Netflix has announced the Castlevania season 2 premiere date. The streaming service found themselves a big hit last year with the first season of Castlevania, which not only gave them a bump in the anime department, but also proved to be one of the best video game adaptations ever, by most accounts. Now, as revealed at Anime Expo, which is currently taking place in Los Angeles, the second season of the series will drop on October 26. The announcement had previously been teased on social media by Powerhouse Animation.
Castlevania season 2 was given the green light quickly by Netflix. The series comes from producer Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd) and is written by renowned author Warren Ellis. Shankar was the one who made the announcement at Anime Expo. That means it's going to be more than a year between seasons, but that's become increasingly common, especially in the world of streaming, as companies are willing to wait for premium content.
This comes as part of Netflix's increasingly heavy push to focus on original content. They're spending $8 billion on content this year and are expected to spend $12 billion or more next year. Castlevania season 2 is just part of their larger push for anime content. They've also given the green light to Aggretsuko season 2. They also have new shows like Dragon Pilot and Cannon Busters coming down the pipeline this year, in addition to Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, which is the sequel to the anime movie Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. Netflix's director of content for Japan and anime had this to say about their growing stable of anime titles.
"As Netflix has grown around the world we have been astounded by the broad reach and great depth of anime fandom. We are partnering with the best global creators to produce a diverse slate of shows that we hope will excite the boundless passion of anime fans and make Netflix a premier destination for this beloved art form."
The Castlevania series is inspired by the classic video games. Specifically, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which was originally released in 1989. The series 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 anime comes from Frederator Studios. Castlevania season 1 currently has an 86 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As video game adaptations go, that's pretty amazing.
Warren Ellis, in addition to writing the series, serves as an executive producer alongside Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar. With Castlevania season 2 set for release in October, we should be getting a teaser trailer sooner rather than later. Perhaps that's something Netflix could drop during San Diego Comic-Con later this month. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as more details are made available. This news comes to us courtesy of Variety.