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. I know, I know… I’m late to the party, but I was amazed at the series’ beauty.
Based on the video game series of the same name, 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 bloodsucking vampire who is the strongest of them all. Known by villagers to be the devil himself, Dracula seeks only to feed on humans until he happens to fall in love with one.
This woman convinces Dracula to change his ways, and he does, but the series hits the ground running in the very first episode with having her killed off in a brutal way. This sets off a chain reaction of destruction and despair as Vlad Dracula Tepes exacts his revenge by unleashing horrifying demons upon the land, thus beginning a genocide on the human race. The humans intend to put up a fight, but they are pretty much powerless against Dracula’s unearthly abilities.
Although Dracula is the villain of the series, the writers portray him in such a sympathetic way, you can’t help but see him as a man who is grieving over the loss of his wife. His emotions are so deep that you begin to wonder if he has the right idea after all, and as the series escalates, so does his depression.
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. Each is flawed, yet lovable and they all seek to stop Dracula from laying waste to the human race.
On top of the amazing animation, the voice acting is some of the best I’ve seen in an animated series. The voice actors are so into their roles that it’s hard to tell that they are people reading a script.
Castlevania shines in its battle sequences that mix brilliantly detailed animation and choreography. They are satisfyingly brutal and bloody. Each character has their own fighting style and it is showcased beautifully in these segments. Just watch this brilliant battle scene:
If you think that this sounds like another “take down the bad guy” anime, you’re wrong. As I previously stated, it’s hard to know who to root for in this series because you feel for the pain that each character is going through.
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. However, the series does an amazing job at keeping the full extent of Dracula’s power hidden from the viewer, effectively building the tension for when he does step into the battlefront.
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.
We’re in luck because Season 3 is already in production, so it won’t be long before we see our heroes again.