Vampires are the legendary monsters who have been in every form of medium as far back as history can record. It’s not surprising that the concept of vampires would be in the world of Anime. However, despite the popularity vampires have, there isn’t a lot of vampire anime films. That’s why we at Honey’s Anime struggled against the forces of the night to find the few anime movies worth watching. Welcome to the top 4 vampire anime movies.
This list of vampire movies range from a multitude of genres. Some are very similar of the classic stories straight from old literature. Other tales are more modern, infused with the classic anime stylings we all know and love. Whatever your choice, this list will have something you’ll enjoy. Now we won’t make you wait any longer, let us enjoy the list courtesy of the bloodsuckers themselves.
4. Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Episodes: 110 mins
- Air Date: Jun 2, 2012
Saya Kisaragi has seen her fair share of horrors despite only being a teenage girl. Having barely survived the nightmares that took place in her village, Saya isn’t left crippled by the devastation of her kin. Saya Kisaragi now has one mission that has become her only vision in life: to hunt down the creature that caused her life to shatter the way it did. As she engages with monster after monster in search of her prey she meets a rogue group called SIRRUT. Finally it seems Saya has found a place of people she can trust.
Time passes and she finds that once again her world twists upside down. The same group she has come to trust has shown signs of betrayal. To make matters worse, the enemy she has been looking for seems to finally come back in sight. Saya is alone again it seems, but as she had before she knows how to handle herself. Armed still with her trusty blade and her vampiric powers, Saya will not falter. The world of Blood-C: The Last Dark is a lonely path for this young woman indeed.
Blood-C: The Last Dark created by studio Production I.G is a nearly two hour action film filled with supernatural elements and a tinge of horror to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats. Boasting some amazing animation that definitely isn’t for the faint of heart Blood-C: The Last Dark looks as beautiful as it can get as well. Fans of swords hacking into fierce some creatures will enjoy this film without a doubt. We also mention that you don’t need to watch any of the prior anime versions or films to enjoy this story. Vampires are deadly creatures indeed and we at Honey’s Anime don’t want to anger Saya. Seriously, have you seen her when she’s mad? No, then you need to watch this movie to understand what we mean by that.
3. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Blood Adventure)
- Episodes: 90 min
- Air Date: Feb 17, 2007
Based on the incredibly well known manga series and anime series, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood or JoJo’ Bizarre Adventure is a series whose style can be found in most modern day anime as jokes or hidden references. That’s why it’s not surprising that it would have a film adaptation created. Spawning the first several volumes of the JoJo manga, the story follows a young man named Johnathan Joestar. Watch as this young man’s life enters a bizarre world that was once his everyday life all upon a chance meeting with a fellow man by the name of Dio Brando. The series of events that lead Johnathan, or JoJo as they call him, will entertain any who join him for the ride. Also we won’t spoil it but yes this series does contain a plethora of vampire warriors just in case you were wondering.
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood handled by studio A.P.P.P. is an amazing movie as it was a series. Odd characters, odd powers and a bizarre plot will make most who partake of JoJo’s world hooked upon the first few moments. Usually anime films that condense multiple arcs or parts can be done horribly done, luckily that isn’t the case with JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood. The twists and turns JoJo and friends take will leave them stunned and leave the viewers even more stunned as you can’t take your eyes off the screen for even a single moment. If you want to understand why characters in modern day anime sometimes yell Muda a thousand times, all you have to do is watch JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood to see where that comes from.
2. Vampire Hunter D (2000)
- Episodes: 97 min
- Air Date: Aug 25, 2000
In literature, typically vampires are hunted by the only ones who can, those who possess the same cursed vampiric blood in their veins. Enter the world of dunpeal or D as he is known by those who cross him.D’s heritage comes from a father who was a vampire and a normal human mother, he has always lived his life as an outcast but as well as a famous hunter of vampires. Thanks to his ability to find the hellish nightmares that are vampires, humans have come to accept D and even ask for help at times. Thus this tale truly begins when the vampire hunter himself is tasked with finding and retrieve a young woman named Charlotte Elbourne who has been taken. D will not have an easy job ahead of him as there are various others that have been given the okay to claim the bounty if they can. To make matters worse, the hunters will soon learn that someone has been watching and controlling their every action. What fate awaits D and those around him? You’ll only know if you watch Vampire Hunter D (2000)
Vampire Hunter D has always been a well-received series having been based on a very popular novel series. The tale of this vampire hunter has even leapt to the pages of manga just proving that D’s tale is a dark but enjoyable experience. Thankfully studio Madhouse has made another great adaptation showing their usual great animation style infusing mature themes with visceral action and fitting background music. Vampire Hunter D has had two movies, but the 2000s version is what we feel as the superior one of the two. The story of D and his plight is something that you will want to re-watch over and over and you’ll thank us later for showing you this dark vampire tale.
1. Kizumonogatari III: Reikersu-hen
- Episodes: 93 mins
- Air Date: Jan 6, 2017
Ending the prequel series to what happened to Koyomi Araragi prior to the series of Bakamonogatari, we look at the final film of this list and of this trilogy titled Kizumonogatari III: Reikersu-hen. Finally having defeated the threat that he faced, Araragi now has to face the strongest vampire being in existence by the name of Kiss-Shot-Acerola-Orion-Heart-Underblade. However, before their fated battle that will change both of their lives forever. Kiss-Shot tells Araragi the reality of the creature that is a vampire. Now filled with doubt and questions, Araragi must stand against Kiss-Shot regardless of his inner thoughts. Luckily his fellow classmate and new friend Tsubasa Hanekawa has used her wit to come up with a plan. If you wish to know what happens to Araragi prior to him meeting the girl who weighed nothing, you will need to watch the finale that is Kizumonogatari III: Reikersu-hen.
Yes we at Honey’s Anime realize this is the finale of the movie trilogy but regardless of the three Kizumonogatari III; Reikersu-hen is the one with the most impact. Again handled by legendary studio Shaft, the animation and odd visual cues that have been a staple to the series return but in high quality movie definition. Araragi’s tale has always had a missing narrative section in the light novels and anime series of Bakamonogatari, but fortunately Kizumonogatari III; Reikersu-hen fills in the blanks in a wonderfully epic way. We feel Kizumonogatari III; Reikersu-hen is a fitting conclusion to this short but interesting vampire film list. Now if you’ll excuse us, we feel like reliving this epic movie climax once more ourselves just to see the epic battle between vampire hybrid Araragi and Kiss-Shot-Acerola-Orion-Heart-Underblade.
While there may not be a lot of anime movies that focus on these legendary warriors of night we believe this list will satisfy your tastes. We here at Honey’s Anime believe that eventually there will be more films that focus on vampires, but luckily there are a lot more anime that do contain the legendary myths themselves. With that being said please leave some comments down below to let us know if we did miss a vampire anime movie out there hiding in the shadows. Also if you do want more articles that focus on vampires and other dark creatures be sure to stay glued to Honey’s Anime.