Ranked #2316

Vampire Hunter D

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 吸血鬼[バンパイア]ハンターD

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 21, 1985
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Unknown
Duration: 1 hr. 20 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 7.281 (scored by 23,765 users)
Ranked: #23162
Popularity: #1153
Members: 38,162
Favorites: 222
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Synopsis

10,000 years in the future, the world has become a very different place; monsters roam the land freely, and people, although equipped with high tech weapons and cybernetic horses, live a humble life more suited to centuries past. The story focuses on a small hamlet plagued by monster attacks and living under the shadow of rule by Count Magnus Lee, a powerful vampire lord who has ruled the land for thousands of years. When a young girl is bitten by the Count and chosen as his current plaything, she seeks out help of a quiet wandering stranger, D. It so happens that D is one of the world's best vampire hunters, and he takes it upon himself to cut through Magnus Lee's many minions, and put an end to the Count's rule.

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Characters & Voice Actors

D
D
Main
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Japanese
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Lang, Doris
Lang, Doris
Main
Tomizawa, Michie
Japanese
Tomizawa, Michie
Left Hand
Left Hand
Supporting
Nagai, Ichiro
Japanese
Nagai, Ichiro
Rei-Ginsei
Rei-Ginsei
Supporting
Sogabe, Kazuyuki
Japanese
Sogabe, Kazuyuki

Staff

Ashida, Toyoo
Ashida, Toyoo
Director
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director
Wyner, Tom
Wyner, Tom
Script
Hirano, Yasushi
Hirano, Yasushi
Script

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Ending Theme

"Your Song" by TM Network



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Venneh
Oct 30, 2008
Title: Vampire Hunter D

Novels, Manga, Anime: Vampire Hunter D was originally a series of seventeen novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano (famous for his work on character designs and the logos for the Final Fantasy series) starting in 1983.

Vampire Hunter D was adapted into two separate media; manga and comics. The manga was an adaptation in which Kikuchi hand-picked the artist, Saiko Takaki, began running in 2007, was licensed Stateside by Digital Media Publishing, and is currently ongoing. The comic, whose rights were acquired Devil's Due Publishing (the parent company of Digital Media Publishing) in July 2008, is known read more
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animan095
Jan 14, 2015
Exciting, thrilling, mysterious.
This rather old movie, is definitely a masterpiece for it's era. Taking into consideration it's age, you simply can't attempt to compare it to mordern animes, by those standards it falls rather short. But, if you judge it according to the standards of the time it was made, you find a fast-paced filled with action and horror that can easily outmatch many horror movies, be it animated or acted.

You also find in it many aspects of horror, that are fairly common in movies and series following the same genere.
Although to tell the truth, the story had such a fast pace that all read more
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Phill-z
Sep 29, 2007
I own every Vampire Hunter D light novel. I've read all of them at least three times (it's really easy they're only about 200 pages) So when I saw this movie I spent a good portion of my time going ".......what?"

Story: The story is ok. I felt they spent too much time focusing on the story when it would have been much better for them to use the story to transition the action scenes. They make it a little less complicated than the book, but not to the point where it really detracted from it.

Art: The art is VERY read more
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literaturenerd
Sep 19, 2014
Overview:

Time to look at a 1985 classic that made a huge impact on the popularity of anime in the US. It is the height of the Cold War and Reagan is in the White house. This was before Akira and Ghost in the Shell and besides Speed Racer and Astro Boy, Americans had no idea what anime was. All of a sudden we Americans see a cartoon with ultra violence, tits, and crazy steampunk nonsense that is never explained. We take one look at this incoherent acid trip and go...FUCK THIS IS AWESOME! This was the birth of the teen and older anime community in read more
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Both are anime feature powerful vampires (D is technically a Dunpeal), that hunt other vampires and other supernatural nasties! The sequel "Bloodlust" is great as well! 
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Anime: Tenshi no Tamago
Both have a dark atmosphere, animation at some points are similar but in most angel's egg is better.
If you liked Vampire hunter D then you should like angel egg. if you liked angels egg you should at least give vampire hunter d a try. 
reportRecommended by peroxid
Anime: Youma
Both are scary as hell, violent, and considered as cult movies from WAY BACK that seems totally forgotten in anime these days! 
reportRecommended by Shura-shurato
Anime: Hellsing Ultimate
The "Hero" of Hellsing Ultimate is clearly inspired by D, they are both bad ass vampire, and both show are gore. 
reportRecommended by ExoticBankai
Anime: Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver
Both OVA's are works involved with Toyoo Ashida where he wrote the story for the Guyver OVA and directed Vampire Hunter D. These anime express a dark and mysterious atmosphere where gory violence is quite common. Vampire Hunter D deals with dark fantasy and Guyver: Out of Control covers science fiction, however both are highlights of edgy animation found in the 1980's. 
reportRecommended by THEAnimeHERO
Anime: Hokuto no Ken Movie
Both films have the same director, star a stoic hero and contain a very dark tone in its stories.  
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