Castlevania – season 2 review

It’s finally here. It seems like so long ago when I first watched the trailer.

As I stated in my season 1 review Castlevania is a dark and bloody animated series about the infamous Dracula. Dracula has gathered all his generals among whom are Isaac and Hector – two humans which he trusts the most in his war against humanity. This choice obviously creates some issues in his ranks and his generals start questioning his sanity. Meanwhile a newly arrived vampire called Carmilla has come to aid Dracula in his quests but seems to have a different plan in mind. On the other side the alliance of Belmont, Alucard and Sypha seek out the records of the Belmont estate in order to find something to help them kill Dracula.

Isaac and Hector were definitely very fascinating characters. We find out a lot about them in the first episodes. Both had very troubling childhoods and both have their reasons to hate humanity. They are forge masters with magical powers that can bring creatures back to life. Creatures which were really well designed, I absolutely loved how they looked. Interestingly enough while looking into them I found out that they are a part of the main lore and there is a manga about them called “Castlevania: curse of darkness” based on the game I assume which I will definitely be reading soon. Carmilla was also fascinating. Even though I found her a bit annoying at parts she was a really great character.

This season was focused more on dialogue than action but it did have it’s fair share of badass fights which were absolutely amazing and a pleasure to watch. A lot of the focus was also shifted to the vampires instead of our heroes which was interesting but also may have been a negative side. One of my favorite parts of the show was the banter between our heroes, especially the growing friendship between Trevor and Alucard and Sypha’s constant teasing was hilarious. I think they could have done better with the pacing and the focus. It did however make Dracula one of my favorite villains in a long time. We got to dig deep in his psyche and got to know him well, especially at the end. The ending was so powerful it almost brought tears to my eyes.

Surprisingly enough I did not enjoy this season as much as I thought I would. It had a lot more to offer than the first one and we did get to explore the characters deeper but still. That does not mean that I did not love it though. It is still a fantastic show and I binged it in one sitting but it has it’s flaws. One major one was the quality of animation in some scenes with Isaac. It might have been me but I swear that the quality dropped drastically there. Another issue I had was the “emo” version of Dracula. I understand why it was like that plot wise but they went a bit overboard.

Final verdict: 8.5/10

On a final note: Who do you think would be the perfect casting for the characters in the series? I’ve been thinking about it for a while but I honestly do not know.

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