Castlevania has been a rollercoaster of a ride from the very first season. Now that the final season is available to watch, how can it conclude everything and still make an impact on viewers? Believe me when I say it did. As a 10 episode series finale, Castlevania left me laughing, crying, and wondering what the hell I just saw. Spoilers ahead.
Where do I even begin? The show has so much content and storyline that I honestly don’t even know where to start. To sum up the first season, when his wife is burned at the stake for being falsely accused of witchcraft, Vlad Dracula Tepes goes on a killing spree within the city of Wallachia by summoning demons and wrecking chaos amongst the citizens. In an attempt to stop the murders, monster hunter Trevor Belmont joins forces with magician Sypha Belnades and the son of Dracula, Alucard. Since there’s so much to unwrap, I’ll provide readers with the Castlevania Wiki page in case they want a more in depth look at the series. It’ll give you a much deeper look into the show, episode by episode even, including the production crew, voice actors, etc.
As a fan of action sequences mixed with horror/gore, this season was the icing on the proverbial cake. It was so bloody good (pardon the joke). Personally, the animation felt different from previous seasons and I’m not saying it in a bad way. If anything, it’s a compliment. The style felt very different which was more than likely switched up to accomodate the intense fight scenes that happened in every episode. On top of that, there are some very interesting and beautiful art choices. There was a particular scene where Carmilla is walking and her red dress flows behind her looking a lot like a trail of blood following her movements. This could be viewed a hint of foreshadowing if people are familiar with the character herself. The art style and animation is incredible and they really brought their A game this season and gave everything they had to make it a memorable finale.
The way the series ended is debatable depending on who you ask. Personally I thought it ended in a beautiful way; everyone got their happy ending, including Dracula himself. Understandably, Dracula is a killer. He killed many innocent people in his plot for revenge against who wronged his wife. But he did it out of grief and love. So to see it end the way it did for him made me happy that he got the happiness he deserved. Even Isaac changed his way of thinking and decided he wanted to live and fight for a better future where people could be happy and prosper which was very surprising considering (in my own opinion) he didn’t have much character growth in previous seasons. All the main characters had some sort of development in one way or another so it was nice to see them grow from the people they were in season one to the people they are now.
The voice acting. Sometimes I forgot who voiced certain actors and when I’d look up the cast, I found myself even more attracted to the characters (particularly Trevor Belmont but to save everyone from the simp fest, I’ll bite my tongue on this one). Everyone sounds so attractive that it’s unreal. They did a fantastic job making me and probably many others fall for 2D characters. Fantastic job done by the entire cast.
Overall? Amazing series finale. Lots of action, gore and jaw dropping moments that make you say “did that really just happen” out loud. The plot is fully concluded with no holes (at least not to my knowledge) and everyone truly got the happy ending they’d been fighting for all along. This one is absolutely worth the watch.
Season 1-4 of Castlevania is available to stream on Netflix.