Castlevania Spin-Off

Netflix’s first anime take on Castlevania ended with the recently released fourth season. But the streaming service isn’t done with the Castlevania just yet. In April, word broke that a Castlevania spin-off was in the works, and now we have even more info on what you can expect from that. The Castlevania spin-off will be set during the French Revolution, and focus on Richter Belmont, a vampire hunter, and descendant of Simon Belmont and Juste Belmont.

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Set in the demon-populated dark fantasy medieval Wallachia, the anime-influenced Castlevania series on Netflix follows a cast of both the villainous and the virtuous…or rather, those on the spectrum of virtuous. Setting a high bar for what makes a successful video game adaptation, this Frederator Studios-produced adult animated series takes its plot and character blueprints from the Konami video game franchise, with art work inspired by Ayami Kojima’s designs in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

With its copious amounts of gore, flesh-ripping, and gut-spilling, Castlevania is a far from sunny. The fourth and final season begins in a dark and dour place, where the main characters are worse off than ever before, but it ultimately makes a climb to hope as the series reaches its conclusion.

/Film spoke with Castlevania producer Kevin Kolde, whose credits also include the kid-friendly likes of Adventure Time and Bee and PuppyCat, about the fourth and final season. We talk about some plot details, so here’s your spoiler warning.

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castlevania season 4 images

The animated video game adaptation of Castlevania has seen remarkable success. As one of Netflix’s early original animated shows (it premiered in 2017), this series can be considered a milestone in the growing presence of narrative-driven, sophisticated adult animated projects that have emerged over the past few years. It’s hard not to look at Blood of Zeus, also animated by the Austin-based Powerhouse Animation Studios, or the recent video game-based Dota: Dragon’s Blood and see its influence. Created and written by Warren Ellis, this dark fantasy series has acquired a reputation as one of the few video game-inspired projects to stick its landing.

Based on the Konami video game franchise, Castlevania does not require an investment in the source material to enjoy its fantasy, which is rife with Ayami Kojima-inspired artwork and Gothic designs. That is, unless you recognize the orchestral use of “Bloody Tears” in a balletic fight sequence. And if you do, you’re absolutely the target audience here. And if not, you still might be.

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castlevania season 4 images

The fourth and final season of Castlevania promises to be an all-out bloodbath. But what else can you expect from a horror-adventure series about a monster hunter who fights Dracula’s army of vampires? Netflix has released the intense first images from Castlevania season 4 ahead of the premiere later this month. See the Castlevania season 4 images below.

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castlevania season 4 trailer

The final season of Castlevania will attempt to resurrect Dracula, and everyone on the show agrees that’s probably a bad idea. Dracula is bad news, folks, and if you bring him back from the dead he’s going to want to hang out at your place and drink all your blood. It’s not cool. The animated Castlevania series based on the video game franchise has unleashed a bloody, monster-filled trailer to get fans hyped for the fourth and final season, which premieres next month. So put on your huge cape and grab your whip-chain and watch the Castlevania season 4 trailer below.

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It’s been over a week since the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. No matter what you think of the finale – whether you are still mad over Davos not becoming Prime Minister of Westeros, or thought it was a perfect conclusion – there’s no denying the impact the live-action adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series had on people’s lives and pop culture.

It will be some time before we get another medieval fantasy TV show of this magnitude, if we ever get it, but in the meantime, fans are craving for the next big binge. Instead of looking at other similar shows that you will inevitably compare to Game of Thrones, why not look towards something different and watch some excellent anime shows? Here are some of the best shows to watch that will scratch different Game of Thrones itches.

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GODS and HEROES

Netflix is continuing to grow its anime collection with a new uniquely international series. Gods and Heroes is an original anime series inspired by Greek mythology that follows a young man who learns that he is the illegitimate son of Zeus. The series comes from the studio behind Netflix’s hit anime series Castlevania and creators Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, the writers of Netflix’s live-action Death Note film.

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This post contains spoilers for Castlevania season 2.

When you think of “Prestige Television,” what are the necessary elements? For me, the main ingredients are a deeply interconnected narrative with multiple moving parts that require the viewer’s full attention, a significant production budget, and emotionally resonant acting. For spice, most shows that get labeled as Prestige™ tend to be on the dark side, with characters dealing with heavy burdens and traumas. Think Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad or Westworld. Using that criteria, I would submit that Netflix’s Castlevania qualifies as a whole new sub-genre: Prestige Animation.

Everything about Castlevania is an over-dramatic gothic confection sprinkled with modern sardonic wit. Brutally violent, the plot hinges on the death (or fridging) of Dracula’s human wife which causes him to go berserk. As vengeance, he promises to kill all humans. It is up to the last scion of the Belmont family (Richard Armitage), a mage (Alejandra Reynoso), and Dracula’s son (James Callis) to put a stop to it. By itself, that narrative is enough. Heck, it’s already a better story than any other video game adaptation to date. But writer Warren Ellis wasn’t content to tell a simple, linear story because life is neither simple nor linear.

And he’s introduced one of the best new villains of 2018 in the show.

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Devil May Cry tv show

Last month, producer Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd, Lone Survivorteased the following message: “I can confirm that I’m working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series.” One of the trades reported that he was hyping a The Legend of Zelda TV show, but that was incorrect.

Instead, Shankar revealed today that he’s working on a Devil May Cry TV show based on the popular video game and that it will “be a part of a multiverse with” his Netflix animated series Castlevania. Read More »

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‘Castlevania’ Renewed for Season 3 By Netflix

castlevania season 3

Just a week after the long-awaited second season of Castlevania hit the streaming platform, Netflix has announced its renewal for season 3. The animated adaptation of the classic Konami video game franchise is proving successful, with an even longer episode order set for the upcoming third season.

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