However, that grief quickly turns to anger, which McTavish translates into a menacing performance. All of these elements are incorporated seamlessly, and while recognizable as gaming mechanics to those familiar with them, never does it feel like these moments are forced in to only please fans. Together, they'll need to rally the people of Gresit to fight off the attacking army. She joins the fray and proves herself most useful, dispelling demons with elemental magic. Paired with some stunning visual work of Dracula's face within the flames, the whole scene caps off what is an impressive opening act. Once back among the other Speakers, it's revealed that the priests from the Church have been manipulating the people of Gresit against them, blaming the Speakers and their forbidden knowledge for why the demons attack the city each night. Again, it's an interesting starting point for the series, establishing Dracula's desire to destroy humanity as stemming from pain and loss, not just some genocidal glee.
But could another ally still be found sleeping beneath their feet? Still, given the sorry state of most video game adaptations, the pedigree of those involved could mean very little in the end. All in all, the look of Netflix's Castlevania fits perfectly with pitch for the series, depicting a beautifully gothic world filled with heroes and horrors alike. The Speakers refuse to leave Gresit until they recover the body of one of their own who ventured deep beneath the city in search of an ancient warrior, so Trevor makes them a deal: If he can return the body of the dead Speaker, they will flee the city and seek sanctuary elsewhere. Stylistically, Castlevania pulls inspiration from the designs and illustrations of Ayami Kojima an artist who worked on many of the later Castlevania games, beginning with 1997's Symphony of the Night as well as classic vampire anime like Hellsing and Trinity Blood. That is, until he saves an elderly man from some sadistic priests and learns that an order of clerics - referred to as Speakers for their tradition of passing on arcane knowledge through spoken word - are being persecuted by the Church. It also firmly places the Speakers and Trevor Belmont as outcasts of respected society, allying them against both the Church and Dracula.
And does it fulfill Shankar's promise of bringing a harder, more mature edge to the material? It's also during these scenes that Trevor first uses the Belmont family's signature weapon - a consecrated whip intended to dispatch with all sorts of hell beasts. Voiced by Emily Swallow, she's headstrong and curious and her ability to see Dracula's better nature hints at that of another character and definite fan-favorite who's teased briefly near the end of this episode. Not that the series has really been lacking either up to this point, but as Dracula's army of devils descends on the city the carnage reaches another level. She also gets to deliver what is easily the most unexpected joke in the whole series. This isn't to suggest Dracula isn't a villain, far from it, but the touching backstory does paint him in a slightly sympathetic light. Alucard is eloquently portrayed by James Callis with an air of sophistication that masks his fierce, vampiric nature, and it'll be interesting to see how he upends the strong bond already forming between Trevor and Sypha. Impressed with Trevor's skill, the vampire finally introduces himself as Adrian Tepes, better known as Alucard, son of Dracula and his human wife, Lisa.
Video game adaptations have never been done as good as this one, managing to faithfully represent the spirit of the property while also injecting new material. Alejandra Reynoso's performance is quite serious when we first meet Sypha, but as the episode goes on she lightens her tone. Episode 1 - Witchbottle For a series centered on a family of vampire hunters, Castlevania begins from the unlikely perspective of Lisa - a young medicine woman who wishes to learn more about her craft even though such science is considered black magic and heresy. Sypha and Trevor's relationship begins on rocky terms as his disenchanted manner clashes with her firm beliefs, but as the two work together to escape the labyrinth it's clear they make a good team. . He comes to the crowd gathered for his wife's execution and speaks to them through the flames, condemning all those present and declaring that in a year's time he will return with an army and destroy everything they hold dear.
Beautifully animated, the style of Castlevania is sure to inspire more adult-oriented action series like Shankar's other planned , but it also sets a high bar for the genre. Sypha came here searching for a fabled soldier said to be sleeping beneath the city, but all she found was a rampaging Cyclops who turned her to stone with his gaze. The first season of Netflix's Castlevania is a faithful and ultra-violent, though very short, adaptation of the hit gaming franchise. Not as dead as her fellow Speakers had thought, Trevor comes upon her encased in stone when he enters the catacombs beneath Gresit. That same Cyclops is waiting for Trevor when he arrives and the ensuing battle is an excellently animated sequence. Conclusion Already, Netflix has ordered a and that's good news because season 1 only scratches the surface of what this property can offer. This fight with the Cyclops, however, is especially dynamic and promises Castlevania's animated action will be second to none.
Though frightened, Lisa remains determined and eventually Dracula agrees to teach her. The Speakers, however, are by nature a peaceful people so the fighting is left to Trevor and his meager army of peasants, but Sypha cannot stand by and do nothing. This builds an interesting critique, making the Church's fanaticism just as cruel as Dracula's army, corrupting people to act against their better nature and hinting at a much larger war for the very soul of humanity. Now much deeper in the catacombs than before, Trevor and Sypha discover the resting place of that fabled sleeping soldier - a coffin, and inside it, a vampire. Their bliss, however, does not last and while her husband is away, Lisa is abducted by the Church, found guilty of witchcraft and burned at the stake.
As a protagonist, Trevor is surprisingly funny in a sardonic sort of way and Richard Armitage brings a sarcastic edge and a roguish quality to the character. Read on below for our review of all four episodes of the Netflix Castlevania animated mini-series. Fans of the property will undoubtedly have a good idea where the series goes next, but even without any foreknowledge it's an exciting prospect having these three characters - a vampire hunter, a mage, and Dracula's half-breed son - finally together and ready to set out on the next adventure. Learning of what happened, Dracula quickly returns to his old, vengeful ways, wishing to destroy those who took away the only thing which in his eyes redeemed mankind. By the time of this animated series, however, a religious fanaticism has enveloped the land and the Belmont family, believed to consort with black magic to battle such creatures, have been excommunicated. The entire first season of Castlevaniais now available on Netflix. The first season of Netflix's Castlevania is a faithful and ultra-violent, though very short, adaptation of the hit gaming franchise.
Together, they hold the line until the damage gets out of control and the floor of the city square collapses, sending them plummeting into the depths beneath. More recently, Shankar to that of , suggesting the series will be handling the lore of Castlevania in a very mature manner. That isn't how it happened, of course, as we well know it was the Church who set these events in motion. So does Netflix's Castlevania do right by the property? It's another thrilling display made all the more fantastical by Sypha's spells. Having stood with the Speakers against the Church's priests, Trevor reclaims his heritage and his purpose. Vampire and vampire hunter engage in a spectacular duel, and when it ends, there's no clear winner as both would likely have killed the other were it allowed to continue. With the Church's leadership in shambles, it's up to him to lead Gresit's people against the demon horde, quickly taking charge of the battlefield like a seasoned general.
Episode 4 - Monument In its season 1 finale, Castlevania lets loose and gives viewers what they've been promised - a lot of violence and gore. The Speakers are a new element of Castlevania lore, though the series has included magic wielders in the past. Though only in this first episode for obvious reasons, Lisa is an intriguing window into the world of late 15th century Wallachia, illustrating that the Church's hold on people's minds isn't as firm as the later mob would have us believe. Were you not already a fan of Castlevania, this series is sure to have you checking out one of the many games in the franchise, while for longtime fans, this adaptation could be just what's needed to. Graham McTavish, who voices Dracula, evokes that sympathy with his performance, emoting a real sense of grief when Dracula learns of his wife's fate.