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
Licensed by
Released March 21, 1997March 27, 1998
Runtime 40 minutes (each)
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
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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[1] and originally released in 1997-1998. It is an adaptation of Capcom's Darkstalkers series of video games.

Plot[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

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

Episodes[edit]

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

Production[edit]

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.

Release[edit]

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.[2] The series was re-released on DVD in 2012 by Madman Entertainment.[3] Discotek Media will release a remastered version on DVD in both language versions in the fall of 2015.[4]

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.

Reception[edit]

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."[5] In 2011, Richard Coombs of Blistered Thumbs ranked it as the seventh best video game cartoon.[6] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anime: Nightwarriors, the Anime: Interview". Web.archive.org. 2001-03-05. Archived from the original on March 5, 2001. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Media Blasters Launches Anime DVD/Blu-ray Kiosks - News". Anime News Network. 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge". Madman.com.au. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  4. ^ "VIDEO: Discotek Previews "IGPX," "Darkstalkers" "Lupin vs Conan," and "Iria" Releases - UPDATED". Crunchyroll. 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Gamers Republic - No. 03 (1998-08)(Millennum Publications)(US)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  6. ^ "The Top 10 BEST Video Game Cartoons - Blistered Thumbs". Web.archive.org. 2013-02-18. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 

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