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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 7, 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.

A second season was ultimately confirmed by Adi Shankar and released on October 26, 2018,[2] after being delayed from a July 2018 release.

A third season was confirmed on June 7, 2018[3] and was released on March 5, 2020.[4]

A fourth season was confirmed on March 27, 2020 by Warren Ellis and on Netflix's official Twitter accounts.[5][6]

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

Introduced in Season 1

Introduced in Season 1
Image Name Voice Actor Description
TrevorNetflixEp4
Trevor Belmont
Richard Armitage
The last living member of the Belmont clan, a disgraced family of monster hunters.
AlucardNetflixEp4
Alucard
James Callis
The dhampir son of Dracula and Lisa Tepes, who seeks to protect humanity from his father.
Sypha Belnades Netflix
Sypha Belnades
Alejandra Reynoso
A Speaker and the Elder's granddaughter who wields powerful magic.
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.
LisaTepesNetflix
Lisa Tepes
Emily Swallow
Dracula's beloved wife who is burned at the stake for witchcraft.
ElderNetflix
The Elder
Tony Amendola
The leader of a group of Speakers aiding the people of Gresit whom Trevor befriends.
BishopNetflix
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
HectorApp
Hector
Theo James
A man from Dracula's Army with the power to resurrect beings.
IsaacApp
Isaac
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
Another Devil Forgemaster under Dracula's orders.
CarmillaApp
Carmilla
Jaime Murray
A cruel vampire from Dracula's Army and leader of the Council of Sisters.
GodbrandApp
Godbrand
Peter Stormare
A lustful, Viking vampire lord from Dracula's Army.

Introduced in Season 3

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

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.

Season 3

# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
301
Bless Your Dead Little Hearts
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.
302
The Reparation of My Heart
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.
303
Investigators
Investigators
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.
304
I Have a Scheme
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.
305
A Seat of Civilisation and Refinement
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.
306
The Good Dream
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.
307
Worse Things Than Betrayal
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.
308
What the Night Brings
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.
309
The Harvest
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.
310
Abandon All Hope
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.

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.[7]

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.[8][9] 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 19th, 2018, Warren Ellis stated that the second season was to arrive in Summer 2018.[10]

On July 25, 2017, Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont's voice actor) announced they had completed the voice work for season 2.[11] 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[12]. 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, with all eight episodes were available immediately. On June 20, 2019, it was confirmed the series was submitted to the Emmy Awards' consideration[13].

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[14].

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 the event as well[15].

On February 4, 2020, Netflix officially announced it would release a month later on March 5 and presented the first poster for season 3[16]. The official trailer was released on February 14[17]. 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.

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[18].

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.[19]"

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.[20]"

Differences between the series and Dracula's Curse

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[21]. It was released on November 5, 2019.

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

Related products

References

  1. Gematsu – "Netflix Announces Castlevania Animated Series Launching 2017" (February 8, 2017)
  2. Adi Shankar's Twitter – @adishankarbrand (July 6, 2018)
  3. Digital Spy – "Exclusive: Castlevania season 3 is coming to Netflix" (June 7, 2018)
  4. Sam Deats' Twitter – @SamuelDeats (February 4, 2020)
  5. Warren Ellis Twitter – @warrenellis (March 27, 2020)
  6. Netflix Twitter – @Netflix_CV (March 27, 2020)
  7. Polygon – "Netflix's new Castlevania series is the most bingeable show at just under 100 minutes" (July 7, 2017)
  8. IGN – "Netflix announces animated Castlevania series". (February 8, 2017)
  9. Collider.com "Super Violent ‘Castlevania’ Animated Series Coming from Producer Adi Shankar". (August 25, 2015)
  10. Collider.com "This Week in Animation: ‘Castlevania’ Season 2 Returns to Netflix This Summer". (January 20, 2018)
  11. Richard Armitage on Twitter – "Back in the studio for Season 2" (July 25, 2017)
  12. LA Film School Official website – "Dracula’s Blood Drive Event (October 6, 2018)
  13. Powerhouse Animation's Twitter - "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION..." (June 19, 2019)
  14. Adi Shankar on Twitter – "Castlevania season 3 just got greenlit!!" (October 31, 2018)
  15. Federator Studios – "Castlevania is at New York Comic Con today and tomorrow! (October 4, 2019)
  16. NX on Twitter – "Castlevania is back on March 5th." (February 4, 2020)
  17. NX on Twitter – "Think of this as our bloody valentine to you." (February 4, 2020)
  18. Rotten Tomatoes – Castlevania S01 reviews
  19. Rotten Tomatoes – Castlevania S02 reviews
  20. Rotten Tomatoes – Castlevania S03 reviews
  21. Nerdvana – "Castlevania screenwriter teases Season 2 Blu-ray " (August 25, 2019)

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