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Vampire Hunter D

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
Duration: 1 hr. 20 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.281 (scored by 21914 users)
Ranked: #22622
Popularity: #1028
Members: 34,666
Favorites: 194
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

action drama horror vampire

Synopsis

10,000 years in the future, the world has become a very different place; monsters roam the land freely, and people, although equiped 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.

(Source: AniDB)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Hunter D
Sequel: Vampire Hunter D (2000)

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



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Jan 14, 2015
animan095
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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Jun 22, 2012
grifty28
Vampire Hunter D is part of my collection and is also one of my favorites. (I’d go with VHD1: 9.1 VHD2 9.0 for those wondering). The main character, Vampire Hunter D, highlights and stars in this 1985 classic that is set thousands of years in the future where Vampires once ruled man, but now are being slowly erased.

The animation is done with very dark brooding colors. Backgrounds in many scenes are just black. The characters even sometimes don dark apparel in the blackness making where you watch it so important if you want to see the 80s anime artwork and read more
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Sep 29, 2007
Phill-z
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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Oct 26, 2008
iamjoe
What a mighty pile of crap this was.

The art was deviously bad with a capital D. It looked horrible. The backgrounds were murky and had the worst colour coordination and the character art was pathetic save for D.

The sound was dated and it sounded like I was in an arcade playing Galaga half the time.

The characters were flat and underdeveloped, and it just wasn't enjoyable to watch them. You don't get involved, you don't sympathise or empathise. It's like watching a random stranger in the street--they mean nothing to you, not really.

The newer movie is such a masterpiece, that I thought read more
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Recommendations

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! 
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. 
Both are scary as hell, violent, and considered as cult movies from WAY BACK that seems totally forgotten in anime these days! 
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. 
Both films have the same director, star a stoic hero and contain a very dark tone in its stories.  
Same artist, and both movies deal with an immortal hero that fights against equally immortal enemies. Full of action and blood. Highly Recommended! 

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