Castlevania looked pretty dang cool when it hit Netflix last month. Part of the reason is the fact that the folks at Powerhouse Animation have been waiting for the chance to do a project like this for ages. Hell, they practically stalked the producers.
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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.
Castlevania debuted on Netflix Friday, and it's already been renewed for a second season. The show's gotten a mixed but largely positive response, especially from fans who see it as an animated Game of Thrones. Given that's what the show had in mind, it's no surprise they threw in a GoT Easter egg.
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night is a throwback to Castlevania games such as Symphony of the Night. Judging from our hands-on time with it at E3, it's shaping up into a pretty fun game. I had a chance to talk to Koji Igarashi, Castlevania's producer and now head of Bloodstained's development, about design, female protagonists and wine.
Announced earlier this year, here's the first trailer for Netflix's animated Castlevania series.
Two days ago, news broke that a Castlevania TV show would be heading to Netflix in 2017, prompting thousands of jokes quoting dialogue from the video game series. In a Facebook post, producer Adi Shankar said, "I personally guarantee that it will end the streak and be the Western world's first good video game adaptation." I talked to Shankar yesterday and he sounds totally committed to that.
Frederator Studios, the animation house responsible for Fairly Odd Parents and Adventure Time, has been trying to get an adaptation of the beloved Dracula-whipping action game franchise Castlevania off the ground for ages. According to the studio's founder, it sounds like the series could now be on track.
The very first stage of the original NES Castlevania, the spooky Ghost House from Super Mario World, our first battle with Bowser in Super Mario Bros. Scenes we probably all remember from the NES days and encountered one way or another. Mark Green has now resurrected them with brilliant dioramas.
Video: The setting and the story of the third Evil Dead movie would have been perfect for a Metroidvania game. Something similar to the first Castlevania. We never had one, so CineFix imagined how it'd look.