Here are some speculations on the new Castlevania animated series

Written by: Jonathan Kevin Castillo

Features | Jun 7, 2017

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Netflix's upcoming Castlevania series will be streaming this July 7. That gives us plenty of time to scrutinize the entire show.

While there are no official announcements as to which characters are involved in the debut season, I can only offer my best guesses.

Let's get down to business then.

Castlevania is one of Konami's bestselling games and was first released on the NES/Famicom in 1986. The game featured a man named Simon from the Belmont clan, a family of vampire killers. He's one of the best known protagonists in the franchise, appearing in multiple games like the original Castlevania (1986), Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987), Super Castlevania IV (1991), Castlevania Chronicles (2001), and series fighting game Castlevania: Judgment (2008).

In a quick glance, it's easy to assume the protagonist in the series is Simon Belmont. However, according to the Netflix summary, it states that the hero is "the last surviving member of a disgraced clan..." The Belmont clan was originally exiled because of their superhuman strength. This little bit of background was introduced in Castlevania III (1989), which was a prequel to the first game. Is this a new take on Simon Belmont's origins? Or is this a new character entirely?

At the 0:53 mark of the trailer, we see this dude with a scar across his eye. This is most likely Trevor Belmont, the protagonist of the third game and Simon's ancestor. The scar is a real dead giveaway, and leads me to believe that the series will focus on the plot of Castlevania III.

There were also three playable characters besides Trevor in this game, who might serve as the supporting cast for the show.

Pause at 1:03 and we have a girl who appears to be using a spell, as indicated by her glowing fingers. This might be Sypha Belnades/Fernandez, a priestess and witch in hiding from the church she serves.

Pause again at 1:07 and we see a man on his knees while throwing knives. Since we're in the mindset that this is Castlevania III, we might as well assume this is Grant Danasty, a swift pirate who specializes in knife combat.

Earlier in the trailer, a man in a very vampire-like pose rises from his coffin. This might be Dracula himself but once you get a closer look at his face, you will see that he looks way too young. So this vampire might actually be Alucard, a human-vampire hybrid and the fourth playable character in Castlevania III. If this guy is really Alucard, does this mean we have a foundation for an adaptation for Symphony of the Night (1997)?

The inclusion of Alucard would add a lot of possibilities for the future of the show, such as branching out to more Castlevania storylines like Aria of Sorrow (2004). This feels like a long shot though, as we're not really sure if this is Alucard. It could simply be Dracula and then the producers will pull off that twist from Mirror of Fate (2013), which would make sense in a way. I'm not going to speak further to avoid spoilers.

There's a lot of storylines the Netflix adaptation could use. With 30 years' worth of games, this blood-sucking series won't be running out of ideas anytime soon.

About the author: Jonathan Kevin Castillo

Reviews Editor. Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.

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