Except, I don’t think he was really letting them go. I assumed that wreckage they showed in the beginning was the remains of the City of Night, though D probably didn’t know it. (Though I did turn to my friend and say. “Whatever. I blew it up already.”)
I’m not sure ‘in it for the money’ is the right way of looking at it. Once the girl was dead, he couldn’t fulfill his contract anymore, so he had no reason to kill the vampire, who he obviously identified with a bit.
Actually, the biggest problem I saw was design-wise. The bright, Image-inspired costumes and comic book personalities of the rival team of vampire hunters clashed so badly with the rest of the movie it caused me physical pain.
I was actually a bit disappointed; I thought they were going to have the human girl manipulating the vampire to get vampiric immortality. Actually, the whole Camile angle seemed dropped in at the last minute . . . Likewise, the overheating thing seemed like a kludge. Not that it couldn’t have been integrated well, but it wasn’t.
As for the original, a lot of older anime fans have a special fondness for it, because it was either the first or one of the first ones we saw, and it was very ‘serious,’ in a way that American cartoons arn’t and much of the other anime available at the time weren’t. And while it contained a lot of anime cleche’s, most of us didn’t know them yet.
It’s popular with a few more recent fans because the character designs were done by Yoshitaka Amano, the guy who did the concept art for the vast majority of the Final Fantasy games.
In any case, I thought the first (even dubwise) was a better movie than the second, though the second was awful pretty. And after the amusing experience I had with Blood: The Last Vampire I’m glad they actually got native speaking voice actors this time. (Though actually, the ‘dub’ of Bloodlust wasn’t really that great, considering. A lot of actual dubs over the last year or two have been better. That may have been because they were using Urban Vision’s stable of actors, whose dubs really aren’t that good. (Or they might not have been, I haven’t checked)
I think you guys are being a bit harsh on the original dub, (Though that might be because I actually like the hand better as an annoying jerk. ) It wasn’t very accurate, true, but like most of the Streamline dubs, it was more or less competently made. Check out some of the Animiego or U.S. Manga Corps dubs from the time (actually, even the current USMC dubs are pretty terrible) by way of comparison . . .
Though this might just be a case of the ‘Ranma rule.’ I saw the dub years before I saw the sub, and had time to get used to it. Usually, I’ve found people set the voices they hear first as the ‘right’ voices.
Still, D’ed take down that Blade poser in about 30 seconds. Ogre Slayer, I’m not so sure of.
“I am Rikanzee, Vampire Hunter, and killing men like you is my greatest pleasure.” C’mon, you didn’t even like Rikanzee? (AKA Rei Ginsei) Everybody liked him.