Genre: Martial Arts / Action
Parental Guidance Recommended
1997 Capcom, Pioneer
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In another world, another time, all the old legends of vampires...of ghosts...of werewolves..and all manner of things that go bump in the night ...are real. And as all the old legends make so very clear, humans are the natural enemies...The Darkstalkers.
Based on the popular video-game, this OAV series is sure to please fans of both the game and action anime genres. Nightwarriors is the most faithful and exact games to anime transposition yet.
Poetry has never been this cool before! >>> by Darth Paul
Intense fight scenes, cool posing, and eloquent poetry are the best words to describe the Dark Stalkers. Action packed from start to finish. Very intriguing story line that depicts man as the author of his own destruction. Not all of the characters were given attention but still good enough to keep you at the edge of your seats. Dimitri rates a ten at the coolest bad guy meter, but the best part is that even after watching it mid way, it's still very confusing in terms determining who's good, bad, good-bad guy, or bad good-guy. This leads to one important thing, this anime goes outside the cliché that there's one badass character who's kicking the bejesus outta everyone and it's up to one man, which is usually the main hero of the story, to defeat him. I've always wondered what it would be like if bad guys would battle other bad guys since they seem to be very strong when bullying the heroes (even if they do lose at the end). Well in this flick you need not wonder, because everybody is fighting almost everybody. Characters were excellent. Donnovan for example is a half human half darkstalker monk who has entrusted himself the noble mission of eliminating the dark ones despite the obvious prejudice towards him for being a half- breed. Imagine a monk who goes around with a huge sword hung behind his back, finishing off opponents with flash and finesse, after which recites a poem or two, cool huh? Overall, two thumbs up for this fighting game based anime.
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 10; Story 9; Characters 9; Sounds 7