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YMMV: Vampire Hunter D
  • 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, the Unfortunate Implications 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The high amount of Chickification.
    • As well as occasional 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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