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Netflix will release a Castlevania animated series in 2017

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Netflix is developing an animated series based on Konami's long-running Castlevania franchise.

The series will launch sometime this year, according to a press release that ran down the streaming network's roster of new series (via Polygon). Details are scarce, but Netflix's press release indicated that the first part of the series will air in 2017.

Animator Michael Hirsh confirmed with the Globe and Mail that his studio, Wow Unlimited Media, is partnering with Netflix to create the series. Wow and Netflix are expected to target a younger audience.

Rumors of a Castlevania TV series started circulating last year after Fred Seibert, known for his work as a producer on Adventure Time, mentioned on the Nick Animation podcast that he was working on a show "based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years."

In 2015, however, producer Adi Shankar announced that he was involved in a "super violent" Castlevania series alongside creatives who worked on Adventure Time. Whether or not Netflix's series will be more suitable for kids or adults remains to be seen.

Netflix and Wow Unlimited certainly have a deep pool of material to draw from. Konami released the first Castlevania in 1986. Sequels such as Castlevania III and Super Castlevania IV were made in the vein of action-platforming games until the mid-1990s, when Konami married the Belmonts to Nintendo's Metroid series and came up with the vaunted "Metroidvania" formula, one heavy on both action and exploration.

Netflix will announce more information in the coming months.

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    February 8, 2017 2:51 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Netflix will release a Castlevania animated series in 2017

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      February 8, 2017 2:53 PM

      How about a new animated X-Men series, Netflix? *wink* *wink*

      sigh, I hate Fox

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        February 8, 2017 3:45 PM

        Make sure it's the quality of that awesome 90's series. So good.

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          February 8, 2017 3:52 PM

          That show sucked. Yeah I said it, wanna fight about it?

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            February 9, 2017 4:57 AM

            Yeah looking back it was not that great.

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            February 9, 2017 5:35 AM

            Wat!? You serious? That show was bee's something-or-other.

            Ya, we're going to fight after school by the flag pole. Or, under the bleachers. Or, wherever the kids fight at these days.

            Did it really suck? I haven't seen it in a long while. I didn't care for the newer series after it. Mostly I get the original series voices stuck in my head and it's hard to heard the characters in any other voices. This is especially true of the B:TAS to JLU series stuff. Some stuff just doesn't age well. I was kinda surprised that the old G. I. Joe cartoon has aged better than I thought. My beloved Thundarr...yeah, not so much.

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            February 9, 2017 6:10 AM

            THIS ONE'S FOR YOU MORPH

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          February 9, 2017 4:56 AM

          That theme song UNF

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      February 9, 2017 5:37 AM

      I didn't really care about this until I just read randomly that Warren Ellis wrote it and is a producer for it

      http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/02/08/netflix-announces-castlevania-animated-series

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        February 9, 2017 6:20 AM

        This is the one thing that gives me any hope for the show.

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      February 9, 2017 6:49 AM

      dude... that is awesome.

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      February 9, 2017 8:10 AM

      cartoons are fun and all but I'd like a new castlevania video game (that isn't god of war)

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      February 9, 2017 8:49 AM

      When was the last good Castlevania game released?

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        February 9, 2017 5:45 PM

        Classic only? All of the DS games were pretty well received with the first, Dawn of Sorrow, taking the crown.

        So I guess it would be 2008, unless you disliked Order of Ecclesia, which some folks do despite it's generally strong reception, in which case it falls to 2006's Portrait of Ruin.

        If you're not a purist, while it didn't get a great reception the 3DS Mirror of Fate, released in 2013, wasn't panned like Lords of Shadow 2. Seems most of the complaints stemmed from it being too easy and/or shallow.

        Still, I think 2008 is probably the safer answer.