Trevor Belmont may have beaten Dracula and returned from the dead, but his story isn’t quite over yet. Today Netflix announced a spinoff series of Castlevania, which will focus on Belmont’s oh-so-many-greats grandson, Richter. Turns out Sypha’s pregnancy at the end of the series wasn’t a throwaway happily-ever-after.
This news is huge for Castlevania fans. Over the years, gamers have learned to groan and roll their eyes when studios announce video game adaptations. Then Castlevania premiered. The anime-influenced series broke the mold, respectfully paying homage to the original video game series while creating its own deeply rewarding story. It was exactly what you want in a game adaptation, something that was as epic as video game makes you feel while also being accessible to new fans. And the band is coming back to do it all over again.
The new series in the Castlevania universe will follow Richter Belmont, the descendant of Trevor and Sypha. It will take place in 1792 France during the French Revolution, and follow the adventures of Richter and Maria Renard. Diehard Castlevania fans are already familiar with those names. Richter was the main protagonist of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and is a well known vampire hunter. He’s known for his strong sense of justice and unbreakable will. Fighting alongside him will be vampire huntress Maria Renard, who mastered the art of magic at an early age. Maria first appeared in the series when she was 12 years old and is distant relative of the Belmont clan. Maria also first appeared in Rondo of Blood.
Thanks to a Twitter interaction between Netflix and series director Samuel Deats of Powerhouse Animation Studios, it seems as though the same team behind the original show will be involved in the spinoff. We’ll be counting down the days until we can see the Belmont whip in action once again.
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