* CompleteMonster: Carmilla, the Blood Countess from the film ''Bloodlust'', was famed for [[TheCaligula her dark excesses]] when she lived, and was slain by [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Vampire King Dracula]] for her bloodlust and gluttony. However, Carmilla's ghost still haunts her old palace. She lures the [[StarCrossedLovers vampire Meier Link and his mortal lover Charlotte]] to her with promises of protection, only to use her illusions to separate them and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe 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 MindRape 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 [[NotQuiteDead Meier]].
* 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 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.
* InternetBackdraft: 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 Creator/StreamlinePictures, 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 ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' and ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' before with brand new dubs ''and'' the original english dubs.
* MartyStu: D, an impossibly beautiful {{bishounen}} version.
** The Author knows that as novels rarely focus on D and instead focus on the human characters and D instead acts like a DeusExMachina for them to escape deadly situations.
** 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.
* SpiritualLicensee: The films are probably the only thing we will ever get to a film adaption of Franchise/TheDarkTower
* SuperlativeDubbing: ''Bloodlust'' garnered high marks for its voiceovers originally recorded in English. While it doesn't get as much praise now as it did back then, the English dub has still held up surprisingly well.
** Though the funny thing is the English version ISN'T a dub, but instead the original voiceover with the Japanese version being the dubbed one.
* 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.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Back in the 90's, the original movie was often aired on Saturday nights on Creator/CartoonNetwork, TNT, and Creator/{{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, Creator/AdultSwim (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 (along with RobotCarnival and TwilightOfTheCockroaches) 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.
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