Later seasons of “Castlevania” went on to supply eight to 10 episodes every, permitting followers to delve extra into the horrific world of vampires and those that hunt them, however initially, there was an excessive amount of uncertainty about whether or not there was an viewers for an anime-inspired sequence based mostly on a online game. Kevin Kolde, who was an government producer on the sequence, spoke with CBR about how the plan for a movie adaptation of “Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse” has been within the works for years. As he explains, “The primary season is absolutely constructed and based mostly upon the unique script, which was supposed to be a direct-to-video film again within the mid-2000s; there is a little bit of that. I believe a whole lot of it’s simply that everybody noticed this as a threat.”
The primary season got here out in 2017 and Netflix actually hadn’t completed adult-oriented anime at that time; it sounds as if the streaming large simply wished to hedge its bets to see what sort of viewership it earned with a season that basically capabilities as an elongated pilot. Kolde additional elaborates that “[Executive producers] Larry Tanz and Ted Biaselli and [Netflix Vice President of Anime Content] John Derderian, they’re supporting the present however they only did not know so that they have been like, ‘Do 4 episodes and we’ll see what occurs.’ I believe it was simply an abundance of warning.”
In the end, the wager paid off, as “Castlevania” turned a large hit — to the purpose the place a derivative is now within the works. It additionally possible gave Netflix the arrogance to pursue different adult-oriented anime like “Yasuke,” and because it stands, the 4 seasons we did get of “Castlevania” operate as an unimaginable piece of storytelling that did not overstay its welcome.