Castlevania

Castlevania

July 2017. While looking for shows I could watch on Netflix, I discovered Castlevania, a newly released animation at that time. I’m familiar with Konami’s Castlevania video game franchise because I saw my husband play it too many times. This animated web TV series is based on Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse which is played on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). However, the first season contains only 4 episodes which left me felt hanging.

Just recently, the long overdue second season was just released with 8 episodes completing the game’s storyline. So I watched again the first season and continued to the second season watching all 12 episodes. Now, that’s binge watching.

The story starts in 1455 when Lisa from Lupu Village seeks knowledge from Vlad Dracula Tepes. She wants to become a doctor of the village because she believes in science which has been forgotten by the people. Eventually, Dracula and Lisa got married and had a son named Adrian. For the people of Wallachia, he is known as Alucard.

Twenty years after, the church arrested Lisa accusing her for being a witch. The bishop, mayor, and the townspeople burned Lisa at the stakes to die. At that time, Vlad Dracula was travelling and when he arrives home, he learns of Lisa’s death. Out of anger, he warns the people of Targoviste, Wallachia to seek peace with their God  or else he will exact his revenge after a year.

One year has passed, the people of Targoviste, Wallachia celebrates Lisa’s death anniversary saying that they are successful in eradicating witchcraft. However, their celebration is interrupted by Dracula’s wrath and the creatures he summoned started attacking and every night thereafter.

Meanwhile, the last of the vampire hunters, Trevor Belmont, learns of this and starts to wander around Wallachia arriving in Gresit. He meets the Elder of the Speakers, a group of oral historians who are helping the people of Gresit that time.

The Speakers believe that a sleeping warrior could defeat the vampire Count Vlad Dracula. However, one of their members is missing. Trevor promised the Speakers that he would look for their missing member but after that they should leave the place or else they face the church’s persecution.

Trevor arrives in a catacomb and fights a fierce stone cyclop saving Sypha in turn. She is the missing Speaker, the granddaughter of the Elder. Upon returning to Gresit they are faced with the creatures of the night. After fighting the creatures off, Trevor and Sypha fell into the same catacombs and saw the coffin of Alucard, who awakens from his sleep. The first season (4 episodes) ends with the three joining together to fight Dracula.

Season 2 starts with a little flashback on how Lisa was arrested. Then it shifts to Dracula’s war council showing that he has 2 human demon forge masters, Hector and Isaac, along with the other vampires from around the world (particularly Godbrand and Carmilla).

Meanwhile, while traveling, Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard fought creatures along the way. Trevor realizes they need more information to defeat Dracula and he remembers that their old house has a library containing every record on how they could defeat vampires. So the three go on their way to the Belmont house.

Beautiful animation, not for young kids though because of some gory or bloody scenes. I even shed some tears on season 2 episode 7 during the final battle between Dracula and Alucard. The last episode provides a glimpse of what happened after and foreshadows what season 3 will bring.

I’m going to rate this 5 out of 5 stars because I like it so much! It’s worth binge-watching.

Author: Issa Bacsa

A first-hand experience type of copywriter who writes her own experiences and reviews for clients in the consumer-based industries. Also an author and screenplay writer. Proud to be a Filipina.