Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
"Akumajo Dracula X: Gekka no Yasokyoku" (original title)

Video Game  -  Animation | Fantasy | Horror  -  1997 (USA)
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In 1792, the vampire slayer Richter Belmont stormed Dracula's stronghold, the cursed bastion Castlevania, and eviscerated the Count Dracula. Four years later, under the glare of a full moon... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Belgrade ...
Alucard / Adrian Tepes (voice)
Scott McCulloch ...
Kimberly Forsythe ...
Maria Renard (voice)
Michael G. ...
Richter Belmont (voice) (as Michael G.)
Barbara Whitlow ...
Succubus (voice)
Dennis Falt ...
Death / Master Librarian (voice)
Alison Lester ...
Jeff Manning ...
Shaft (voice)
Ryôtarô Okiayu ...
Alucard (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada ...
Chisa Yokoyama ...
Maria Renard (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Dracula (voice)
Rica Fukami ...
Masaharu Satô ...
Death / Master Librarian (voice)
Hekiru Shiina ...
Faerie Familiar / Half-Faerie Familiar (voice)


In 1792, the vampire slayer Richter Belmont stormed Dracula's stronghold, the cursed bastion Castlevania, and eviscerated the Count Dracula. Four years later, under the glare of a full moon, Richter vanished just as Castlevania reemerged from the mists. Meanwhile, Alucard, the bastard son of Dracula, has awakened from his eternal slumber, intent on destroying his evil father once and for all. Written by J Hoffman

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The game's equipment/item use system worked differently than later "Metroidvania" style games. Items had to be equipped to be used, and a piece of equipment could be put in either hand (you could have a shield in one hand a sword in the other, two swords, two shields, etc.) This was not repeated in later installments. See more »


Shaft: You have done well in making it this far. I would except no less from the son of our master.
Alucard: So you are the one who was controlling Belmont.
Shaft: Yes. I am the dark priest called Shaft. This world must be cleansed in the forge of chaos.
Alucard: Why did you make Belmont lord of this castle?
Shaft: For centuries, vampire hunters has defeated evil with holy power. But if 2 vampire hunters were to fight each other...
Alucard: But Belmont's power is supreme among vampire hunters. None other could defeat him.
Shaft: Exactly. That's why...
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Follows Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987) See more »


I Am the Wind
(Ending Theme)
Written by Tony Haynes, Jeff Lorber & Rika Muranaka
Arranged by Jeff Lorber & Rika Muranaka
Performed by Gerald Albright (sax), Louis Conte (percussion), Cynthia Harrell (lead vocal/back chorus),
Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Rika Muranaka (keyboards), Nate Phillips (bass),
, John Robinson (drums) & Michael Thompson (guitar)
Produced by Rika Muranaka
Recorded by Robert Chinelli, Eric Greedy, Jeff Lorber & Larry Mah
Mixed by Al Schmitt
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My 3rd favorite video game
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This game is simply one of the best video games in existence. It lets you basically do whatever you want, in an exploration style that is reminiscent of the Metroid games. It still has those classic Castlevania elements, such as various sub-weapons including the axe, holy water, and dagger. Not to mention some really awesome music. Years ago I paid 30 dollars for the soundtrack to this game, and it was well worth it. Several endings are unlockable, which is always a plus. The storyline of the entire Castlevania series is very, very deep; and this particular game is no exception. If you enjoy freedom, awesome music, and RPG elements in a sidescroller, then this game is definitely for you.

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