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Just finished watching the whole season in one go. I'm very impressed with how Castlevania is turning out. Combining the writing of Warren Ellis (who's a big deal in the comic book world) with Japanese animation studios to bring Castlevania to life was a stroke of genius; I'm glad that Netflix was able to make this happen.

It feels good to once again have an ultra-violent anime that can be counted upon to always deliver with high production values. Having big international streaming services like Netflix funding new anime might just be the key to survival of the anime industry as a whole. The success of Castlevania makes me more confident about the future, compared to what would otherwise happen if the notoriously insular anime industry was left to its own devices on its previous trajectory.

Here's to Castlevania and the blood-soaked future for anime that it heralds!
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Kintor wrote:

Just finished watching the whole season in one go. I'm very impressed with how Castlevania is turning out. Combining the writing of Warren Ellis (who's a big deal in the comic book world) with Japanese animation studios to bring Castlevania to life was a stroke of genius; I'm glad that Netflix was able to make this happen.

It feels good to once again have an ultra-violent anime that can be counted upon to always deliver with high production values. Having big international streaming services like Netflix funding new anime might just be the key to survival of the anime industry as a whole. The success of Castlevania makes me more confident about the future, compared to what would otherwise happen if the notoriously insular anime industry was left to its own devices on its previous trajectory.

Here's to Castlevania and the blood-soaked future for anime that it heralds!


This was not animated in Japan.
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Only four episodes, but I loved all four of them. This takes the game I played back in '91 and spins it into a real treat of a series. On top of that, it tips its hat to game canon, not only for the original game (Dracula's Curse), but for the franchise as a whole. If the director said he wanted to make one of the best video game adaptations ever, he has made a real case for it. ... I want more. Looking forward to Season 2!
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As far as adaptations go, it could've been worse. I wouldn't even necessarily call it "bad" exactly, just if you're familiar with Warren Ellis's work you get exactly that.

Though it is is very nice and interesting they adapted the the third game. I was expecting them to go with the more familiar Simon Belmont route
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Posted 7/9/17
It was pretty decent for American animation, looking forward towards the next season.
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Posted 7/9/17
Wait, what? That's the whole season? I found it on Netflix a few days ago, and watched the episodes in one sitting. I thought since there were only four, Netflix must be releasing it weekly. It's gonna suck to wait for the next one. My day is now off to a bad start.

Anyway... It seems like a good show. The animation is awesome, and the story seems well thought-out and interesting. I do agree with others who have mentioned the dialogue could be better, but it wasn't terrible, imo. Not to mention, I just about fell out of my chair when I realized who Dracula and Trevor were played by.
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Dang, wished there were more than 4 episodes. Thankfully, the second season will be longer. Of the game franchise, I probably only played Castlevania (1986) and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It was very neat to witness certain things animated in this series, like Alucard's afterimages and Belmont's whip.

The production was superb. If I had any gripe, the character's faces didn't convey much emotion. For instance, in Lisa's burning, there wasn't commensurate pain/anguish in her facial expressions. Or when Dracula learned of what happened, his face didn't really evoke overwhelming emotions of wrath or gloom.
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Saw the first 2 episodes and they were pretty interesting, its good to see american animation diversify from the kiddie oriented safe zones into more interesting mature story-lines.
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Posted 7/13/17

foraslan wrote:
Not to mention, I just about fell out of my chair when I realized who Dracula and Trevor were played by.


That was what initially piqued my interest in the series, actually. That, and they got Max Headroom (Matt Frewer) to be the Bishop, which was a nice touch.
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Posted 7/13/17
Only seen 2 episodes so far (it's our twa time show so only 1 episode a day) Really enjoying it so far but I gotta say


I can't really disagree with Dracula here.
Sure total genocide is a little much, but he did give them a year to GTHO of his country.

Worse these people just don't seem to learn

half hoping Beaumont tells them to F' themselves
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So apparently they ignored the Lords Of Shadow timeline or since Trevor and Alucard would be the same person and since this Dracula is Mathias Cronqvist would mean they are going with Lament of Innocence timline which I'm sure most people never played.

I honestly half expected them to start the series with Aria of Sorrow so they could use Soma Cruz.
I wish they would have gone closer to Ayami Kojima's original beatufiul artwork for the games though.

Though the animation reminds me heavily of the Highlander The Search For Vegeance which takes away from the beauty of the original designs and the dialogue can be pretty bad at times.
After Lord Of Shadow's it was a bit surreal seeing Trevor fight Alucard.

In summary it was ok just ok.
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Posted 7/13/17
Yes, this is anime.

Don't @ me.
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Posted 7/14/17

Ashliet wrote:
After Lord Of Shadow's it was a bit surreal seeing Trevor fight Alucard.


They could have done the Legends version of continuity, in which Trevor would have been fighting his father instead of himself. *shrugs* Going the Lament of Innocence route makes the most narrative sense (IMO), though it means this timeline has no Sonia Belmont, alas.
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Posted 7/14/17
When you get down to it, Dracula's hatred against humanity here is basically hatred against himself.

Had he not been trying to understand them, travelling the slow way like them, had he not been playing human,
he would have been there to protect her.

Humanity represents his own weakness and failure, that's why they have to die.

that's why he's going overboard into full on genocide instead of just slaughtering the one town
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Posted 7/14/17
If anything, Dracula might have the best characterisation out of any character so far in this version of Castlevania. All the more impressive given how little screen time Dracula actually gets on screen.

It probably helps that the idea of 'Dracula' is already so well represented in popular culture. I bet that most people alive today have heard of Dracula in some form. This probably made it easier for Warren Ellis to write Castlevania, he could explore this more sympathetic take on Dracula without having to waste time explaining the general mythology surrounding Vampires that Dracula.

Although, I did like that garden of corpses in front of Castle Dracula in the first episode. A nice nod to the real Vlad the Impaler, prince of Wallachia, that inspired the story of Dracula.
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