* GatewaySeries: The first movie was one of the first anime movies released outside of Japan.
* GrowingTheBeard: The First novel, quite frankly, actually sorta sucked. D is pretty much a GodModeSue, the UnfortunateImplications are pretty bad, and the plot is relatively straightforward. The next ones? Start to focus on world-building, remove some of the more blatant cheats the Nobles used, and it just works.
* EvilIsSexy: The Nobility, not to mention Rei-Ginsei.
* MartyStu: D, an impossibly beautiful {{bishounen}} version.
** Vampires as a whole in the first book. One aspect that was thankfully discarded without a trace for later books: they've bred it into humanity that if any human discovers one of their weaknesses (like garlic), they'll automatically ''forget'' it - so humans can never get the upper hand.
* [[Creator/StreamlinePictures Streamlined]]: A pretty good dub in the style of Carl Macek (first movie).
** Many fans and critics, however, find it laughable and poorly done.
* {{Squick}}: Too many to count. One scene in ''Journey to the Northern Seas'' ranks pretty high among fans.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The first movie is fairly cheesy, and not all that distinguishable from other [[{{Gorn}} Gorntastic]] 80's movies/[=OVAs=] of the era once you get down to it. ''Bloodlust'', however, is a lot better at atmosphere and storytelling, and the SchizoTech of the first movie meshes a lot better here.
* UnfortunateImplications: The high amount of Chickification.
** As well as occasional [[KarmaHoudini Karma Houdinis]] in the novels. Apparently rape and slavery aren't that bad as long as you worship the ground that D walks on.
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