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DVD of the Day #303 - Vampire Hunter D

Well, it’s Devil’s Night, so we might as well go with this timeless little classic.

Vampire Huinter D may not be as good as the sequel, but it’s arguably the most important anime in my life. From having more than a passing resemblance to Kikuchi’s character in my youth to actually meeting Kikuchi and Amano because of it, VHD is as much a part of my life as well…his father who I am also sometimes mistaken for.

I remember seeing this at 3am in 8th grade on TNT. Sure it was heavily edition for television, but I didn’t know that. all I knew is that it was something special. The animation was brilliant (for its day), the story was gripping and the characters were awesome. Eventually when I found it on VHS, I was astounded by how gorey the unedited version was and that made it all the cooler. Of course, it wasn’t Fist of the North Star gorey, but it was still pretty sweet.

This anime is base dof the first of the VHD novels. It’s pretty straight forward. Count Magnus Lee wants a young girl named Doris to be his vampire bride. She gets bit and then hires D, a dhampir (Half-vampire) to slay the Count. Of course it stops being straight forward when you bring in the counts motley crew of ghouls, mutants and undead minions, Gecko, the spoiled brat son of the local mayor who also desires Doris, and of course D’s symbiotic living hand.

One of the things that still gets me today is that this is set in 10,090 AD. The worst is obviously post-apocalyptic but it’s a wonderful mix of technology and mysticism.

This still remains one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen, but it pales in comparison to Bloodlust. Guin, who has always wanted to see a D movie but never had the opportunity got to see one while she was here over Labour Day. Of course, I chose Bloodlust simply because it’s the best looking animated film ever. Next time though, we’ll certainly watch this one.

Is It Worth Keeping? No anime collection is complete without it
Rating: 8/10

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