Streaming giant Netflix seems to have this lucky flair of adapting some media into short but sweet online series. Some of these properties are from Japan, and from forms of original media not expected to make for good miniseries storytelling. But “Castlevania,” based on the long-running multi-platform videogame by Konami, was a surprise binge-watching hit. In two short seasons it transformed the minimal plot of a NES-era “Castlevania” game into a supernatural horror action animated spectacle. But even with franchise villain Count Dracula seemingly killed at the end of the second season, the storyline has not been finished. Fortunately it could well be continuing soon.
IGN tells us that Netflix has finally put a concrete date for when the green-lighted third season to their anime-style “Castlevania” series will be made available for streaming. On Twitter, the Netflix upcoming page tweeted that season 3 will premiere on their platform next month. It also comes with a spiffy new promotion poster, boasting some spanking new character designs for the cast of characters that survived the first two seasons, plus one new addition. Netflix promises in the caption that there will be more mystery, murder, mayhem and vampires in series than ever before.
In a way, this new announcement makes true an earlier Twitter post on Netflix Nordic about “Castlevania” season 3 arriving early in 2020. The tweet was quickly deleted and it was assumed that it was made in error. It turns out it was an error, in that Netflix Nordic inadvertently spoiled the surprise. That said, another surprise is the new “dressed-down” fashion sported by the main characters in the promo poster, without any heavier accessories like fur cloaks and robes. The earlier seasons took place primarily over wintertime after all.
“Castlevania” sees the voice reprisal of main cast Richard Armitage as vampire hunter Tervor Belmont, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, and James Callis as Alucard, son of Dracula. With the vampire lord played by Graham McTavish already dead, the role of main undead foe falls to Carmilla (Jaime Murray) who has enslaved the devil forge-master Hector (Theo James), while his contemporary Isaac (Adetokumboh M’Cormac) remains loyal to Dracula’s memory. A new unnamed character is prominently featured, with speculation that it is Rinaldo Gandolfi, an alchemist from the 2003 PlayStation 2 videogame “Castlevania: Lament of Innocence.” “Castlevania” season 3 arrives for streaming on Netflix March 5.
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