Netflix: Castlevania Review [Mild Spoilers]
When Adi Shankar announced he and the team were working on a Castlevania animated series, I was a little skeptical, don’t get me wrong Shankar is a mastermind at taking dying fandoms and willing life into them, but when have gaming adaptations ever been any good!?
Then, I watched Castlevania, and I’d be honest although I wasn’t blown away with it, it’s a great adaptation of the game.
I’ve played a couple of games from Castlevania series and while they were good games the complete franchise, in my opinion, isn’t all that great. Let’s talk about the show, it’s based on the Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and is gratuitously violent, dark as pitch, and set in a medieval fantasy world. All the characters are well fleshed out and you the see the emotions behind their motives.
In the games, Lisa Țepeș is Dracula’s second wife, but on the Netflix series, she’s a headstrong woman seeking forbidden knowledge i.e. Science. She finds her way to Dracula’s castle and convinces him for the same in return to help Dracula to warm up to mankind. She’s later killed in witch trials by the Bishop because he believes any form of study of science is witchcraft.
Dracula Vlad Țepeș
Dracula makes for a great villain in the story with vengeance on his mind. Having lost the love of his life (Lisa Țepeș) to the ignorance of mankind he unleashes hell upon Wallachia/Valachia. Those gargoyles are stuff from nightmares. Relentless and scary to say the least.
Trevor Belmont the protagonist from the Castlevania: Curse of Darkness game is introduced as a traveling drunk with conflicting moral responsibilities trying to live up to his family name of the “Belmonts” and their family business of saving people and hunting things (Ring a bell).
Sypha Belnades is a Speaker, in the original game she’s actually a witch. Speakers are nomads that are bound by the oath of helping people in need and will go to any lengths to do so. Sypha is portrayed as a spunky young woman who goes on a dangerous mission to find the ‘Sleeping Warrior’ and gets turned into a stone statue by the Cyclops guarding it. Trevor comes to her aid. Her character is fleshed out even more in the following episodes when it’s revealed she’s a speaker-magician.
Alucard is the Son of Lisa and Dracula, determined to follow his mother’s footsteps in safeguarding humanity he goes against his father. He’s also the “Sleeping Warrior” Sypha refers to in the legends and in turn reveals that he requires the aid of a Hunter and a Magician to help stop Dracula.
The show does what most game adaptions don’t, it sticks to its origins, almost. The Belmont family history is well explained. The fight choreography is extremely well depicted, especially the one between Trevor and Alucard in the catacombs. The character animation is spot on, I mean look at the artwork for each character from the game covers and the one in the series. I was happy with that. Even though the character development is great, the pace of the show doesn’t feel rushed nor are you bored by lengthy backstories. The show jumps right into the action from the first episode itself and I’m glad that it’s getting a new season. I can’t wait for the rest of the story to unfold. This also gives me a lot of hope for the Assassin’s Creed TV series.
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