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Vampire Hunter D

Year: 1995
Production Co: CBS Sony Group
Director: Toyoo Ashida
This is the movie the crap Stephen Sommers adventure film Van Helsing wanted to be and should have been. Instead of a bloated, overblown, flabby hero's tale, the early art showed a figure cut straight from the cloth of Vampire Hunter D; a slender, athletic, manga-styled hero, all long black cloak, low hat and cool weapons.

Using a terse minimalism even amid the action sequences, Vampire Hunter D is as much a mood as a narrative. It tells the story of a far future on a (seemingly) alien world where vampires rule. In a classic Man With No Name archetype, a young farm girl hires a mysterious vampire slayer, D, to depose the local vampiric crime lord.

A good example not so much of the art of animation, but the Japanese style of action cinema within action, a language all its own that attracts a narrow but dedicated fanbase as a result. If you're new to anime, this is a good place to start.

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