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Netflix’s Castlevania is Officially Getting a Third Season

It’s been a long and challenging road, but Netflix’s Castlevania franchise has become a massive success. Fred Seibert acquired the rights to Konami’s hit video game franchise fourteen years ago, but as it turns out, it’s hard to acquire funding for an “ultra-violent anime-style” adaptation of a classic video game franchise. Thankfully, Netflix took a gamble on the project and released four episodes in 2017.

The short-but-sweet first season was met with critical acclaim and left fans demanding more… and Netflix agreed! Season 2, double the length of its predecessor with eight episodes, launched on Netflix late last month and was similarly praised by fans and critics. During the Summer we heard rumors that Netflix was planning a third season, and now they’ve officially confirmed it!

Castlevania‘s third season is planned to be the longest one yet, at ten episodes total. No release date has been set at this time, but we’ll likely hear more news in the coming months. It took fifteen months to produce the second season’s eight episodes, so a similar schedule would see season three debuting in early 2020, but with more experience under their belt they could potentially speed production up and release it in 2019. Keeping the launch date near Halloween again would certainly be a welcome move.

Source: Deadline

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Report: Netflix’s Castlevania Showrunner is in Talks to Produce a Zelda TV Series

Thanks to the critical success of his Castlevania series on Netflix, showrunner Adi Shankar is making a point that video game adaptations don’t have to suck. After decades of disappointment, we might just be ready for a new age of gaming entertainment. To bring this in, Shankar is reportedly in talks to make a new television series based on The Legend of Zelda.

Crediting this possibility to the success of Castlevania, Shankar took to Instagram this week to tell us that he’s “working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series.” Shankar intends to formally reveal which series this is on November 16th, and according to a source from The Wrap, it is none other than The Legend of Zelda.

This is certainly exciting if true, but it may be best to take it with a grain of salt for now. We’ve been burned in the past with these kinds of reports, after all. That old piece of speculation was quickly denied by the late Satoru Iwata, so it’s best to wait until it actually happens before getting too excited.

Also in the works, Shankar has announced an animated Assassin’s Creed adaptation and recently discussed his plans for the future of Castlevania. The battles between Dracula and the Belmont family could see the show lasting many seasons, covering the entirety of the video game franchise and beyond.

What do you think this series will be like? Are you excited to see the November 16th announcement? Hit the comments below to let us know what you think!

Source: TheWrap, Instagram

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Podcast: Welcome to Gamnesia After Dark

Welcome to the pilot episode of Gamnesia’s new, more casual podcast: Gamnesia After Dark! Featuring less news and more silly stories, we’re aiming to help you get to know us on the staff a bit better and maybe have a bit of fun while doing so. This week, Steven, Aloisia, and Alex discuss the games we’re currently playing, as well as diving into the games that define who we are as gamers.

This is our first episode of the new podcast, so we want to hear your feedback! If there are things you didn’t like, let us know so we can work on improving those going forward. Equally as important, if there are things you do like, let us know so we can try to do them more.

As a preemptive warning, Gamnesia After Dark will make use of stronger language than our past podcasts have. While we certainly hope you will listen to and enjoy this and all subsequent episodes, we advise you to listen with caution if you are sensitive to such language.

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Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and the Other New Smash Fighters are Getting Amiibo

Earlier today, during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, Nintendo announced a slew of new characters that are joining the roster. Simon Belmont and King K. Rool are coming as brand new fighters, while Richter Belmont, Chrom, and Dark Samus are joining as Echo Fighters. With this expanded roster comes an expanded Amiibo lineup as well!

That’s right, Amiibo based on all five of these fighters will be available in the future, allowing you to train your fighters into the ultimate Smash brawler. No date has been announced yet, but keep your eyes peeled for any updates!

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Simon and Richter Belmont Join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Roster

This morning, we were treated to a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, and per usual, Nintendo came out of the gate swinging with some new character reveals. The legendary vampire hunters Simon and Richter Belmont from Konami’s Castlevania franchise are joining the fight! Nintendo also unveiled a new Castlevania stage with 34 music tracks, as well as the inclusion of Alucard as an assist trophy. 

Simon Belmont would be nothing without his trusty whip, so it should be no surprise that he wields it in Ultimate as well. The whip is a bit on the slower side and leaves you vulnerable to attack, but it makes up for this deficiency by boasting the longest average reach of any fighter in the game. Players can also freely move the whip, adding another benefit to Simon’s attacks. 

Many of Simon’s special moves are based on classic Castlevania sub-weapons, such as an arcing axe throw, a boomerang-like cross, and throwing a vial of holy water which burns your enemies. Simon also packs an uppercut in his arsenal if you get too close. These are simple compared to other fighters, but they are promised to pack a powerful punch. Simon’s Final Smash is called Grand Cross, based on the item crush of the same name in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Grand Cross locks your opponent in a coffin, only to see it be thrown into the sky and assaulted with holy crosses.

Speaking of
Rondo of Blood, Richter Belmont joins the fight as an echo fighter based on Simon. Simon and Richter are identical in strength, but each has a unique look, voice, and animations. Many of Simon’s moves trace their roots back to Richter, so I’m glad to see both characters in the lineup.

In addition to the fighters, Dracula’s Castle makes its way into an already impressive lineup of stages. Dracula’s Castle is the darkest stage in
Ultimate, and comes with a handful of features reminiscent of Castlevania. Much as you would hit candlesticks in Castlevania to gain sub-weapon uses or entirely new items, in Ultimate, hitting candlesticks drops items that can be used on the battlefield. Of course, Dracula’s Castle is a dangerous place, so enemies and bosses from the franchise (including Dracula himself) will make an appearance. It is currently unknown what causes Dracula to appear, but when he does, watch out. Dracula can teleport, throw waves of fireballs, and even transform into a demon. Dracula’s Castle comes with 34 music tracks both old and new, including hits such as Vampire Killer, Dance of Illusions, and Bloody Tears.

The Belmonts aren’t the only
Castlevania characters coming to Ultimate. Alucard, the half-human, half-vampire son of Dracula, is making an appearance as an assist trophy. Alucard’s moves stem from Symphony of the Night, as he can turn into either a bat or mist to dodge attacks. Like other assist trophies, players are able to KO Alucard, but it may be a bit of a challenge.

Are you looking forward to slaying your foes with the Belmonts or will you be crying Bloody Tears of defeat?

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Get Excited For Castlevania Season 2 With its First Trailer


Netflix’s ultra-violent, anime-style adaptation of Castlevania was a smash hit when it launched last year, but with only four episodes it left fans desperately craving more. It’s been over a year since season one’s debut, and the wait for more is finally almost over! Castlevania season 2 drops on October 26th, just in time for Halloween. Ahead of its release, Netflix has just uploaded a new trailer showing off some of the season’s story and action.

Click above to check it out!

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Netflix’s Castlevania is Getting a Physical Release

Last year, Netflix and Frederator teamed up on an ambitious project: an ultra-violent, anime-styled adaptation of Castlevania. The inaugural season was just four episodes long, but fans of the beloved Konami series loved it, prompting Netflix to greenlight a second season (with eight episodes), set to release in October. We’ve even heard reports that a third season is already approved.

On top of that, the show’s popularity has also convinced Netflix to take it beyond just streaming. Viz Media has taken to Twitter to announce plans for a physical release. Unfortunately, details are scarce, and Viz is only stating that the show will be available on “home video.” The exact format (DVD? Blu-ray?), release date, and price remain under wraps for now, but Viz will be sharing more info “soon.”

Source: Viz Media

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Castlevania Season 2 Debuts in October

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Netflix’s adaptation of Castlevania first releasing. The ultra-violent, anime-styled take on Konami’s classic video game franchise was well received, but it only got four episodes in its initial run. Thankfully, there’s plenty more in store! Season 2 of Castlevania will have eight episodes, double the length of the first season, and now we have an official release date.

Netflix recently held a panel at Anime Expo 2018, and they used that opportunity to announce that Castlevania season 2 will hit Netflix on October 26th. Like last season, comic writer Warren Ellis is in charge of the script. While this isn’t yet officially confirmed, Trevor Belmont voice actor Richard Armitage recently indicated that season 3 is also in the works.

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Big Castlevania Anime News Dropping This Week

Netflix’s ultra violent, anime-style adaptation of Konami’s classic Castlevania series only got four episodes in its initial run, but its second season will be double that length and we’ve heard rumors that a third season is planned as well. The series is quickly approaching the first anniversary of its debut, and Powerhouse Animation has a celebration in mind.

The anniversary is on Saturday, July 7th, and Powerhouse is planning a “BIG announcement” for sometime this week. It seems likely that we’ll get an official release date for season 2 quite soon. It was originally planned to hit Netflix in the Summer, and more recently a writer on the series indicated that it was coming “sometime later this year.”

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Castlevania Season 2 is Coming “Sometime Later This Year”

Last Summer, Netflix teamed up with Fred Seibert to create an anime-style, ultra violent adaptation of Konami’s long-running Castlevania franchise. The inaugural season was just four episodes long, but that’s far from the end. A second season was officially announced last year, and we’ve even seen reports that a third season has been greenlit. Even so, we still have no official release date for the second season.

We were originally told we could expect eight more episodes to air this Summer, but there’s been no word since then. Summer has officially kicked off now, and it’s unclear if season 2 will still hit that target. Writer Warren Ellis recently chimed in on the matter on Twitter, stating that eight episodes are still planned for “sometime later this year.” Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later, but if they need a little extra time to polish things off we’ll just have to wait.

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Netflix’s Castlevania Reportedly Renewed for a Third Season

Last year, Netflix teamed up with Fred Seibert (the founder of Frederator, who has had a hand in many popular cartoons of yesteryear) to create an ultra violent, anime-style adaptation of the Castlevania series. The inaugural season was just four episodes long, but Netflix quickly ordered a second season at double that length, and it looks like this could just be the beginning.

Richard Armitage, the voice behind Trevor Belmont in the series, recently sat down for a chat with Digital Spy. During the course of the conversation, Armitage let it slip that he’ll soon be recording lines for Castlevania‘s third season. Season 2 hasn’t even begun airing yet and Netflix certainly hasn’t announced any plans for a third, but apparently that’s already been greenlit behind scenes.

Source: Digital Spy

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Konami Announces a New Castlevania for iOS

After a lengthy absence from the public eye, the Castlevania series is finally returning. Unfortunately, console owners probably won’t be pleased with the news. Developer Konami announced today that they’re developing a brand new Castlevania game…for iOS. Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls will soon be entering a closed beta in Japan, before eventually launching in full.

The game opens with protagonist Arika being warned of the revival of Count Dracula. The game also features Lucy, a researcher on a quest to find a way to defeat Dracula. Playable characters from past games will return, including Alucard, Simon Belmont, Charlotte, Shanoa, and Marie. Classic music from the series will also return in the form of collectibles.

In addition to an original story, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls will feature multiplayer, including four player co-op boss battles and four vs. four competitive battles. One other feature teased for the game is the ability to revive the dead.

There’s no word yet on when the game will officially release in full in Japan, and Konami has not yet confirmed an international release. We’ll keep you up to date as more news breaks. In the meantime, you can check out the game’s official website.

Source: Konami (via AllGamesDelta, DualShockers)

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The Second Season of Netflix’s Castlevania Series is Coming This Summer

Last summer (geez, it’s already been that long?), the long-awaited animated Castlevania series launched on Netflix. Despite the initial hesitation by many, the series garnered a lot of praise, including from myself. It’s no surprise then, that shortly after the series launched, Netflix announced that the series was already booked for a second, longer season. Fans won’t have to wait too long for it, however, as writer Warren Ellis has now confirmed that the eight-episode season will be premiering this summer!

Given how well the first series turned out, I’m thrilled that the new season is coming out so soon!

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There’s No Need to Cry Bloody Tears for Netflix’s Castlevania Adaptation

When Adi Shankar announced that he was helming a production of
Castlevania for Netflix, the general reaction I saw was filled with the usual outcries claiming that the show would be bad. Things didn’t get much better once we got an official trailer, either. But like it or not, Castlevania is finally here, releasing on Netflix earlier today. Will the short, two-hour season be a vampire killer or will we get the Shaft as yet another awful video game adaptation hits the market?

The story of Netflix’s
Castlevania follows that of Castelvania III: Dracula’s Curse. Dracula has unleashed an army of the undead on the country of Wallachia as retribution for the Church’s execution of his wife. Fearing for their lives, the Church lays the blame at the feet of an organization known as the Speakers, who are in town to help the suffering townsfolk. After a run-in with both the Speakers and the Church, Trevor Belmont, the last son of the exiled Belmont clan, finds himself drawn into the war between the living and the undead.

Though the story is a fairly accurate representation of the game, even those without Castlevania knowledge will be able to follow along without any problems. Castlevania III is a prequel to most of the franchise anyway, so starting the show with it was a wise choice. For fans of the franchise, however, there are a few nods to the games embedded within, adding a nice touch to the series. For example, at one point early on, we see Dracula crying bloody tears over the death of his wife.

As good as the story is, it means nothing if the writing doesn’t express it well. Luckily, that isn’t a problem with
Castlevania. The show’s writing, penned by comic book author Warren Ellis, does a great job at drawing you into the story. Two things really stood out to me, which I wouldn’t have expected out of Castlevania. First was its humor. Given that the producer described the series as “ultra-violent” and “R-rated as f***” (and it certainly is), it really caught me off guard. Trevor always seemed to have some sarcastic remark no matter what the situation, but it never felt like it took away from the scenario.

One of my favorite lines, for instance, comes in the first half of the season. Trevor saves the elder Speaker from an untimely end at the hands of two members of the Church, cutting the finger off of one and ripping an eye out of the other. Trevor then follows the man back to their residence to make sure he gets back safely. Once inside, Trevor is asked by another Speaker what he did that might bring trouble on the clan, to which Trevor responds,
“I’m a little out of practice… They’re both still alive.” There are quite a few lines like this sprinkled through series and each one is delivered phenomenally.

The other thing is sympathy for Dracula himself. The focus of Castlevania as a series is that Dracula is bad and we need to kill him to save humanity. The games focus on the Belmonts (or other protagonists) as they attempt to accomplish this feat. There aren’t a lot of times that delve into Dracula’s backstory, but that’s where the show starts. It isn’t with Dracula ravaging the countryside. it’s with Dracula meeting a young woman, Lisa, who is searching for medical knowledge.

After a time skip, we see Lisa being burned at the stake by the Church for practicing witchcraft, where it is revealed that Lisa and Dracula had wed. Dracula, in a fit of rage, vows vengeance on the country; a threat which is further exacerbated by the Church celebrating the death of his wife a year later. Throughout this opening sequence, I honestly felt bad for Dracula. Though his rampage is certainly extreme, having that emotional backstory provided a compelling reason to unleash the demon hordes on the denizens. It gave us an understanding of why things were occurring the way they were while providing us with the motivation for certain events that happen towards the end of the season.

As great as the show is, it isn’t quite perfect. There are a few moments that left me scratching my head and wondering where a particular line of dialogue came from, but these are few and far between. The visuals themselves also look pretty clean and smooth for the most part, but to me it looked as though the mouth movement was a little bit off at times.

Honestly, my biggest complaint with the series is in its length.
Castlevania Season 1 is composed of four episodes, each between 23-25 minutes. That isn’t to say that Castlevania wastes its time; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The short nature of the season really guides the show, leaving little room for it to delve into filler territory. That being said, it felt too short. One of the pinnacles of the series occurs right at the end of episode 4, right before dropping off completely.

Adi Shankar and the team behind
Castlevania did a magnificent job delivering on their promise to create a violent, R-rated series. Vulgarity and gore are abound in this adaptation, but I can’t see it being any other way. It’s definitely not meant for kids, but if you can stand these aspects of it, you’ll find a fun, exciting time waiting for you. There are a few, very small issues I have with the show, but they aren’t anywhere close enough to push me away. Coming in at just under two hours in length, Castlevania is a fantastic way to spend an evening on Netflix before Dracula’s undead army comes to town.

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Konami May Bring the Castlevania Series to the Nintendo Switch

Castlevania news has been abuzz recently, what with the announcement of a Netflix series centered around the classic franchise. From an interview with Konami’s European Brand Manager Richard Jones, it has been revealed that Konami is internally discussing the prospect of bringing a Castlevania game to the Nintendo Switch. The company has already revived one retro franchise on the platform in the form of Super Bomberman R, so a future Castlevania project could be possible.

Miketendo64 was able to sit down with Jones and ask him questions about Super Bomberman R and other future Konami titles. In response to what Konami games could make it to Switch, Jones answered specifically by bringing up the Castlevania franchise.

“All I can say is that there is lots of internal discussions going on within Konami regarding what games we can bring to the Nintendo Switch, other than Bomberman, a game which we are well aware of its heritage and how loved it and Castlevania is. So much so that Castlevania is getting is getting its own show on Netflix and because of that, we’re hearing a lot of desires from our fans for a new Castlevania series. So we do know there is a demand for a new game, but right now nothing is set in stone as the discussions are still on going.” — Richard Jones, Konami European Brand Manager

What do you think about what Jones is saying? Will it be likely that we see a new Castlevania game on the Switch? And do you think older installments run a chance of appearing on the Virtual Console if it is announced? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Miketendo64

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Netflix’s Ultra-Violent Castlevania Series Just Got Its First Trailer and a Release Date

It seems like forever ago that Netflix first announced that they are producing an animated Castlevania series. Little has been revealed about this series thus far, with only a teaser poster being released. That all changes today, however, as Netflix revealed the first ever trailer from the series. Though it’s just shy of a minute and a half, it’s got me more excited than ever for the launch. We won’t have to wait too long for this series, either, as this trailer also revealed that Castlevania will premiere on July 7th!

A lot of people were worried about this project, but I think the trailer could settle those fears. Check it out and let us know what you think! Will you be watching?

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Netflix’s Castlevania Series Just Got a Beautiful Teaser Poster

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that a
new cartoon based on Konami’s famed vampire franchise Castlevania is heading to their platform later this year. Produced by Adi Shankar and Frederator Studios, this animation is set to be dark and super violent, much in the vein of Game of Thrones. While we still don’t know much about this venture, Shankar revealed the first official poster for the series earlier today. True to the gritty feel the show is aiming for, this stunning image of Dracula’s castle is quite dark and foreboding.

With the release of this image, my excitement levels are through the roof for this project. I’ll certainly be the first to cry Bloody Tears if this winds up being awful. What do you think about the series’ look? Check out the image below and let us know what you think!

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Netflix’s Castlevania Cartoon Gets Compared to Game of Thrones

A few days ago, Netflix revealed that a new cartoon based on the classic Castlevania franchise will be coming later this year. We still don’t know a ton about the series, though producer Adi Shankar has since revealed some more information about what we can expect. This Castlevania series will be based on Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, according to Shankar, and is “going to be R-rated as f***.” In fact, Shankar even went so far as to draw comparisons to HBO hit Game of Thrones.

Castlevania follows “the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself,” according to the Netflix description. Shankar also added that though Castlevania will be an interpretation of the game franchise, the series won’t feel like a cash grab. Video game adaptations have failed to capture their intended audience, Shankar believes, because they come from a place of inauthenticity. That is to say, these adaptations often feature significant alterations in order to earn more money, as opposed to the betterment of the material itself, which fans can pick up on. Shankar also pointed to his 2014 film Dredd as an example of an adaptation done right, stating:

“It’s kind of a departure from the comics based on the source material because you could argue the source material was more of a political satire than it was an action script.
Dredd amounted to be a wall-to-wall action movie and, because it was a perspective on a character and a universe that came from someone who understands the world, it felt authentic.” — Adi Shankar

Regarding the show’s vision, Shankar stated that he’d like it to reach a
Game of Thrones level of scale and gruesomeness, while creating Lord of the Rings-style cinematic battles. “If you look at Game of Thrones, each season was bigger than the last. The last season had that huge Jon Snow battle, which was like a scene from Lord of the Rings. I’d like to do something along those lines,” said Shankar. He further stated:

“This is very much
Castlevania done in the vein of Game of Thrones. (Producer and writer) Warren Ellis added so much depth to the material. [The series is] going to be R-rated as f***. … this is going to be the best f*****g video game adaptation we’ve had to date.” — Adi Shankar

Castlevania‘s casting is already completed and the first part of Season 1 is on schedule to be released this year, with a second season lined up for 2018. If the show actually lives up to these standards, I think it’ll be really great. There’s still a lot we don’t know about it though, so it could still go either way. Will you be checking Castlevania out upon its release?

Source: IGN, Polygon

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Netflix is Getting a New Castlevania Cartoon This Year, and It’s Ultra-Violent

Late last year, we heard word of a new television project from Fred Seibert, one of the executive producers of The Fairly OddParents and Adventure Time, among many other cartoons. Seibert said that this project is based around “one of the most world famous video games of the last 30 years,” leading many to speculate which franchise he had in mind. After doing some digging around the internet, we hypothesized that the cartoon would be based on Castlevania. It looks like we were right.

Netflix has made quite a name for itself in recent years with their quality original programming. During an event today, Netflix announced its slate of upcoming productions. Tucked away in a press release was a quiet announcement, stating only “Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017.” No further details were revealed in this release, but an article on The Globe and Mail indicates that comic book author Warren Ellis wrote the script for this season.

Fred Seibert is joined by Kevin Kolde from Frederator Studios as well as Adi Shankar (who produced the Power Rangers short film in 2015) for this project. Shankar previously stated that he was working on a super violent, dark, and satirical Castlevania series with Seibert and Kolde, so this comes as no real surprise.

I’m personally excited to see how this project turns out. Castlevania is a franchise near and dear to my heart, so I have high hopes for this venture. I know I can’t wait to get more information about this series! How do you feel about it? Do you think the Castlevania TV series will be worth your time, or is it just an attempt to bank off of a popular franchise?

Source: io9, The Globe and Mail

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Konami Has Shut Down the Fan-Made Castlevania Remake

A dedicated Castlevania fan has been working on a remake of the original game using Unreal Engine 4 for the past year or so, and he recently released a playable demo. Unsurprisingly, Konami has taken issue with this unlicensed product, and they’ve issued a cease and desist order.

According to the game’s latest update, Konami is allowing the videos and demo to remain uploaded under the condition that no further updates are released. Creator Dejawolfs states that he’s currently talking with Konami UK to try to work out some sort of licensing deal, but it looks unlikely at this point.

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