YMMV / Vampire Hunter D

  • Boring Invincible Hero: D tends to be this, sometimes veering into Showy Invincible Hero depending on how purply the prose describes his actions. The Author knows this as novels rarely focus on D and instead focus on the human characters and D instead acts like a Deus ex Machina for them to escape deadly situations.
  • Boring Invincible Villain: 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.
  • 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, Carmilla 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.
  • Escapist Character: D, an impossibly beautiful bishounen version.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Nobility, not to mention Rei-Ginsei.
  • Gateway Series: For many anime fans from the 80's and 90's, the first movie was their introduction to more "mature" anime and animation in general.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has a very prominent fanbase in North America, to the point that Bloodlust was released in America before Japan, and Resurrection is set to go through a similar process.
  • Growing the Beard: The first novel was not well liked. The next ones? Start to focus on world-building, remove some of the more blatant cheats the Nobles used, and it just works.
  • 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.
  • Squick: Too many to count. One scene in Journey to the Northern Seas ranks pretty high among fans.
  • Spiritual Licensee: For the longest time, the animated movies were the closest thing there was to a film adaptation of The Dark Tower, at least until an official film adaptation was announced.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The english audio for Bloodlust is technically an aversion due to being recorded first, but it was well received at release and is still held in high regard.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The first movie is fairly cheesy, basic 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Many fans of the Streamline dub have, predictably, staked the Sentai dub to the ground from the start without giving it a fair chance (though Sentai Filmworks intentionally leaving the Streamline dub off of their rerelease certainly doesn't help).
  • Vanilla Protagonist: D's only traits are being a black-clad vampire bishonen, an impossibly good swordsman and the host of a extravagant parasite. In comparison with many other characters of the series, he comes across as rather unoriginal and quite uninteresting. However, while it is unknown if Kikuchi made it so in the first place or realized it along the road, he actually exploted this to focus on side characters and world building in late entries of the franchise.
  • 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). It's been speculated by Toonami and Adult Swim fans that Cartoon Network's airing of Vampire Hunter D was a test run for what would later become Toonami and Adult Swim. Ironically enough, in the blocks 10+ on-air history, Vampire Hunter D has yet to air.