Netflix keeps pouring on the nostalgia. The streaming service seems to be intentionally tugging at the heartstrings of older millennials who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, given some of the retro reboots Netflix has launched. From Fuller House to Carmen Sandiego, many of us are welcoming some of the icons of our childhoods back into our homes. Now, Netflix has given 30-something gamers everywhere a reason to screech inaudibly at our desks: a trailer for the upcoming Castlevania animated series.
Netflix’s new animated adaptation is written and executive produced by legendary comic book writer and creator Warren Ellis, who has worked on Iron Man and X-Men titles and has written previous animated comic book adaptations.
The trailer for Netflix’s Castlevania series opens with a shot of the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System with a Castlevania cartridge sitting on top. A faceless player inserts the cartridge (after blowing on it, naturally), causing an 8-bit Netflix logo to appear on his TV. A set of choices appears listing off the titles of popular original Netflix series in retro 8-bit glory, and the player selects Castlevania. The trailer then cuts to a montage of the series’ gorgeous Japanese-influenced animation, showing the series to be a blood-soaked horror/action romp which will be sure to bring back memories of hours spent with the landmark video game franchise.
The Castlevania games franchise centers around the Belmont family, a clan of vampire hunters who roam sprawling castles and dungeons in order to rid the world of monsters, the forces of darkness and, of course, good ol’ bloodsuckers. The games incorporate elements of many of the most popular classic horror icons such as werewolves, mummies, monsters of Greek mythology, and Count Dracula himself.
Four episodes of Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 will debut on Netflix July 7, with more episodes to follow in 2018.