Noob Reviews: Castlevania (Seasons 02 and 03)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Castlevania?
If you have not done so already, please may I suggest you check out our season one review, which is available here. This will provide a bit of backstory about the Castlevania franchise and a review of the entire first season.
When was the second season of Castlevania released?
The second season of Castlevania was released in October 2018.
What is the second season about?
Continuing on directly after the events of the first season, we see Trevor, Alucard and Sypha taking the fight to Dracula’s forces as they seek to free the country one town at a time from the demon’s claws. However, Dracula has also called in allies to assist his ever-escalating war effort and introduces two human commanders named Isaac and Hector. Who must begrudgingly work alongside a war council of vampires, who seek to turn not only Gresit but the entire country - into a vast vampire feeding ground.
In addition to the conflict between Trevor’s forces and Dracula’s forces, Dracula must also contend with an internal power struggle that sees the war with the humans as the perfect opportunity for a self-proclaimed stronger and more worthy vampire, not tainted by a need for revenge. To take over the ruling of all of the vampire factions and knock Dracula from his throne.
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
When was the third season of Castlevania released?
The third season of Castlevania was released in March 2020.
What is the third season about?
With the war between humans, vampires and demons supposedly settled, we follow the adventures of Alucard as he strikes out to live an isolated existence protecting the Belmont vaults and seeking to solve the many secrets and mysteries his father’s castle still holds. Unfortunately, not all is as it seems, and he is soon joined by two would-be trainee vampire hunters.
In addition to Alucard’s story, we also join Trevor and Sypha, who find themselves in the town of Lindenfeld and are soon thrown back into the fight with a faction of night fiends who - without the control of Dracula. Have struck out on their own and seek to open a portal to hell buried deep beneath Lidenfeld.
For those of you wondering at this point, you would be right. With the survival of a small portion of Dracula’s forces, there were also darker and more powerful elements of the vampire civil war that erupted at the end of season two - that also survived. Far off in exotic lands, having taken Hector as her prisoner, Carmilla plots her return at the head of a larger, even more, powerful vampire army. However, this time, her expansion plans are much more ambitious and more militant than before.
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
How many episodes are there?
To date, across the three different seasons, there are twenty-two episodes ready for you to get your fangs into.
The first season has only four episodes, but the second increases to eight, and the third season consists of ten episodes. Each episode has an average run time of around twenty-four minutes, with a few exceptions that run both longer (up to thirty minutes) and slightly shorter.
Has a fourth season been confirmed?
The fourth season of Castlevania was revealed to be in the works by Netflix, who sent a tweet out on the 27th of March last year (2020). At the moment, though, there has been no official timeline given on when the fourth season may be released.
Who are some of the voice actors and actresses that we might know?
For a complete cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What do you think of the second and third seasons of Castlevania?
The second and third seasons of Castlevania continue to go from strength to strength. Continuing on directly from the first season, they build the tale and expand the story to new heights, bringing in many new characters while developing the character arcs and critical plotlines from the seasons before. When looking back at the Castlevania games, graphic novels and lore entries, the animated series does continue to veer off at points from the games and other elements of the universe. However, due to how the stories are handled, characters are developed, and faction interactions unfold - the animated series does stand on its own two feet as a worthy addition.
As with the first season, the casting and delivery continue to be on point with a strong delivery of voice lines and a very well choreographed balance of emotions that really help sell the different feelings and tones of the characters. Unfortunately, I did find a few of the characters to be a little over the top and unlikeable, but in the grand scheme of things, their screen presence is often very short-lived and ends abruptly in often swift and brutal ways. And like the first season, the second and third continue with a smooth and crisp animated style that is really reminiscent of old school animes instead of the new 3D anime and CGI generated animes Netflix usually produces. Animes that can be hit and miss on their level of quality.
Overall there is not much for me to add that was not said at the end of the first season, but that the second and third seasons continue to go from strength to strength, building upon an already solid groundwork. Each episode manages to ramp up the danger, action and high stakes fantastically. With each loss of a core character, you can really see the effect that that loss has on the world around them - forcing other characters to either reconsider their own actions. Or press on ever harder, driven by the need to assert their dominance or display their own skillset to their peers.
Castlevania is definitely a series I am thoroughly enjoying, and I can not wait to see more in season four, especially now we are getting a decent number of episodes in each season as opposed to the four we got in the first season - that simply left me wanting more.
What rating would you give the second and third seasons of Castlevania?
I would rate the second and third seasons of Castlevania as a 4.2 out of 5 bananas.
With the three seasons flowing seamlessly from one into another, the writers have constructed a fascinating world whose characters and story arcs just draw you in, making you want to know what happens and be genuinely involved in how events play out. With a smooth and highly detailed art style, fantastic voice acting and unwavering creativity - Castlevania is definitely a series both Castlevania fans and animated horror fans alike will love.
If you’re new to the Castlevania-verse, don’t worry. From the first season through to the third season, everything you need to know is laid out in an easy to follow manner, which means the adventures of Trevor Belmont, Alucard and Sypha are accessible to a wide range of viewers.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Castlevania and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find it on Netflix here.