For other uses, see Castlevania (disambiguation).

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 26th, 2018,[2] after being delayed from a July 2018 release. A third season was confirmed on June 7, 2018[3] and will be released in 2020[4].


"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

Image Name Voice Actor Description Introduced in
Trevor Belmont
Richard Armitage
The last living member of the Belmont clan, a disgraced family of monster hunters.
Season 1
James Callis
The dhampir son of Dracula and Lisa Tepes, who seeks to protect humanity from his father.
Season 1
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
The Elder
Tony Amendola
The leader of a group of Speakers aiding the people of Gresit whom Trevor befriends.
Season 1
Lisa Tepes
Emily Swallow
Dracula's beloved wife who is burned at the stake for witchcraft.
Season 1
The Bishop
Matt Frewer
A clergyman who orders the burning of Lisa Tepes for witchcraft, later being named the bishop of Gresit.
Season 1
Theo James
A man from Dracula's Army with the power to resurrect beings.
Season 2
Jaime Murray
A cruel vampire from Dracula's Army.
Season 2
Peter Stormare
A lustful, Viking vampire lord from Dracula's Army.
Season 2
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
Another Devil Forgemaster under Dracula's orders.
Season 2


Season 1

# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E01 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.
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E02 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.
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E03 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.
Castlevania Netflix Series S01E04 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
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.

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

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.[8]

On July 25, 2017, Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont's voice actor) announced they had completed the voice work for season 2.[9] 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[10]. 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[11].

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[12].

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[13].

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[14].

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.[15]"

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[16].


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




Related products


  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. Bleeding Cool - "Warren Ellis on (...) Castlevania Season 3 For 2020" (November 3, 2019)
  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. "Super Violent ‘Castlevania’ Animated Series Coming from Producer Adi Shankar". (August 25, 2015)
  8. "This Week in Animation: ‘Castlevania’ Season 2 Returns to Netflix This Summer". (January 20, 2018)
  9. Richard Armitage on Twitter — "Back in the studio for Season 2" (July 25, 2017)
  10. LA Film School Official website – "Dracula’s Blood Drive Event (October 6, 2018)
  11. Powerhouse Animation's Twitter - "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION..." (June 19, 2019)
  12. Adi Shankar on Twitter – "Castlevania season 3 just got greenlit!!" (October 31, 2018)
  13. Federator Studios – "Castlevania is at New York Comic Con today and tomorrow! (October 4, 2019)
  14. Rotten Tomatoes — Castlevania S1 reviews
  15. Rotten Tomatoes — Castlevania S2 reviews
  16. Nerdvana – "Castlevania screenwriter teases Season 2 Blu-ray " (August 25, 2019)

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