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 Dhampyr 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.
  • Internet Backdraft: Fans are not happy, to say the least, that Sentai Filmworks' rerelease of the original movie from the 80's will not include the english dub from Streamline Pictures, instead opting for a brand new english dub. (Rather ironically, the Streamline version was not well received by the Anime community in its 1992 debut, least of all Carl Mecak detractors.)
    • Misblamed: Some have theorized that this is due to the Japanese licensors not allowing Sentai to include it, since the company has rereleased movies such as Appleseed and Grave of the Fireflies before with brand new dubs and the original english dubs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Back in the 90's, the original movie was often aired on Saturday nights on Cartoon Network, TNT, and TBS, usually in a triple feature with Robot Carnival and Twilight of the Cockroaches. This is despite the loads of blood and violence that would've made this movie more suitable for, say, [adult swim] (though in fairness, [adult swim] didn't exist until 2001).