Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Vampires
First Aired: Summer 2017, 4 episodes
Summary: Based on the video game franchise, Castlevania follows antihero Trevor Belmont, the youngest surviving son of his family, as he defends the nation of Wallachia from Vlad Dracula and his minions. If only it were that simple. Dracula only began his reign of terror in response to some terrible actions by the church and the townspeople. Who do you side with in this dark and gritty world?
Castlevania is produced by Adi Shankar, who has made the anime one of his passion projects. He told IGN, “This is going to be the best f****** video game adaptation we’ve had to date”. You gotta love his thirst to create a quality series. The unapologetic style shows that it has been created to be true to the franchise. While the violence is not constant, there are times when it is pretty gnarly. A couple of those whip moves, forget about it. The characters are building, the animation is quality, and the story is solid. It’s too bad the season is a measly four episodes. At least it’s already been picked up for a second season.
You might enjoy this if: Dark fantasy sounds appealing to you. Castlevania has it all with the Dracula, monster hunter, magic, and even monsters with the glowing eyes.
You might not like it if: Violence and gore deter you from a show.
Note to the Viewer: The original Castlevania is a video game by Konami released in September 1986. Dozens of Castlevania games have been released since then across multiple consoles.