|Night Warriors: |
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, were featured in the intro but not 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)||Jūrōta Kosugi||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||Kathleen Barr|
- "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 Shūkō 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.
By the time the first episode of the series was released in Japan, Viz Media had secured the U.S. rights and announced plans to release the series later in 1997. Despite this, Toshifumi Yoshida and Trish Ledoux did not produce an English-dubbed version until 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 released 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.
Nigh Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge received good reviews in the Western game magazines, with scores including B+ from GameFan in America and 4/5 from Consoles + in France. Bryn Williams of Gamers' Republic too gave it a score of B+, praising its "superb" animation "with vivid colors and smooth motion," as well as "gorgeous" character designs. Dave Halverson from the same magazine opined it was "the finest video game-based anime produced to date," citing animation quality, "spectacular" and "breathtaking" art and vibrant colors; the English dubbing, "while not perfect," was described as very good.
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