Vampire Hunter D (the first one)

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  1. Robert Burkes

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    Hi, everyone! I've recently gotten an interest in Anime, and I thought Vampire Hunter D would be a good place to start. I love vampire stuff. What do you all think about this movie. I've read that the second one is better, but unless this one is totally not recommended, I'd like to start out with the first, so I'll have the backstory. Let me know what you all think. Thanks!

    Rob
     
  2. erik bush

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    check out blood, the last vampire.
     
  3. Rob Lutter

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    If you are interested in starting out in anime and need some recommendations from the Otaku of HTF... we have the thread for you!

    Novice Anime Discussion

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  4. Mark Walker

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    Robert-

    Vampire Hunter D tells a good story,
    but the animation is not the greatest IMHO.

    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a much
    richer film as far as animation goes, but I liked the
    story of the first one better.

    I am a marginal anime admirer: the film has to look
    really nice, sound nice, etc... or I am not interested.

    For that reason, I only OWN a few anime.

    Ones with top notch animation quality:

    Blood, The Last Vampire
    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
    then there are the non-vampire ones
    that I love:
    Ghost in the Shell
    Akira
    Graveyard of the Fireflies
    Princess Mononoke
    Metropolis
    and
    Spirited Away.


    There are others, but again, I am far from an anime
    buff. All the ones I mentioned did clearly have larger
    budgets and a higher level of production values.

    Have fun, and do check out the anime threads here:
    hours of reading and information.
     
  5. Adam_D

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    the original VHD is one of the first anime movies i ever saw about 6-7 years ago and i love it. yes the VHD:Bloodlust is better in the animation but the first one came out in 1985 so you have to expect that (although i still think the animation was really good for its time). IMO i highly recommend both of them.

    blood the last vampire is a really good one as well but the story really leaves you hanging[​IMG] series wise, Hellsing is a really great series that i highly recommend and hopefully they put out a second season to clean up a few loose ends that i feel exist in the series.

    as far as other movies i agree with Mark's list and would like to add:
    3x3 Eyes (well not really a movie but still really good)
    Jin-Roh: the Wolf Brigade
    Ninja Scroll
    Wicked City


    Adam
     
  6. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

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    Just to "I concur!" with Adam_D,
    I haven't seen all those he added, but
    Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
    and
    Wicked City are
    two that are excellent as far as production value
    and story.

    Just be careful:
    Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade comes in
    two versions, with the SE containing the films soundtrack CD.
    Wicked City has lots of cool demons,
    (A person who likes vampire flicks would probably
    really enjoy this one.)
    but there is a "live action" version on DVD as well
    that most think is not good.
     
  7. RickER

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    I had Vampire Hunter D on laserdisc a few years back, looked great, and was a great anime.Lots of style, and mood. But the DVD is WAY to dark. Detail is missing that shouldnt be. I had the same problem, to a lesser degree with Wicked City on DVD, also a great movie. Both come from Urban Vision, not one of the better for good DVD transfers. I guess my point is Vampire Hunter D is a great anime, but just an OK DVD.
     
  8. Eugene Esterly

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    Vampire Hunter D was the first movie which introduced me to anime. Vampire Hunter D is a good movie. Even though the animation is old, Vampire Hunter D is still a good movie.

    About the transfer of Vampire Hunter D & Wicked City (which I both own on DVD), IMO, I found no trouble with the transfer. The transfer, IMO, looked good.
     
  9. James T

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    Vampire Hunter D is a fun movie. But I think Bloodlust is just more fun. Think of it like Blade 1 and Blade 2. Blade 1 relied on story to move the film forward whereas Blade 2 was just non-stop action.

    I'd also recommend Blood: The last Vampire. It's pretty short, but the animation is wonderful.
     
  10. Scott Leopold

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    For what it's worth, I really don't like Anime. However, I really like Vampire Hunter D. I may even end up buying it eventually, as well as Bloodlust (never seen it, but based on the first one am interested in it).
     
  11. Jim Peavy

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    I agree--too dark. And this is a pretty new DVD and a "special edition" (for what that's worth).

    Still, watch it before Bloodlust. I like the first one, but Bloodlust really rocks! And it's as much a remake as a sequel.

    A couple more a$$ kicking anime' are Spriggan (like Jonny Quest cranked up to the max) and Ninja Scroll. Heaping piles of a$$ kicked in both of these as well.
     

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