Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

September 28th, 2001


Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

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Hunters race to save a girl stolen from her home by a vampire.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.7/10 (12,979 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Ichirô Nagai, Kôichi Yamadera

It is many thousand years in the future. Vampires once ruled the night but have seen their numbers reduced by fearless bounty hunters. One such hunter is D, the halfbreed son of a human mother and vampire father. When a girl from a rich family is taken from her home by the vampire Meier Link, her father contracts both D and the Markus brothers (a rival group of hunters) to race to retrieve her. As the heroes fight their way through Meier's hired guards, they begin to suspect that the girl may have gone with him willingly.

Writers: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Hideyuki Kikuchi

Hideyuki Tanaka - D
Ichirô Nagai - Left Hand
Kôichi Yamadera - Meier Link
Megumi Hayashibara - Leila
Emi Shinohara - Charlotte Elbourne
Yûsaku Yara - Borgoff
Hôchû Ôtsuka - Kyle
Rintarou Nishi - Mashira
Keiji Fujiwara - Benge
Yôko Soumi - Caroline
Toshihiko Seki - Grove
Ryûzaburô Ôtomo - Nolt
Chikao Ôtsuka - Barbarois Elder
Takeshi Aono - Polk
Motomu Kiyokawa - John Elbourne

Taglines: When the Sun Sets... The Hunt Begins


Official Website: Urban Vision Entertainment |

Release Date: 28 September 2001

Opening Weekend: $25,521 (USA) (23 September 2001) (6 Screens)

Gross: $25,521 (USA) (23 September 2001)

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Did You Know?

The English language track for this film was created first; unlike almost every other anime in existence, English is Bloodlust's original dialogue.

Borgoff: Hey, did you ever hear the one about the owl and the squirrel? The squirrel works all summer storing away stuff for the winter; all kinds of nuts and seeds. Works real hard. Then one day, just before the first snow, he goes outside for one last look around, when all of a sudden this owl swoops down and grabs him, carries him off.
[looks up]
Borgoff: 'Ah, what a shame' says the squirrel 'what's going to happen to all that good food?'
[starts chuckling; eventually Nolt & Kyle join his laughter, Nolt grabbing Kyle so tightly he starts to choke]

User Review

Maybe the best anime piece ever

Rating: 10/10

As we saw that Vampire Hunter D was high ranked on IMDb, we decided to give it a shot. Loaded up with some expectations, who comes naturally when a piece is placed good at IMDb, we enjoyed the movie from the very early beginning to the very end. I was astonished! At first, the whole piece is animated in a way that I really find attractive. I mean, not the regular ninja-banzai-anime-style, but instead this beautiful way of animating this alternative reality put up on your tv. I really like ancient stuff like vampires and more goth related stuff when it comes to animes, and this one got it all. With a terrific story the piece develops and bounds the viewer into the magic world of Vampire Hunter D. I just simply love it because of the vibe it gives me! A sober 10 out of 10, no doubts about it.


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