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Anime Profile: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

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Title
Vampire Hunter D: BloodlustVampire Hunter D: BloodlustVampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Released
1 movie (105 minutes)1 movie (105 minutes)
Dates
20012001
Company
Urban Vision/Madhouse/Filmlink Intl/Vampire Hunter D CommitteeUrban Vision/Madhouse/Filmlink Intl/Vampire Hunter D Committee
Producer
Mata YamamotoMata Yamamoto
Creator
Hideyuki Kikuchi, Asahi SonoramaHideyuki Kikuchi, Asahi Sonorama
Director
Yoshiaka KawajiriYoshiaka Kawajiri
Genre
Action, HorrorAction, Horror
Related
Vampire Hunter DVampire Hunter D
Characters
BengeBenge
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Borgoff MarcusBorgoff Marcus
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Charlotte ElbourneCharlotte Elbourne
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Countess CarmillaCountess Carmilla
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon, and on VHS at Amazon.

Characters: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Benge Benge Kyle Marcus Kyle Marcus
Borgoff Marcus Borgoff Marcus Leila Leila
Charlotte Elbourne Charlotte Elbourne Mashira Mashira
Countess Carmilla Countess Carmilla Meier Link Meier Link
D D Nolt Marcus Nolt Marcus
Grove Grove Caroline Caroline

Description: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

The gothic horror of the far future comes to life once again with Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

D is hired by the Elbourne family to rescue the innocent Charlotte, who was kidnapped in the dead of night by the vampire Meier Link. D is warned, though, that he has competition: the Marcus Brothers, who are themselves not alone in their endeavor to retrieve Charlotte. For both, their task is to bring Charlotte back to them: alive if human... dead if changed.

In the course of this latest hunt, though, the half-vampire hunter wrestles with two separate situations. First, it seems that Charlotte is actually a willing participant in this abduction. Second, there is a woman who travels with the Marcus brothers, whose life is drowned in the blood of vampires... yet D can sense the potential to restore some semblance of life in this woman. As D himself continues to fight his vampire heritage, he also struggles to, if not stop the bloodbath, at least to not leave everything a tragedy.

Note: This film, though anime, was produced for the American screen.

Description: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

In a distant future vampires and humans are opposed through a series of quarrels and each other's intolerance and prejudices. In this retro-sci-fi world, some are devoted to rid the humans of troublesome vampires and halfbloods (or 'Dunpeals'). One of them is an outcast, feared for his origins yet unknown to most. His name is D. He is hired by a rich count to retrieve his daughter, believed to have been abducted by a certain Meier Link. Not being the only bounty hunter on the job, D must hurry to fulfill his mission...

This movie, directed by Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Monster City, Manie-Manie, Hi No Tori), is the most recent adaptation of D's story (originally a novel). And the result is a no-brainer action pic like none before it! Even though this is no story-telling wonder, it does boast the most astounding visuals in any anime to date. I know that fancy visuals don't save a sinking ship (remember the awful Titan A.E., anyone?), but this comes loaded with action-packed scenes that range from Coppola-style (remember the count? the duchess in this film is MUCH cooler) to blazing ninja-style battles and even some western clichés! Having seen the film in World Première at the Brussels Fantasy Film Festival earlier this year, I can testify of it's visual beauty; a feast for the senses like no other!

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