English: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 25, 2000
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.981 (scored by 27225 users)
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Popular Tagsaction horror vampire vampires
Apr 27, 2007
The story seems simple on the face of it, but couched in the plot are beautiful layers of character develpment. A vampire hunter, D (a dunpeal or vampire/human half breed) is commissioned to recover a rich man's daughter, Charlotte, who has been kidnapped by a vampire. She is wanted dead (if turned) or alive (if still human).
D meets up with a band of bounty hunters, all of whom have their own special powers, and personal demons. Against them are an array of gypsy monster/vampires. The animation and sound are so good that one feels compelled to watch and rewatch the fight scenes just because they are so well done. Each character is different and their story comes through, the only fault is the minor villians' motivations could have been made more clear.
The pacing of this movie is excellent, and it is definately theatre quality in all respects. I've introduced my friends to anime by showing them this movie, a few have become fans. The only drawback is after viewing this masterpiece, some of them complain it is hard to get other anime of this calibre quality (plot, action, animation, character, sound).
Unlike the original Vampire Hunter D, the Bloodlust movie is gothic, gory, beautiful and touching. Highly recommended to be watched on a big screen, preferably with surround sound. You won't be disappointed if you rent/download this. It's so good you'll want to own a copy to add to your anime collection, as the rewatch value is very high. read more
Nov 9, 2007
The dvd available in North America (at least in Canada) is only available in the english dub. For elitetists this is a huge problem, but the dub isn't terrible, it's pretty good as far as dubs go.
The theme for this, doomed love, is played so beautifully in this. There were a few scenes that almost moved me to tears. I loved the way the story progressed, they adapt it quite well from the book. The Markus Brothers and Leila also keep the pacing of the story quite well. There are a few scenes with them that really add alot to the story. There aren't alot of loose-ends, and it ends semi-ambigously but they add a very comforting scene right at the end.
The art in D is good. It's very distinctive, there are some beautiful subtleties to it. They put alot of time into some of the scenery which really show off the skills of some of these artists. Some of the character designs bug me, villagers all seem to have the same kind of frame and all moved very similarly. But they play a small part in the movie and the Markus brothers have some nice designs.
The gothic soundtrack in this is very nicely composed. It definitely suits everything that happens in this. It greatly heightens all the emotions you would feel anway. It conveys the hope and the hopelessness of it, as well as the darkness of the time.
The characters have changed slightly from the novel. These changes are for the most part quite nice. As far as progression of the story the characters pull them off quite nicely. I had a few problems with the changes that were made, but the changes they made push the anime in a completely different direction. D is how D always is, they don't change him at all...and they don't need to.
As far as vampire anime go this one is quite good. They show vampires in both ways, both as super-powerful as well as being weak zombies. So people who like both style of vampire won't be dissapointed. If you've seen the first movie and were highly dissapointed then you definitely need to watch this. It's a great movie, but if you can't find the jap audio don't sweat it too much, the dub is decent. read more
Jan 31, 2009
D is a half-vampire, half-Mexican--er, wait. Anyway, D is not human but he's not exactly a vampire. His powers allow him to hunt most other evil vampires and he takes up a mission to save some stupid human girl who wants to get it on with the undead, and so runs away with her vampire lover. While D tries to get the hussy back, a rival gang who also hunts vampires compete with him. This movie was excellence. Watching all the action, the fabulous choreography of the fights were simply jizz-in-your pants worthy.
Art and sound were pure amazing. It looks beautiful, and D can make the straightest of men drool over his beauty, really. He was hotter than the chicks, believe it or not. Sound was cool, felt like I was listening to an epic horror flick. Which I was.
Characters weren't so hot except for D who we've established is walking, delectable man-meat for the ladies and just the sort of guy folks like myself just wanna hang around and kill things with. Anyway, D's just cool and aloof and can kick all types of behind. The rest of the characters were cool as well, I didn't have a problem with them, since most knew when to die anyway.
All in all, Bloodlust is the best Vampire Hunter D movie ever. And it is better than you, too. read more
Jun 8, 2012
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust is gorgeous. When it comes to sheer detail, I can't think of a single other anime that matches it. Maybe Akira? For all the detail Akira puts into its cyberpunk setting, Bloodlust puts even more into being as gothic as possible. It's the kind of movie that an angsty disenfranchised teenager with no friends would go crazy finding desktop wallpapers and making t-shirts from various screencaps of, possibly covering his walls in pictures from the movie and thoroughly worrying his parents, and maybe even wearing a wide brimmed hat to school and then getting it stolen by the football team. A younger me, being one of those football team bullies, would probably have been put off by something so unashamedly soaked in gothicness that I wouldn't have been able to enjoy it, but an older me found how dedicated it was to this tone quite enjoyable and refreshing.
The movie is set sometime in the distant future in god-only-knows-where-land. By removing themselves from any kind of timeframe or specific culture, they've allowed themselves to drape themselves in whatever type of set dressing they feel, giving the movie eclectic imagery that still all ties into the gothic tone it's going for. It's a movie you let yourself soak in as you get wrapped up in its world, even if it gets really cheesy sometimes. Heck, that cheesiness just adds to my enjoyment, because is shows how dedicated they are to this tone that they're willing to put in the slightly dumber stuff associated with that tone. It has an air of self-awareness to that sillier side too. For example, the vampire queen had a giant portrait in her house where she has one of the most ridiculously elaborate hairstyles, to which one of the bounty hunters remarks under her breath "nice hat". It's that same kind of tone Lord of the Rings has. It knows some of this high fantasy stuff is nonsense and a bit silly, but it's so dedicated to presenting that tone that you allow yourself to be swept along with it.
I can't say I've ever been that big on Kawajiri stuff in the past. While they sure look nice, they've lacked any sort of soul to the characters or the story. It's just a bunch of fancy looking dudes and women that all have the same hairstyle swooping around looking cool under fancy lighting, like the Cyber City Oedo OVA. Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust...well now, don't get me wrong. It's hardly Ghost in the Shell in terms of character depth or philosophising or anything, but it's got enough to it to keep me interested beyond the pretty pictures. There's no clear correct side to the war between vampires and humans. On the one side the humans look like bigoted ignorant morons who have hunted down vampires to the point that they're nearly extinct. On the other side though, the vampires terrorise humans and kill them, looking down on them as merely cattle.
That said, for the most part I was just allowing myself to be swept up in the tone and the set pieces of the movie rather than pay attention to the plot. This doesn't just mean that I was being over-awed by pretty pictures, although they are undoubtably pretty. It's how everything, from the setting to the way the characters act, to their dialogue, to how they dress, to how everything ties into this gothic tone it's setting. It's really masterfully crafted, with the possible exception of the dialogue between the vampire they're hunting and his lady friend, which were so full of "oh my dear how sweet are the petals that grace your vagina" and stupid sappy stuff like that. They were eyeroll inducing.
But yes, for the most part I was just allowing myself to be swept up in the tone and the setting, paying rather little attention to the plot details. It's the mark of a good movie, though, that you find yourself caring about all the characters without even realising it. Right at the end of the movie (spoiler warning here, but honestly this is a movie I could spoil from here and back and it would have no effect on your enjoyment of the movie)
The scene of the rocket lifting off. It's falling apart as it's taking off, taking with it the vampire and his lady friend. His kind are dying, he's just trying to find a place to rest with his female friend, who I'm pretty certain is dead at this point. We see the rocket taking off from the perspective of the female bounty hunter, and bear in mind that, at this point, the vampire and his minions have killed off all of her comrades. Yet as the spaceship takes off, she starts pleading for it to make it. It's a symbol of the dying vampire race, once majestic and awe-inspiring but now falling apart, yet still proud. The vampire's attempts to get away from the world with the girl he loved, you want him to leave the world nobly. You too start pleading for its safe voyage along with the female bounty hunter. And when it makes it, you feel so fucking good, without realising you'd ever really cared for their endeavours beforehand.
Also in Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, when a vampire goes out into the sun, he doesn't sparkle. He starts to catch fire in little separate parts of his body as though he has patches of oil splashed over his skin that are spontaneously combusting with every second he remains in the sunlight. So yes, proper vampires =D read more
May 31, 2011
The story follows a mysterious man torn between his allegiances as a Dunpeal, half vampire and half human. He travels as a vampire hunter and is employed by a family to track down their daughter whom was kidnapped the night before. But as he gets closer to reaching her more obstacles and problems arise in his way.
D – The son of the Vampire King and a human, he possesses the advantages of vampirism, as well as the weaknesses. He can control his bloodlust but suffers from ‘Heat Syndrome’ if exposed to sunlight for too long. This mysterious wanderer travels alone except for his parasitic companion latched to his left hand, and his trusty demonic-looking steed.
Baron Meier Link- A full vampire that abducts Charlotte in the night and falls in love with her in turn. Portrayed as the main antagonist through the majority of the film as he makes his way to Castle of Chaythe, the home of Carmilla.
Charlotte - One of the main female characters in the film, portrayed as a victim at the start following from her abduction. The chase is on to reach her and take her away from the vampire before she is bitten and becomes one herself.
The animation in this film is detailed and well-coloured. Highlighting the features of architectural design for a chilling and dark atmosphere. An example of this would be the opening scenes where, it zooms out from the castle and graveyard to the town. And the careful detail used into the character design and appearances, especially their faces to enhance the mood with facial expressions.
The music does a great job of fuelling the emotions and atmosphere the audience require to fully watch this film. This music composed by ‘Marco D'Ambrosio’ was set and produced perfectly in thought of this anime.
It isn’t the best film in the world that’s true, and although it is far from being called a masterpiece it is still worth a watch. If a true dark story without the happy ending crap is what you seek then your quest is at an end, so sit back and enjoy this film! Anyone that a good vampire animation is prompted to try this and I’m sure they will be happy with what they find.
Jun 17, 2013
Dec 23, 2012
Animation: Fluid, which is very impressive given the level of detail as mentioned earlier about the scene of the werewolf jumping on the bridge.
Choreography: Stylish, though not entirely to my liking. I prefer to watch fights rather than one-sided killings, although it is more realistic that way since this is a movie about monsters. The detailed drawings of monsters, their fluid movements and the special effects are what makes this movie really outstanding.
Conclusion: To be fair, the choreography in this movie is lacking, but the outstanding fluidity makes up for it. read more
Oct 12, 2011
The characters really vary. D and Leila, one of the other hunters, are both really well developed and interesting but the rest of the characters are pretty flat. Their motivations make sense but they don't have a lot in the way of personality. The only reason it kind of works is because the focus stays mostly on D and Leila.
The art is very nicely done, albeit a bit dated. The dark colours throughout most of the film set the tone well and the use of brighter colours for the ending is very symbolic. The only real issue I have with the art is that some of the monsters just look silly rather than intimidating, although there are only a few cases where that happens, like the werewolf inspired monster who just looks really ridiculous after he transforms.
The voice work is spectacular. Tanaka Hideyuki and Hayashashibara Megumi both give really strong performances. The only real weakness of the voice acting is Nagai Ichirou who just sounds bored when he delivers his lines. The music is very sombre and suits the tone well.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. The female characters barely interact with each other and their interactions don't illustrate sexual tension.
My final rating for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is an 8/10. It has a few issues, but overall it's a very good film. If you're a fan of horror or you like vampires when they're done well you'll probably enjoy it.