Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (anime)
North American DVD cover
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Masashi Ikeda
|Produced by||Masayuki Miyashita
|Written by||Tatsuhiko Urahata|
|Music by||Kow Otani
Eikichi Yazawa (end theme)
|Released||March 21, 1997 – March 27, 1998|
|Runtime||40 minutes (each)|
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 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|
|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|
- "Return of the Darkstalkers"
- "Blood of the Darkstalkers, Power of the Darkstalkers"
- "Pyron Descending"
- "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.
- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, a video game of the same title