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Vampire Series Worth Your Time

Anime Vice member FoxxFireArt lets us know which vampire series to check out while avoiding Twilight: Eclipse.

Things are getting pretty bad with all this vampire business in our movies, television, and comic books. We all know it's to the fault of that Twilight series of books and movies. It seems like every production company now comes out with a new vampire series to try and suck every last drop of blood out of this trend while it lasts. There is Vampire DiariesTrue Blood, and even Marvel comics is jumping on the Twit-light wagon with their Death of Dracula event that looks to spread across multiple comics. There was even that attempt at that Twilight manga.  
 
In spite of the trend that is making everyone sick of vampires. Don't forget that manga and anime is filled with really cool, blood sucking, limb ripping, kick-ass vampires. Let's just avoid Twilight by going out and enjoying some really good animes and mangas with vampires that don't SPARKLE. Here is a list of six to get you started.  
              
 Don't Look Into Their Eyes!
 Don't Look Into Their Eyes!
 
 

Hellsing

  Hellsing
 Hellsing
If we're going to start a list off of some awesome vampires, we have to begin with the original blood sucker. The infamous Vlad the Impaler himself. Though, you all may know him by another name if you've been following the Hellsing series. He's better known as Alucard. This is the blood sucking, tough kind of vampire I want to watch. As a member of the Hellsing Coorporation. He uses his twin pistols, Jackal and Casull, to wipe out a bunch of Nazis who want to revive the Third Reich. What's not to love about that?

I have to confess that I've never watched this series before, but after watching clips while doing research for this article. I kept seeing limb ripping, blood splattering, and gun totting violence. When I saw both Alucard's arms get sliced off, but grow right back with such gore in the details. I thought, "Oh yeah, I'm checking this series out.".
 
Hellsing Ultimate Trailer on FUNimation

Blood +

  Blood Plus
 Blood Plus
Sure, when Blood + starts out you aren't sure that this was all about vampires, but it has some scary looking monsters. The heroine, Saya Otonashi, has to fight a the monstrous hordes of her crazy twin sister, Diva. Both are vampires, but while Saya was pampered. Diva was isolated. Saya has no memories s she's living with her adopted human family. That all changes the night she's attacked by a monster and is force fed blood to awaken her own blood lust. It's a 50 episode series and is pretty cool. Whenever Saya drinks blood she's sent into this killing rage. Her eyes glow red and she uses a specially designed sword that uses her own blood. It's her blood that is the key to the destruction of these creatures and her sister.
It does have some high school drama for a bit, but it quickly moves away from school life and gets to where we all want to see. Dismemberment and disembowelment. There is some unrequited love angles, but it's a side issue to all the violence. Things get pretty messed up.
 
Blood + Trailer  
Watch Episode 1 "First Kiss" on HULU HERE

Negima Volume 3

 Negima! Volume 03
Negima! Volume 03
In the third volume of the Negima! manga we are introduced to the loli vampire, Evangeline McDowell. She's a high-level wanted criminal of the Magical World that all parents talk about to get their kids into bed on time. It was Negi Springfield's own father that that imprisoned Evangeline to the grounds of the Mahora Academy. Now that Negi is her new teacher. She's after his blood to get her freedom. How can you blame her for wanting to escape high school after so many decades?
Though she was Negi's first serious threat of the series. She is a powerful ice-mage who eventually becomes Negi's magical instructor in combat magic. She's one of my favorite characters in the series.

The third volume is a complete story arc where it tells the story of their meeting and big battle to the victory. This is probably up your aisle if you like some good comedy and lots of fanservice mixed with your vampires. If you are still unsure what this volume is all about. Count yourself lucky that I just happen to of written a review recently on this very volume. See the link below.

Negima Vol. 3 Review  
Watch a stylized version of this arc on FUNimation HERE (Ep. 2-3)

Vampire Hunter D

  Vampire Hunter D
 Vampire Hunter D
The appropriately named Vampire Hunter D series is starred by.... the vampire hunter named D. He's a half vampire, half human species called a Dhamphir. His mother was a human, but his daddy was the biggest bad vampire of them all. Dracula. (I wonder if this qualifies Alucard as a deadbeat dad?) He roams the earth after a nuclear war to eliminate the noble vampires who are the cruelest of them all.
This series was one of my very first real, mainstream animes. The movie was just so cool. D is the quiet hunter who's best friend seems to be his left hand. D's hand also talks, and it can suck in magic like a vacuum cleaner. There has been a second movie produced, but I haven't been able to see yet. It's called Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. It was released in the late September 2001. The trailer looks pretty cool.
 
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Trailer 
 

Rosario Vampire

  Rosario Vampire
 Rosario Vampire
The Rosario Vampire series is more if you are looking for some funny vampires. I've read some of the manga and watched the first season of the anime. It's a wildly bizarre premise of a human who accidentally enrolls into a school meant for monsters to help them blend into human society. It's a harem comedy series with some pretty cool monster fights. There the main character meets the vampire Moka Akashiya. He's no ordinary vampire either. She wears a special rosario around her neck to keep her "other self" sealed. When removed. She changes into a super vampire with the power to put all lesser monsters in their place. 
If you are trying to escape Twilight, because of the lame teen drama. I'm not sure if this is your best choice. Still, it's well drowned out by some nice laughs and pretty wicked fight scenes. 

Rosario Vampire Opening
Watch the first two episodes on FUNimation HERE  
 

Trinity Blood

  Trinity Blood
 Trinity Blood
The Trinity Blood series is a beautifully animated anime series. The main vampire star is Abel Nightroad. He's another in the long line of vampires hunting other vampires, but there is something special about him. He's a super vampire species called a Crusnik. He works for a special branch of the Vatican Church that investigates threats to humanity around the world from those in the Methuselah breed that wish to conquer the world. Abel is an expert marksman, but his real power is only shown when he releases the nanomachine inhibitors that hold his powers in check. It's then that he uses a wicked looking scythe that is made from crystallized blood.
There is a reason why I put this series at the bottom. While Abel could be incredibly cool at times when he would go into his Crusnik form. He did tend to get pretty emo at times. Too often he would get so depressed and have crying fits. If you can ignore those moments. He's can be pretty cool. 
 
Trinity Blood Box Set Trailer 
Watch the whole series on FUNimation HERE

I hope this list either brought back some good memories of vampire characters from manga/anime, or it possibly suggested something you might want to check out for the future. I know I'm going to look more into Hellsing. Do you have any suggestions?
Let us all send our best to those brave souls over at Screened that are required to see the Twilight movie to rate it. They are better men than I.
 
-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-     
Krison July 5, 2010 at 7:20 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  
Just characters?  Well, in that case....  Gankutsuou.  The count is a sort of vampire/demon hybrid thing.  Anyway, he bites necks and sucks blood, if I remember correctly.  WAY better than Negima anyway. :)
Lemegeton300on July 5, 2010 at 3:16 p.m.
@Kris said:
" Negima, Trinity Blood, and Rosario + Vampire?  Really?   
i keep meaning to pick up trinity blood but i hear so many mixed reviews on it. i do like vampire fiction though and not the faggy twilight crap. was dragged to eclipse the other night by my girlfriend and it was awful.
Krison July 5, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
@Lemegeton300:  
Something about Trinity Blood...it was just boring to me.  And the story was such a convoluted mess. 
The one good thing I've always been able to say about it, is that it's gorgeously animated.  It's a real treat on the eyes.  But I never got much more out of it than that.  I know others who really like it, though.

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