YMMV: Vampire Hunter D

  • Complete Monster: Carmilla, the Blood Countess from the film Bloodlust, was famed for her dark excesses when she lived, and was slain by the Vampire King Dracula for her bloodlust and gluttony. However, Carmilla's ghost still haunts her old palace. She lures the vampire Meier Link and his mortal lover Charlotte to her with promises of protection, only to use her illusions to separate them and slice Meier in half before feeding on Charlotte and using her blood to revive herself. When D himself and other vampire hunters enter her manor, Charlotte uses her illusions to Mind Rape them with visions of their pasts. She kills one hunter and turns him into a vampire so he'll kill D and the other hunter Leila, his own adopted sister. When she fights D himself, she tries to torture him out of fury that he, a Dhampir himself, hunts her. Carmilla views herself as above any human being and when D bests her, she immediately tries to devour the rest of Charlotte's life, stopped only by the intervention of Meier.
  • Gateway Series: The first movie was one of the first anime movies released outside of Japan.
  • Growing the Beard: The First novel, quite frankly, actually sorta sucked. D is pretty much a God-Mode Sue 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Nobility, not to mention Rei-Ginsei.
  • Marty Stu: 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.
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The first movie is fairly cheesy, and not all that distinguishable from other 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 Schizo Tech of the first movie meshes a lot better here.