Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust: A Review
Release year: 1985
Creator: Yoshiaki Kawajiri (creator of the acclaimed Ninja Scroll)
Genre: Horror/Occult. Anime.
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, is the latest chapter in a story long regarded as one of the greatest Japanese animation classics. Long before there was Pokemon or Naruto, there were films like Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Vampire Hunter D.
Originally released back in 1985, Vampire Hunter D told the story of a half breed born of a vampire father and human mother. D, an outcast among both the vampire and the human world, has taken it upon himself to hunt the demons of the world. His power and skill in that area are widely regarded, the only thing that wins him recognition in the world.
In Bloodlust, our favorite half vampire D is back and back hunting. This time the hunt is on for a vampire who allegedly kidnapped a very wealthy man’s daughter. Of course, the story has several twists, one including another set of hunters, and an unexpected enemy. In the true fashion of our very mysterious and brooding hunter, D takes on the challenge with a somewhat lackadaisical manner. However, he hunts with a prowess that would frighten even the most powerful of vampires. The ending is something this particular review won’t reveal…I’ll keep it spoil free. What I can say is that this newest installment does give fans and new viewers alike a different look into D. In Vampire Hunter D, we learned a lot about his heritage, abilities, and precious little about anything else personal. He was kept very distant. Don’t get me wrong, D is still kept a fair distance from the viewer so as to remain as mysterious as ever. However, since heritage is out of the way viewers get a better look at D’s personality, his skills, and a fair bit of insight into how his life is and has been in the past.
Besides the interesting and engaging story that Bloodlust offers, the animation style shows a huge improvement from the first Vampire Hunter D. It, of course, offers all the advantages of modern day animation, but beyond that, characters are drawn in style that seems more mature and in depth. D, although in the same attire, is given a bit of a make over. His facial expression was given more play in Bloodlust than in Vampire Hunter D, which actually added to the story making it a lot more personal. Additionally, the supporting characters were drawn with a great deal of skill and creativity. The character designs in this anime are absolutely beautiful and original! Lucky for us, this creativity also carried over into scenery and props. Even the simple backgrounds in Bloodlust look really fantastic. Watching the two Vampire Hunter D movies side by side, one can really contrast the animation styles of both films.
With an interesting and strong storyline, killer animation, and our favorite vampire hunter back in action, what more can we want? Bloodlust is a must see for both new and old fans! It brings back element of the old movie without actually requiring people to see it before viewing the new. Bloodlust is sure to stand beside its classic predecessor in the years to come.
*For those interested in more D action. There is a manga available with more intriguing stories.