May 22, 2022
So despite my intention to try and get weekly updates doing, life got in the way. I have a whole post about it over on my other site, Asteroid G, but the short explanation is that my wife and I are foster parents and we have a newborn we took care of for two months. That, followed by catching COVID (a mild case, thankfully), and then trying to get caught up on stuff and get the writing groove back, but a real block on my time. I am back now, though, and we'll see just what we can do for updates now.
To start, let's get through the basic content additions I want to try and do every update. We have a Bios page for Abaddon, the Lord of the Abyss. In the Arsenal we take a look at Axes of the throwing variety. And then over in Locations we have a long and lengthy look at the various chapels in the series.
Finally, as we expand the various sections of the site, we have Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story for the Literature section. This is a fun and silly little book, a vampire novel that doesn't take the genre too seriously. It may not be everyone's cup of tea (too silly to be horror, not broad enough to be true comedy) but it is a fun little book that easily passes the time.
March 20, 2022
While I'm getting back into the flow of updates I did want to still get some good meaty coverage going. To that end, we first have a look at the Konami GB Collection, Vol. 1 for the Game Boy Color. We already covered the Game Boy version of this collection, but I gotta tell ya that version was better. The GBC edition is just a muddy mess without any of the bonus features that really made the collection shine. So sad.
We then bounce over to the Bios section where we add in Dragan, the last of the named, voiced characters in the Netflix Anime. This does, in fact, complete out main coverage of characters from that show, marking another milestone for the site. I do still have one or two more things I want to write for that series before we call it done (at least until the next spin-off season starts up), but we have the Netflix show in a very good place now.
Finally, we take a look at American Vampire: Volume 4 over in the Literature section. Although the last two volumes hadn't been as good, this fourth book adds a lot of solid, new material to the series and makes for a really good collection of stories.
March 11, 2022
So I had to take a couple of weeks off from most of my sites for personal reasons. Things came up that I had to deal with and then, once that was done, I just didn't have the brain power for much else. Now, however, I'm more like a human being again so let's get our weekly updates back on track.
It's a smaller update group this time as I get back in the groove, but we can at least kick things off with a review of the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Randomizer over in Fanworks. This is a good randomizer, limited only (presumably) by how the original game was created, but well worth checking out even if it doesn't seem as "full featured" as other randomizers for the series.
And then we take a trip into the Literature section for a review of American Vampire: Volume 3. This is easily the weakest volume of the set so far, a series of stories with cool ideas but a lack of direction to guide us forward. American Vampire has to do better to maintain our attention.
Finally, we review The Return of the Living Dead over in the Horror Cinema section. This is a film I remember enjoying back in the day, but going back to it now (with the zombie comedy genre having many more entries in the interim), the comedy of this film just feels flat and silly now.
February 21. 2022
This week we start off in the Fanworks section with a look at the recently released Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Randomizer. It's a solid randomizer that adds new life to the second GBA game in the series, and better it actually makes that game fun to play. Who knew it could happen?
We then venture over to Locations to take on the Docks and Haunted Ship. This zone isn't featured as frequently in the series but it does have an evocative vibe that's made it a memorable zone for many players. Along side this we also visit the Arsenal section for a look at the rare lightning-type sub-weapon, Agunea.
February 14, 2022
A little late with this update. I hit a bit of a wall trying to get myself motivated to work on bios for the Netflix series. For some reason I just don't want to write these things but, eventually, I got it together and did what had to be done: bio updates for Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Alucard, along with a new bio for Zamfir. I'm sure there are probably a couple of other characters from the anime I need to cover, but this is most of the coverage for that series finally tackled. Hurray!
Horror Cinema sees an update this week with a look at Vampires: Los Muertos. This sequel to John Carpenter's 1998 film probably didn't need to exist, and certainly no one was craving a second visit to this world, but hey, it's actually not that bad a movie all things considered.
Delving into Castlevania content, our visit to the Arsenal gives us Staffs and Clubs, the last primary attack page that needed to be added to the game, a big accomplishment indeed. We also take a trip into the Gardens via the Locations section, fleshing out that area even further.
The Related Games section saw the addition of a classic title: Knightmare: Demon Castle Legend. This is a fun little game, a top-down shooter that somehow manages to feel like the inspiration for so much of Konami's work to come. Plus, it's a lot of fun.
February 4, 2022
We start with a look at a Related Game, 2018's Timespinner. This is a title I really should have played sooner, a fantastic Metroidvania that, for whatever reason, I just never picked up even though I should have. Well, I finally did, and it's fantastic.
We also review Night of the Living Dead 3D over in the Horror Cinema section. It's a passable movie, and not the worst zombie film I've ever watched, but it's not good by any stretch of the imagination.
Moving over to the Arsenal, we have a look at the Tomes of Magic, Charlotte's main attack. This is a fairly new addition to the Castlevania series, but one appropriate for the young sorceress. Then in Locations we visit the oft featured Forest to spy it's many incarnations, alongside its serene beauty among the trees.
And finally we have a little something special for the Bios area: a look at the bonus character modes for the series. It occurred to me that while we've touched upon the characters, and reviewed the main games, we'd never really analyzed each bonus character and reviewed their modes. Now we have, in a comprehensive list.
January 28, 2022
Today we start with a visit to the Marsh over in the Locations section. This is the all-encompassing look at the swamps, marshes, and bogs of the series, packed with plant life and mud men all out to kill you.
We also finally get around to reviewing Dracula 3000 over in the Horror Cinema section. This film is, frankly, very, very bad and not even in a fun way. I've sat through this film twice (both times for this site over the years) and now, having done that, I don't want to do it again.
And then we head into the Fanworks section for a look at Castlevania: Call of Chaos. This is a Dracula character mod for Aria of Sorrow, and it's not bad. I just didn't feel like it went far enough with the character, not in the substantial ways that hacker caminopreacher's other great game, the Persephone Hack, managed.
January 21, 2022
We start off in Arsenal this week, fleshing out our collection of edged weapons with a look at Great Swords and Battle Axes. There are a lot of edged weapons and we aren't even done yet (still have Katanas to go), but we're getting there.
In the Locations section we add in a visit to the Mountains, the high peaks of the Borgo Pass. We also have a solid set of Bio updates as I continue to pump out all the characters from the Netflix series. This week brings up season four updates for Dracula, Greta, Lisa, and Saint Germain.
Then we head into Horror Cinema for a look at the recent Night of the Animated Dead. This remake of the classic Night of the Living Dead is just such an utter waste of time in every respect. Whatever you do, don't watch this film.
Finally we finish out with a Review of the Konami GB Collection, Vol. 3. This set, like the one we looked at before, includes on Castlevania title in it: Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge. That's the highlight of the set, honestly, and that game alone doesn't make it worth grabbing this cart off the used collector's market.
January 14, 2022
This week I suppose I have to start us off by acknowledging that Konami has announced their plans for celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Castlevania franchise and it is Nets. I'm not going to link over to Konami's announcement or say anything else about it past this post, I just wanted to take a moment to state that NFTs are scams and it's pretty sad that Konami (like so many other game companies) has gotten involved with them. Oh well.
Meanwhile, if you want a good way to celebrate this year, Limited Run Games is publishing a physical copy of Castlevania: Requiem. It is PS4 exclusive (presumably because of some license deal between Konami and Sony) but anyone that absolutely needs to have a physical edition of every Castlevania release (I'm one of those people) should be happy to have this. Now, Konami, put out Adventure ReBirth in some physical form!
Onto real content for the site, we start off in the Arsenal section with a discussion of swords. This is one of the lengthier pages and it also inspired me to go back to the polearms page and adjust that as well with more information. We also go into the Locations section, first for an update to The Village to add the bosses for each stage to the information provided, and then to put up a new page for the River.
We then cover a couple more Bios from the Netflix show, doing updates for Hector and Isaac. While this doesn't finish out the bios for that series, we do have complete coverage for the Council of Sisters side of the series, which I am quite please about.
Then, in Literature, we continue our run through American Vampire with a look at Volume 2. This volume still shows many of the strengths of the series, but this particular book has a lack of focus that, hopefully, the series is able to recover from.
And finally we head into Horror Cinema for a review of 2010's The Dead. This is a film that really understands slow zombies and uses the monsters effectively. However, the character drama and deeper story just isn't there. It's a solid zombie trip but not a film I think everyone will enjoy.
January 7, 2022
We're going to try and do weekly updates once again, make sure this site gets nice and fleshed out. I'd love to see the Cast Bios, Arsenal, and Locations sections all get completed out by the end of the year, so part of the goal is to make sure each of those pages gets at least one update each week. Steady progress!
To that end, let's begin with an update for the Arsenal section, where we provide a length discussion on the Alucard Spear before touching upon various other polearms as well. We also have an update for the Locations section discussing the Village on the outskirt's of Dracula's realm. It's really two villages, Warakya and the burning Aljiba, and we touch upon both.
This is then followed by updates for the Bios section as I finally get back to doing the necessary work of covering the Netflix Anime. We have bio updates for Carmilla, Morana, and Striga to bring them all up through their stories in fourth season (although admittedly Morana's and Striga's updates are the same as they had he same storyline in the fourth season).
We then move to Reviews for a look at the Konami GB Collection, Vol. 1, the Game Boy version. This set is pretty bare-bones, but not bad for what it is. There is also a Game Boy Color version, but we're going to review that separately (since there's enough differences between the two to warrant two reviews).
Meanwhile, over in Literature we have a new series added in: American Vampire, a great comic with an interesting idea. We start that series off with American Vampire: Volume 1 and I'm already deep into reading the series so expect more updates to come.