Posted by psgels on 15 August 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Another oldie: this one’s from 1985. It seemed to have enjoyed quite a bit of popularity back in those days, and it still seems to be one of the more well-known movies from the eighties. I got curious as to why this movie turned out much more popular than the others, so I decided to watch this one.

Unfortunately, the reason seems to be the fights and the bad-assness of the main character. The guy is your typical silent powerhouse, and he reminds me of an Alucard without personality. He’s been hardened through many battles, and he’s supposed to be dark and mysterious.

So basically, don’t bother to try and check this one out. The plot maybe has a few interesting elements, especially in the beginning, but in the end it goes nowhere fast. The opponent is your typical evil king (or count in this case) who is evil and has to be defeated. He keeps talking about how he has to rule the country as an aristocrat but we never see him actually ‘rule’. All he does is sit in his chair, trying to look evil.

And this of course wouldn’t be complete without the female love interest. She and her cute brother basically take turns of playing the damsel-in-distress. One particularly bad scene featured a Deus ex Machina, followed by another Deus ex Machina, followed by yet another one. All the characters are interesting when you first see them, but they get old very fast. The few lucky ones who have background often only have to do with one or two lines.

While it’s not the worst movie out there, I’d definitely classify this one as below-average. If you’re looking for a way to burn half an hour, there are so many better choices for movies than this one. This is another one of these movies that just didn’t age well.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar Chris says:

    Ewww you saw the bad one, definetely watch Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, it is an incredibly great and popular movie here in the States even among nonanime fans.

  2. Avatar Anon says:

    I agree with the other comment- Bloodlust is a much more enjoyable movie. The original is nothing special.

  3. Avatar SDtielvdeo says:

    If you read the book, you would understand more of whats going on, the book is a lot more detailed, it’s almost impossible to put it altogether in one anime especially during 1985.

  4. Avatar Aya says:

    I have to say I disagree that this was a bad movie.
    Perhaps this is because I always enjoyed it and have seen it a billion times. But I guess its all up to taste. And I do recommend reading the book, it fills in a lot of holes that perhaps the movie just didn’t have time to cover.

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