Before Netflix was deep in the mines of video game adaptations, there was one series that kicked everything off: Castlevania. The adult animated series was based on Konami’s adventure franchise of the same name, and it was frankly excellent. The series came to a satisfying close in 2021 with its fourth season.
Now, Castlevania is returning to Netflix with a new tale called Castlevania: Nocturne. From the brief teaser we received, the new series will be entirely focused on Richter Belmont, the hero from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. As previously announced, Richter is a descendant of Trevor and Sypha from the first series.
The series moves to the French Revolution rather than the faux Middle Ages of the first series. Maria Renard will also feature in the series, though we don’t know if it’ll be in her younger Rondo of Blood appearance or her older Symphony of the Night design. The title of the series does recall the Japanese title of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Akumajo Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight, so maybe we could see a blend of both time periods.
Kevin Kolde returns to produce and show run the series. Likewise, Powerhouse Animation is back to handle the animation so expect a whippin’ good time. “We heard that people were asking for more hot vampires so we answered the call,” said the studio on Twitter. Sam Deats directed most of the episodes of the first series and looks to be returning for this entry.
It’ll be interesting to see who’s writing the new series of Castlevania. Every episode of the previous series was written by comic writer Warren Ellis, who has since been accused of inappropriate conduct; that was last year, and Ellis has generally stayed out of the spotlight since. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported Ellis wouldn’t be a part of Castlevania past his work in Season 4, but that was never confirmed.