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Japanese agent Kosaburo Kuki (sort of) hides out in Paris in the company of dialogue-challenged whores and meets Lamia Vindaw, a girl who's sort of chummy with "vampires," who are really a galaxy-spanning alien race that have achieved immortality by storing life-giving energy in their bodies. Human blood provides a weak source of this energy, but Lamia's altered body chemistry has a uniquely powerful version. It's just what the aliens need to revive their king, trapped in a deep sleep in Transylvania ever since the visitors arrived five thousand years ago. Meanwhile, Monsieur Lassar of the French Secret Service thinks there is a connection between a terrorist attack on a NASA base in Arizona and the murder of a CIA man in Paris, and he hires Kuki to find out. Naturally, it's Lamia that is the key, though the more interesting elements of the backstory are only revealed in the final moments of this awful anime, which is little more than an ad for the opening chapters of the best-selling Kiyoshi Kasai novel on which it is based. Most but not all anime novel adaptations suffer in the transition, mainly from being cut down to fit a 50-minute running time-barely enough to contain the average short story. However, such bastard children of the industry are often sold off at a bargain price to foreign companies (for obvious reasons), though any who pay for them discover at their cost that there is negligible pressure to rush out the next part-thus the interminable wait over the next episodes of Heroic Legend of Arslan.

The original Lamia of vampire legend was Queen of Libya and one of Zeus's many lovers. She was transformed into a child-eating monster, giving her name to a race of ghoulish female demons with a craving for blood. This tired story does no credit to its ancient antecedents. LNV

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Name: Vampire Wars
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1990
Name: ヴァンパイヤー戦争
Romaji: Vampire Senzo
Release Date: Dec. 1, 1990
Rating: None
Runtime: 50 (mins)
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