This month Netflix released their original animated series Castlevania. Based off the Nintendo’s 1989 video game classic Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, this wildly popular series has been attracting fans of gaming, anime and horror. Captivating from the very start, Castlevania delivers nothing short of a gory good-time.
Dracula’s wife has just been murdered by the local townspeople. Accused of being a heretic by the church, Lisa Tepes (Emily Swallow, Supernatural) has been burned at the stake just as her husband is returning to Wallachia from a trip. Devastated by the site of his charred lover, Dracula (Graham McTavish, The Hobbit, Preacher) gives the Wallachians one year to repent and leave before he returns to decimate every trace of their existence off the land with the help of his demonic army, summoned from the bottomless pits of Gehenna. Will the Wallachians get the hero they so desperately need but don’t deserve? Or will they be forced to answer for their crimes against a good woman? Determined to save the land and its people from Dracula’s army, disgraced vampire hunter Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage,Hannibal) enlists the help of two unlikely companions and sets out to free the people from both Dracula and the corruption of the Church.
The Castlevania game franchise has been in circulation since the 80s and has spawned roughly 30 games over the years. If you aren’t much of a gamer and have no experience with the game franchise, Castlevania is packed with adult humor, lots of gore and horror, as well as being a blatant nod to the anime genre. Although Castlevania is not a Japanese animation series, it’s artwork style makes this show stand out and attract anime fans into this clever crossover series packed with blood, guts and black magic.
Season one of Castlevania is currently available exclusively on Netflix and has already been green-lit for a second season. With only four episodes in the first season the time commitment for this one is low, making it ideal to watch entirely in one sitting. The series is rated for mature audiences due to violence and language, but would probably work for younger viewers at the parents’ discretion. Because Castlevania Season One has only four episodes you can expect nothing short of a fast-paced and wildly addicting experience from start to finish.
Why Its Worth The Binge: Castlevania comes highly recommended for fans of Preacher, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Hemlock Grove, The Exorcist, Hellsing, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Seven Deadly Sins, Blue Exorcist, Attack on Titan and Vampire Knight.
– Rachael Rumancek
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