and Im not really sure how I feel about that. Not much of a warrior monk type, but we'll see where theyre going with things.

The plot was about what you would expect. I appreciate that they are implementing elements of CV3: Draculas Curse with a bit of Symphony of the Night. They took a few artistic liberties, the most egregious example being that the Christian church is portrayed as a bigger monster than even Dracula (the Devil incarnate) essentially. Again, it just came off as edgy and cliche to me. The Belmonts frequently used holy relics to fight Dracula in the games, and seemed to have at least some reverence for a God- so I hope they arent writing themselves into a corner with the whole 'religion is evil' trope. I was hoping it wouldnt be another vapid Hollywood-ized deconstruction of a series I loved, but I fear it may be headed that direction.

To summarize, I actually did enjoy it. The story and writing isnt anything special, but if you enjoy realistic animation you will probably get some entertainment out of at least one viewing. Good mindless fun, just not very deep or thoughtful.

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Alucard_Prime

I loved it, was glued to my screen from start to finish. Great job overall, good animation and decent writing, some nice humor in there and the voice acting is quite good.

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D_

I believe I’ll be getting blazed & watching this tonight. Already disappointed to hear its only 4 episodes long though when often times even 12 episodes isn’t enough for 1 season.

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I hope the assassins creed anime coming to Netflixs has more than 4 episodes.

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Barighm

It's okay. Sometimes it feels fan-fictiony and cliche, but I also don't know the lore, so maybe that's just the way it should be. It does cover the Symphony of the Night storyline which is way cool.

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d9000

Y'all otta review that! Let me know if it's worth the time commitment. I'm still working through Glow, don't need unnecessary distractions.

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Barighm

@d9000: It's only 4 episodes. I watched most of it during my lunch break. Bad or not it ends too quickly to really get a feel for it.

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d9000

@Barighm: Hmmmm, not exactly a ringing endorsement.

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deadiend

Magnificent series! A mature animated series that is absolutely worth your time.

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BryanWeary

Sweet, gonna check this out this weekend!