Warning: This assessment accommodates minor spoilers for Castlevania Season 4.
Earlier than any actual dialogue of Castlevania Season 4 will get underway, we should take a detour. See, Castlevania’s author Warren Ellis had major sexual misconduct accusations come out towards him just below a yr in the past. Earlier than you watch what’s going to possible be among the remaining mainstream work of his profession, I might encourage you to learn the above-linked article by The Beat’s Editor-in-Chief, Heidi MacDonald. Due to Ellis’s misconduct, viewing and reviewing the ultimate season of Castlevania is a bizarre state of affairs to be in; as soon as once more, a piece that’s in any other case glorious turns into tainted with the malignant actions of one in all its creators.
And Castlevania Season 4 is, sadly, glorious, and never simply dismissed. That is unlucky as a result of writing on the present clearly wrapped earlier than all of this got here out, leaving Ellis with all ten episodes and the writing credit score for every. Warren Ellis, it will appear, is inseparable from Castlevania. Seemingly because of the strenuous strategy of animation, there was no option to boot him from the venture and rewrite the whole lot of Castlevania, and meet its premiere date on Might 13, 2021. I actually don’t fault anybody else on the manufacturing crew for not making an attempt that — Netflix may have simply canceled Castlevania mid-production and washed their fingers of it. They did that with a number of different reveals that bought shut down on account of COVID, however these had been live-action. Castlevania’s standing as one in all Netflix’s first authentic animated reveals, and the truth that it’s animated, possible performed a job in its survival.
Nevertheless, the writing’s the worst a part of this season. Scenes go on too lengthy, and there are moments the place scenes may finish earlier reasonably than later. There’s a lot of speaking, and whereas there’s some wit, for probably the most half, it’s extra philosophical than comedic. Castlevania has all the time been recognized for its distinctive mix of comedy, violence, and tragedy: right here, it leans extra into the tragedy and violence till the very finish, the place issues get out of the blue lighter.
This present has all the time been about tragedy turned hopeful, although, till issues get unhealthy once more. However by the tip of Castlevania Season 4, it turns into clear that if the present does proceed in a brand new kind, issues must go actually unhealthy with a view to attain the apex of the trauma and tragedy of the tip of Castlevania Season 3. The characters are in good kind, with Sypha’s rising enhancement of her personal powers being a selected spotlight. Isaac studying how you can have a coronary heart can be pretty to see; he’s come thus far!
The fights are nonetheless triumphant, the animation designs proceed to be actually distinctive and compelling, and the voice appearing is pretty much as good as ever. Castlevania Season 4 meets the problem of the primary three seasons and concludes the collection satisfactorily. It’s a enjoyable present, as all the time, and it deserves consideration, it’s only a pity you should run your personal private ethical gambit to really watch it. And it’s unlucky that the superb work by the varied animation studios, manufacturing crew, and voice actors will get misplaced within the unhealthy habits of Ellis.