Castlevania is another one of Netflix’s attempts at anime. It’s some good stuff and entertaining if you like the dark fantasy genre.
Castlevania takes place in 1400’s Europe. This is a time of evil creatures and magic. Dracula is the king of all vampires and has decided to wipe out humanity. It is up to Trevor Belmont (the last in a long line of vampire hunters), Alucard (son of Dracula) and Sypha (a magic wielder) to defeat Dracula and save humanity.
What I like about this story is that it really humanizes all of the characters involved. The Vampires are not mysterious creatures. They are scheming, backstabbing beings just like humans. Like Game of Thrones, a lot of the show is simply the governmental politics between the vampires.
The action and quality of animation are very good, though not the best I’ve ever seen. You can definitely feel the quality of animation go up when action scenes take place versus regular dialogue scenes. There is a lot of gore, though there really isn’t much sex or nudity until a single episode in the third season.
Voice acting is fine. It’s interesting that the voice acting is in English since Netflix was pushing their own anime programming.
Overall, this was a fun show for anyone who likes anime or adult-ish cartoons. This definitely isn’t a show for young children. Too much violence and blood for that.