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VINE VOICEon 22 June 2006
I haven't seen any other Vampire Hunter D anime, or read any of the books, so I didn't know what to expect from this film but I am pleased to say that it is a brilliant film. Bloodlust follows D, a half human, half vampire bounty hunter on the trail of a vampire who has kidnapped a young girl. D must contend with not only the vampire himself, but also rival hunters, mercenary creatures and villagers who object to his mixed parentage. I did enjoy this film immensely, the characters are great, the story is involving and, although some of the animation is slightly below average, there are some beautiful backdrops and scenery. After seeing this film I will definitely be seeking out other Vampire Hunter D things.
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on 4 March 2005
I bought this film on impulse, i was in a store and had a bit
of money spare and thought hey i might aswell boost up my anime
collection, so i had a look around and all i could find were
the crappy MANGA LTD budget Dvds (vampire wars and so on)and i
was about to loose hope of finding anything watchable but after
20 mins of browsing I noticed Bloodlust sticking out of the crap
like a diamond in the rough, and i immediately purchased it,and
i wasnt dissapointed.

This film is very well made, the animation, is fluid,crisp, deep
and detailed and by far superiour to anything else out there produced recently
i couldnt believe how much of an improvement it was compared to the animation
from the older OVA, it was truly breathtaking, especially the battle scenes
which are incredibly detailed and fluid.

The voice acting in this film is also of a very high standard
all of the characters sound exactly as you would think,
which adds to the realism of the animation (quick info:VHD was
one of the first anime to be made for a british dubb
originally,and then be translated to japanese).

The plot of the film is well written, keeping you on the edge of your
seat throughout, only slowing down to emphasise the end climax,
which is well realised.

This film is heart wrenching and action packed, definately a
must have for anyone, who considers themself an anime fan.
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on 27 December 2004
I got this DVD on the basis of liking the director's previous work (Ninja Scroll, Cyber City), and was thrilled to find it was up there with those titles. The animation is similar to Ninja Scroll, and the characters are imaginatively designed, from a woman who 'merges' with the trees, to a bed bound psychic who projects himself around in a floating light form.

The pace of the film almost seems too fast and action packed at first, but the scenes are so creative, you end up just going with it. I love the style, which continues the cross between gothic vampire images with a sci-fi aesthetic seen in the original Vampire Hunter D. It was also nice to see a story which breaks from the traditional save the girl formula, with few characters definable as just 'good' or 'bad.

This has definately become one of my favourite animations, with seemingly effortless imagination and am engaging script which is as concerned with the characters individual struggles as well as the plot. The action can get a bit gory, but never seems inappropriate for the 15 rating. Its about an hour and a half long, and includes a short making of feature which I haven't watched yet.
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on 11 December 2004
Excellent Anime with brilliant animation and plenty of vampire action. I'd rate this right up there alongside Ninja Scroll and Blood; The Last Vampire
Kawajirii's films are usually excellent with super-fluid character animation and amazing action scenes. The backgrounds and characters in this film are extremely well crafted.
If your a fan of Kawajirii's stuff, a fan of Anime in general or just like Vampire/Action films then this is a must.
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Based on a set of light novels, Vampire Hunter D is a reasonably old anime film that, despite showing its age somewhat, is still entertaining and well worth watching. When the ancient vampire Count Magnus Lee sets his sights on the young farmer Doris Lang as his next human bride, Doris hires the mysterious vampire hunter known only as D to protect her and destroy the Count.

As I have already said, this is a quite old anime film and it does show with some rather basic animation and only the English language dub available. This is not to say that the film is bad though as it does have a good, if light, plot, some good fights and a couple of nice twists. Vampire Hunter D is definitely not the greatest vampire anime around but it is entertaining and wouldn't be out of place in any anime fans collection.
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on 6 October 2009
I bought this dvd spontaneously after borrowing the first one off my friend and, although it was slightly weird, thoroughly enjoyed. The second one was not a disappointment. In fact I think that it was much better than the first one; the style is different- and in my opinion drawn better-, the story line is very good - this is a well thought out second chapter in the story, rather than a quick money grabber-, and one does not HAVE to watch the first one to understand what is happening, although I think its always better to watch things in chronological order!
BUT The only slightly annoying thing about this DvD is that fact that the soundtrack and background effects are much louder than the dubbed dialogue - which can cause issues if one is hard of hearing or if trying to watch late at night when one has to turn up the volume during prolonged speech and then turn it down during explosions or fight scenes to avoid disturbing the parents! To avoid this problem: either put subtitles on, or watch when the parents are out, and then its possible to have the volume as loud as one wants haha!

Apart from that small issue, this is a dvd well worth buying. It is a very acceptable Vampire/Action/Adventure flick - and me and my friends have enjoyed multiple times :)
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on 24 June 2008
How anyone can slag this film off is beyond me as for its time (1985) this had some of the sweetest graphics and even by todays standards, although lacking, the anime graphics are still kinda kool.... its a classic .... get over it.

Although the story line is kinda what you would expect, the film is kinda fast paced with some good scenes and alot of new ideas (for 1985) ... its well worth a look and def anime fans will appreciate its true value ... i think perhaps if they brought out one of those digitaly re masterd versions it would get the respect it deserves even in a modern market it would trample the competition.
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"Vampire Hunter D" is a pretty deserving anime classic -- moody hero, gothic atmosphere, and buckets of blood.

While the animation is a bit dated, the solid direction and creepy story are more than enough to compensate. This dark, gloomy adaptation of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels is a postapocalyptic cowboy/vampire story... with a twist. And boy, is it a twist.

Farm girl Doris is bitten by the ancient Count Lee (named after Christopher Lee), and is in danger of turning into a vampire herself. But fortunately she encounters D, a silent vampire hunter who agrees to protect her and her little brother from the Count and his underlings.

But Doris gets kidnapped despite D's efforts, and D sneaks into the castle and battles past mutants and snake-women to rescue Doris. But that isn't the end of the conflict -- Lee is determined to have Doris for his new wife, and D is just as determined to destroy the malign old vampire.

"Vampire Hunter D" looks a little dated to modern anime fans -- kind of smudgy and stiff (look at D's weird stabbing scene). Fortunately, the story more than makes up for this -- basically it's an old western, but with monsters, vampires, and cyborg horses.

The whole thing is very dark and shadowy, even in prim little towns, up until the final scenes when we finally see some sun. The storyline moves pretty slowly for awhile, but speeds up rapidly when Doris is abducted the second time, right up to the earthshattering finale.

It's also peppered with some solid fight scenes, as well as the gore: severed limbs, electric whips, exploding heads, flying organs and literal gushers of blood. While the tone is quite grim, some of the dialogue is pretty funny ("For the first time in one hundred years I haven't been bored once!"). Including everything said by Left Hand, the hilarious parasite in D's... left hand.

D himself is an enigma for most of the movie -- repressed, quiet, kind to kids, but with a hidden vampiric side that only turns up occasionally. It takes careful attention to figure out who this "dampeel" is. And while Doris could have been a bit tougher, she comes across very realistically as a young girl in a terrifying situation.

"Vampire Hunter D" is a postapocalyptic goth movie, with a likably taciturn hero,a timeless storyline, and a lot of graphic anime violence.
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This Sci-Fi gothic horror tale seamlessly blends medieval imagery with cyborg horses to create a light horror adventure involving a mysterious vampire hunter simply called "D".

Although this is set far in the future, society seems to have been ravaged somewhat and has regressed to a feudal way of living. Young Doris is a villager who is shunned when it is revealed that she was recently bitten by an ancient but fearsome vampire, her involvement with D does little to help her social standing but hopefully he'll be able to kill the nasty Count, before he take Doris to be his bride.

The background images and landscapes in this film are very detailed, but the character artwork can sometimes look a bit basic - more like what you'd expect from a TV series rather than a feature film. The animation certainly isn't poor, but it would be fair to say that the film hasn't aged that well and it suffers from clunky scene transitions - there are several points in the film where the story jumps to another scene involving a character we've just been watching in a totally different location, but there is no hint at the passage of time.

It's easy to see how this became a firm favourite in the anime canon during the '80s and early '90s when western audiences were starting to wake up to Japanese animation; the concept is a brilliant blend of genres with an interesting romance and the odd upskirt glimpse. However, over time it's been done by other animated features and done better, an apt example being the sequel 15 years later: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

In a nutshell: During the 1980s this was an key title which formed part of any 'Japanimation' collection along with Akira and Nausicaa, but whereas the latter two titles are still essential viewing, Vampire Hunter D seems a bit average now. Of course it's worth a watch and it's important to recognise this as an important film in anime history, but it's not remained a true classic over time.
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"Vampire Hunter D" is a pretty deserving anime classic -- moody hero, gothic atmosphere, and buckets of blood.

While the animation is a bit dated, the solid direction and creepy story are more than enough to compensate. This dark, gloomy adaptation of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels is a postapocalyptic cowboy/vampire story... with a twist. And boy, is it a twist.

Farm girl Doris is bitten by the ancient Count Lee (named after Christopher Lee), and is in danger of turning into a vampire herself. But fortunately she encounters D, a silent vampire hunter who agrees to protect her and her little brother from the Count and his underlings.

But Doris gets kidnapped despite D's efforts, and D sneaks into the castle and battles past mutants and snake-women to rescue Doris. But that isn't the end of the conflict -- Lee is determined to have Doris for his new wife, and D is just as determined to destroy the malign old vampire.

"Vampire Hunter D" looks a little dated to modern anime fans -- kind of smudgy and stiff (look at D's weird stabbing scene). Fortunately, the story more than makes up for this -- basically it's an old western, but with monsters, vampires, and cyborg horses.

The whole thing is very dark and shadowy, even in prim little towns, up until the final scenes when we finally see some sun. The storyline moves pretty slowly for awhile, but speeds up rapidly when Doris is abducted the second time, right up to the earthshattering finale.

It's also peppered with some solid fight scenes, as well as the gore: severed limbs, electric whips, exploding heads, flying organs and literal gushers of blood. While the tone is quite grim, some of the dialogue is pretty funny ("For the first time in one hundred years I haven't been bored once!"). Including everything said by Left Hand, the hilarious parasite in D's... left hand.

D himself is an enigma for most of the movie -- repressed, quiet, kind to kids, but with a hidden vampiric side that only turns up occasionally. It takes careful attention to figure out who this "dampeel" is. And while Doris could have been a bit tougher, she comes across very realistically as a young girl in a terrifying situation.

"Vampire Hunter D" is a postapocalyptic goth movie, with a likably taciturn hero,a timeless storyline, and a lot of graphic anime violence.
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