So I just saw the Castlevania animated series on Netflix.
I’ve never played any of the games but I did know someone who was obsessed with the artwork of Ayami Kojima, who’s the games’ concept artist. Therefore, my knowledge prior to watching the series can be distilled down to:
a. Alucard wants Dracula, his father, dead for various reasons, but mostly because Dracula is Evil.
b. There’s a family surnamed Belmont in this series and they help Alucard out.
c. Everyone is blindingly pretty unless they’re monsters (excepting Dracula because you can’t share genetics with someone who looks like Alucard and not be gorgeous yourself).
So when I saw the Castlevania animated series pop up on my Netflix queue one fine night, I decided to give it a shot. And you know what?
I like it. The animation quality’s very good, and the voice work isn’t half bad (there’s some over-acting in some places that made me cringe a wee bit, but that’s probably just me). What I find especially impressive is they managed to get Richard Armitage AND Graham McTavish to do voice work. I mean, I know they’re not Marvel-famous or anything but they’re not small-time talents either, so kudos to the casting team for getting them to sign up.
Kudos also to the writing team, because they’ve created a damn fine script, with great dramatic highlights and enough humorous lines and moments to keep things interesting.
The only problem I have with this is that it’s so. Damn. Short. Like: seriously, four episodes only? Netflix, c’mon: this isn’t like you. Either you follow up with four more episodes in three months’ time (which would be appropriate, since it’d be October, which means Halloween), or give me a full ten-episode thing so I don’t feel so shortchanged and can do a halfway-decent bingewatch session.
And one more thing:
I would bang Trevor Belmont like a screen door in a hurricane - but only after he took a bath first. A long one. In hot water. With plenty of soap. And maybe a tick-and-lice treatment, just to be sure. But yeah: would otherwise definitely bang Trevor Belmont.