Geekery: Castelvania is Coming to Netflix

Konami’s classic video game series is finally getting an animated series – with help from Warren Ellis.

Castlevania first hit the scene in 1986 and has expanded to over 30 video game titles, books, and manga – it’s about time we got a show. The project is being animated by Frederator Studios and helmed by Adi Shankar (Dredd) with a story by Warren Ellis. Yes, that Warren Ellis. Take a look…

The official synopsis from Netflix states that the story is about “the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself.” Sounds like Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – a prequel to the original game in which Trevor Belmont attempts to protect 1400s Europe and slay Dracula once and for all.

Chankar described the series to IGN when it was announced as being “very much Castlevania done in the vein of Game of Thrones… [The series is] going to be R-rated as f***.” With Ellis behind the story I’d hope so. The project’s producer also added that the series will add depth to the universe and characters created for the game, and that viewers should be prepared to see the vampire genre in a bit of a “satirical” light.

Netflix has been on a roll the last few months – every couple of days they put out another trailer for an original series or movie. Hopefully they’re all as good as their hype. Castlevania included.

Castlevania starts streaming on Netflix July 7th



  • Xodis

    Ill watch it because I hope its awesome, but I would rather have live action instead of anime.

    • If only it actually WAS Anime rather than a glorified cartoon from a studio best known for doing crude kids shows..

      • Xodis

        Im not sure if a separate company did Castlevania but I did enjoy Voltron.

        • Rahl

          Referring to Frederator Studios probably, who did such things as Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time, and Fairly OddParents, among others. They are doing the animation for the Castlevania series, not the ones that did Voltron. That was a combined effort by Dreamworks Animation and Studio Mir, a Korean company that did most of the work on The Boondocks and Legend of Korra.

          However, Warren Ellis is writing, which could be ok at least. He did the Marvel anime stuff as well as wrote for a bunch of comics (DC, Marvel, Image, Avatar Press, Wildstorm, among others). Personally, I quite enjoyed the Transmetropolitan comic.

  • euansmith

    This could be much fun.

    Also, thanks for posting the “Black Lightning” trailer a couple of days ago. That series looks like CW is going for a more Netflix Marvelverse feel.