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Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Kyûketsuki hantâ D (original title)
Unrated | | Animation, Action, Fantasy | 26 March 1993 (USA)
A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
D (voice)
Michie Tomizawa ...
Doris (voice)
Seizô Katô ...
Lee (voice)
Satoko Kifuji ...
Lamika (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Rei Ginsei (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
Feringo (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Greco (voice)
Kazuko Yanaga ...
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...
Younger Snake Sister (voice)
Keiko Toda ...
Dan (voice)
Yasuo Muramatsu ...
Roman (voice)
Kan Tokumaru ...
Danton (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Left Hand / Narrator (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
O'Reilly (voice)
Shinya Ôtaki ...
Gimlet (voice)
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A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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The name Count Magnus was also used by author H. Marion Crawford almost a century earlier in his story 'The Blood is The Life'. See more »

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D: I was once told of a mutant that could twist space around him, and it seems I have met him!
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Featured in Manga! (1994) See more »

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Your Song ('D'Mix)
Lyrics by Tetsuya Komuro
Music by Tetsuya Komuro & Naoto Kine
Arranged by Tetsuya Komuro
Performed by TM Network
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"Vampire Hunter D"
15 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 13 years before Wesley Snipes would pick up a sword and proceed to slice and dice the undead that frequented blood-soaked raves in 1998's ultra-cool "Blade," the eponymous character "D" of "Vampire Hunter D" was slicing up vampires and other horrors on the Japanese countryside.

"Vampire Hunter D" is certainly one of the better Anime' flicks to be released during the 1980s, when most Japanese animation films were either relentless bloodbaths, borderline pornography, or both. "D" fits in with the eldest category: it's not short of graphic violence and gore, and there's some explicit nudity to boot.

As a fan of Anime', I know that Japanese animation is not all that welcome in American mainstream cinema because of the stigmas that are attached to it. Because "Vampire Hunter D" was released amidst a blossoming season of bloody, sexy Anime' films, it has earned a small cult following in America.

It is sort of slow in the beginning, but gets going once D makes his appearance, riding into town on a cyborg horse and wrapped in a long black cape. His eyes are partially obscured by his over-sized brim hat. He's hired by a local girl to exterminate the vampire that bit her and because she's been bitten, people have grown fearful of her since they believe that she is contaminated. So D goes to work, taking on the Count's legion of ghastly demons and other hideous creatures.

"Vampire Hunter D" is not the greatest Anime' ever made, but it was one of the first that I ever saw growing up. It's one of my personal favorite Anime' flicks and it definitely ranks within my top ten Japanese animation films.

8/10


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