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Stream Your Heart Out: What to Watch Online — “Castlevania”

by Kyle Harper

“Castlevania” 

Adult Animation 

2 seasons 

(12 episodes, 20-30 minutes) 

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if vampires took over the world? Many would imagine the cliche darkness over the lands, bats flying from every corner, and the original caped crusader hunting for the blood of his victims. But “Castlevania” depicts that it would actually turn out much worse than that. 

“Castlevania” is an animated television series that debuted on Netflix in 2017. It’s based off of the Nintendo Entertainment System video game series from 1986. 

The show revolves around the most notorious of all vampires, Vlad Dracula Tepes (voiced by Graham McTavish), whose wife was wrongfully burnt at the stake by a zealous group of villagers and priests. Now, Dracula begins to exact his revenge by purging the countryside of humans with the help of his vampire and demon cohorts.  

The fate of humanity lies in the hands of Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), an exiled monster hunter; Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) a magician who must learn to break the traditions she has known all her life; and Alucard Tepes (James Callis) the son of Dracula who is out for retribution. These three heroes must learn to put aside their differences in order to combat the undead threat. 

The character building in the show is spectacular. Every character has their own unique backstory, and it is impossible not to end up loving or resenting them for their actions. The fight scenes are fast-paced and entertaining.  

Currently, two seasons of “Castlevania” have been released. The third season is set to be released on March 5 of this year. Prepare to delve down a rabbit hole of darkness and monsters as you enter this newfound, strange world.

 

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