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A screenshot from the Castlevania: Nocturne trailer showing a vampire in a masquerade mask smiling with pointed teeth visible

For anyone who still doubted, Netflix’s Castlevania anime put to bed the notion that all video games adaptations are bad. That series followed an unlikely trio of characters—Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Alucard—who went to war against Dracula and his army of vampires. Following the series’ success, there’s new a spinoff called Castlevania: Nocturne that will follow a new character, Richter Belmont.

Castlevania: Nocturne takes place during the French Revolution, as Vampire Queen Erzsebet Báthory colludes with the French Aristocracy. Richter’s adventure is to stop Erzsebet with help from a Caribbean sorceress Annette and magician Maria Renard. The trailer depicts Richter as a pretty different protagonist than Trevor Belmont.

Castlevania: Nocturne | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix

What is Castlevania: Nocturne based on?

Castlevania: Nocture is inspired by the Castlevania video game series developed by Konami in 1993—specifically Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and its follow up, Symphony of the Night. The Castlevania franchise has become iconic, so much that Richter appears in the most recent Super Smash Bros. game on Nintendo Switch and inspired the naming convention for an entire subgenre of action games.

Who is Richter Belmont, anyway?

Richter Belmont is the descendant of famous vampire hunters Simon Belmont and Trevor Belmont. Richter is a powerful vampire hunter in his own right, and fought against a resurrected Dracula on multiple occasions. Like Trevor, who was the main character in the first Castlevania series, he uses the famous sacred whip of the Belmont clan.

Where and when to stream Castlevania: Nocturne

Castlevania: Nocturne premieres Sept. 28 on Netflix. All four seasons of the original Castlevania series are currently available to stream on Netflix as well, and you definitely should watch them—it has stunning fight animation, an intriguing storyline, and currently sits at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch it now so you’re ready for Nocturne in the fall.

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