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Since the dawn of time, the legends of mythical creatures such as vampires, ogres, dragons, and zombies have always been something that has been admired by a lot of people. Although their existence is nothing more of a mere story, they have been inspirations to many as it often times become the spotlight features of films, TV series, and of course the anime world.
The appeal of these nightlife creatures is without a doubt, something to be mesmerized. So in this article, we’re going to write about the Top 10 Vampire Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]! So prepare your vampire costume for this coming Halloween and get ready to turn somebody into blood sucking, creatures!
10. Strike the Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 to March 2014
Taking the first bite to the neck on the Top 10 Vampire Anime [Best Recommendations] is Strike the Blood. From the title, you can already guess and anticipate the thrilling suspense that this anime might bring. In fact, you will not be disappointed, as the anime contained graphical bloody scenes, some exciting ecchi cuts, and action-packed plot all over! Of course, not forgetting the most important part, vampires, and other mythical creatures.
It all started on Itogami Island or more commonly known as the “Demon District”, located in the Pacific Ocean, south of Tokyo, where magical creatures like therianthropes, spirits, half-demons, and vampires live and reside for research and conservation purposes. Akatsuki Kojou was then followed and observed by Himeragi Yukina, a Sword Shaman, after somehow inheriting vampire abilities, who he soon realized to be the Fourth Progenitor, or known as the world’s most powerful vampire. Watch as the relationship and partnership of the two, join forces to defeat any other magical threats!
9. Rosario to Vampire (Rosario + Vampire)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2008 - March 2008
Moving on to number 9 of the list we have Rosario to Vampire (Rosario + Vampire). Originally based on the same manga adaptation, the series gained quite some attention from the anime community. Arguably, some might agree that the anime doesn’t really coincide with the original manga, but overall, this ecchi, action, vampire series is actually quite decent, thanks to its interesting character development and the soundtrack of the series.
Thanks to his lack of grades, Tsukune Aono was unable to enroll in high school. But one night, his father stumbled upon a suspicious looking priest that ‘dropped’ him the ticket for his Tsukune to enroll in Youkai Academy. Little that he know, that it was an academy dedicated to creatures like vampires and such. Being the only human there, Tsukune must avoid causing any trouble or he might risk getting his identity exposed, which would result in death.
8. Vampire Knight
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2008 - July 2008
Vampire Knight will be next on the list. Taking the number 8 spot, this anime is one of the many anime that appear to be focused more to the female viewers. With so many good-looking and irresistible male vampires, Yuuki Cross will have to maintain the balance, between vampires and human and help her academy achieve something that hasn’t been achieved before; vampires and humans co-existing. Find out more on the much-acclaimed series, Vampire Knight!
Vampire Knight centers around Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu, who were appointed as a school prefect on Cross Academy, a leading prestigious boarding school which harbors a deep secret. Within the school schedule which was divided into two shifts; the Day Class and the Night Class. These two different shifts were meant to keep humans and vampires separate, and it’s up to the school prefect (superintendent) to maintain the secret of the vampires and also the safety of the Day Class attendees.
7. Blood Lad
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: July 2013 - September 2013
Up next, we have Blood Lad on the number 7 spot. Blood Lad is an overall really interesting anime, as the combination of the comedy, action, and a touch of ecchi come together quite nicely. Not to mention the colorful pallet of animation that does a great job grabbing the attention of its viewers. The character development of the protagonist is also something to look forward to, especially the ignorant Staz Charlie Blood and his goal to resurrect a human girl named, Fuyumi Yanagi by any means necessary.
Meet Staz Charlie Blood, a boss of the Eastern District of the Demon World. Rumored to be very powerful and ruthless, Staz, in reality, is quite the slacker and an ignorant vampire who is secretly an otaku and basically obsessed with anything made from the human world. Be it video games, manga, even the humans itself. Staz goes about his day meeting other creatures that wish to challenge his position as means to take over the territory when a human accidentally wandered into the Demon World but unfortunately didn’t live long enough for Staz to fulfill his fantasies. Driven by his obsession for humans, he is determined to find a way in resurrecting the girl, even if it means giving up his territory.
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: October 2005 - September 2006
Slaughtering its way to the number 6 spot on the list is Blood+! As far as vampire anime goes, Blood+ definitely deserves a place on the list. Not only does she went through a complex character development, but also it adds to the mysterious nature of the anime, ultimately making viewers guessing what’s next as she slowly recovers her broken memories from the past. If you haven’t watched this yet, go check it out!
Having suffered from amnesia, Saya Otonashi was unable to remember or recall any memories beyond the previous year. But on one faithful night, everything changes. Saya was attacked by a blood-sucking creature that feeds off the living. When all hope seemed lost, a strange man by the name of Haji came to her rescue, and in the process forcing her to drink some of his blood. Saya then went into a trance and went rampage on the creature, regaining fragments of her lost memories. Will she be able to fully remember her past? Find out more on Blood+!
5. Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 - June 2015
Entering the top 5, we have Owari no Seraph! In hindsight, this anime takes on a pretty unique plot and stray away from the typical vampire slaying stereotype. Instead, this anime features a unique twist to the equation, having a post-apocalyptic backstory added to the overall plot. Humans will have to battle it out against creatures that are far more superior to them. Will the humans emerge victoriously? Or will be they be forever held captive as livestock for feeding? Find out more in Seraph of the End!
Held captive as livestock for the vampires, Yuuichirou and Mikaela Hyakuya, who are both orphaned children, strived to plot a rebellion to free them from the evil clutches of their captors. But that’s not the only thing they must worry about, they must also look out for a deadly virus that killed anyone who is above the age of 13 which also happens to be the very reason vampires started coming out to slave mankind! What treacherous fates awaits them both?
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: July 2009 - June 2010
Taking the number 4 spot on the list, we have Bakemonogatari! This series is perfect for those of you that likes to binge watch anime. The show brings you a new set of events with each growing episode, of course regarding supernatural beings. With the main character being a vampire, watch as Koyomi Araragi tries to help those who has a supernatural related issues! The uniqueness of the characters in the series definitely takes credit for putting Bakemonogatari on the map as one of the most popular vampire series in the world of anime!
After an unpleasant experience being attacked by a vampire, Koyomi Araragi came close with death. Having being saved from the brink of death, he woke up realizing he was somehow different. The side effects from his near-death experience started to kick in, soon he was able to regenerate wounds and have greatly enhanced vision. With his new found ability, he tries to go about his day, but more strange things happen, forcing Koyomi to take further action in helping other people regarding issues that dabble in with the supernatural realm.
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: July 2010 - December 2010
Shiki is up next on the number 3 spot on the list! This means we’re getting closer to the juiciest part of the article. So to start it off, Shiki’s plot progresses at a slightly slow pace, but as a vampire anime, it stays true to its origin. This can be seen as the traditional vampire weaknesses are shown in this series, such as unable to walk around at noon or exposed to sunlight, and then, of course, the mysterious chic. It all comes together quite nicely, making this anime a definite must watch for anime fans.
After the sudden mysterious death of a girl named Megumi Shimizu in the village of Sotoba, a strange epidemic seemed to be brewing. What started as an unknown disease quickly spread around the village and it’s up to the young doctor Ozaki Toshio and Yuuki Natsuno to uncover the truth behind this sudden rise of epidemic. Will they be able to save their village from turning into vampire grounds? Find out more in Shiki!
2. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2012 - April 2013
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken is next taking the number 2 spot on the list. Although this anime is considered to be one of the classics, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken is still popular amongst the anime fans. Character designs in the series takes credit for being one of the pillars of success for the series, not to mention is suspense and thrilling character development with each growing episode. If you haven’t already know about this anime, you should check it out. A few episodes in and you will realize as to why the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise has such a solid fan base!
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken takes the plot in a nostalgic 90s settings, with that peculiar touch of old-school animation style. It all begins with the arrival of Dio Brando one day to the Joestar Mansion. George Joestar, the owner of the mansion, took in Dio like his on son, to repay what he thought was a kindness to Dio’s late father Dario Brando whom he thought had saved him 12 years ago. Little that he know, Dio was a cruel, and crooked person at heart, aiming to inherit all the wealth of the Joestar legacy.
Jonathan Joestar, JoJo, was then able to discover Dio’s true motives and the midst of all that, Dio stumbled upon a mysterious mask that was kept by the Joestar family. Little that he know that the mask harbor sinister power, turning him into a vampire.
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2001 - January 2002
So the anime to take the number 1 spot of the Top 10 Vampire Anime [Updated Recommendations] list is Hellsing! Originally aired in the early 2000s, this anime quickly gained popularity amongst the anime fans community. One of the main reasons is, of course, thanks to its mystique-personality main character, none other than Alucard himself. Despite being a vampire himself, Alucard serves under Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing to slay other creatures, sometimes even vampires too. With his signature pistol “Jackal”, Alucard
Hellsing Organization started as an underground organization British task force led by a chain-smoking leader, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing. It was formed to eradicate and eliminate unexplainable supernatural threats. How does the Hellsing Organization do it? By fighting fire with fire. Using their trump card, Alucard, who is an ancient powerful vampire himself, the Hellsing Organization will stop at nothing to bring the world back to peace, by killing one monster at a time.
Halloween is around the corner! And perhaps after watching some of the Vampire anime series, you might be inspired to dress up as a vampire for the season! Thrilling, mesmerizing, and mythical, the vampire anime mystique will always be something to be admired by many.
So, that’s it for this list of Top 10 Vampire Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]! Which one of the list is your favorite bloodsucking anime? Or do you have any other suggestions aside from the ones on the list? Be sure to leave them in the comments below!
Welcome to another segment of Honey's Anime Review's “Top 10 list”! In the list, we will be covering some of the best vampire anime out there. The vampire genre has an extension that fills the world with tons of fables, legends, and stories based on said genres.
As one of the oldest story tellings in the world, vampires have been recognized as some of the most memorable species to ever be known, whether it's true or not. Some of the best interpretations of vampires I have ever seen has been in anime. Of course, this is due to the extent of how anime has no limitations of what it can imagine and present to us fans.
Which is why we have decided to compile a list of some of the best vampire anime enjoyed by everyone. I can honestly say, there will be at least two series in this selection that people will love.
I also hope this list introduces new anime to others who may not have seen them, because, they're worth checking out. So without further ado, here are the “Top 10 Vampire Anime” selections.
10. Princess Resurrection (Kaibutsu Oujo)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 13th, 2007 - Sept. 28th, 2007
The story of Princess Resurrection begins when Hiro Hiyorimi attempts to save someone in need, but ultimately dies during the process as a hero, at least. Surprisingly, the girl who died with him, Hime, is the daughter of the Monster King. And for his efforts of trying to save is child, Hiro is rewarded to return back to the living.
Although, he isn't quite like he used to be, he returns as a soldier in Hime's honor guard of horror. Hiro's new position in life, if you can call it that, is to help fight off the army of supernatural beings. Coincidentally, they just happen to be Hime's siblings who are rivaling against in order to move up the ranks.
This begins the wild and intriguing story of were-sharks, pandas, killer dumplings, and most importantly, vampires.
9. Trinity Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 29th, 2005 - Oct. 28th, 2005
Trinity Blood is a favorite amongst many. Trinity Blood begins in a desolate world of destruction after the events of an Armageddon. A war between vampires and humans is taking place, and in order for the human race to survive, they have to count on other allies for help.
The Vatican plays a strong part in this series, with the help of a crusnik, they inch closer and closer to peace. Abel Nightroad, is such a crusnik, a vampire who drinks the blood of other vampires, and is a member of the “AX” special ops group lead by the Cardinal Catherine Sforza.
Although, Abel's twin, Cain, seeks to lead the vampire army to victory in ruling the world. It's up to Abel and the AX to stop them.
8. Blood Lad
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Jul. 8th, 2013 - Sept. 9th, 2013
Blood Lad is about a vampire boss named Staz, who is boss of a section to the demon world, but is more interested in Japanese culture. This begins the story of Yanagi Fuyumi, who accidentally wanders in the demon city overseen by Staz.
In attempt to intervene Fuyumi, Staz is forced to deal with another unwanted presence first, and in doing so, Fuyumi is killed by another monster and becomes a wandering ghost in the demon city.
Having a fondness for the living and the Japanese culture, Staz devotes his life in finding a way to bring Fuyumi back to the world of the living.
7. Chibi Vampire Karin (Karin)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Nov. 3rd, 2005 - May 11th, 2006
Chibi Vampire Karin is about Maaka Karin, who comes from a family of vampires who live in Japan. Compared to other vampires, Karin is not normal. Other vampires drink the blood of their victims in order to survive.
But karin on the other hand, suffers from a rare condition that causes Karin's body to produce large amounts of blood on her own. The only way to extract the excessive amounts of blood from her body is to donate it to her victims.
Despite her condition, Karin is still able to attend school with everyone else her age. That's until a transfer student is enrolled in her class, causing her to produce even more amounts of blood due to his presence.
The most interesting thing is, he somehow discovers Karin's true nature!
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Jul. 9th, 2010 - Dec. 31st. 2010
Shiki takes place in the 1990’s, in a normal and quiet Japanese village called Sotoba. Mysterious murders spread throughout the village when a strange and weird family moves into an abandoned mansion.
One doctor, Toshio Ozaki, suspects an epidemic and investigates as dead bodies begin to pile up. He is convinced when he learns that this may be the works of the “Shiki”, a vampire-like creature that plagues the village.
All hell begins to break loose when the villagers discover their loved ones' corpses are rising from the grave with the thirst for blood. This is when a young man named Natsuno, is pursued and surrounded by death and from the start, never wanted to live in the village to begin with.
5. Vampire Knight
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr. 8th, 2008 - Jul. 1st. 2008
In Vampire Knight, there is a boarding school of elite and yet separate class at the Cross Academy, the Day classes and the Night classes. In reality, characters Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are the prefects of the academy who attempt to bring order between the students when classes switch from Day to Night.
The Night class is filled with gorgeous elite vampires that Yuuki and Zero must protect from the ignorance of the Day class. With complicated situations arising that threatens the Night class and the protectors, can vampires coexist with humans at the Cross Academy and their strict rules?
You'll have to watch it to find out.
4. Blood+ (Blood Plus)
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: Oct. 8th, 2005 - Sept. 23rd, 2006
Blood+ has to be a fan favorite as one of the best vampire series out there. The series takes place during a time where war is raging on that continues to leave its mark on history, even extending into the modern world.
Two major groups are involved in this war, monsters known as Chiropterans who can alter their appearance in the form of a human, and the Red Shield. The Red Shield is an organization that tracks down the Chiropterans and exterminates them.
This begins the life of Otonashi Saya, a high school student whose past life is replaced by a peaceful one. That all changes from an event that triggers her past and leads her to her destined fate.
3. Vampire Hunter D (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) (2000)
- Aired: Aug. 25th, 2000
The Vampire Hunter D film is one of my favorites. The story follows D, an infamous creature born of a vampire father and human mother known as a “dunpeal”.
D is an outcast and renowned vampire hunter, with skills for hunting the creatures of the night that is accepted amongst humans. D is summoned one day to locate Charlotte Elbourne who has been kidnapped from a wealthy family. The sad ting is, the father wants her back either dead or alive? Which D accepts, along with others who are bounty hunters seeking the same prize.
However, there is a sinister evil that influences the hunters ever move which turns the table from them being the hunter, to the hunted.
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: Jul. 3rd, 2009 - Jun. 25th, 2010
The story of the Monogatari series centers around character Koyomi Araragi who is a third year student and survivor of a vampire attack. Soon after, he finds himself involved with all kinds of spiritual beings like ghosts, apparitions, gods, and mythological beasts.
Most heroes in this anime have items which symbolize their spectres, such as a stapler (claw of a crab), a backpack (shell of a snail), or hat and jacket (head and skin of a snake).
To be quite honest with everyone, the whole Mongatari franchise is great to watch, with all of them having vampire elements present.
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 11th, 2001 - Jan. 17th, 2002
Hellsing follows the story of a vampire named, Alucard, and a police woman turned vampire who works for an organization that is known as Hellsing, a vampire extermination group of England.
Alucard’s sole purpose is to search and destroy the threat of the undead and supernatural forces that seek to eliminate the Queen and the country of England. It is when the organization discovers the remnants of a Neo-Nazi group known as the Millennium, continues to exist in reviving the Third Reich with an army of vampires.
Little do they know that he war raging on is to seek revenge on Alucard from the very beginning!
That's it for this segment of Top 10 Vampire Anime! I hope this was as entertaining for you as it was for me?!
There are obviously a lot of vampire themed anime out there, but in case we missed some, here are the honorable mentions that didn't make the list. Dance in the Vampire Bund, Rosario+Vampire, Strike the Blood, and Vassalord are all great anime that deserve the recognition.
Tune in next time for another segment of Honey's Anime Top 10 Selections. If there was an anime you think should be a part of the list, let us know in the comments below!