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Vampire Hunter D Preview

Overall Score: Waiting for release...

Years in development, the creators thought it'd be a good idea to revive the half-man, half-vampire dhampire for an all-new adventure, using the latest techniques in animation. The result, after many delays will be this new movie. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who did Ninja Scroll, with characters designs by Yoshitaka Amano (Sandman 10th anniversary, Vampire Hunter D, Final Fantasy series), it's very promising.

Don't expect any continuity between this movie and the last one. Urban Vision's saying this movie is totally self-contained and independent of any events that occurred previously. But you can guess. Evil stalks the land in the form of a corrupt ancient vampire. D must use his powers to destroy the vampire, rescuing the villages and cute girls in the process.

If you're hoping for a dark, Gothic, future, you're in for a treat. The visual design could be best described as Transylvania 2084, with ancient Bavarian-style villages and hi-tech weaponry. As usual, Amano's Vampire Hunter D is an androgynous looking fellow, with pale skin, brown hair, and a poncho/hat combo that would make Clint Eastwood proud. He's got the standard vampiric powers of super strength and blood-sucking, but no weaknesses. He's also got several items that help him surmount the trials evil throws at him, including a sentient left hand with a penchant for eating dirt. As you can expect, the animation is smoother and richer in color than anything that every came out in the 80s, with the possible exception of Akira. The battles are suitably heroic, with lots of fang-baring and posturing. Sort of like Blade, without the techno music. I can not wait for this one!

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