It’s a good time to be a Castlevania fan. The second season of Netflix’s anime adaptation of the popular video game will arrive on October 26, with a third season to follow. Netflix recently released a new trailer for the second season, which should tide fans over until the it launches.
The release date for the show’s second season was announced at the Los Angeles Anime Expo and confirmed on the Castlevania Twitter account. We also got a look at what the show has to offer.
Raise hell. Season 2 is a bloody nightmare. Join our awakening October 26, only on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/gtXU0iP2VA
— Mr. Belmont (@Castlevania) July 6, 2018
Based on the popular video game series of the same name, Castlevania follows Trevor Belmont as he attempts to save Europe from Dracula’s wrath. To be fair, Dracula does actually have pretty good reasons to be angry, so he’s not just evil for the sake of being evil, which is always a nice change of pace.
The show’s first season launched with only four episodes, but proved to be a hit for Netflix, which quickly announced a second season of the show, which was later confirmed to be twice as long as the first.
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 7, 2017
FAQ: #CASTLEVANIA season 2 will be 8 episodes long, out sometime later this year. I don’t have the release date yet – these things are decided by people other than me. Lots and lots of great animators are working incredibly hard on it. You'll have plenty of warning of the date. pic.twitter.com/9aZ6S1dD6z
— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) June 19, 2018
Little is known about the show’s third season aside from the fact that it is in the works, as was as confirmed by voice actor Richard Armitage.
“We’re about to record a third,” said the voice of Trevor Belmont. “The second season hasn’t been aired yet, but we’re about to do a third.”
Details regarding the third season are scarce and Netflix has not officially confirmed anything yet. Armitage did give some hints as to what we can expect when the show’s second season drops later this year.
“The son of Dracula [Adrian Tepes, voiced by James Callis] and my character get much more collaborative,” Armitage said. “I think that’s one of the most exciting things, they start to really work together.”
This series marks Castlevania’s first on-screen adaption and proved to be a hit with fans and critics alike, which was a breath of fresh air in a sea of mediocre video game adaptations. Most of those failed projects were live-action films, however, which is an area video games have struggled in since Nintendo’s disastrous live-action adaptation of Super Mario Bros. in 1993.
Despite the poor reputation of live-action video game movies, Armitage seems excited at the prospect of a live-action version of Castlevania, though nothing of that nature has been confirmed.
“I love my character in Castlevania … he’s this anti-heroic, drunk, slightly foul-mouthed, irritable git,” Armitage said. “I feel like it would make the most brilliant live-action piece. It’s slightly anarchic and humorous – we don’t often see vampire heroics in that vein. One day, maybe.”
Updated on July 28 with the second season’s trailer.