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.
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.
|Image||Character||Seiyū||Streamline Dub||Sentai Dub|
|D||Kaneto Shiozawa||Michael McConnohie||John Gremillion|
|Doris Lang||Michie Tomizawa||Barbara Goodson||Luci Christian|
|Count Magnus Lee||Seizō Katō||Jeff Winkless||David Wald|
|Dan Lang||Keiko Toda||Lara Cody||Shannon Emerick|
|Greco Roman||Yūsaku Yara||Steve Bulen||Jay Hickman|
|Countess Lamika Lee||Satoko Kitō||Edie Mirman||Brittney Karbowski|
|Rei Ginsei||Kazuyuki Sogabe||Kerrigan Mahan||Andy McAvin|
|D's Left Hand||Ichirō Nagai||Michael McConnohie|
|Dr. Ferringo||Motomu Kiyokawa||Steve Kramer||John Swasey|
|Mayor Roman||Yasuo Muramatsu||Tom Wyner||David Wald|
|Sheriff Dalton||Kan Tokumaru||Kirk Thornton||Mark X. Laskowski|
|Snake Women||Kazuko Yanaga||Joyce Kurtz||Tiffany Grant|
|Streamline Pictures||1993||Streamline||NTSC||United States|