Castlevania: Nocturne is the next anime series to air on Netflix on September 28, 2023. It is a direct continuation of the successful original series, which was broadcast on the same streaming platform ‘Castlevania’ for four seasons. more content from the popular video game franchise developed by KONAMI. Of course, Trevor, Sypha and Alucard will not be the main actors of the series, since a new one will be introduced in the trailers for the Netflix-produced anime Judge Belmont. This article explains when and where ‘Castlevania: Nocturne’ takes place in the ‘Castlevania’-France timeline.
The upcoming show is a direct continuation of the original series with a unique plot. However, since the ‘Castlevania’ projects are inspired by the source material of the same name from the gaming industry, we will also mention some details about it. If you are interested, stay with us until the end.
‘Castlevania: Nocturne’ will have a big Time Jump over the original series
The ‘Castlevania’ video game franchise is one of the most popular from Japan and has maintained its popularity, especially with the release of the ‘Castlevania’ Netflix series in 2017.
Of course, the producers were inspired by video games, but for television they came up with some unique stories. Nevertheless, showrunners still used certain games as source material, and “Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse” from 1989 is the one that “dominated” the series for all four seasons.
Within the games franchise, this 1989 game is set in the most difficult time for vampire hunters, the Belmont clan. In the 15th century, more precisely in 1476 AD, Count Dracula decides to exterminate people from the Earth, and only Trevor Belmont and his vampire-killing abilities can help the world. With Alucard and Sypha, Trevor Belmont kills the Dark Lord and becomes the first man to kill Dracula.
This is the setting and main premise of the Netflix series ‘Castlevania’, which took most of its elements from the popular 1989 game ‘Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse’.
Since this chapter was closed after the end of the fourth season of ‘Castlevania’, Netflix decided to develop another series of ‘Castlevania’, this time in a different time and with a different protagonist.
Judge Belmont is a descendant of Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades and the one who has continued the “tradition” of his family and clan. ‘Castlevania: Nocturne’ will be based on or at least inspired by the video game ‘Castlevania: Rondo of Blood’, which was first released in 1993 and is set in the 18th century, 1792 AD
There is a direct continuation of the game ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’, released in 1997, which takes place five years after the previous edition. That said, if ‘Castlevania: Nocturne’ gets another season, we’ll probably have some sort of ‘Symphony of the Night’-inspired plot.
In addition, the sequel will take place at least 300 years after the TV series ‘Castlevania’.
Where does ‘Castlevania: Nocturne’ take place?
The timeline of the ‘Castlevania’ franchise can be a bit confusing for younger fans, as it includes dozens of games released over the past 30 years. This includes the removal of some games from the timeline or something similar due to release cancellations, but it is safe to say that the settings and timeline of ‘Castlevania’ were officially set – in the ‘Konami Magazine’ in 1997.
Since then, the developers, together with the main producer of the franchise, Koji Igarashi, have set the main timeline and the alternate universe. Of course, Judge Belmont’s journey is canonical for the main story, which takes place in France in the 18th century during the greatest event in history, the French Revolution.
The English monarchy was the setting for ‘Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse’ and the four seasons of the TV series ‘Castlevania’, while France became the main setting for ‘ Rondo of Blood’ and ‘Symphony of the Night’ 300 years after Trevor Belmont’s first murder of Count Dracula.
As is usually the case with the ‘Castlevania’ games, Count Dracula is revived several times in the franchise by different groups of cultists, religious people or some kind of followers. In ‘Rondo of Blood’, the dark priest Shaft revives the Dark Lord, who then attacks the women of the local town. One of them is Judge Belmont’s fiancee Annette, and Judge immediately finds his beloved. The descendant of the Belmont clan saves Annette, but with the help of the mysterious girl Maria Renard, whose magical powers are useful in preventing Count Dracula from triggering an apocalypse in France.
This plot will probably appear in the series ‘Castlevania: Nocturne’, and if the first reactions to the trailer do not say otherwise, it seems that fans already like the look of the anime series, which could make Netflix give it another season. .
‘Castlevania’ is one of those video game franchises with amazing source material that stretches over decades and even centuries. Hopefully we will see more content from this famous Japanese video game.
Castlevania: Nocturne will be released worldwide on Netflix on Thursday, September 28, 2023.