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Vampire Hunter D (バンパイアハンターD Banpaia Hantā Dī) is a 1985 Japanese original video animation produced by Ashi Productions, based on the novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. It was one of the first OVAs released outside of Japan and remains a cult classic in the English-speaking world.

Synopsis

In the year 12,090 A.D technology and the supernatural have overtaken the world. But thanks to the overzealous ambitions of man, the world remains desolate and despotic. What's left of the human race is divided into various towns and cities living in fear of vampires who compose and exist as the Nobility, fending off the monsters and mutants as a result of their existence. On a night five days after the Count Magnus Lee had harmlessly tasted the blood of Doris Lang and chosen her to be his next wife, she hires a vampire hunter by the name of 'D' to rid her of such an ill-gotten fate. As a dhampir (half human, half vampire), there exists a distinct resentment between the hunter and his prey. But as the Count finds out, there is also a peculiar secret behind the past of the Vampire Hunter D.

Dubbing History

The film was originally released in English by Streamline Pictures, and was shown on the fine-arts theatrical circuit in the US in August 1992 and later released on VHS on March 26, 1993. The film was also shown several times on American television during the 1990s, including on TBS, Cartoon Network and the Sci-Fi Channel. Vampire Hunter D is considered a flagship title for Streamline, and was marketed in the US as ‘the first animated horror film for adults.’

In 2000, Urban Vision Entertainment, the US production partner and distributor of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, re-released the OVA on a ‘Special Edition’ bilingual DVD on October 17 containing the original Japanese audio and a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix of the Streamline dub, as well as releasing dubbed and subtitled versions of the film on VHS.

On April 16, 2015, Sentai Filmworks announced their license to the film in North America for digital and home video release. The film was released on August 25, 2015 on Blu-ray and DVD with a new English dub. This redub has attracted some ire from some due to the cult status of the original dub.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Streamline Dub Sentai Dub
VHD D.jpg D Kaneto Shiozawa Michael McConnohie John Gremillion
VHD Doris Lang.jpg Doris Lang Michie Tomizawa Barbara Goodson Luci Christian
VHD Magnus Lee.jpg Count Magnus Lee Seizō Katō Jeff Winkless David Wald
VHD Dan Lang.jpg Dan Lang Keiko Toda Lara Cody Shannon Emerick
VHD Greco Roman.jpg Greco Roman Yūsaku Yara Steve Bulen Jay Hickman
VHD Lamika.jpg Countess Lamika Lee Satoko Kitō Edie Mirman Brittney Karbowski
VHD Rei Ginsei.jpg Rei Ginsei Kazuyuki Sogabe Kerrigan Mahan Andy McAvin
VHD Left Hand.jpg D's Left Hand Ichirō Nagai Michael McConnohie
VHD Ferringo.jpg Dr. Ferringo Motomu Kiyokawa Steve Kramer John Swasey
VHD Roman.jpg Mayor Roman Yasuo Muramatsu Tom Wyner David Wald
VHD Dalton.jpg Sheriff Dalton Kan Tokumaru Kirk Thornton Mark X. Laskowski
VHD Snake Women.jpg Snake Women Kazuko Yanaga Joyce Kurtz Tiffany Grant
Yoshiko Sakakibara

Additional Voices

Streamline Dub

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
1994 TBS United States United States
1995 Cartoon Network
1996 Sci-Fi Channel

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Streamline Pictures 1993 VHS.jpg Streamline NTSC United States United States
Urban Vision 2000
DVD.jpg 1
NTSC
Manga Entertainment 2004 2
PAL
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Madman Entertainment 2005 4
PAL
Australia Australia
2014
Sentai Filmworks 2015 Sentai 1
NTSC
United States United States
BD A
DVB-T

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