Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

April 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm (9 Heads, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust – 2000 – Japan/United States

In the post-apocalyptic future, humans are hunted by vampires, werewolves, and mutants. In a frontier village, a vampire count kidnaps the mayor’s daughter. To rescue her, the mayor hires D, a half-vampire bounty hunter. D pursues the count across the country, followed by some tank-driving cyborg mercenaries known as the Marcus Brothers. The count intends to flee Earth in a spaceship, but D apprehends him. To D’s surprise, the mayor’s daughter is the count’s willing bride. Considering his melancholic life as a half-vampire outcast, D cannot accept the lovers’ relationship. A bloody duel ensues.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is the sequel to Vampire Hunter D (1985). Both anime films are based on a Japanese novel series of the same name. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust’s genre-bending setting blends Gothic horror, sword and sorcery, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and Westerns. On the wild frontier, super-powered humans ride robotic horses and wield futuristic-medieval weaponry against monsters armed with super-science gadgetry. It’s a chaotic world full of larger than life characters. The best example is D himself. He is a stoic and depressed outsider. Living in his hand is a wisecracking psychic parasite with a human face.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust’s attractive visuals bring its unusual setting to life. The forlorn landscapes, weird characters, and images of cataclysmic destruction look great. Exciting set pieces are constant. D rides his horse across the back of an island-sized “sand manta”. One of the Marcus Brothers rides her motorized unicycle vertically up a building. The vampire count flees Earth in a rocket shaped like a Gothic cathedral.

Carmilla (the female vampire from the 1872 novel of the same name) makes an appearance and wears an impossibly long cape. There is also a werewolf with a huge canine snout protruding from his stomach.

Rating: 9/10 Shrunken Heads. This is why I watch anime.

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