I had no idea that Netflix had realised an anime on Castlevania, this is a gaming franchise with a lot of history and a great story so of course I had to watch it as soon as possible. Anyway, it is time for a review.
The story for the 4 episodes in season one is that Vlad Dracula’s wife was burnt at the stake as the bishop accused her of being a witch. The reason he did so was because she had an interest in science and was learning to heal people in ways that the Bishop couldn’t understand without it being witchcraft. When Dracula hears about his wife dying he announces that all people who live in Wallchia will pay for what they have done with their lives. This means that Dracula is going to realise his army of demons all over the country to kill as many people as possible. The only hope that the people have got is that Trevor Belmont, Sypha Beinades as well as the sleeper can take on Dracula and can kill him.
This is a very interesting story but I found it to be very short and could have done with double the number of episodes so that a longer story could have been made. They ended the season after the group gets together for the first time, I would have loved to see if they make a good team from the start or if they need to work on a few things to be able to defeat the lord of the vampires himself. Having 4 episodes of 20 minutes long is far too short for a series as not enough can be put into the story.
The way the show looks is amazing and I spent a lot of time just looking at the surrounding areas as well as the faces of the characters as they showed a lot of detail which is something I love in animes. This anime is a lot darker than the normal anime I watch so it was strange to see how the creators could make something look so good but also use a colour palate of a lot of red, black and grey.
The fighting scenes are probably the best thing about the whole series, I personally think they are done to perfection and once one starts then you don’t take your eyes of the scene and will barely blink as they are so fast paced it is just brilliant. One of the final scene is a sword fight and it is probably one of the best things I have seen in an anime as it was great seeing the swords moving with a blur effect but also so much detail still being on the swords and faces of the characters, I simply can’t fault it.
I found the voice acting to be good but not great, I think they could of done a better job of trying to put more emotion into the voices. Richard Armitage who voice Trevor did an okay job but in one of the more emotional scenes it was very hard to tell if he was trying to be emotional as for me it just seemed like he didn’t care, it did put a bit of a bad taste in my mind about this scene as it is a pretty big one and I expected a lot more.
Overall this season will take you a whopping 1 hour and 25 minutes to watch (if you watch all the credits) so there is no reason not to give a watch and see what you think of it. I know series where that time is just one episode (Sherlock) but it is a good season and I am looking forward to season 2 when it comes out.
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