If the name Adi Shankar doesn't ring a bell for you Castlevania fans, it will soon enough. The man behind the mask of great hits like Judge Dredd: Superfiend, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, and Venom: Truth in Journalism is also developing new anime episodes for the Castlevania series. Hard core anime that is.....and not your garden variety kids show that some turn out to be.
Oh yes, we are talking about blood and gore and lots of more where that came from, as this will be a hard hitting series made for the adult crowd, and not for the little ones who prefer their Saturday morning cartoon lineup. We're talking super violent, flesh eating, blood squirting, gore infested action that is meant for you and the wife after telling the kids to go brush their teeth and go to bed kind of action. Yeah, and that's the way you like it.....as do I.
Back in August on his Facebook page, Adi talked about his new venture into the realm of vampire killing and the struggle between Lord Dracula and the house of Belmont. Here was one of his posts.
"Breaking News: I’m producing a super violent Castlevania mini-series with my homies Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. It’s going to be dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head."
For many of us the thought of a Castlevania movie loomed in our heads for years, and it seems that Hollywood never really took it seriously enough. At least not for a full length feature film that is for the fans. Sure, you had Hymn of Blood that transpired back in late 2012, but that was a web series that didn't do so hot, but did net some attention.
Along with some mixed reaction from the fans out there, but at least Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis starred in it which I thought was quite nice considering their performances on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
So what can we expect from a Castlevania animated series? Well, for starters the production team behind the magic that will give it life is Frederator. The same team that was behind smash hits like "The Fairly Odd Parents", and "Adventure Time", so those of you who know them can breathe a sigh of relief since they are quite renowned for their exquisite handy work.
Secondly, the anime series will be based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
Oh yes, one of the best titles in the series, and now that we know that you can bet your Belmont ancestry that Alucard (a dhampir and son of Dracula), Sypha Belnades, and Grant Danasty will be making an appearance and involve their own backgrounds and plots. Adi mentioned the Castlevania itself is rich in a long and deep story line to make a proper anime series.
So where does Adi get his inspiration for it? How about Ghost in the Shell, or Akira, or even Ninja Scroll. Three names you anime fans should recognize immediately. Adi also mentioned in an interview that he does plan on planting "Easter Eggs" into his anime that only gamers will recognize and understand. As for the soundtrack, he intends on using the traditional "metal electro guitar vibe" found in early games.
Not only that, but Adi has acquired the license for making the new anime from Konami, and therefore can produce his own spin on it rather than have any interference from the company. Sounds like a sweet potato to me!
So when can we expect this all to happen? Well, for right now the only way to get that answer is to follow Adi Shankar on his official Facebook page, and keep up to date with any happenings in the Castlevania anime realm.
He seems hell bent on making it, and with both him and Frederator at the helm in developing it, you can rest assure that this won't just be another kids anime show, but also one that's well made indeed.
Fire away with your thoughts and comments below on what you think about it. For those of you who have never played Castlevania 3, here is your introduction to one of the best of the best in the entire series.