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 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 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 VHS, DVD and UMD in 2000. The North American anime company Media Blasters distributed it via rental kiosks in 2010. The series was re-released on DVD in 2012 by Madman Entertainment. Discotek Media will release a remastered version on DVD in both language versions in the fall of 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. The anime series' manga and drama CD adaptations of were published only in Japan.
The anime version of Darkstalkers was well received but Heavily Negative & Panned by the most of the Fans who were disappointed, where the anime is including being featured in the 2009 book 500 Essential Anime Movies by Helen McCarthy. Bryn Williams of Gamers' Republic gave it a score of B+ and praised its "superb" animation "with vivid colors and smooth motion." In 2011, Richard Coombs of Blistered Thumbs ranked it as the seventh best video game cartoon. However it was mostly criticized heavily for it's short random story that never make sense,Lack of Character development for Victor,Rikuo,Sasquatch,Lord Raptor & Anakaris who all forgotten in the series. also the anime Received low score a 5.5/10 in Capsulecompters Reviews criticizing it's Animation outdated & Stories that failed to bend from the video games with plot holes made the anime unwatchable with most of the fans disappointed from start to finish with failure, Capsule Computers Said it to the Anime "It is unfortunately the culmination of a bunch of poorly conceived ideas and amounts to little more than a cash in on a franchise that had very little to cash in on the begin with",also said to the Failed Anime "Darkstalker’s Revenge nothing more than an artefact of the dark ages of animation." "For anyone but fans of the franchise, I strongly recommend you leave Darkstalker’s Revenge where it truly belong, in the darkened nights of years long passed". IMDB give the anime a 6/10 which is grade of D to an F-rating. most of fans honestly said about that the anime is even worse than the american cartoon.
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