A few weeks ago, the streaming service Netflix held a massive press event in New York City where they unveiled new TV shows that will be unveiled later this year. One of those was a Castlevania animated series that hailed from Adventure Time producer Frank Seibert along with indie producer Adi Shankar. While no release date has been set, Adi Shankar recently took to social media to reveal the first poster showing the massive castle that will be at the heart of this show.
Adi Shankar debuted the poster on Facebook, although it doesn't give us much besides a glimpse at the castle. The streaming service hasn't announced any voice cast members yet, but Adi Shankar recently confirmed through social media that Part 1 will debut sometime this year and the second part will arrive in 2018. He also promised fans that it will become the "Western world's first good video game adaptation" while adding that comic book legend Warren Ellis wrote both the first and second seasons.
The series was originally announced back in August 2015, but at the time, it hadn't found a home with Netflix yet. Then in December 2016, producer Frank Seibert mentioned in an interview that he was trying to develop an animated series based on an iconic video game, which most fans guessed was Castlevania since his studio has long held the rights to the game. Adi Shankar later confirmed that it was the same project he announced in 2015.
The original Castlevania video game was released in Japan in 1986, before debuting on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1987. The game followed Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont clan, a family of vampire hunters, who journeys to Dracula's demonic castle, Castlevania. Adi Shankar confirmed in 2015 that the mini-series will be based on the third game in the series, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which introduced three new characters, a sorceress named Sypha Belnades, the pirate Grant Danasty, and Alucard, the son of Dracula who could shoot fireballs and turn into a bat.
Shortly after announcing this series on Facebook, Adi Shankar proclaimed that, "the goal is to bring hard hitting anime to America," adding that he wanted this show to become "America's first animated series for adults." He added that the show would be inspired by classic anime shows such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll and Young Justice. While the producer's statements about the show have certainly been bold, the Netflix streaming service does sound like a perfect fit for a show like this, since they can push the envelope farther than they could on a traditional broadcast network. While we wait for more on this Castlevania series, take a look at the new poster below.