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Castlevania is a horror action-adventure animated series set in a dark fantasy Medieval world loosely based on the video game series of the same name, released on Netflix worldwide. Its story is originally based on the events from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse and unites some of its aspects with 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 vampire Vlad Dracula Tepes, who seeks to destroy humanity following the execution of his wife Lisa.

The creators have clarified that the settings present in the animated series are separate from the games, which implies that lore, characterizations and plots don't necessarily parallel or copy them and things can develop differently.[1] It is the first series from Frederator Studios to not be made for kids, as it is rated TV-MA.

The first season consists of four episodes of 23-25 minutes each, which all premiered on July 7, 2017.[2]

After being delayed from a July 2018 release, a second season was ultimately confirmed by Adi Shankar and released on October 26, 2018.[3]

A third season was confirmed on June 7, 2018[4] and was released on March 5, 2020.[5]

A fourth and final season was confirmed on March 27, 2020 by Warren Ellis and on Netflix's official Twitter accounts.[6][7] It premiered on May 13, 2021.

On June 11, 2021, a spinoff series, focusing on Richter Belmont and Maria Renard, was confirmed by Netflix.[8] On June 10, 2022, a sneak peak of this series was revealed on Netflix Geeked Week, titled Castlevania: Nocturne.[9]


"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

Introduced in Season 1

Introduced in Season 1
Image Name Voice Actor Description
Trevor Belmont
Richard Armitage
The last living member of the Belmont clan, a disgraced family of monster hunters.
James Callis
The dhampir son of Dracula and Lisa Tepes, who seeks to protect humanity from his father.
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Sypha Belnades
Alejandra Reynoso
A Speaker and the Elder's granddaughter who wields powerful magic.
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.
Lisa Tepes
Emily Swallow
Dracula's beloved wife who is burned at the stake for witchcraft.
The Elder
Tony Amendola
The leader of a group of Speakers aiding the people of Gresit whom Trevor befriends.
The Bishop
Matt Frewer
A clergyman who orders the burning of Lisa Tepes for witchcraft, later being named the bishop of Gresit.

Introduced in Season 2

Introduced in Season 2
Image Name Voice Actor Description
Theo James
A man from Dracula's Army with the power to resurrect beings.
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
Another Devil Forgemaster under Dracula's orders.
Jaime Murray
A cruel vampire from Dracula's Army and leader of the Council of Sisters.
Peter Stormare
A lustful, Viking vampire lord from Dracula's Army.

Introduced in Season 3

Introduced in Season 3
Image Name Voice Actor Description
The Judge
Jason Isaacs
The town leader of Lindenfeld who wishes to keep peace and order in town.
Navid Negahban
The leader of the monks of Lindenfeld who actually seeks to resurrect Dracula.
Saint Germain
Bill Nighy
A strange man investigating the priory of Lindenfeld.
Jessica Brown Findlay
The diplomat member of the Council of Sisters. She is in charge of subduing Hector.
Ivana Milicevic
The military member of the Council of Sisters.
Yasmine Al Massri
The strategist member of the Council of Sisters.
Rila Fukushima
A vampire hunter from Japan using a sword.
Toru Uchikado
A vampire hunter from Japan using a bow.
The Captain
Lance Reddick
A pirate captain who befriends and helps Isaac.
Barbara Steele
An old woman possessing magic powers who helps Isaac.

Introduced in Season 4

Introduced in Season 4
Image Name Voice Actor Description
Malcolm McDowell
A vampire from London and former agent from Dracula's Army who seeks to resurrect his master.
Titus Welliver
A brutal Slavic vampire warrior seeking to resurrect Dracula.
Marsha Thomason
The head woman of Danesti, fighting against night creatures.
Toks Olagundoye
The head guard of Targoviste's Underground Court, fighting against night creatures.
Matthew Waterson
A vampire warrior who seeks to resurrect Dracula.
The Alchemist
Christine Adams
A powerful mage who resides in the Infinite Corridor and controls it.
Malcolm McDowell
An eternal entity who seeks absolute power through the resurrection of Dracula.


Season 1

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Spell
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
The Belmont Hold is discovered. Dracula's War Council goes to war with itself.
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.
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.
End Times
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
October 26, 2018
The dead are buried, friends and enemies are scattered, and hard choices are made.

Season 3

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Bless Your Dead Little Hearts
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
Alucard adjusts to his lonely new life, Belmont and Sypha pay a visit to an eerie and unusual town, and Carmilla returns home with a prize.
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The Reparation of My Heart
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
Isaac gets some unexpected help in his search for Hector. Meanwhile, Carmilla plots a land grab and Alucard meets some fans.
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
Belmont and Sypha's plan to leave Lindenfeld hits a snag. Isaac and the Captain debate the merits of humanity. Hector tries to get a read on Lenore.
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I Have a Scheme
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
Sumi and Taka share their history with Alucard. Also, Saint Germain gains entrance to the priory, and Isaac receives an icy welcome in Genoa.
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A Seat of Civilisation and Refinement
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
Belmont and the Judge discover an ominous symbol, Saint Germain's treasure hunt is cut short, and Alucard's bond with Sumi and Taka continues to grow.
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The Good Dream
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats & Adam Deats
March 5, 2020
Lenore continues to spend time with Hector, slowly earning his trust. Saint Germain experiences a telling nightmare about the Infinite Corridor.
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Worse Things Than Betrayal
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
As Saint Germain makes unsettling discoveries, Isaac marches toward a showdown. Meanwhile, Belmont and Sypha question a monk — aggressively.
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What the Night Brings
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
Something is alive in the priory's basement, and for Belmont and Sypha, time is of the essence. Lenore opens up to Hector about Carmilla’s plans.
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The Harvest
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats & Adam Deats
March 5, 2020
Night falls on Lindenfeld and all manner of hell breaks loose. Also, Isaac meets the Magician, Hector makes a pledge, and Sumi and Taka make a move.
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Abandon All Hope
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
March 5, 2020
With the portal to hell open, Trevor and Sypha must battle an onslaught. Meanwhile, the Judge shares a disturbing legacy, and Hector learns his fate.

Season 4

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Murder Wakes It Up
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Belmont and Sypha continue to battle beasts loyal to Dracula, but it's getting a little old. Meanwhile, Alucard receives a guest.
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Having the World
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Lenore urges Hector to not test Carmilla's patience. Belmont and Sypha cross paths with Zamfir, a fearsome guard with a suspicious mind.
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Walk Away
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Isaac gets under Varney's skin. Vampires Morana and Striga receive an urgent message from Carmilla. Belmont and Sypha get a look at Targoviste.
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You Must Sacrifice
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Alucard travels to Danesti, where he makes a dramatic entrance in the nick of time. Also, the scholar Saint Germain reflects on his own twisted path.
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Back in the World
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
With Greta's help, Alucard sets out to guide the villagers to his castle for protection. Sypha pushes back on Zamfir's leadership. Isaac makes a move.
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You Don't Deserve My Blood
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
As Isaac and his army of night creatures descend on Carmilla's castle, Hector rushes to finish his preparations before the bloody reunion begins.
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The Great Work
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Varney and Ratko discover their plan is working – but who gets the credit? Also, Zamfor finally takes Belmont and Sypha underground.
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Death Magic
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Belmont, Sypha and Zamfor battle Varney, Ratko and their unholy army. Alucard's castle falls under attack, and Saint Germain shares his scheme.
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The Endings
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats
May 13, 2021
Belmont and Sypha join foirces with their old friend Alucard – and not a moment too soon. As the battle rages, Varney reveals his true form.
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It's Been a Strange Ride
Warren Ellis
Sam Deats & Amanda Sitareh B.
May 13, 2021
Not content to live in a cage, Lenore chooses another fate. Alucard opens his castle. Sypha wonders if she's lost Belmont for good.

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.[10]

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.[11][12] 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

Season 1

A teaser trailer was released on May 24th, 2017. The series was released worldwide at midnight (PST time) on July 7th, 2017.

Season 2

A few hours after the release of season 1, Netflix officially announced a second season consisting of 8 episodes to premiere in 2018. In January 19, 2018, Warren Ellis stated that the second season was to arrive in summer 2018.[13]

On July 25, 2017, Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont's voice actor) announced they had completed the voice work for season 2.[14] 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.[15] 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 Sam Deats participated in the event.

Season 2 was released worldwide at midnight (PST time) on the expected date, with all eight episodes were available immediately. On June 20, 2019, it was confirmed the series was submitted to the Emmy Awards' consideration.[16]

Season 3

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.[17]

A brief new teaser for season 3 was shown to New York Comic Con 2019 attendees on October 5, 2019. Warren Ellis, James Callis, Graham McTavish, Ade M'Cormack, Alejandra Reynoso, Sam Deats and Adam Deats attended to the event as well.[18]

On February 4, 2020, Netflix officially announced it would release a month later on March 5 and presented the first poster for Season 3.[19]

The official trailer was released on February 14.[20]

On February 20, 2020 Netflix announced voice actors and characters for Season 3.[21]

Season 3 was released on March 5, 2020, simultaneously worldwide (midnight PST time).

Season 4

On March 27, 2020, it was confirmed Castlevania was renewed for a fourth season.

On May 24, 2020, Warren Ellis posted in his newsletter that he completed working on the script for Season 4 and it's now in the hands of Sam Deats and his team to work on it for many months. It was mentioned there would be new characters introduced in the new season, although he couldn't provide any specifics. Ellis also noted that he always knew where he was going with the story for Season 4.

On June 12, 2020, Tam Lu, the lead animator of Castlevania at Powerhouse Animation, posted that they are working hard on Season 4 and that the team is doing incredible work.

On August 3, 2020, Alejandra Reynoso commented that the team at Powerhouse Animation is hard at work on Season 4. She especially noted how dedicated the whole team is to create a great story and elaborate characters:

The whole team behind the project are so great and so talented and really invested in making a great piece of, not just art, but it's a great story and they're great characters. There's not a single character in that, no matter how small they may be, that's just a two-dimensional character which is incredibly exciting.

On November 24, 2020 Sam Deats posted first teaser screenshots from Season 4, saying that the season is turning out to be phenomenal.

On November 28, 2020 Sam Deats announced that Season 4 will have 10 episodes.

On April 5, 2021 Sam Deats hinted that development of Season 4 was finally completed.

On April 15, 2021, Netflix officially presented the first poster for Season 4.

On April 16, 2021 the teaser trailer for Season 4 was released, and Netflix confirmed that it will be the final season of the series which will be released on May 13, 2021. Sam Deats also hinted that Netflix is thinking about making a new series set in the same universe as Castlevania with an entirely new cast of characters.

The official Season 4 trailer was released on April 29, 2021. The cast of new characters for Season 4 was revealed by Netflix on May 7, 2021.

Season 4 was released on May 13, 2021, simultaneously worldwide (midnight PST time).

Differences from the games

While the animated series' initial plot is based on that from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, as it progressed it started to significantly deviate from the games. Authors on multiple occasions pointed out that settings in the animated series are separate from those of the games, which can lead to differences in storylines, portrayal of characters and lore itself. They also said that the series went beyond being an adaptation and that their main focus was not really to adapt the games, but to create a story with focus on deeper characterization.

In practice, this resulted in the animated series using a different type of storytelling than that from the games. While in the games, stories can be described as inspired by Gothic horror, the animated series uses more modern storytelling, which can be described as realism-fantasy, where the realism aspect means deeper focus on individual characters and their imperfections. The story becomes less about classic good versus evil, with heroes and villains, and more about motivations of all characters, their struggles and torments, which also leads to the introduction of antiheroes.

The series also has a different take on vampires and their lore. While in the games, vampirism is seen as a curse that makes vampires evil by definition, which in essence means lack of free will, the series gives vampires free will and humanity, which they can gain or lose depending on the choices they make. That allows the authors the possibility to create redemption stories for them.

Other instances where the animated series has made important changes to specific plot points from the games include:

  • Lisa was added to the plot and given a backstory based on her appearance in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, in order to give out a more detailed tragic backstory for Dracula and better explain his obsessive hatred on humanity.
  • Alucard's character design was based on his recent games' appearance since Symphony of the Night, instead of using his classic design from Dracula's Curse.
  • Sypha Belnades keeps her hair short in the animated series. In Dracula's Curse, she is shown to have long, blond hair in the ending where she pairs with Trevor.
  • The Speakers were added to the plot, since Sypha was their only known member in Dracula's Curse.
  • In the series, Alucard fights with his sword while he only had two attacks in Dracula's Curse (Ball of Destruction and transform into a bat).
  • Hector and Isaac, originally from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, were added as a prequel side story, as well as Carmilla, who first debuted in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
    • Additionally, Isaac is Afro-descendant and shaved head in the animated series, while in Curse of Darkness he is Caucasian and redheaded.
  • Sypha still follows Trevor after Alucard volunteers to join them in their journey to fight against Dracula, instead of leaving the group.
  • Saint Germain is portrayed as an aristocrat scholar and has Tudor time period style, which is less anachronistic than in the games.
  • Hector tries to live a normal life following the death of Dracula and Isaac attempts to revive him in Curse of Darkness, while in the animated series the roles are reversed.
  • The series adds original characters such as the Bishop, Dracula's Army, Council of Sisters, the Captain, Sala, the Judge, Taka, Sumi, Ratko, Greta, and Zamfir.
  • Counterparts of Grant Danasty, Julia Laforeze and Rosaly don't exist in the series universe.

Critical reception

The series was well-received by fans and critics, who praised its animation, visuals and story, while Season 1 was criticized as being too short. Season 1 received an approval rating of 80% for 25 reviews[22].

Season 2 received universal acclaim, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting an approval rating of 100% for 13 reviews and the website's critics consensus reading "Castlevania sinks its fangs into vampiric lore during a devilishly fun second season that benefits from an expanded sense of scale and episode tally that allows the series to fully spread its leathery wings.[23]"

Season 3 also received universal acclaim, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting an approval rating of 100% for 15 reviews and the website's critics consensus reading "Castlevania's stunningly animated third season continues to build on the game's lore by diving deeper into its characters with humor, heart, and a lot of bloody action.[24]"

Home media

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

On August 23, 2019, the Blu-Ray for season 2 was announced for a Fall release[25]. It was released on November 5, 2019.

On December 23, 2020, Castlevania Season 3 was announced to be released on Spring 2021.[26] It was released on March 23, 2021 on Blu-Ray and DVD and it contains two discs that include storyboards, art gallery, animatic, and a Castlevania Panel from 2019 New York Comic Con.[27]

On April 16, 2022, VIZ Media announced on Twitter that the DVD for Season 4 will be released on July 19.


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.


Main article: Castlevania (animated series)/Gallery




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  2. Gematsu – "Netflix Announces Castlevania Animated Series Launching 2017" (February 8, 2017)
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  16. Powerhouse Animation's Twitter - "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION..." (June 19, 2019)
  17. Adi Shankar on Twitter – "Castlevania season 3 just got greenlit!!" (October 31, 2018)
  18. Frederator Studios – "Castlevania is at New York Comic Con today and tomorrow! (October 4, 2019)
  19. NX on Twitter – "Castlevania is back on March 5th." (February 4, 2020)
  20. NX on Twitter – "Think of this as our bloody valentine to you." (February 4, 2020)
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  27. @VIZMedia March 23, 2021
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