Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust


Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001)


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Long a favorite with Japanimation aficionados, Vampire Hunter D is based on the third of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels about a futuristic human-vampire hybrid warrior. In the year 12,090, vampires are the rulers of the night, something to which Vampire Hunter D is helping to put an end. After the daughter of a rich man is kidnapped by vampire Meier Link, Vampire Hunter D is hired for ten million dollars to find the girl and bring her back to safety.


Critic Reviews for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

The movie has a visual poetry that's refreshing.

May 29, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Vampire Hunter D, you might say, is the best sci-fi vampire western to come along in ages. Not that many others come to mind.

Dec 14, 2001

If you appreciate fine animation and edgy material, this blood's for you.

Dec 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5

Brooding, violent, and steeped in its own lore, the film is a genre pastiche that's fun to watch.

Dec 6, 2001

For a vampire movie with such an exciting concept, Bloodlust is low on tension and chills.

Nov 30, 2001 | Full Review…

A mind-blowing amalgamation of unusual elements and ambitious design, its parts are greater than the whole. But oh, what interesting parts they are.

Nov 1, 2001

Audience Reviews for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Just as good as the original, but with more modern art. I do wish the English voice soundtrack was louder though, I nearly ran out of volume bars.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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An adventure/action/drama ride done right. You really don't need to know anything about the novels to get into the film. Yoshiaki Kawajiri deserves way more credit as being a mere "cheap thrill" director. The guy knows how to create cinematic moments.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Easily one of the best anime movies ever made. Athough I'm not a big fan of vampire flicks, I loved the story, characters and animation. If you ever get the chance, see it!

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer


I've written a far more comprehensive review of this on under Ridian, but let it be known - this is one of the best pulp anime movies of all time. The animation is stellar, the plot is awesome and the fight scenes are to die for. Absolutely recommended to anime veterans, but especially to people new to the genre.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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