- Mar 19, 2020
I can sympathize with that feeling. It happened to me with Castlevania. No not the games (even if many Metroidvanias and especially LoS could be accused of this) but with the Netflix show. Suddenly, a bunch of random outsiders who liked stuff like Game of Thrones and **** like that suddenly appeared out of the woodwork and praised this overrated piece of ass. and maybe some reandom dude that played Symphony of the Night and couldn't pass the second Level of Castlevania 1.Another fear I have of the next DKC game and this also ties into Zelda once more: If a new Donkey Kong game were to pull a Breath of the Wild (Not as in open world, but a soft reboot) akin to what Returns tried, you'll probably see a lot of DK 'fans' pop up after it drops. You think the expand dong and HE memes were bad, that scenario will be even more damaging, especially if the Kremlings DON'T return as the main enemies or if they try to make K. Rool a buddy. Look at how self-contained Breath of the Wild is. Now look at everyone critiquing older Zelda games for not being Breath of the Wild.
It literally threw away so much from the series and went against it, because the main Writer, Warren "I passionately wanna beat the crap out of Koji Igarashi in a Dark Alleyway" Ellis couldn't be arsed to PLAY THE ****ING GAMES or at least do his damn research, and many of the complains about the Lords of Shadow series (lack of familiarity
with the source material, pretending to be really mature, "westernizing" the franchise) are exactly the same issues present in the Netflix show, but i guess it gets a pass because the animation is flashy and ****.
Grant Danasty? Gone, because apparently you can't have pirates in Castlevania (even though Grant wasn't a pirate, that was made up in the american instruction manual, the same one that speaks of a "Poltergeist King") but somehow it's fine for Sypha Belnades to be rewritten as a "Speaker" (bull**** completely made up for the show, Sypha was actually an agent sent by the Eastern Orthodox Church) but can't fit Grant, yeah ok.
What about all the iconic enemies from the series? Frankenstein's Monster? Nope (i guess poor Elllis didn't want to show negative usage of science even in a fictionalized manner, did he?) Grim Reaper? Not even mentioned, despite the fact that he is one of the most prominent character in the franchise, and the penultimate trial before the Count Himself. Same goes for the Mummies, Enemies like the Axe Armors and many Skeletons, etc. I mean **** Simon's Trailer in Smash showed almost all the iconic CV monsters before Simon even showed his face, that should clue you that these monsters are important.
Instead we get...................Godbrand..........and some random vampires that don't appear in Castlevania 3, or Curse of Darkness, or any game for that matter outside of Carmilla. Yeah Grant Danasty is a stupid name, sure thing Warren. yaaaaaaaayyyyy.....
And i guess Slogra and Gaibon in Season 2 and Legion later in Season 3............at that point it felt too late, plus the overindulgence of pretentious plots were there was too much dialogue (i can' even be arsed to remember what happened in the third episode) not helped is the overusage of OCs, i want to see Belmonts murdering creatures, what is this vampire romance ****? Oh and the music? Can't remember one single song, outside of Bloody Tears............which is not even in Dracula's Curse (and it played when the show was still "adapting" the CV3 storyline) all of the rest is forgettable at best, which is something you would NEVER hear from the CV games (but then again, what does it use from the games?)
Even if i though that Season 1 was "okay", i started revaluating what i saw (Something i don't really do with most media i watch, but this one activated my skepticism like no other, it was that bad in hindsight) and what i saw of Season 2's previews for me was enough to not even bother watching it, as i knew where it was going and felt like a pointless endeavor to force myself to see something i wasn't going to like.
I could go on and on, such as the clear Author Tract regarding Religion, something that was NOT touched in the games, only used as a plot point for Alucard's backstory and was never meant to be a black and white "Lol Church Bad", but not surprising they took this direction knowing Warren Ellis's beliefs (plus how Trevor doesn't use the Religious Looking Cross Boomerang and HOLY WATER subweapons, hmmmmm) the show just.................not knowing what to do after Season 2, and the Alucard scene in Season 3 which permantently destroyed any interest i had in this show whatsoever, and just the writing style in general (if this is how Warren tends to write, i really can't see how he made it big into the industry, seriously)
I could go on but this is the Dixie thread, not the "Phoenix complains about Netflixvania for 5 Hours straight" thread. All i can say for closure is that UNIRONICALLY would rather watch the DKC cartoon over the CV one, because it's less pretentious, did not remove Dixie because she "had a stupid name" and the internet at least is aware enough to treat in the same way the Netflix show SHOULD be treated, as a joke.