Vampire Hunter D (1985)
When a young lady is bitten by an evil vampire in mideval Romania, a mysterious stranger known only as "D" rides into town. Battling gothic creatures along the way, the mystery of who "D" really is becomes apparent, to himself and the viewer. Extremely well done and engaging Japanamation film.
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Critic Reviews for Vampire Hunter D
Old enough that many of the anime techniques used herein have become cliche -- but still has a cool enough story to be worth a look.
More tedious and ugly anime
Audience Reviews for Vampire Hunter D
Based on the manga created by Hideyuki Kikuchi (I google it) this a great story about a dampeel named D. Fantastic vampire anime, specially the character created by Yoshitaka Amano (big fan! Didn't google it). I want to see a third part.More
Love Vampire Hunter D. Considering how old this is (made in 1985), the animation stands up really well. Also, the commentary is one of the funniest and most informative I've heard so far.More
Compared to the remake, this is just God-awful. Violent, shitty and stupid, this is what gives anime a bad name.More
A much-derided manga, Vampire Hunter D is an adequate ampire picture.
The story concerns a half-caste hunter who travels to a small hamlet to rid them of the thrall of a demonic Count. Such is the characterisation of D that this feels very much like a Samurai film, not to mention the stylistic action sequences.
The plot is intruiging for a while, but more or less falls away in its account of a vampire bloodline. The animation has not dated brilliantly, especially considering that the likes of Akira still survive nearly twenty years hence.
The real manga influence is regarding the time period; though the village and its inhabitants seem to evoke a medieval era, there still exists the more outlandish technology that befits the growth of cyberpunk via Manga studios.
Imperfect, but a worthwhile anime.
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