Does the term “Castlevania” ring any bells?
Well if you are an 80s or 90s kid you probably avidly remember the Castlevania video game franchise. The 2D medieval vampire slaying platformer games were first released in 1986 by Konami.
And if you are an otaku you probably thought about the Castlevania anime, a Netflix show inspired by the events of the video game series.
The Netflix show first aired on July 7th, 2017 with 2 seasons following the overarching stories of Count Dracula the infamous vampire and Trevor Belmont the last surviving member of the disgraced vampire hunting the Belmont Clan.
A story that brings forward elements of nostalgia for whoever played the video games while also feeling like a classical grim anglo-european fantasy as the story is based in Eastern Europe.
This dark medieval fantasy is proof that Western animation is almost on par with it’s far more popular eastern counterpart. The Netflix exclusive is made by an American studio in a Japanese art style. The visuals are stunning and feel like an authentic anime.
As for the frame to frame animation itself it can only be OK at best as the show is partially animated through CGI. Things like the 3 dimensional panning scenes are especially nauseating and are comparable to 2017’s Berserk.
Being an American show the original voice acting is in English and it is impeccable even though other dubs exist including a Japanese dub for the die hard subtitle fans.
The anime perfectly captures the original Castlevania essence and translates it into a new format that has been positively received by fans for the most part.
I personally recommend the show to any Castlevania fans and any english Dub enthusiasts. Castlevania season 3 has been announced by Netflix in October 2018.
Yassine Ben Ahmed
JET Press Team