10 of the Best Vampire-Themed Animated Movies and Series
Werewolves, witches, zombies…there are just a few classic monsters that many associate with the festive Halloween season. Though iconic slasher villains like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers have co-starred for the past few decades, no Halloween is complete or horrified enough without a visit from fanged undead with a thing for human blood: vampires. .
Since the publication of the Irish author bram stokerit is Dracula in 1897, public interest in vampiric entities never seemed to wane as these creatures underwent various revamps in mass media. Anime is no exception, opening the door to more appreciative fans and introducing them to some of the most badass characters ever seen on screen.
When malevolent creatures of the night threaten the citizens of England, it’s up to the top secret organization Hellsing to annihilate those threats and restore peace without delay, an easy task considering the organization has an asset, that of the most powerful vampire alive, Alucard.
Upon learning that a Nazi paramilitary organization called Millennium is primarily responsible for turning humans into vampires on a massive scale, Alucard’s full omnipotence will be unveiled in the dark and gritty series. Ultimate Hellsing but will this be at the expense of the complete eradication of humanity?
“Seraph of the End”
Comparatively lighter in tone than Hellsing Ultimate, Seraph of the end similarly combines military confederations with supernatural elements, albeit in a post-apocalyptic setting that appeals more to younger audiences.
The action-adventure series chronicles the events suffered by the Imperial Japanese demonic army, where the extermination of vampires is part of their daily routine. Main protagonist Yuichiro Hyakuya is one of the young survivors who were unaffected by a man-made virus ravaging the human population in 2012. After escaping captivity and the vampire food supply, Yuichiro becomes determined to avenge his friends who weren’t. as lucky as him.
Translated as ‘Corpse Demon’, shikiThe story of takes place in Sotoba, a quaint little Japanese town plagued by a series of mysterious deaths, coinciding with the arrival of the enigmatic Kirishiki family who had moved into a long-abandoned mansion on the outskirts. Village doctor Toshio Ozaki and other citizens of Sotoba begin to investigate and even receive nightly visits from vampiric creatures named Shiki.
The supernatural horror series is slower-paced, opting for psychological horror lanes rather than full-blown action sequences like the previous two entries. Nevertheless, the public after watching shiki may never get a good night’s sleep without making sure no one lies under the bed.
Most vampire fans have, at some point in their lives, fantasized about becoming themselves so they could possess abilities such as superhuman agility and ageless lifespan. In blood boyDracula’s descendant, Staz Charlie Blood, is an otaku who dabbles in Japanese culture with no interest in human blood or the vampire lifestyle.
When a resourceful Japanese high school girl, Fuyumi Yanagi, accidentally bursts into the demon world, Staz is immediately drawn to her. Their supposedly romantic encounter was cut short when Fuyumi is eaten by a carnivorous plant demon and becomes a ghost, but not even the afterlife can get in the way of Staz’s resolve to get the girl of his dreams.
‘Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust’
Encompassing jaw-dropping visuals, provocative dark humor and spooky orchestral soundwork, gothic horror aficionados are sure to love Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. This adult horror fantasy film revolves around D, a reluctant and taciturn, half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter.
Feared and renowned for his exceptional skills in tracking down creatures of the night, D is hired by a wealthy businessman to find his daughter Charlotte, believing she has been kidnapped by a vampire baron named Meier Link. The tables are turned when it is revealed that Charlotte and Meier share a genuine affection for each other, but prize-seeking bounty hunters and everlasting sinister forces demand intervention.
“Blood: The Last Vampire”
Inspired by Stoker’s Dracula and the American supernatural drama television series buffy the vampire slayerThis Japanese animated horror fantasy film lets audiences witness a world guarded by high school girl Saya, who happens to be a katana-wielding vampire hunter.
Having no weakness to sunlight or other vulnerabilities usually attributed to vampires, Saya renounces chiropterans, vampiric bat-like creatures that can impersonate humans and, ironically, love too. drink their blood. Set in the 1960s, Saya is assigned to the United States Air Force Base in Yokota where it is believed that a bat has infiltrated the military base.
In addition to having the same name for the protagonist, Blood + is just as fascinating anime spin-off set in an alternate universe to that of its predecessor Blood: The Last Vampire. The show is hugely popular with its inclusion of radically diverse characters as well as action-packed sequences taking full advantage of the badass qualities of the vampires.
Suffering from anemia and unable to recall memories beyond the previous year, Saya Otonashi’s ordinary life is turned upside down when she is attacked by a bat. After drinking her savior’s blood, Saya learns that her blood becomes a catalyst in killing bloodsucking monsters. Armed with a katana, Saya’s mysterious past spanning decades and centuries is slowly revealed as she travels the world eliminating bats.
‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ (first three seasons)
One of the oldest anime series loved by fans around the world, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is well known not only for its intriguing storylines exploring different timelines, themes, and genres, but also for its incorporation of pop culture references, as evidenced by its unique art style and infamous poses.
The first three seasons of the supernatural adventure anime series see vampires as the show’s main antagonist, with the army of undead creatures led by one of anime’s most charismatic villains, Dio Brando. Possessing abilities like high-level regeneration, body manipulation, and blood-sucking tentacles on their fingers, these undead creatures aren’t the typical vampire onlookers, as they could easily (and accidentally) turn into zombies if their vampire transformation process is handled incorrectly.
Holding a remarkably shorter runtime than other entries on this list, vassalage is based on Nanae Chronoit is Josei manga and is adapted into a 30-minute original video animation (OVA).
The anime focuses on the ambiguous relationship between Charley, a vampire hunter for the Vatican who is also a cyborg-vampire hybrid, and his master vampire Johnny who relishes his playboy lifestyle. Carrying the themes of suspense, mystery and the love of boys, vassalage sees Charley controlling his craving for Johnny’s blood while the latter finds Charley’s resistance to be amusing yet alluring.
Following the release of the critically acclaimed and jaw-dropping hit series Bakemonogatariit’s no surprise that its prequel Kizumonogatari will delight both fans and newcomers to the franchise with its emphasis on more vivid body horror elements.
The anime The movie trilogy follows the main high school protagonist, Koyomi Araragi, as he learns a rumor about a handsome blond vampire seen hiding in the city. On the same day, Koyomi encounters the blond-haired, golden-eyed vampirella, though lying in a pool of blood with all four limbs severed by vampire hunters. When the badly mutilated vampire cries out for his help, Koyomi’s decision would result in a complete change in his life, for better and for worse.
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