Castlevania It is one of the most famous franchises in the gaming world. Such success made her win an exclusive anime version on Netflix, with four seasons already available on the streaming service. But many still question: what actually differs from the game’s story to that of the animated series?
Today Voxel explains the history of the Konami franchise, which culminated in several games for dozens of consoles. Check out:
The history of the first games
The first game in the franchise was released in 1987 for the NES, Nintendo’s old 8-bit console. It tells the story of Simon Belmont, a vampire hunter who was trained to defeat the fearsome Count Dracula. However, to get to the vampire, you will have to go through a series of other creatures, such as zombies, wolves and other monsters.
But Simon’s task was not successfully completed, as before dying, Dracula ended up cursing him. Seven years later, it’s up to him to gather five parts of the vampire’s remains to burn his body and escape the curse. This is the plot of the second match of the franchise, also released in 1987 for the Famicon and NES.
Although these are the first games, in more recent chapters, Konami decided to change the timeline a little, releasing titles whose plot takes place many years before the saga of Simon Belmont. But the connection point between the video game franchise and the animated series It is precisely in its third chapter.
The third game that inspired the animation
Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse is the third game in the franchise, whose plot takes place about 215 years before the first, more precisely in 1476. It all starts when Dracula’s wife is burned at the stake accused of witchcraft by the people of Wallachia. To take revenge on everyone, the vampire summons an army of creatures to destroy all its inhabitants. It’s up to a group of warriors to defeat the villain and save the people from the curse.
Castlevania 3: Dracula’s CurseFonte: IMDB
The game was the first to allow players to control more than one character throughout the plot. In it, you can choose between: Trevor Belmont, great-great-grandfather of Simon Belmont, the pirate Grant DaNasty, the sorceress Sypha Belnades, and Alucard, the son of Count Dracula himself.
A curiosity about Alucard’s name is that it means Dracula backwards. The character himself uses this name as a way of showing everyone that he is the opposite of his father, even though they have similar powers.
the story of the anime
The production of Netflix, is based on the events of the third chapter of the franchise of the videogames, more precisely in the fight between the characters against the villain Dracula. In it, the vampire wants to exterminate all humanity, as revenge for the death of his beloved, and it’s up to Trevor Belmont, Alucard and Sypha Belnades to stop that.
The big difference between the plots is the way in which the anime Explore characters and events. Unlike the game, which due to the limitations of the old consoles could not reproduce animation scenes or very extensive dialogues, the animated series brings a more extensive story, especially in the way it addresses the characters individually.
For example, throughout its four seasons, we can see Alucard’s troubled relationship, who doesn’t agree with his father’s evil attitudes. Just as we can also see the redemption of all Wallachia with Trevor Belmont, whose family was expelled from the village accused of witchcraft because of his special powers.
It is also possible to meet more characters that appear quickly in the game. Issac and Hector, for example, are mere supporting actors in the game, while in the anime, both play a crucial role, especially with regard to their personalities, which are very different in terms of compassion for others.
To complete, many agree that the success of the production on Netflix, can reignite the franchise on consoles. It is worth remembering that the game’s producer, Konami, is not doing well in relation to the worlds of electronic games for consoles and PCs. Owner of many successful franchises, the company has not released a title that is critically and publicly acclaimed for years. If that wasn’t enough, the few she has released have received a barrage of criticism, such as E-Football 2021which had its release suspended due to criticism of the early version of the game.
Regardless of knowing the games or liking the franchise, one thing is certain: the anime of Castlevania is an absolute success, and considered by many as the best adaptation of a game to an audiovisual work. All episodes of the four seasons are now available on Netflix.
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