Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (anime)

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Night Warriors:
Darkstalkers' Revenge
Darkstalkers anime DVD.png
North American DVD cover
Original video animation
Directed by Masashi Ikeda
Animation directors:
Hideki Takayama
Hiroyuki Tanaka
Satoshi Tasaki
Takafumi Hoshikawa
Produced by Masayuki Miyashita
Kenichiro Zaizen
Masao Maruyama
Toshiki Oonishi
Written by Tatsuhiko Urahata
Music by Kow Otani
Eikichi Yazawa (end theme)
Studio Madhouse
DR Movie
Licensed by
Released March 21, 1997March 27, 1998
Runtime 40 minutes (each)
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (originally titled Vampire Hunter: The Animated Series (ヴァンパイアハンター THE ANIMATED SERIES?) in Japan) is a four-episode OVA anime series by Madhouse Studios in association with DR Movie under license from Capcom, directed by Masashi Ikeda[1] and originally released in 1997-1998. It is an adaptation of Capcom's Darkstalkers series of video games.


In the midst of a war between the families of Demitri Maximoff and Morrigan Aensland for control of the Demon World, alien invader Pyron arrives on Earth and plans to take it over by taking out those who stand a chance of stopping him, namely the Darkstalkers. Meanwhile, dhampir Donovan Baine seeks to rid himself of the cursed blood which runs through his veins. Four of the original Darkstalkers, Anakaris, Rikuo, Sasquatch and Victor are not featured in the OVA's main storyline, apparently having been killed by Pyron in a flashback sequence shown in the beginning of the fourth episode.


Character Japanese VA English VA
Morrigan Aensland Rei Sakuma Kathleen Barr
Demitri Maximoff Akio Ōtsuka Paul Dobson
Donovan Unshō Ishizuka Ari Solomon
Felicia Yukana Janyse Jaud
Gallon (Jon Talbain) Fumihiko Tachiki Alvin Sanders
Hannya (Bishamon) Masashi Ebara Don Brown/Michael Dobson
Phobos (Huitzil) Ward Perry
Pyron Shinji Ogawa David Kaye
Lei-Lei (Hsien-Ko) Yūko Miyamura Nicole Oliver
Lin-Lin (Mei-Ling) Maya Okamoto Jane Perry
Anita Akiko Yajima Andrea Libman
Zabel Zarock (Lord Raptor) Kōichi Yamadera Scott McNeil
Lei-Lei and Lin-Lin's mother Kumiko Takizawa


  1. "Return of the Darkstalkers"
  2. "Blood of the Darkstalkers, Power of the Darkstalkers"
  3. "Pyron Descending"
  4. "For Whom They Fight"


Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge is based on the Darkstalkers series of gothic-themed fighting video games by Capcom. Characters were designed by Shukō Murase and the animation was done by Asami Endo and Yoshinori Kanada. The ending theme for the series, "Trouble Man" by Eikichi Yazawa, was also used as the opening theme in the Japanese home port of the video game Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.


Toshifumi Yoshida and Trish Ledoux produced an English-dubbed version for Viz Media in 1999. The series was released on the VHS, DVD and UMD in 2000. It was re-released on DVD in 2012 by Madman Entertainment. Discotek Media will re-release the OVA on DVD in 2015.

The original soundtrack CD for Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge: The Animated Series (B00004SPLQ) was released in the United States by Viz Music in 1998. Manga and drama CD adaptations of the series were released only in Japan.


The anime version of Darkstalkers was well received, including being featured in the 2009 book 500 Essential Anime Movies by Helen McCarthy. In 2011, Richard Coombs of Blistered Thumbs ranked it as the seventh best video game cartoon.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Interview with Darkstalkers director Masashi Ikeda.
  2. ^ Richard Coombs, The Top 10 BEST Video Game Cartoons, Blistered Thumbs, June 3, 2011.

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