10 of the Best Vampire-Themed Anime Films 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 shared the limelight for the past few decades, no Halloween is complete or enough terrifying without a visit from the toothy undead with a penchant for human blood: vampires.


Since the publication of the Irish author Bram Stoker‘s Dracula In 1897, public interest in vampiric entities never seems to wane as these creatures have undergone various transformations in the mass media. Anime is no exception, opening the door for more appreciative fans and introducing them to some of the sickest characters ever portrayed on screen.

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Hellsing Ultimate

When vicious creatures of the night threaten the citizens of England, it falls to the top-secret Hellsing Organization to destroy these threats and restore peace without delay, an effortless task considering the organization holds one trump card, that of the most powerful vampire alive. Alucard.

When he learns that a Nazi paramilitary organization called Millennium is the primary culprit in mass vampirization of humans, Alucard’s unadulterated omnipotence is revealed in the dark and somber series Hellsing Ultimate but will it come at the cost of total human extinction?

“Seraph of the End”

Tonally comparatively lighthearted than Hellsing Ultimate, Seraph of the End similarly combines military confederations with supernatural elements, albeit in a post-apocalyptic setting that appeals more to a younger audience.

The action-adventure series chronicles the events of the Imperial Japanese Demon Army, where destroying vampires is just part of their daily routine. The main protagonist, Yuichiro Hyakuya, is one of the young survivors who are spared from an artificial virus that afflicted the human population in 2012. After escaping vampire captivity and food supplies, Yuichiro is determined to avenge his friends who weren’t as lucky as he is.

‘shiki’

Translated as “corpse demon”, shikiThe story of takes place in Sotoba, a small picturesque 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 of town. Village doctor Toshio Ozaki and other citizens of Sotoba begin investigating, and even at night they receive visits from vampiric creatures called Shiki.

The supernatural horror series is more of a slow burn, opting for the paths of psychological horror rather than full blown action sequences like the previous two entries. Nevertheless audience after watching shiki can never sleep well without making sure no one is under the bed.

‘blood boy’

Most fans of vampires have dreamed of becoming one themselves at some point in their lives so they could possess abilities such as superhuman agility and timeless durability. in the bloodboyDracula’s descendant, Staz Charlie Blood, is an otaku who indulges in Japanese culture with no interest in human blood or the vampiric lifestyle.

When a genius Japanese high school girl, Fuyumi Yanagi, accidentally bursts into the demon world, Staz is immediately attracted to her. Their supposedly romantic encounter was cut short when Fuyumi was eaten by a carnivorous plant demon and turned into a ghost, but not even the afterlife can stop Staz’s determination to get the girl of his dreams.

“Vampire Slayer D: Bloodlust”

The stunning visuals, provocative dark humor and terrifying orchestral sound work will definitely adore gothic horror lovers Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. This adult fantasy horror film revolves around D, a reserved and taciturn half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter.

Feared and famous for his exceptional skills at hunting creatures of the night, D is hired by a wealthy businessman to track down his daughter Charlotte, believing that she was kidnapped by a vampire baron named Meier Link. The tables are turned when it emerges that Charlotte and Meier share an authentic mutual affection, but award-winning bounty hunters and eternally sinister forces call for their intervention.

“Blood: The Last Vampire”

Inspired by Stokers Dracula and the American supernatural drama television series Buffy the vampire slayerThis Japanese animated fantasy horror film lets audiences witness a world guarded by a high school girl Saya, who happens to be a katana-wielding vampire slayer.

With no weakness to sunlight or other vulnerabilities typically attributed to vampires, Saya eschews chiropterans, bat-like vampiric creatures that can pose as humans and, ironically, also enjoy drinking their blood. Set in the 1960s, Saya is assigned to America’s Yokota Air Base, where a Chiropteran is believed to have infiltrated the army base.

‘blood +’

Apart from the fact that the protagonist has the same name, blood + is just as fascinating Anime Spin-off set in an alternate universe than its predecessor Blood: The Last Vampire. The show is hugely popular as it features radically different characters as well as action-packed sequences that take full advantage of vampires’ badass qualities.

Saya Otonashi suffers from anemia and cannot remember anything from the past year. Saya Otonashi’s normal life is shattered when she is attacked by a Chiropteran. After drinking her savior’s blood, Saya learns that her blood becomes a catalyst for killing the blood-sucking monsters. Armed with a katana, Saya’s mysterious past, spanning decades and centuries, is slowly revealed as she travels the globe eliminating Chiropterans.

“Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” (First Three Seasons)

One of the longest running anime series loved by fans around the world, Jojo’s bizarre adventure is known not only for his intriguing storylines that explore diverse timelines, themes and genres, but also for incorporating pop culture references as reflected in his unique art style and infamous poses.

For the first three seasons of the supernatural anime adventure show, vampires are the series’ main antagonists, 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 they’re familiar with, as they could easily (and accidentally) turn into zombies if their vampire- Transformation process is handled incorrectly.

‘vassal lord’

Lasts a remarkably shorter runtime than other entries on this list, vassal lord based on Nanae Chrono‘s joseph manga and is converted into a 30-minute Original Video Animation (OVA).

That Anime centers on the ambiguous relationship between Charley, a vampire hunter for the Vatican who is also a cyborg-vampire hybrid, and his vampire master, Johnny, who enjoys his playboy lifestyle. With themes of suspense, mystery and boy love, vassal lord sees Charley controlling his urges for Johnny’s blood, while the latter finds Charley’s resistance to being amusing yet seductive.

‘Kizumonogatari’

Following the release of the critically acclaimed, mind-blowing smash hit series bake monogatariit’s no surprise that its prequel Kizumonogatari will delight both fans and newcomers to the franchise with its emphasis on more lively body horror elements.

That Anime The film trilogy follows high school lead man Koyomi Araragi as he learns of a rumor about a beautiful blonde vampire lurking in town. On the same day, Koyomi meets blonde Vampirella with golden eyes, although she is lying in a pool of blood and all four of her limbs have been cut off by vampire hunters. When the badly mutilated vampire cries out for his help, Koyomi’s decision would result in his life changing completely, for better and for worse.

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