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Castlevania The Animated Series (Netflix 2017- )
« on: November 17, 2018, 17:05 »
So, what do you think?

- The voice acting is very decent. Dracula is especailly good. Trevor kind of gets on my nerves sometimes. It sounds like he's pushing some Jack Sparrow thing. I would have preferred Alucard closer to Robert Belgrade, but we can always fanonize that with Al being just 20+ here instead of centuries old.

- So much scatological humor. Why was Warren Ellis so absolutely obsessed with writing about goat sex that after about 12 years, he just had to realize his grand vision?

- The script is kind of uneven. There doesn't seem to be enough time for decent characterization and balance that with action. The episodes would have probably  worked a lot better 45 minutes long. And there's a lot of filler. I mean, I loved the Belmont Hold Library and its references to the games, but after spending an episode or two there with some childish banter between Trevor and Alucard, it seems like such a burst to just have the final fight so soon. After a short, 4 episodes long season, there's a lot more episodes in the second one, but in the end, everything just wraps up way too fast and convenient.

- And speaking of action; the gore just gets really gratuitous really fast. All them smashed heads and poked eyes and lots of the vampire raids could have been left to the imagination and use that time for something worthwhile.

- This was, of course to be expected: it doesn't follow the game canon. Very noticably, there is no Death, no Grant, Isaac is completely redesigned and Hector is strange. In a way, they were flip-flopped; in the games, Hector left Dracula's ranks because his conscience couldn't allow him to be part of human genocide. Here he's a cowardly manchild who is easily duped. Isaac was just kind of crazy and power hungry and his flamboyant appearance and manners reflected that. In the series, Isaac looks and acts like Shaft and will probably end up being the Shaft of the animated series. That's what I'm guessing, anyway.

All in all, it's worth a watch. For someone having been chasing the rumors about the supposed CVIII animated movie for about 13 years, it might not live up to the expectations, but for a first full-fledged Castlevania animation, it's a good start.