Get ready to crack your whips and load up on the holy water and chicken meat found in walls, because Netflix is bringing the iconic Castlevania video game franchise to its programming lineup. Among the latest of Netflix-exclusive programs will be an animated series based on the video game franchise that has been around since the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Details provided by Netflix recently confirm the animated series will debut later this year, although the release date has not been announced. The series will reportedly be a four-part season, with episodes running approximately 30 minutes. The story will follow Simon Belmont, the original hero in the video game franchise who is “the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe.”

The show will actually be an animated adaptation of the story from the third game in the legendary game franchise, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. If you have never played the game and want to avoid potential spoilers, then you may want to skip watching this video walkthrough of the original NES game found on YouTube. But this is not going to be an animated adventure for the children. This is going to be pretty violent.

“[The series is] going to be R-rated as f***,” producer Adi Shankar previously stated, according to IGN. Shanker claimed in 2015 the Castlevania series will be “America’s first animated series for adults.”

This will not be the first time Simon Belmont has graced the television airwaves, however. An animated version of the main protagonist of the Castlevania series previously appeared as part of the team in Captain N: The Game Master, where he was portrayed as a dude much more fascinated with his looks.

Here’s hoping Netflix sticks closer to the source material for the theme song…


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