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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 7, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Trevor Belmont (voiced by Richard Armitage) with help from Sypha Belnades (voiced by Alejandra Reynoso) and Alucard (voiced by James Callis) seek to stop Dracula (voiced by Graham McTavish) from destroying humanity.
  • Genre(s): Animation, Drama, Fantasy
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  1. Reviewed by: Dave Trumbore
    Oct 26, 2018
    100
    All of this heady material slows the pace down a bit, but the excellently animated action sequence (of which there are plenty to enjoy) give each episode a nice punch-up. All in all, these eight new episodes of Season 2 will give you everything you wanted from Castlevania and more.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Oct 28, 2018
    10
    Seems almost surreal in a way, to see this. I used to daydream about how these characters interacted as a kid playing Dracula's curse, and itSeems almost surreal in a way, to see this. I used to daydream about how these characters interacted as a kid playing Dracula's curse, and it is oddly close to my imagination. It has a great amount of fan-service that fans of the franchise will appreciate, and it will add a layer of enjoyment, but it isn't necessary to enjoy this series. The contrast between Alucard and Trevor is note perfect and strikes a distinctive balance to the narrative. Also, Dracula's motivations are unpacked in a manner where you actually side with him at times, which is a smart way to tell this story. The political machinations of the vampire underworld also add an unexpected complexity to the series in way that lets it play out in slow, but purposeful way. When the action does pick up it feels earned and exciting as a result of its pacing. This is absolutely the best video-game adaption of any medium ever made, which sounds hyperbolic, but if you are a gamer who has been let down time after time with shoddy adaptions, which change everything to the point the work could be called something else and not miss a beat, you are in for a real treat. I would call this a 9 for people who just want to watch an amazing series of anime that has exceptional writing that rivals any fantasy novel out right now, and a 10 for the game fans that will smile when Trevor Belmont finds out what is in that treasure chest at the Belmont castle. A can't miss adventure for fans of the series, and a great piece of fantasy horror for literally any fan of those genres. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    Castlevania season two is a brilliantly executed modern take on the classic tale of Dracula that is absolutely worth your time. It vastlyCastlevania season two is a brilliantly executed modern take on the classic tale of Dracula that is absolutely worth your time. It vastly improves on the foundations laid in season one, bringing to live a wonderfully executed tale of loss, regret, rage, betrayal and violence. Shifting the focus away from the adventurers to instead Dracula and his court, this season focuses more on the nature of Dracula's madness and those whom aid him in his cause. Meanwhile, the adventurers struggle to survive and attain the means to confront Dracula.

    Action scenes are fantastically choreographed and thrilling to watch and far more numerous than season one, although well spaced to maximize their narrative impact and tension. Building to a thrilling conclusion built atop a series of masterfully executed character stories, our cast of players are fully fleshed, flawed, relatable and lifelike.

    I can say with full confidence that Castlevania season 2 is the best interpretation of the classic vampire tale since Bram Stoker's Dracula, and in many ways actually surpasses it. Unmissable and well worth sitting through the less competent but nonetheless entertaining season one.

    10/10, though with the minor caveat that the squeamish will find the extreme violence on display quite disconcerting, though never unnecessary.
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  3. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    The second season of Castlevania is just incredible. The powerful animation, art direction, composing and voice overs that made the firstThe second season of Castlevania is just incredible. The powerful animation, art direction, composing and voice overs that made the first (albeit short) season so mouthwatering. This is a slower burn than the the first and spme will be disappointed by the fact that it's not constant fights. But the fights that are there are chock full of cool coreography and animated extremely well. Everyone is also fleshed out and I really think the women in the show steal the spotlights at points. The amount of fan service without beating you over the head with it is appreciated (especially having an orchestrated bloody tears in episode 7). Easily worth the binge and multiple rewatches. Season 3 cannot come soon enough. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2018
    9
    The show is has great visuals, amazing fight choreography, and pays tribute to the games without being overtly trying to please the gameThe show is has great visuals, amazing fight choreography, and pays tribute to the games without being overtly trying to please the game fanbase. It's simply put a great show that somehow manages to capture the visceral feel of the game while transcending it in both narrative and character development.

    The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect 10 is because it get a little slow around the middle of the second season, but finishes strong. Also, half the characters have a really annoying little tendril of hair that hangs down in front of their face. It seems minor, but is rather annoying and I just want to cut it off. :-)
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  5. Dec 2, 2018
    7
    Whereas season one of Castlevania felt too short with only four episodes, season two struggles to take full advantage of the eight episodes itWhereas season one of Castlevania felt too short with only four episodes, season two struggles to take full advantage of the eight episodes it had at its disposal. There are a lot of pointless, extremely surface level conversations, and it's quite obvious that some scenes were inserted purely to help fill the required episode length. However, the overall story is still interesting and the action sequences are downright fantastic. Season three has potential, but I'm keeping my expectations reserved. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2018
    6
    There's a lot of dialogue for an action series. The story is okay, a bit slow, and suitably bloody. However, the animation quality is veryThere's a lot of dialogue for an action series. The story is okay, a bit slow, and suitably bloody. However, the animation quality is very low. I'd be surprised if they're reaching 10 fps. Its on par with 1980's anime. At least they didn't use CGI, but the fight scenes are choppy and not engaging. A well animated average show is better than a poorly animated above average show. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2018
    0
    fantastic after this season the villain will be some random vampire that is not interesting at all.
    why did they have to kill dracula in this
    fantastic after this season the villain will be some random vampire that is not interesting at all.
    why did they have to kill dracula in this season already he is pretty much all the castlevania series is about.
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