That didn’t take long! At the 2018 Anime Expo 3 weeks ago, Netflix announced it would be picking up fan-favorite anime CASTLEVANIA for a second season. However, we didn’t expect them to release a trailer so soon after the announcement.

Netflix debuted the trailer live at the AsiaPop Comicon Manila 2018 in the Philippines on July 28th. It was a part of the “Netflix❤Anime” panel, where CASTLEVANIA c0-executive producer Adi Shankar surprised everyone with the trailer. Not many Western audience anime fans heard about the event. But, they noticed when Netflix uploaded the trailer on their official YouTube account. You can view the full trailer below:

Here, we see a bit more of the awesome action sequences that fans fell in love with during season one. Also, familiar faces Alucard and Sypha are teaming back up with Trevor Belmont to take down Count Dracula Vlad Tepes. Netflix will release season 2 on October 26th with 8 total episodes. Furthermore, writer Warren Ellis and director Sam Deats from season 1 will return as well.

Building Up a Legendary Franchise

For those unfamiliar, CASTLEVANIA is an anime based off the 1986 video game DRACULA’S CURSE. In the game, the evil vampire Dracula begins conquering Europe with his army of monsters. Faced with a seemingly hopeless situation, the church has to make a tough decision. They call in Trevor Belmont, a banished vampire hunter with near super-human strength, to take up arms against Dracula.

It’s a pretty simple plot, but most video games from the 1980s were pretty bare-bones. In order to create a storyline worthy of a network series, writer Warren Ellis would have to fine-tune a lot of the details from the game. In the anime, Dracula has access to advanced technology. Eventually, he meets Lisa, who wants to use that technology to become a doctor. Intrigued by her courage in demanding this favor of him, Dracula agrees to teach her medicine. The two fall in love and Lisa helps re-establish his faith in humanity. 20 years later, however, the townfolk falsely accuse her of witchcraft and burn her at the stake.

Traumatized by the event, Dracula begins rampaging throughout Europe with the goal of eliminating all humans.  Trevor Belmont, an honorable man with a shameful past in the anime, becomes wrapped up in Dracula and the Church’s feud. Just like in the video game, he teams up with the powerful magic user Sypha, and Dracula’s son Alucard, to halt Dracula’s path of carnage.

Sypha, Alucard, and Trevor Belmont from CASTLEVANIA
Sypha, Alucard, and Trevor Belmont from CASTLEVANIA | Image: Netflix

CASTLEVANIA Season 2 Trailer Breakdown and Analysis

The first season of CASTLEVANIA was only four episodes. Despite its brevity, season one did a great job of setting the table for future content. The series immediately established Dracula as a multidimensional villain. On one hand, we sympathize with his loss and understand his actions. On the other hand, he’s still terrorizing Europe, and that’s inexcusable. We also saw, in great detail, how Trevor met his companions. Seeing the trio together brought back some nostalgic moments for me, and I’m excited to see more in the future. Now, the series has everything it needs to really get going. And, the second season trailer succeeds in getting fans hyped for the series’s return. It teases some awesome fight scenes, beautiful animation, and badass Alucard moments.

Alucard Facing Monsters
Alucard Facing Monsters | Image: Netflix

While the trailer certainly succeeded in a lot of areas, it also underwhelmed me a little bit. It was awesome seeing all the familiar faces from season one. But, it doesn’t appear that the story has progressed much. In fact, the trailer was essentially just a giant recap of season one’s plot peppered in with new action shots. Netflix did a good job of keeping the trailer spoiler-free, but I would’ve appreciated some insight into what’s to come for the story.

The Best is Yet to Come

The trailer wasn’t perfect, but overall, the excitement is growing heading into Season 2. Sam Deats and Warren Ellis have proven they can make great content in the past. So, there’s no reason to think they can’t replicate season one’s success. Of course, only time will tell, but, they certainly have all the right tools in place to make another great season.

What did you guys think of the trailer? And are you excited for season 2? Let us know in the comments below!

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