Castlevania Season 1 Hits Netflix, Season 2 Already Ordered

It's not even been 24 hours since Castlevania Season 1 hit Netflix, and there is already an extended second-season order in. The anime series from Adi Shankar has been a much anticipated release, featuring a pretty stellar voice cast and animation of a caliber we haven't seen in many years.

Castlevania was written by comic legend Warren Ellis, and inspired by the classic video game series from Japan's Konami. It takes most of its source material from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. The Netflix series is a dark medieval fantasy that follows the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad "Dracula" Tepes. There are witches, vampires, and even Satan himself.

Think of this along the lines of Vampire Hunter D, a cartoon not really for children with rich bloody sequences and evil characters who will haunt your dreams. Firebreathing bats literally ripping children in half, the streets running red with innocent blood after the unfortunate burning of Dracula's wife.

The debut episode of Castlevania Season 1 is called Witchbottle, which stars "a headstrong young woman that is searching for forbidden knowledge" that just happens to make her way to Dracula's castle. The story continues from there in the three subsequent episodes, which all average out to be 23 minutes long. The other episode titles are Necropolis, Labyrinth, and Monument.

Castlevania season 1

Graham McTavish (Outlander, The Hobbit) is the voice of Vlad Tepes, AKA Dracula, hiding away in his castle, and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) is Alucard.

Castlevania Season 1 Hits Netflix, Season 2 Already Ordered
Trevor's whip from episode 2

Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) is Trevor Bellmont, last member of the Bellmont family, and Tony Amendola (Mask of Zorro) is The Elder.

It's interesting in that the project is listed in IMDB as "one episode", whereas it's obviously four, tying into the assumption this Castlevania project was originally meant to be released as a film, not an episodic series.

The show is already so well received that Netflix ordered a doubly long second season with eight episodes rather than the four of the first season.

What do you think?  Have you watched it yet?  Let us know in the comments!

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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