Castlevania Season 3
Okay, so obviously this is an extremely graphic, swear-y, bloody title. We have covered that. But the characters are amazingly well written, Sypha and Trevor are amazing together and Alucard is tragic. Dracula himself is an amazing character, the tragic villain portrayed wonderfully.
In addition, while it does swear and use the Lord's name in ways it shouldn't be used, it deals with deep and intriguing moral issues such as good and evil, the "if God is all good, why is there evil?" thought that we all have to deal with at some point (I would point to season one's scene with the night creature and the corrupt priest as the most power point of that). It throws out questions on selfishness verses selflessness (most notably in Trevor himself), what gives human lives value, and the corruptive nature of sin (see Carmila and Hector on that).
Seasons one and two are powerful, dramatic, bloody and thought provoking. If you have older kids who would not be bothered by this and are willing to chat with you after about morality and other deep topics, please watch this show with them as there are many conversations to be had on in the first two seasons.
Then they put out season 3. While it deals with the above topics and themes even more and has some amazing scenes, the last two episodes dip into territory that neither season dipped into before: on screen nudity. This comes in the form of two sex scenes (mostly censored, but plenty of above the waist shots and enough graphicness that you know exactly what happened).
A moment of vulnerability from me, I am a recovering pornography addict, and like anime/animated shows. I've had to cut nearly every show of those natures out of my life in my pursuit of freedom. So I was so excited to find this amazingly well done, dramatic, epic show in Castlevania. It comes as a deep hurt and nearly a feeling of betrayal that this was included in the show.
If that is not a stumbling block for you, please enjoy season three, it is a fun ride with more of what you've come to love and expect from the Castlevania series. Unfortunately, for me this took all the air out of my balloon and could not enjoy the ending of the season whatsoever.
Overall (and I know this is a lengthy review), seasons one and two I would give B+, the subtractions being from that first episodes graphic description of bestiality that did not sit well with my soul, the general swearing the pervades the show, and a lot more gore than I generally like. The positives come from compelling characters, good storytelling, set pieces that are dramatic and beautiful, and great music. Season three I would give a C because of the graphic sex scenes in the final two episodes.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness