Dracula’s half-human son catches a fish, cooks it and then sits down with a glass of wine to eat in the third season of Castlevania, Netflix’s anime-style adaptation of the iconic video game series Vampire Hunt.
It’s a good metaphor for the rest of the 10-episode series, usually just laying the groundwork for a possible fourth season – with some beautifully animated fight scenes that look overwhelming despite (or maybe because of) the oddly slow pace.
This isn’t entirely new to Castlevania, which surprised viewers in the first two seasons with both where it went and how quickly it got there. The first season of four episodes introduced Dracula and then showed how vampire hunter Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), magician Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) and Dracula’s estranged son Alucard (James Callis) all met.
It’s actually a prologue. Season 2 spends six episodes bringing the trio closer to their goal while building out Dracula’s intrigue-filled vampire court. Then, in Episode 7, they storm the castle and kill Dracula in an unexpectedly fast-paced but incredibly satisfying battle that again takes just one breakneck episode.
This isn’t entirely new to Castlevania, which shocked audiences with both where it went and how quickly it got there in the first two seasons. Dracula was introduced in the first season of four episodes, which also revealed how vampire hunter Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), magician Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) and Dracula’s estranged son Alucard (James Callis) met.
It’s essentially a prelude. Season 2 dedicates six episodes to bringing the trio closer to their goal and working out Dracula’s turbulent vampire court. Then, in Episode 7, they storm the castle and destroy Dracula in an amazingly fast but extremely satisfying battle that lasts only one episode.
The second season of Castlevania is a challenging act to follow, especially without Dracula himself as the main character. Despite this, and despite the fact that Season 3 is just a springboard on a bigger journey, the series improves with each passing episode.
Castlevania is by far the best video game adaptation out there, thanks to its unusual mix of cynical humor, supernatural horror, violent action, and deep pathos. Season 3 prioritizes characters over plot, making it extremely easy to empathize with both heroes and villains.
Response – The storyline and quality of Castlevania Season 3 continues to be appreciated by fans and critics alike.