Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ May Be the Best Video Game Adaptation Ever Made
Netflix’s grossly under-the-radar anime, Castlevania, is honestly the best show I’ve watched in a long time. If you’re late to the party, don’t worry … most people are. Here’s why you’ll be in awe of the beauty and animation of this underrated anime.
Based on the video game series of the same name, Netflix’s Castlevania is arguably the best video game adaptation of all time. It pulls from the game’s mythology and creates intricate backstories for each main character.
Castlevania follows Vlad Dracula Tepes, aka, Dracula, a ruthless vampire whose power is unmatched among the bloodsuckers. Dracula is viewed as the devil himself among humans, hiding in fear so they won’t be his next victim. That all changes when he unexpectedly falls in love with one.
The series kicks up the drama almost immediately once his woman convinces Dracula to change his villainous ways. His newfound outlook on life is short-lived when his romance is tragically cut short by unwitting humans.
This sets off a chain reaction of destruction and despair as Vlad Dracula Tepes exacts his revenge on the humans. He unleashes horrifying demons upon the land, beginning a genocide on the human race. The humans, however, won’t go down without a fight, but they are grossly outmatched by Dracula’s power.
Although Dracula is the villain of the series, he’s portrayed in such a sympathetic way you can’t help but justify his actions — he’s grieving over the loss of his wife. His emotions are so deep that you begin to wonder if he is actually doing the right thing by wiping out the humans. Sadly, as the series progresses, so does his depression.
Familiar Faces From Castlevania Games?
Other main characters include Trevor Belmont, a drunken warrior with a noble lineage, Sypha Belnades, a powerful magician and Alucard Tepes, son of Dracula.
Each character is as intriguing as the last and by the end of the second season, it’s hard to pick a favorite. They’re all flawed, but lovable and they all seek to stop Dracula from laying waste to the human race.
The series shines through its amazing animation and the voice acting is some of the best I’ve seen in an animated series. The voice actors are so invested in their roles it’s hard to tell they are just people reading a script.
Beautiful, Blood-Filled Mayhem
Castlevania is strongest when it comes to its battle sequences. These scenes are a mix of brilliantly detailed animation and awesome choreography. They’re so satisfyingly brutal and bloody you won’t want to look away. Every character has their own fighting style and you can definitely see the detail put into these frames. Just watch this action-packed battle scene:
If you think that this sounds like another “take down the bad guy” anime, you’re wrong. Like I said, it’s hard to know who to root for in this series because you can’t help but feel Dracula isn’t such a bad guy.
Although Dracula may be the series’ main villain, you soon learn that our heroes aren’t the only ones looking to dethroning the most fearsome of the vampires. The series does an amazing job at keeping viewers in anticipation, hiding the full extent of Dracula’s power. This effectively builds the tension and makes it that much sweeter when we see it…
If you’re looking for an intriguing, action-packed and drama-filled show to start on, then Castlevania is for you. The first season is a mere 4-Episodes and the second is only 8. Once you finish off the second season, you will be begging for more … good thing Season 3 is right around the corner!