Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts

Friday, January 19, 2018

Netflix’s Castlevania Returns on Summer 2018

The animated TV series adaptation of Konami's fan-favorite action-adventure horror game series Castlevania by comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) and executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey), Castlevania on Netflix was exceptionally well received by the fans. As Netflix was interested for Castlevania Season 2 after the first Season, viewers are growing restless for it.

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Netflix’s Castlevania Returns on Summer 2018


Recently, series writer Warren Ellis took Twitter to clear some air about the speculation for the second Season and here it goes.


Ellis is the one who helped Adi Shankar to adapt this Netflix project on 1989's Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from game developer studio Konami. When the online streaming network was pleased with the positive reception for the four episode-long Season 1 of Castlevania anime, they decided to continue with a second Season. However, there were no announcement on when the show will return again and everyone was kind of caught off in the show's success party.


The Tweet from Warren Ellis reveals that the show is returning this summer of 2018 and instead of only four episodes, they are doubling up the number to eight. Which means, we are about to witness a lot more blood, gore, sword fighting and whip-wielding action from the Belmont clan with the undead monsters of night this summer. We are excited to see Trevor Belmont (voiced by Richard Armitage), Sypha Belnades (voiced by Alejandra Reynoso) and Alucard (voiced by James Callis) to return for more adventure this Season.


Netflix’s Castlevania anime adaptation for TV is also proven to be one of the most successful adaptations of a popular video game, which even broke the plateau of bad receptions on Rotten Tomatoes for the type. Many believes that Shankar’s Castlevania Netflix series having critically praised is no coincidence because, his unique take at this horror franchise was what it needed actually helped get it a lot of attention in the first place.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

It's been quite a trend in Hollywood that whenever they see a franchise with a massive cult-following, they feel the necessity of milking that cow, regardless of the genre of that franchise. So far, comic-book movie adaptations are a phenomenon these days on both theater and televisions. Sometime, they even manage to garner critique's praises too. This trend is goes reverse whenever they decide to do a video game adaptation and for decades, it's been carried away like an ancient curse.

RELATED: Netflix Wants Castlevania Season 2

There are movies that made huge bucks at the box office like Tomb Raider movies, a series of multiple sequels like Resident Evil or have highly dedicated fan groups like Silent Hill that ranks high among the list of video game adaptations that has failed to satisfy the ever so unsatisfied tastes of the critiques. It looks like there is no apparent end to this misfortune of critically unsuccessful video game adaptations. The most recent causalities to add to the pile are the Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft adaptation films of 2017.

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Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Retro International Poster

This massive curse streak has been broken recently and the credit goes entirely to the Netflix’s Castlevania anime series that has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 90% rating. However, the rating is currently based on 10 reviews that have been given by various reviewers but to officially certified as “fresh”, Castlevania has to get a total 20 positive reviews. Still, the sign is enough for everyone to take a hint about what is about to happen.

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Teaser Trailer

Netflix’s Castlevania series is a project produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and popular comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Iron Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four). The immense success of the series has also resulted a renewal for Castlevania Season Two by Netflix. With everything going right, there is also news that Shankar will also be taking over Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed TV Series adaptations.

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Poster Reveals Dracula’s Castle

The series is loosely based on the plot of 1989' Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse from the NES Game Pak. The story revolves around Belmont clan’s eternal clash against Count Dracula, when he returns after every century. Castlevania anime features Graham McTavish as the lead antagonist Count Dracula, along with Alejandra Reynoso, Emily Swallow, James Callis, Richard Armitage and Tony Amendola in the roles of Sypha Belnades, Lisa Tepes, Alucard, Trevor Belmont and the Elder respectively.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Netflix Wants Castlevania Season 2

The news of the frequent cancellation of Netflix shows are a common thing these days. Castlevania video game adaptation series however is going quite opposite of that road. Perhaps, they really want to blow us off with more of this unique, perfect and never-before seen series and to back that up, executive producer of the show, Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) has revealed that the streaming service has finally approved for the second season which features eight episodes instead of four from Season 1.

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Netflix Green-Lit Castlevania Season 2

RELATED: Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

The news came in Shankar's reaction to a question regarding if there was any aspects that he wanted to adapt into the show but couldn't, he simply replied,

“Well, let’s remember that this is just season one, and not only has season two already been greenlit, but the episode order has been doubled to eight episodes. So the chapter definitely hasn’t fully closed on this story.”

Based on a smash-hit video game franchise, the plot of the Castlevania series revolves around the chronicles of the Belmont family, who has been hunting Vampires for generation to rid the world from the menace of the bloodsuckers. About the show, Shankar claimed at one point that it would turn out to be one of the first good video game adaptations and turns out, he was right.

Although many eager fans were quite disappointed knowing that the Castlevania adaptation series on Netflix will not be a live-action one but animated, Adi Shankar has really put a lot of effort to portray the bloody violence needed for the show and earned his applause in the end. So, it is safe to say that whatever happened eventually turned out for good because, the past record for live-action portrayal for video game has always been somewhat a disappointing experience for the hardcore fan-base.

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Retro International Poster

Premiered on July 7th, dark-medieval fantasy based anime series Castlevania Season 1 is already is on Netflix now. Profound comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) has provided script for the animated adaptation of the popular video game series. Castlevania stars the voice talent of Alejandra Reynoso, Emily Swallow, James Callis, Graham McTavish, Richard Armitage and Tony Amendola. Currently, there are no release date is set for the upcoming second season.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Retro International Poster

Castlevania is best known as the long-running fan-favorite computer game series of fantasy horror genre that initially started in 1986 and then new installments keep popping up from since. Now this is no news that Netflix is working on a Castlevania anime adaptation for TV and they already dropped a teaser trailer a while ago.

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Teaser Trailer

Recently, in preparation for this upcoming TV show, Netflix have just dropped a retro-styled international poster for the series, which might give you some nostalgia from the game's early days on consoles.

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Netflix’s Castlevania International Poster

In this first-ever international poster of Netflix’s Castlevania series, we see a whip-wielding protagonist of Belmont standing tall opposite to the haunted castle and the primary antagonist looming over in the dark red sky of the background. The name of the hero is still to be revealed and as this is Castlevania series, it is safe to assume that Dracula is the ultimate bad-guy of the show of course. Overall, the poster strikes a classic look with a modern touch.

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Castlevania (1986) Box Art

If you were wondering why the retro international poster for upcoming Netflix’s Castlevania series looks so similar, then you might have figured out by now seeing the image above. The creators of the show have paid homage to the 1986's original NES Castlevania video game box art. To be honest, the recent retro-looking poster version is obviously the better one.

The official description for the Netflix’s Castlevania series is as follows:

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.

Ever since the announcement of Netflix's take on Castlevania series has spread, every fan out there has been hyped-up. Following the involvement of Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis), it only got higher. Finally, decisions have been made of adapting the Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse game for the series.

Although we are still waiting for a solid release date for the show and no announcement has made regarding that point, we still hoping that it will air on July just as the Netflix LATAM trailer suggests. Then again, if any other information is released, we will keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Netflix’s Castlevania Teaser Trailer

Earlier this year on February, without formalities streaming service Netflix simply declared that they are taking a shot at Konami's action-adventure horror game Castlevania, adapting it into an animated TV series. Recently, they have just released the teaser trailer for Castlevania series that bears a retro vibe.

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Castlevania – Vengeance Teaser

While the trailer itself is only under a minute, it draws a decent image of what we are about to get from the series, which will give fans a feeling of what truly matters to the show. On the off chance that the trailer is any sign, there will be blood, gore and epic confrontation all that you'd expect from an anime that is based on the theme of vampire legends.




The teaser starts with a person inserting a Castlevania cartridge into an old NES console and then the Netflix logo shows up on screen in a simple 8-bit style. In a very quick montage, the clip shows us Dracula's reign of terror, blood-spilling, Trevor Belmont's entrance to the scene and ends with Castlevania logo appearing over Dracula's castle.

The official description that Netflix have released is as follows:

"Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar."
Writer and comic-book creator, Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) and Adi Shankar has brought this project to life and are responsible for an animated adaptation of the Castlevania franchise that is long overdue. Shankar as already worked on projects like Dredd, The Grey and Lone Survivor, which tells you a lot about what you are going to get from the show if you have witnessed any of his work.

The series will primarily follow the plot line of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse that was released on the NES and features the chronicles of Trevor Belmont, who wields the Vampire Killer Whip as he endeavors to reclaim Europe from Dracula.

Despite the release of the teaser, there is no official U.S. discharge date that has been announced. Yet, the Netflix LATAM trailer suggests a July 7 release date but still, that doesn't clear up anything. However, whenever there is any new development regarding the news, we will keep you updated.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Netflix’s Castlevania Poster Reveals Dracula’s Castle

Castlevania has been a well-known franchise to the video gamers of the world for many decades, which has more sequels than any other games out there as well as a handful of tie-in games and gambling machines based on its theme. A few days ago, news of a new drama series adaptation of Castlevania on Netflix was announced and now, the executive producer of the show, Adi Shankar has revealed a new poster for the series.

The poster showcases Dracula’s legendary castle on blood moon night with bats; the creature of the night that foreshadows the lord of vampire. The castle that depicts and symbolizes Dracula's lair was also a recurring theme of the Castlevania games. Throughout the years of the game's run, fans have become quite familiar with the castle where they have slain Dracula a number of times as he comes back resurrected each time anew.

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Castlevania Poster Debuts Dracula’s Castle

The primary setup of Castlevania revolves around the Belmont clan, a family of hunters who slays Vampires for a living. They antagonized the race of blood sucking undeads and their dark lord for all their lives, to eradicate them from existence forever. So far, this was the base line for the main game plot that first came out in September 26, 1986 from developer studio Konami. But how much the source material is connected to Shankar’s Castlevania Netflix Series is still unclear since he teased of his association with this Netflix project.

Adi Shankar has previously worked on a couple of shorts on the re-imagining origin stories of The Punisher, Venom and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for his Bootleg Universe. Shankar will be aided in the upcoming Castlevania Netflix Series by writer Warren Ellis, whose work on Transmetropolitan, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis and Iron Man: Extremis story work is insanely popular among the fan base.

We are still nowhere close to a possible release date but according to Shankar, the show will drop its first season in 2017. The last game of the Castlevania series titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, was released back in 2014.