Konami’s Castlevania series has been around longer than I’ve been alive. First launched on Nintendo’s Famicom console in 1986, the franchise has since influenced several generations of games and gamers around the world with more than 40 games set in the Castlevania universe. While fans never got the movie they were promised from director Paul Anderson, Netflix announced last year that they’d commissioned an animated Castlevania series “done in the vein of Game of Thrones” for two seasons, with the possibility of an extension. The first season is now almost ready, and launches on 7 July 2017. If you hit the jump, there’s a trailer in store for you, and it looks AWESOME!

The Netflix adaption is a four-part miniseries consisting of 30-minute episodes, and is drawn in a style that borrows its look from the Castlevania manga and the artwork of the games. It is directed by Adi Shankar, a U.S.-based film maker who saw huge success as a producer for The Grey. He’s also known for a few short “bootleg” films that you might recognise: Power/Rangers and The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (both are quite mature, and aren’t for kids). The series is written by Warren Ellis, a Marvel comic book veteran who wrote the “Extremis” story arc for Iron Man as well as Astonishing X-Men, Thunderbolts, and Moon Night. He also wrote the story for the first Dead Space game.

Based on the game Castlevania III: Dracula’s curse, this TV series is a prequel to the 1986 Castlevania, set centuries before the events of the original. Trevor Belmont, wielder of the Vampire Killer Whip, is hired by the church to take down Count Dracula, who has been ravaging Europe with his monster army. Along the way, he picks up his companions who help him in his quest, including Sypha Belnades, a young sorceress, Grant Dynasty, former pirate (or an actual pirate, I can’t tell), as well as Alucard, the son of Dracula. Shankar hasn’t detailed much of where the series will go, but from the teaser trailer, it’s going to be a wild ride.

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