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Vampire Hunter D on Blu-ray (anime review)

Vampire-Hunter-DTitle: Vampire Hunter D

Director: Toyoo Ashida

Written By: Yasushi Hirano

Based On: Vampire Hunter D volume 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi

Studio: Ashi Production

Original Release Date: Dec. 21st, 1985

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Re-Release Date: Aug. 25th, 2015

Format: Blu-ray / Feature Film / 80 Minutes

Genre: Supernatural, Drama, Action, Romance

Age Rating: TV MA

Overal Personal Rating: B



For 10,000 years, Count Magnus Lee has walked the night, sustained by an unholy thirst for blood and an unending lust for human women. But when he tastes the sweet nectar running through Doris Lang’s veins, the Count knows he has found more than his next meal: this is the woman he intends to claim as his next vampire bride. As the daughter of a werewolf hunter, however, Doris Lang is less than willing to step into the thrall of evil. And if she is unable to defend herself from the Count’s nightmarish powers, she is fortunate enough to have found someone who can: the Vampire Hunter known as D. But D is no ordinary man, and signing up for his protection may carry a price of its own.


1985 was a long time ago for many of us for other it seems like yesterday. To have a fan favorite from 30 years ago make its return is something of a wonder. To keep it true to its look and from the video era may not be what everyone is looking for. Granted producing it on Blu-ray and trying to clean it up to add color and richness to it may improve the quality a little bit, but overall I wouldn’t say that the new version is much different than the original VHS version.

The story itself is a derivative of a classic archetype of the tragic hero who is plagued with much of the same weakness that the antagonist must suffer. In this case it takes on a literal aspect that not only helps further the cause of the plot line, but helps saves the story from a glide path into a simple hentai genre.

There is a simple romantic aspect that isn’t realized and if anyone ever saw the classic film Shane they would understand some of the overlapping sub-plot.

Overall Grade: B

Vampire Hunter D is a classic anime that should be brought out every 30 years or so and revisited to understand how the genre has progressed and what some of the complexities from the past really looked like. I know that many of us look back at many of the classics from the 40’s and 50’s and wonder how they ever made it that level of stardom, but one thing that never gets lost in technology is the quality of writing. Vampire Hunter D is written well and layer the ground work for many darker tales after it. This alone should be enough to keep it in the classic anime column, but much of the production of the time was also at such a high quality that it does keep us interested in the story. That aspect is key to any classic and Vampire Hunter D deserves the title.

If you haven’t seen it then you need to check it out. If it has been some time I think the re-visit will take you down memory lane with a smile on your face.

Jewel Bem Hunter Lime: The Complete Collection (anime review)

Jewel Bem Hunter Limereview provided by Katie and Andrew

Title: Jewel Bem Hunter Lime: The Complete Collection

Director: Tetsuro Amino

Studio: Ashi Production

Author: Kenichiro Nakamura

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks , Section 23

U.S. Release Date: November 4, 2014

Format and Length: DVD / 3 Episodes / 90 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: B

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Inu Yasha, Those Who Hunt Elves, Disgaea, Hyperdoll


Imagine if a demon managed to scatter six magic spheres through the gate between the World of Magic and the planet Earth. These magic spheres are incredibly dangerous and powerful magical artifacts, capable of absorbing negative emotions and transforming everyday objects into monstrous bug eyed monsters (BEMs.) So of course, someone must get them back before the transformation begins. That job falls to master of disguise Lime, the sometimes monstrous and generally lecherous monster hunter Bass, and their ooey-gooey shape-shifting slime companion Poogie. However, they are probably not the best choices for a task of such monumental importance and urgency. On the other hand, this entire situation is sort of their fault to begin with so they should be the ones to deal with it. But their choice in how to get the BEMs back is a little strange and oddly timed. Will this motley band of would be BEM hunters be up to the task of finding and dealing with the BEMs and save the planet? You will have to watch Jewel Bem Hunter Lime: The Complete Collection and find out.


Jewel Bem Hunter Lime: The Complete Collection is the three episode OVA series based off the 1993 Japanese PC game of the same name. It was originally released in the U.S. in 2000. Personally, I love the fact that these older titles are being re-released and I hope that this trend continues, so these out of production titles can be seen by the next generation of anime viewers. With Jewel Bem Hunter Lime: The Complete Collection what you see is what you get, a bit of simple nostalgia without the weight of a larger series (since nothing else was ever released, even in Japan) or something that is considered more well known and important in a way. The simple three episode series is very much a comedy, and is light and never very serious. The premise of the story is very obvious from the beginning, and they do fill you in as they go. It’s hard to build a good story in such a short time, but they do manage to get the basic idea out. The same issue persists with character development, but the cliché character archetypes make it pretty easy to figure it out. The art work and the music are very similar to many animes of the early 90’s era, and may seem cliché today. One disappointment is of course they never finish the story, but that is not uncommon with several previous series based on games, as they were usually an attempt to get you to pick up the game itself. Overall I enjoyed it very much, and as someone who started in anime in the mid 90s, I found the nostalgia factor also very much appealing. Overall, it’s worth checking out.


This release includes both English and Japanese with English Subtitles as language options.

Overall Grade: B