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12th Sep '16 4:07:18 PM Rynnec
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A horror light-novel series by Japanese author Creator/HideyukiKikuchi.

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A horror light-novel series by Japanese author Creator/HideyukiKikuchi.
Creator/HideyukiKikuchi a Japanese horror novelist in the same [[JustForPun vein]] as Creator/HPLovecraft and Creator/StephenKing [[note]]At least according to the blurbs on the back of the books themselves[[/note]].
8th Sep '16 4:42:03 PM ArtoriusRex
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A horror light-novel series written by Japanese author Creator/HideyukiKikuchi.

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A horror light-novel series written by Japanese author Creator/HideyukiKikuchi.
8th Sep '16 4:41:44 PM ArtoriusRex
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A horror light-novel series written by Creator/HideyukiKikuchi, a Japanese horror novelist in the same [[JustForPun vein]] as Creator/HPLovecraft.

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A horror light-novel series written by Creator/HideyukiKikuchi, a Japanese horror novelist in the same [[JustForPun vein]] as Creator/HPLovecraft.
author Creator/HideyukiKikuchi.
18th Aug '16 11:34:53 AM Chris
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An anime OVA feature adaptation was released in Japan in 1985, and it was dubbed and released on VHS in North America by StreamlinePictures in 1992. Advertised as the "first animated horror film for adults," the feature acquired a cult following in the US following broadcasts on CartoonNetwork, [=SyFy=] Channel, and TBS. Its success spawned an animated sequel, ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', which was first released to US theaters on the film festival and art-house circuit in 2000; a Japanese release followed in 2001. Both films were originally released on DVD by Urban Vision, and when those licenses eventually fell through, SentaiFilmworks re-released the first film on Blu-ray (with a new dub), while DiscotekMedia re-released ''Bloodlust'' (with the original dub, and only that dub).

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An anime OVA feature adaptation was released in Japan in 1985, and it was dubbed and released on VHS in North America by StreamlinePictures in 1992. Advertised as the "first animated horror film for adults," the feature acquired a cult following in the US following broadcasts on CartoonNetwork, [=SyFy=] Channel, and TBS. Its success spawned an animated sequel, ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', which was first released to US theaters on the film festival and art-house circuit in 2000; a Japanese release followed in 2001. Both films were originally released on DVD by Urban Vision, and when those licenses eventually fell through, SentaiFilmworks Creator/SentaiFilmworks re-released the first film on Blu-ray (with a new dub), while DiscotekMedia Creator/DiscotekMedia re-released ''Bloodlust'' (with the original dub, and only that dub).
29th Jul '16 7:30:34 PM WildCardCourier
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Like ''Film/{{Zeiram}}'' and other series of the mid-eighties, ''Vampire Hunter D'' focuses more on atmosphere than plot or prose, and pulls it off beautifully. It began as an extremely long-running series of light novels (twenty-six as of this writing, some of which are several volumes long) which spawned two anime movies. The first, based directly on the first novel, was simply titled ''Vampire Hunter D''. It involves him being hired to protect a young woman who has become the chosen prey of an "Aristocrat" (what vampires call themselves in this world), the sinister Count Magnus [[Creator/ChristopherLee Lee]]. In the second, titled ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'' (based on the third novel), he is called upon to find a girl who has run off with her vampiric lover, and finds himself clashing against a group of mortal hunters. As of now there's a manga adaptation that's adapted the first seven novels as well. The character designs for the movies were done by Creator/YoshitakaAmano, who also did the cover art for the light novels.

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Like ''Film/{{Zeiram}}'' and other series of the mid-eighties, ''Vampire Hunter D'' focuses more on atmosphere than plot or prose, and pulls it off beautifully. It began as an extremely long-running series of light novels (twenty-six (thirty as of this writing, some of which are several volumes long) which spawned two anime movies. The first, based directly on the first novel, was simply titled ''Vampire Hunter D''. It involves him being hired to protect a young woman who has become the chosen prey of an "Aristocrat" (what vampires call themselves in this world), the sinister Count Magnus [[Creator/ChristopherLee Lee]]. In the second, titled ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'' (based on the third novel), he is called upon to find a girl who has run off with her vampiric lover, and finds himself clashing against a group of mortal hunters. As of now there's a manga adaptation that's adapted the first seven novels as well. The character designs for the movies were done by Creator/YoshitakaAmano, who also did the cover art for the light novels.



An anime OVA feature adaptation was released in Japan in 1985, and it was dubbed and released on VHS in North America by StreamlinePictures in 1992. Advertised as the "first animated horror film for adults," the feature acquired a cult following in the US following broadcasts on CartoonNetwork, SyfyChannel, and TBS. Its success spawned an animated sequel, ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', which was first released to US theaters on the film festival and art-house circuit in 2000; a Japanese release followed in 2001. Both films were originally released on DVD by Urban Vision, and when those licenses eventually fell through, SentaiFilmworks re-released the first film on Blu-ray (with a new dub), while DiscotekMedia re-released ''Bloodlust'' (with the original dub, and only that dub).

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An anime OVA feature adaptation was released in Japan in 1985, and it was dubbed and released on VHS in North America by StreamlinePictures in 1992. Advertised as the "first animated horror film for adults," the feature acquired a cult following in the US following broadcasts on CartoonNetwork, SyfyChannel, [=SyFy=] Channel, and TBS. Its success spawned an animated sequel, ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', which was first released to US theaters on the film festival and art-house circuit in 2000; a Japanese release followed in 2001. Both films were originally released on DVD by Urban Vision, and when those licenses eventually fell through, SentaiFilmworks re-released the first film on Blu-ray (with a new dub), while DiscotekMedia re-released ''Bloodlust'' (with the original dub, and only that dub).
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In 2000, a video game adaptation of the ''Bloodlust'' movie was released for the [=Playstation=], simply titled ''Vampire Hunter D''. The game closely followed the plot of the movie, but was entirely set in Meier Link's castle and featured 3 endings, one of which mirrored the movie ending.

[[folder:List of Light Novels]]

* Volume 1 - ''Vampire Hunter D'' (1983; English 2005)
* Volume 2 - ''Raiser of Gales'' (1984; English 2005)
* Volume 3 - ''Demon Deathchase'' (1985; English 2006)
* Volume 4 - ''Tale of the Dead Town'' (1986; English 2006)
* Volume 5 - ''The Stuff of Dreams'' (1986; English 2006)
* Volume 6 - ''Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profaned'' (1988; English 2006)
* Volume 7 - ''Mysterious Journey to the North Sea Parts 1 & 2'' (1988; released in English as Volumes 7 & 8, 2007)
* Volume 8 - ''The Rose Princess'' (1994; released as Volume 9 in English, 2007)
* Novella 1 - ''Dark Nocturne'' (1992; released as Volume 10 in English, 2008)
* Volume 9 - ''Pale Fallen Angel Parts 1-4'' (1994-1996; English omnibus for Parts 1+2 released in 2008 as Volume 11, English omnibus for Parts 3+4 released in 2009 as Volume 12)
* Volume 10 - ''Twin-Shadowed Knight Parts 1 & 2'' (1996; English omnibus released in 2009 as Volume 13)
* Volume 11 - ''Dark Road Parts 1-3'' (1999; English release in 2010, Parts 1+2 omnibus released as Volume 14, Part 3 released as Volume 15)
* Volume 12 - ''Tyrant's Stars Parts 1-4'' (2000-2001; English omnibus for Parts 1+2 and Parts 3+4 released in 2011 as Volumes 16 and 17)
* Volume 13 - ''Fortress of the Elder God'' (2001; released as Volume 18 in English, 2012)
* Volume 14 - ''Mercenary Road'' (2003; released as Volume 19 in English, 2013)
* Volume 15 - ''Scenes from an Unholy War'' (2003; released as Volume 20 in English, 2013)
* Volume 16 - ''Record of the Blood Battle'' (2004; released as Volume 21 in English, 2014)
* Volume 17 - ''White Devil Mountain Parts 1 & 2'' (2005; English omnibus released as Volume 22 in 2014)
* Volume 18 - ''Iriya the Berserker'' (2007; released as Volume 23 in English, 2016)
* Volume 19 - ''Throng of Heretics'' (2007; to be released as Volume 24 in English, tentative 2016)
* Volume 20 - ''Island of Immortality'' (2008; to be released as Volume 25 in English, tentative 2017)
* Volume 21 - ''The Hellish Horse Carriage'' (2009)
* Volume 22 - ''Nightmare Village'' (2010)
* Volume 23 - ''The Royal Tiger of Winter'' (2011)
* Volume 24 - ''Battlefront of the Nobility'' (2012)
* Volume 25 - ''The Golden Demon Parts 1 & 2'' (2012)
* Volume 26 - ''Sylvia's Road Home'' (2013)
* Volume 27 - ''Festival of the Nobility'' (2014)
* Volume 28 - ''Banquet in Purgatory'' (2014)
* Volume 29 - ''The Twisted Nobleman'' (2015)
* Volume 30 - ''The Wicked Beauty'' (2016)

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27th Jul '16 1:42:54 PM Willbyr
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The strange Spanish dub of the first movie toned down some of the risqué elements, though, oddly enough, not all of them. For example, it removed all the references to demons, replaced Doris's offer to sell his body to D with an offer to "kiss her," and made some minor changes, while leaving intact the rest of the depravity of the film.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The strange Spanish dub of the first movie toned down some of the risqué elements, though, oddly enough, not all of them. For example, it removed all the references to demons, replaced Doris's Doris offer to sell his her body to D with an offer to "kiss her," and made some minor changes, while leaving intact the rest of the depravity of the film.
27th Jul '16 1:35:04 PM Cieloazul
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The strange Spanish dub of the first movie toned down some of the risqué elements, though, oddly enough, not all of them. For example, it removed all the references to demons, replaced Doris's offer to sell his body to D with an offer to "kiss her," and made some minor changes, while leaving intact the rest of the depravity of the film.



* CharacterExaggeration: Inverted Marcus Brothers in ''Bloodlust''. In the original story, they are as much the villains as the Barbarois; they are vicious, murderous, and [[MoralEventHorizon regularly rape Leila]] (even the invalid Grove). In ''Bloodlust'', the evil aspects of their personalities are removed. And in the novel, the Marcus Brothers are genetically enhanced super humans with a wide range of powers. In the movie, they are BadassNormal. This arguably makes the movie versions, despite being significantly weaker than their novel counterparts, more impressive because normal humans tend to be very ineffective in this setting with a few exceptions. Even the weakest Dhampir is significantly more physically powerful, faster, and has better reflexes than a normal human.

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* CharacterExaggeration: Inverted with the Marcus Brothers in ''Bloodlust''. In the original story, they are as much the villains as the Barbarois; they are vicious, murderous, and [[MoralEventHorizon regularly rape Leila]] (even the invalid Grove). In ''Bloodlust'', the evil aspects of their personalities are removed. And in the novel, the Marcus Brothers are genetically enhanced super humans with a wide range of powers. In the movie, they are BadassNormal. This arguably makes the movie versions, despite being significantly weaker than their novel counterparts, more impressive because normal humans tend to be very ineffective in this setting with a few exceptions. Even the weakest Dhampir is significantly more physically powerful, faster, and has better reflexes than a normal human.
20th Jul '16 6:23:02 PM Willbyr
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20th Jul '16 5:39:47 PM Kalaong
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15th Jul '16 2:23:49 AM StevieWillShowYou
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An anime OVA feature adaptation was released in Japan in 1985, and it was dubbed and released on VHS in North America by StreamlinePictures in 1992. Advertised as the "first animated horror film for adults," the feature acquired a cult following in the US following broadcasts on CartoonNetwork, SyfyChannel, and TBS. Its success spawned an animated sequel entitled ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', which was first released to US theaters on the film festival and art-house circuit in 2000, and a Japanese release followed in 2001. Both films were released to DVD by Urban Vision, while SentaiFilmworks released the first film on Blu-ray (with a new dub), and DiscotekMedia released the second.

An [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-06-30/exclusive-vampire-hunter-d-has-new-animated-series-in-the-works/.89840 animated series]] titled ''Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection'' is being produced by Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier, with Hideyuki Kikuchi and ''Bloodlust'' director Creator/YoshiakiKawajiri involved in the production. Due to being considered more appealing to Western audiences than Japanese audiences, it is set to be [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff distributed in America first]].

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An anime OVA feature adaptation was released in Japan in 1985, and it was dubbed and released on VHS in North America by StreamlinePictures in 1992. Advertised as the "first animated horror film for adults," the feature acquired a cult following in the US following broadcasts on CartoonNetwork, SyfyChannel, and TBS. Its success spawned an animated sequel entitled sequel, ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'', which was first released to US theaters on the film festival and art-house circuit in 2000, and 2000; a Japanese release followed in 2001. Both films were originally released to on DVD by Urban Vision, while and when those licenses eventually fell through, SentaiFilmworks released re-released the first film on Blu-ray (with a new dub), and while DiscotekMedia released re-released ''Bloodlust'' (with the second.

original dub, and only that dub).

An [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-06-30/exclusive-vampire-hunter-d-has-new-animated-series-in-the-works/.89840 animated series]] titled entitled ''Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection'' is being produced by Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier, with Hideyuki Kikuchi and ''Bloodlust'' director Creator/YoshiakiKawajiri involved in the production. Due to being considered more appealing to Western audiences than Japanese audiences, it is set to be [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff distributed in America first]].


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