Netflix’s Castlevania is a strong adaptation and expansion on Castelvania III: Dracula’s Curse. I spoke to showrunner Adi Shankar about why certain characters were added, which Castlevania stories he thinks could also make good shows, and his thoughts on the similarities between Hollywood and the video game industry.
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The first season of Netflix's Castlevania took us all by surprise when it offered a short, sharp, and deliciously bloody animated take on Konami's classic gaming franchise about eating meat hidden behind walls and whipping monsters to pixely bits. Its sophomore season is equally surprising — for very different reasons.
Adapting video games into other media is always a risky proposition, but that didn't stop producer/showrunner Adi Shankar from personally guaranteeing that his Castlevania cartoon for Netflix would end the streak of game-to-TV terribleness and "be the Western world's first good video game adaptation". For all Shankar's bluster, Castlevania turned out pretty good.