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Today, we will be featuring 10 surprising facts about Vampire Hunter D, the 1985 Japanese horror and science fiction original video animation produced by Ashi Productions. Are you ready to enter the vampire world?

1. The 1985 version was the first adaptation of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s books

Yes, we’re talking about the original deal here! Afterwards, there were both live-action and animated movies. Several of these, including Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust were directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri.

2. Yoshitaka Amano, the illustrator of the original novels, was the character designer for this animated film

Which means it is pretty faithful to the book. Nonetheless, some designs were also provided by Ashida, who also acted as the film’s animation director. In the end, elements from both artists were combined to create the final designs featured in the film.

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3. However, there are some changes in comparison to the novel’s art

The most important change is that in the film, D seems to have a light blue color added to some of his clothing. He also wears a cape instead of a long coat, as is described in the novel. 

4. Vampire D is not an animated movie for kids!

Vampire Hunter D was credited as one of the earliest anime productions targeted explicitly at the male teenager/adult public. It portrays gore and violence, some sex and nudity, and even a bit of swearing.  For this type of entertainment, it was quite edgy in 1985!

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5. There are some really bizarre things about the film

For instance, that D’s Left Hand is some kind of symbiote who speaks to him. And… spoiler alert! In a scene, it even gets to save him by dragging his body around. Weird!

6. If you suspected D is for Dracula, you’re right!

The character Count Magnus Lee is named for Christopher Lee, who played Dracula in a long series of Hammer Films.

7. Actually, the name Count Magnus had been used before

It was almost a century earlier in H. Marion Crawford’s The Blood is The Life.

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8. In spite of his ancient protagonist, this animated film is set in the year 12,090 A.D

Who could have imagined the world would come to this?

9. The sword D carries is a Grosse Messer

Which is german for “Great Knife”!

10. The Japanese title for Vampire Hunter D is Kyûketsuki hantâ D

Try pronouncing that! (We’re still trying…).

Wow, that was fun… and a bit scary too! What do you think of vampire films? They’ve surely had a significant revival these past few years. We’d love to know what your favorite vampire movies are!

We hope you have a delightfully scary Friday! See you around and… watch your back! Boo!

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