Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. Welcome once again to another episode of CinAnime. This time we take a look at one of the all time greatest animated vampire movies to date. Let’s get our weapons ready and venture into the heart of darkness in the blackest night along with Vampire Hunter D, Bloodlust.
Genres: adventure, drama, horror, romance, science fiction, supernatural
Themes: demon, post-apocalyptic, vampire, Dark
Running time: 97 minutes.
Plot synopsis: The Distant Future…Vampires rule the night but their numbers are dwindling. With huge bounties on their heads, a class of hunters has emerged, Bounty Hunters. One hunter is unlike all the others. He is a Dunpeal= Half human, half vampire. At war with himself, feared by all and all alone, he is…Vampire Hunter D!
The main plot involves a nobleman’s daughter kidnapped by vampires. D is hired to recover her. However, One night when he catches up to the vampires’ coach and attempts to rescue her, she strangely refuses to be rescued. What happens next is up to the viewers to find out as D and a group of competing Bounty Hunters chase after and battle against a host of vampires with varying abilities and traits. Although the basic rules of vampirism are intact, you can always count on anime to add special “additions” to the vampires’ combat arsenal.
In most forms of vampire media, vampires are depicted as either good or evil, but this movie in particular has a strong sense of moral ambiguity, meaning that in this movie, things aren’t as simple as counting to ten.
[COLOR=”DarkOrchid”]Keep in mind that Bloodlust is the sequel to the 1985 movie: one of the 1st anime movies released in the US. Stay tuned for a review of that movie very soon. For now, let’s continue.[/COLOR]
Animation: The setting is a wasteland type with some Wild West elements added. The visuals are arresting. you can’t help but look at the luscious scenery in both daytime and especially nighttime. It is that gorgeous to look at. the action scenes are abundant, but not an excessive amount to make it seem like an animated version of the Van Helsing or Blade movies.
Music: Haunting, bone chilling and epic at the same time, perfectly fitting for a feature presentation such as this one.
Characters: I won’t go into much detail without spoiling the good stuff so let’s put it like this. First of all, the character development is rich and stunning. Each of them…those who survive till the end of course serve their role well.
For the time being I’ll merely discuss D himself. Pretty much a man of few words who gets straight to the point and kicks plenty of vampire ass, but behind that cold exterior, their lies the heart of an honorable warrior who only battles against those who stand against him and the bounty at hand. Alongside D is his “partner”…let’s just say he’s…quite the “handyman”.
As for the rest of the cast, like I said this movie is rich in development so expect many motives to drive each of them toward their goals. It’s another one of those movies where each role, no matter how small is an interesting one. This is a most thrilling film indeed.
In conclusion: This is a must watch for all vampire fans. no nonsense or lowly humor, it’s all well paced, has an excellent presentation and may surprise you at some points.