Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. As promised, this time we’ll discuss the original cult classic which gave rise to Bloodlust, the 1985 Vampire Hunter D prequel. Since I’m reviewing a prequel of the same franchise, expect many comparisons to be made with the sequel.
Genres: adventure, drama, fantasy, horror, science fiction, supernatural
Themes: demons, fanservice, post-apocalyptic, vampire, Dark Expect some nudity and plenty of blood and gore.
Running Time: 75-80 minutes.
Plot Summary: In the year 12,090 A.D technology and the supernatural have overtaken the world. But thanks to the overzealous ambitions of man, the world remains desolate and despotic. What’s left of the human race is divided into various towns and cities living in fear of vampires who compose and exist as the Nobility, fending off the monsters and mutants as a result of their existence. On a night five days after the Count Magnus Lee had harmlessly tasted the blood of Doris Lang and chosen her to be his next wife, she hires a vampire hunter by the name of ‘D’ to rid her of such an ill-gotten fate. As a dhampir (half human, half vampire), there exists a distinct resentment between the hunter and his prey. But as the Count finds out, there is also a peculiar secret behind the past of the Vampire Hunter D.
So yeah, this is the movie that started it all for Western anime fans who haven’t read the novel series. This movie is pretty much Castlevania in animated form, which is a good thing. It’s straightforward in the sense that unlike its successor, it’s not difficult telling the good guys from the bad ones. In my opinion there isn’t as much depth and intrigue as in Bloodlust but that doesn’t stop it from being a very entertaining vampire slayer movie. This one also feels more similar to the live action Van Helsing movie than its sequel does, except not as corny or cheesy as the LA movie. Still, there are a few surprises on both the good and evil side.
Animation: Since it’s old school, don’t expect the same high quality as its successor, but that doesn’t change the fact that the same eerie and spooky atmosphere that was apparent in Bloodlust is present, except it’s much bloodier. The difference is that this movie has a more post-apocalyptic feel to it than its successor. There is a wider variety of mutations and demons in this one than merely vampires. to put it in short, it has an old school action anime feel to it.
The music: Like the animation, the bone chilling and haunting tunes are present in this movie as well, perfectly blending with the dark world the viewer is about to enter once again, although there is a more heroic touch added to the tunes since it includes a Castlevania-ish feel.
The characters: D is pretty much still the same badass, honorable and straight to the point anti-hero he will remain in Bloodlust. the events of this movie do shed a light in the reason as to why he becomes more serious in the sequel. You see, even though he’s the same here, he’s kinda softer which under the circumstances makes sense. His “handdyman” partner does look freakier here although he seems to have a smaller role here. Still, he still has his trademark “sharp tongue” and “handy” ability. Still, there is one question that wasn’t answered in either movie and veterans can pretty much guess which one it is. As for the rest of the cast, not much to say since they’re all straightforward and develop nicely over the course of the movie.
In conclusion: Another good vampire movie for fans to check out when they’re able. It’s not as good as the sequel but still 10000 times better than the Twilight saga, like a majority of non-teen heartthrob related live action movies or literature are. Heck, I recommend watching both VHD movies since they rule!
P.S.: I don’t understand why they changed the name of the half-human, half-vampire breed from dhampir to dunpeal. Oh well, it doesn’t matter that