Anime and manga distributor VIZ Media has secured the global home media rights to season one of Netflix’s hit animated fantasy series Castlevania from WOW! Unlimited Media’s Frederator Studios.
Announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego last weekend, the deal expands VIZ’s growing catalog of well-known anime properties, including Pokémon, Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon.
Based on Konami’s classic video game series from the late ’80s and early ’90s, Castlevania follows the adventures of a vampire hunter who must save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula. An eight-episode second season of the series will be available to stream on Netflix from October 26.
While Castlevania skews more toward the young adult audience, Netflix announced last week that it is creating a new original kids fantasy series entitled The Dragon Prince. The eight-episode animated series for kids and families is being developed by Aaron Ehasz, head writer on Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Justin Richmond, director of Naughty Dog action-adventure game Uncharted 3.