Netflix has dropped an announcement for what could be one of the most popular animated features on the platform! Castlevania: Nocturne, a spin-off of the Castlevania animated series on Netflix, is in production! Castlevania Season 4, the latest of the seasons, released in 2021.
As a franchise, Castlevania originated with Konami’s video game franchise in 1986. The action-adventure horror series takes place in Dracula’s castle and introduces the Belmont Family, famous for hunting vampires. The franchise has grown into a classic, with video games, comic books, and an animated series and has even given rise to the genres metroidvania and roguevania.
Castlevania: Nocturne Trailer
What is Castlevania About?
Castlevania is set in Wallachia in 1455, now known as Romania. Vampire Count Vlad Dracula Tepes lives alone in his castle, visited only by those who end up dead at his doors. Lisa, a young woman specialising in medicine arrives at his doors, gets through to him and learns about the technology and knowledge he has to offer. Dracula and Lisa fall in love, get married and have a young boy.
Their paradise turns sour when the people of Wallachia accuse Lisa of practising witchcraft and burn her at the stake. Dracula swears to unleash hell upon the people of Wallachia for killing his wife in one year’s time. In a year’s time, the world is overrun by demons and the condition of humanity nears complete devastation.
Trever Belmont is a member of the famous vampire-hunting Belmont Family is roped into facing Dracula’s wrath and saving the fate of human society. He meets Sypha Belnades, a Speaker magician and Alucard, the son of Dracula who also wishes to end Dracula’s frenzy.
What Will Castlevania: Nocturne Be About?
The Castlevania: Nocturne anime is set during the French Revolution in 1792. The anime will follow Richter Belmont, a descendant of Trevor and Sypha, along with Maria Renard. Maria and Richter both appear in the Castlevania video game franchise as well! They are first introduced in Castlevania Rondo and the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
The storyline of the plot is yet to be revealed in detail but it is likely that some plot points will be derived from the video games themselves. Maria Renard became a very popular character in the series after the release of Castlevania Rondo. The official announcement trailer only gives a snippet of a character that seems to be Richter Belmont.
When Will Castlevania: Nocturne Release On Netflix?
Netflix has not revealed Castlevania: Nocturne release date yet but from the looks of it, it is unlikely that the series will premiere in 2022.
Castlevania Season 4 was adjudged the best-animated show of 2021 and earned “one of Netflix’s best original series and the uncontested champion of video game adaptations.”
With Castlevania ending in 4 seasons, Castlevania: Nocturne is most likely going to have multiple seasons, the first of which could release with up to 10 episodes. Castlevania was spaced out in its release over a number of years and it is likely that Castlevania: Nocturne will also be a rather long journey.
Where Can I Watch Castlevania: Nocturne?
The original Castlevania animated series was released as a Netflix exclusive production and Castlevania: Nocturne is going to follow suit. The series will be a Netflix-exclusive release and will likely have both an English and Japanese audio release.
Castlevania: Nocturne Characters, Cast and Staff
The characters and voice cast for the series have not been announced yet but it seems like the original series Director Sam Deats, Assistant Director Adam Deats and Executive producer Kevin Kolde are going to return for the upcoming series!
The official voice cast, additional staff and production team are going to be revealed in the upcoming months. Official trailers, teasers and posters are also yet to be revealed along with the opening and ending of the series.
FAQs – Castlevania: Nocturne Edition
Q. Is Alucard in Castlevania: Nocturne?
A. The way Castlevania: Nocturne is connected to the original series is not known yet. If the games are anything to go by, there are centuries between Castlevania and the upcoming series. Castlevania is set in 1455 and Castlevania: Nocturne happens in 1789. The inspiration for Nocturne is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania Rondo, both of which have Alucard!
Even with Dracula gone, a lot of the game takes place in Dracula’s castle. It is unsure how this will show up in the series but the announcement of the series is already causing a lot of excitement!
Q. Do I need to watch Castlevania first to watch Castlevania: Nocturne?
A. Castlevania as a series sets the premise for the vampire-hunter Belmont family. The protagonist of the upcoming series is going to be a descendant of Trevor and Sypha from the original Castlevania. If the reference game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is anything to go by, Alucard will be making an appearance in this anime as well.
To watch Castlevania: Nocturne, it would be ideal to know about the basic premise of the original Castlevania series.
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