Thousands of years in the future, the world is overrun by demons and vampire lords. Doris, a young girl, has become the target of the great vampire lord Count Magnus Lee, who wants her as his plaything. After being bitten by the Count, she seeks the help of D, an elite vampire hunter, who decides he must venture out to slay the Count and his demon underlings to save this girl in despair.
An adaptation of Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi
A great early attempt at bringing a Japanese novel to the Big Screen. The only drawbacks to this otherwise spotless work of art are its character designs. With the very rare exceptions of Doris and Dan Lang, the other characters are all either noticeably disprotionate, hideously unattractive and/or very hard on the eyes!
The year is 1993. A young boy stumbles upon his very first anime outside of Speed Racer on the then infant channel of Cartoon Network. The young boy immediately falls in love without knowing for quite sometime the name of said anime.A couple years later he stumbles onto the anime again. Finally a little older, he remembers the name of said anime and from that day on he never forgets, Vampire Hunter D.This is the one that started it all for me. To this day, it has lead me down my true Otaku path.Coming very close to its 30 year anniversary it is an anime that will and has stood the test of time. Crossing many different genres of anime. From it Vampire roots. Fans of Vampire anime (Blood+, Karin, Dance in the Vampire Bund) to Post-Apocalyptic overtones (Fist Of The North Star). Animation is fast paced and pleasing from the anime house of Ashi Productions. Story hold true and carries over from its original creator Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano.An amazing 80's soundtrack that has the feel of Paul Herzog. (he did the OST for Van Damme's Bloodsport)Whether it is a Post-Apocalyptic future, or even a distance life existing planet. One thing is for sure. Evil will always exist. One of those evils will always be Vampire. Thankfully we have the strongest, tallest, Vampeel in black. Known only as D.PandaBeard!
Easily one of my favorite anime movies of all time, also one of the first I had the pleasure of seeing. This anime helped get me hooked for life.STORY- Having a top notch graphic novel to borrow from, the story is a solid if somewhat simple story. Very traditional hero tale, but I will never fault an anime for that as long as it delivers well.ANIMATION- An older anime, the animation is not spectacular by today's standards, however it is good enough that it shouldn't put anyone off.SOUND- I actually am very fond of the soundtrack, and have bought it. The voice acting too is solid. The dub is not my preference but it is a very good dub and will sound more current than the Japanese version.CHARACTERS- D is one of the best anime characters of all time as far as I am concerned. I think like a lot of simple hero stories, this anime is characterized largely by just how badass the main character is.OVERALL- I give this anime a 10 because it is a superb vampire movie with one of the best anime characters ever created.
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