TV Show: Castlevania (Season 1)

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Where to Watch: Netflix (all countries)

For Those Who Like: Castlevania (the games), Dracula, dungeon crawls

I’ve never played the Castlevania game, so I can’t say whether this show follows the original story faithfully. I can say that it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

The season opens with the Christian church burning Dracula’s love at the stake for witchcraft. Which is 15th century talk for scientific studies. In a (remarkably reasonable) fit of rage, Dracula threatens to wipe out anyone and everyone in the nearby town in exactly one year’s time. Anyone who doesn’t want to die can kindly pack their things and get the hell out.

One year later, Trevor Belmont happens to pass through the town in the midst of a siege by Dracula’s horde of monsters. Thankfully, Trevor comes from a long line of monster hunters. Shenanigans and hijinks ensue.

If you like mature animation, this might be for you. There’s creepy monsters, back alley and bar fights, and some good old fashioned dungeon crawling. The show doesn’t shy away from cursing and violence, which fits the overall tone.

The first season was originally intended as a movie (hence the ~90 minute total run time). It’s dark, fun, short, and definitely left me wanting more.

Rating:

Plot: ☕☕☕☕ (action-packed with great worldbuilding)

Characters: ☕☕☕ (unique and interesting, mild emotional connection)

Fun: ☕☕☕☕ (fast-paced, aesthetically pleasing, left me wanting more)

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