In an exciting turn of events, Netflix revealed interesting details about his upcoming animated series “Castlevania: Nocturne“, a spin-off of the core series of castles produced by Power animation studio. This new series will carry over the events of the 1993 video game, “Castlevania: Rondo of Blood“, to the small screen. However, what stands out the most is the transformation of one of the main characters.
The plot of “Castlevania: Nocturne” takes place in the context of the French Revolution in the 18th century, a setting that adds an extra layer of intrigue to the story. The main character, Richter Belmont, a direct descendant of Castlevania’s first main character, Simon Belmont, sets out on a quest to rescue his girlfriend Annette from Dracula’s clutches and return the monster to his grave. In the original game Annette was a young white woman, in keeping with the game’s Transylvanian setting. Even in the 2007 PlayStation Portable remake, “Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles”, Annette kept her original appearance, with the exception of her purple hair.
However, previews of the new series have revealed that the most significant change will be Annette’s racial transformation. As well as being the first spin-off with black vampires in the franchise, the series will also decide to change Annette’s ethnicity. Now, instead of being a gloom in distress, Annette will be portrayed as a nurse who used her power and cunning to escape vampire slavery in the Caribbean. Now, she uses magic to stop an impending apocalyptic threat.
The revelation of this transformation provoked various reactions on social networks. One of the studio’s set designers shared his pride in this bold reinvention of a classic character, celebrating the diversity it brings to the series. However, some critical voices argued that the source material should be respected and that changes to the ethnicity of existing characters should be avoided.
In response to these criticisms, designer Steve Stark insisted that only a small number of people disagreed with the transformation, saying that he did not care about the opinions of a few detractors, and encouraged those who disagreed to focus on bigger issues . “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. I don’t care if a small group of people are upset that we made a black character“he said.
The series’ official synopsis describes an exciting setting set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, where a dark threat emerges as the peasants rise up against the nobility. A group of powerful vampires plan to take over the world and plunge it into eternal darkness. “Castlevania: Nocturne” promises elegant animation and constant surprises in this unique version of the story. The series can be seen on Netflix on September 28.
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