Flying in as quietly as the sun sets, the previously announced Castlevania animated series for Netflix finally has a trailer by way of a very sneaky premiere on Netflix Latin America’s Twitter feed from this afternoon.
The trailer doesn’t offer much in terms of plot, but it looks pretty great for a show that hasn’t been talked about much since its surprise announcement in 2016 and later confirmation earlier this year. The blood red atmosphere and anime-style art look pretty stellar, and there are some particularly striking scenes like the one with all the spiked skeleton corpses, and those mysterious shots of the castle. Even the whip makes a brief appearance.
An official Netflix synopsis describes the series as, "[i]nspired by the classic video game series, 'Castlevania' is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself.” While further details are sparse, the series will star a Belemont heir as he faces another Dracula, fulfilling his family’s legacy as eternal vampire slayers.
Netflix officially greenlit the series in February when the streaming service announced an animated adaptation of the popular Konami vampire hunting game. The show is written by comic book writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) and developed by Frederator Studios, run by Adventure Time producer Fred Seibert. The series is also produced by Adi Shankar who was previously behind some gritty fan films like Power/Rangers and a very violent Punisher fan film based off the Marvel character.
This isn't the first time Ellis was attached to a Castlevania project, having previously been part of a failed direct-to-DVD animated film adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Luckily this project appears to be very much alive, or as alive as a show about the undead can be.
You can see the trailer for the new Castlevania series above (with Spanish subtitles) and the full series will apparently premiere on July 7, exclusively on Netflix.