Netflix has finally released a trailer for its upcoming Castlevania show, and it looks promising.
The trailer opens with a man blowing into a fake Castlevania cartridge and loading it into an old and worn NES console connected to a CRTV. The television then displays a Netflix-themed screen right out of a bootleg NES game, complete with intentionally amateurish rendering and poorly spaced lettering. Obviously, the art directors of the show have a sense of humor and pay close attention to detail. And, the television displays a small blurb about Castlevania’s plot:
The last surviving member of a disgraced clan fights to save Eastern Europe from Dracula. Inspired by the classic NES game…
Last surviving member of a disgraced clan? Well, isn’t that an intriguing bit of backstory. The blurb obviously pertains to the Belmont clan, the protagonists of almost every Castlevania game, but why are the Belmonts disgraced? Why is this particular member the “last surviving” one? I certainly hope these questions are answered in the show.
The meat of the trailer demonstrates that the Castlevania show will use a mix of 2D anime aesthetics and 3D graphics. Furthermore, the show will not shy away from violence or blood, and judging by the music, will have a dark atmosphere. However, the most important aspect of the trailer is the introduction of the characters. A man with a whip is clearly the Belmont in question, but the trailer also shows off a female spell caster and a vampire with a sword. One can safely assume that they are Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Alucard respectively, which would imply the show will be an adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. On further examination, this makes sense since the Belmonts were in exile at the beginning of that game. However, longtime Castlevania fans no doubt realize that Castlevania III had a fourth playable character, Grant Danasty, who is absent from the trailer. Perhaps he will be introduced later in the series? We will have to wait until July 7th to find out.
Netflix’s Castlevania show is produced by Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd), written by Warren Ellis (Dead Space, Justice League Unlimited episode “Dark Heart”), and animated by Frederator Studios (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors). Given the names attached to this show, I am confident it will be entertaining and faithful to the source material.