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Castlevania on Netflix

Every hundred years the Castle of Dracula appears to terrorize the European countryside, except there is always also a member of the Belmont clan to oppose it. This is the story of Castlevania, and it has been the subject of some really awesome video games over the last 30 years. Then last year, Netflix adapted it into a pretty awesome Anime. Then Season 2 just dropped last month, which was even better. Unlike most other video game adaptations I can think of, this one is extremely bloody and full of swearing. Thank you Netflix for understanding your audience.

Not sure if this is needed since it’s based a 30 year old video game, but there may be some SPOILERS below. You have been warned.

The Netflix show tells the story of Trevor Belmont, the last of a family of vampire hunters. His family’s greatness has been squandered and Trevor is nothing more than a wandering drunk. Around the same time, the church burned a medicine woman at the stake wrongfully for practicing witchcraft unaware that she was also the love of the immortal Count Vlad Tepes Dracula. He was away at the time of the execution and upon his return swears to exterminate human kind by unleashing hordes of monsters. Thus Trevor Belmont’s quest begins. On the path to Dracula’s Castle Trevor joins forces with a gypsy mage, Sypha Belnades, and the half human, half vampire Alucard, son of Dracula. The story is borrowed from 1989’s Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, but also 2005’s Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. From the games, Trevor should have had one more companion, the thief Grant, but he did not make it into this adaptation. A third season is on the way, but I doubt he’ll make an appearance there.

A problem I had with the first season, is that the games brought us a lot of awesome soundtracks and the show made no use of it. Thankfully, Season 2 incorporates Bloody Tears in a fight sequence. This song is from a game set 200 years after this one, but it doesn’t matter, I’ll take it. It came in a scene that had already hyped me up, but then cranked it to 11 by throwing in some nerd nostalgia.

The game developer who brought us Castlevania, Konami, has boarded up their video game production and have been seeking other ways of monetizing their Intellectual Properties. They have some other franchises that I would love see translated to Anime like Suikoden, Contra, or Metal Gear. Season 3 of Castlevania has been green lit at least and there are rumors that Nintendo may do the say with one of its IPs, the Legend of Zelda.