Graham’s Summer Anime, Part 1

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This season, I wanted to do a Viewer’s Choice. Based on your (the reader’s) choice, I would review two or three anime for the 2017 Summer anime season. Deep down though, I knew I’d end up reviewing them all anyway.

In my upcoming articles, I will review the following titles (subject to change):

  1. Castlevania
  2. Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Youkoso)
  3. Knight’s & Magic (Naitsu & Majikku)
  4. Princess Principal (Purinsesu Prinshiparu)
  5. Fate/Apocrypha (Feito/Apokurifa)
  6. Battle Girl High School
  7. Dive!!
  8. Gamers!
  9. Love and Lies (Koi to Uso)
  10. Vatican Miracle Examiner (Miracle Kiseki Chousaka)
  11. Altair: A Record of Battles (Shoukoku no Altair)
  12. Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun (Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun)
  13. Humanity Has Declined
  14. Made in Abyss
  15. Classroom of the Elite

For the record, I prefer to think of my insanity as dedication. I will review one to two anime per article, scoring them out of five. At this point, there are at least two-three episodes out per show, and I think most of us can agree two or three episodes is all you need to decide whether a show is right for you or not.

The first show I’ll review is Castlevania, and I’ll do so in its entirety (because it’s only 4 episodes).

  1. Castlevania, Netflix

The rumors are true—Castlevania is incredible. I can’t even begin to think of another video game adaptation that was this good. From the get-go, Castlevania does something incredible—it makes us sympathize with Dracula. The Church of Targoviste goes on a literal witch hunt and burns his wife at the stake. His wife was the only good part of humanity to Dracula. And when the last ember dies, hell promptly begins.

The real star of Castlevania though is Trevor Belmont. Voiced by Richard Armitage, Trevor Belmont is a perfect combination of a good heart, a serious *ss-kicker, and a don’t give a f*ck attitude. The flip Trevor makes from bad*ss warrior to bad*ss general is soul enriching. He grows from hating everyone to just hating the church and actively helping to save those affected by the church.

You can’t help but pause and appreciate the animation. The fight scenes are beautifully executed. Trevor and his whip are like Indiana Jones on steroids. Back in May, I loved the trailer for this show because it appeared to skew more for adults than children. And god, this show is absolutely not for kids.

Castlevania has one glaring negative—it’s only 4 episodes. When the queue for episode five didn’t appear, it physically hurt me. Which is truly a testament to how f*cking good Castlevania is. It’s been 12 hours and I am STARVING for more Castlevania. Watch this f*cking show.

5/5. Now give me more, PLEASE.


Castlevania Review: Fun To Watch, Ignore The Script

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