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Anime Review: Vampire Hunter D (1985) by Toyoo Ashida

Anime Review: Vampire Hunter D (1985) by Toyoo Ashida

Based on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s novel series of the same, “Vampire Hunter D” was released straight to video in 1985. Directed by Toyoo Ashida, who would later take the reins on “Fist of the North Star”, the film was produced on a limited budget by the studio Ashi Productions. Now considered an anime classic, the feature still has plenty to offer in terms of careful world-building and enticing visuals. It’s worth noting that this review is for the 1992 Streamline Pictures English dub.

In the post-apocalyptic future of 12,090 Ad, Doris Lang (Barbara Goodson) is out hunting one night when she stumbles into the territory of the imposing vampire Count Magnus Lee (Jeff Winkless). Left bitten by the count and now the object of his desire, she hires the formidable vampire hunter, D (Michael McConnohie); a half-human, half-vampire hybrid known as a dhampir. With the count’s minions on the prowl for Doris,

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