Netflix has unleashed a new animated series set in the dark and gothic universe of “Castlevania.” Premiering on September 28, the show ventures into uncharted territory with an origin story focused on Richter Belmont, a descendant of the original protagonists Sypha and Trevor. The backdrop is the tumultuous French Revolution of 1792.
This fresh take introduces Richter Belmont and Maria Renard, beloved characters from the “Castlevania: Rondo of Blood” game, who have left an indelible mark on the franchise. With Kevin Kolde at the helm as showrunner and Clive Bradley as the creator and writer, the series is in good hands. Production is helmed by Project 51 Productions with animation services provided by Powerhouse Animation.
Back in April 2021, Deadline reported Netflix’s plans for a new series within the same universe but with a new ensemble of characters. The brain trust behind the original series confirmed in June 2021 that the spinoff series was officially in development.
The “Castlevania” saga has been a thrilling ride since its inception. The inaugural season of four episodes launched worldwide on Netflix in July 2017, followed by a second season of eight episodes in October 2018. Viz Media released the series on home video. The third season, boasting 10 episodes, premiered in March 2020. May 2021 marked the arrival of the fourth season, featuring another gripping 10 episodes.
For the uninitiated, “Castlevania” unfolds as a vampire hunter squares off against hordes of supernatural creatures led by the notorious Dracula himself. Rooted in classic video games, the series promises a dark and enthralling narrative.
The accomplished lineup includes Graham McTavish as Dracula, Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, James Callis as Alucard, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, Emily Swallow as Lisa Tepes, and Tony Amendola as The Elder in the English version. The Japanese dub showcases the talents of Ryotaro Okiayu, Shinichiro Miki, Naoya Uchida, and Ayaka Shimoyamada. With a legacy steeped in gothic lore and breathtaking animation, “Castlevania” continues to captivate audiences around the world.