Total # of Volumes: 1
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Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Director: Toyoo Ashida
Character Designer: Yoshitaka Amano
Music: Noriyoshi Matsuura
Animation Director: Uncredited
Animation Studio: Ashi Production
CBS Sony Group
American Producers: Urban Vision
Title: Special Edition
Running Time: 80
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 1
1: The Movie
It is the far future, and the world is dominated mutants and monsters. Our story opens with a young peasant girl out hunting late one night. She finds a large; dinosaur-like creature eating fruit from a tree in an orchard she fires upon it. She uses a remote control to activate lights hidden in the trees and whistles for her horse. She mounts and gives pursuit after her prey.
She catches up with the beast and brings it down with a few blasts from her rifle. She then approaches the fallen animal and prods it with her rifle to ensure it is dead. Unfortunately, it is not and it leaps up and bites the poor horse in the neck. The girl then uses her whip to deliver an electric shock to the beast. The creature lets go and expires but so does the horse.
As the girl goes to tend to her fallen friend, another pair of menacing, glowing eyes appear out of the darkness and suddenly, a huge werewolf emerges. It snatches the corpse of the horse in its jaws and lunges at the girl. She stumbles backwards, avoiding it's claws but loses the cross she has been wearing around her neck in the process. The werewolf then disappears into the darkness.
The girl is now alone and stranded in the darkness. As lighting flashes in the night sky, it reveals an enormous figure standing atop a small rock podium. "An Aristocrat!" she blurts out. The figure extends each arm slowly and then reveals its vampirish fangs as the girl stands frozen before the terrible sight.
Into this world, ride D, a vampire hunter, upon his cyborg horse. He encounters the girl from the previous scene, and she challenges him to a fight. But, D remains motionless on his horse. The girl uses her whip to snare D, but he breaks free easily. The girl then realizes that D must be a vampire hunter, and she begs him to help her. She then shows him the "kiss" (vampire bite marks) on her neck. D asks her for her name and she replies "Doris Ran. Can you take this job?"
D does not verbally accept the job but his eyes express his determination. Doris and D then return to her farm where her brother, Dan, is trying to protect their flock of sheep from a predatory energy cloud. He fire his rifle at the creature and manages to drive it off but not before losing a sheep to it. D and Doris ride, and Dan greets them. He then boards D's horse and comments that D must be the type of man who stays quite because he only speaks when it is necessary.
The next day, D, Doris and Dan all ride into town. Doris stops at a fountain to water her cybernetic horse and meets up with Greco, the mayor's son, who asks to speak with her in private. Once they are alone, in an alley, Greco confronts Doris about her incident with the Count. Greco then tries to woo Doris by promising to hire as many hunters as she could want, in exchange for sexual favors. Doris turns him down and then ends up beating him up when Greco cannot take no for an answer.
Angered and acting out of spite, Greco announces to the entire village (and to Dan) that Doris was bitten by the Count. This leads to Doris and D being brought before the Mayor, Roman, who determines that Doris must be confined to the asylum. The town's doctor objects on the grounds that the asylum has been abandoned for 50 years and been the cause of terrible suffering in the past. It seems that the last time a victim of the Count's was imprisoned there; the Count sought vengeance in the form of the death of 30 villagers. D then asks the Mayor to postpone any punishment until he completes his assignment and Doris swears that she will kill herself if D fails.
In the aftermath of the announcement and decision, Doris tries to resume her normal life. But, she encounters prejudice everywhere she turns. The Doctor, who is accompanying her, asks why to a shopkeeper and he replies that the presence of Doris scares the customers away. Meanwhile, D gives advice to Dan that he must support his sister in these difficult times and not let her see him cry.
Back at the farm, while Doris tucks Dan into bed, D has a dialogue with his sword. The creature that lives in his right hand (it appears as a face in his palm) accuses him of falling in love with Doris and reminds him that his destiny is to lead a bloody life and slay Aristocrats. D denies the accusations and puts the sword away. Doris then enters and thanks D for his words to Dan.
She reveals to D that her father had been a hunter of werewolves, but that even he did not know anything about hunting vampires. D then tells Doris that a messenger for the Count will probably come tonight because the "moon of the woman" (the once-a-month redmoon) is coming and the Count refuses to drink a lady's blood during that time.
Doris then gives a further background of the Count. She tells D that the Count's name is Lee and that he has lorded over this village for longer than anyone can remember. In fact, they had though that he might have died or left but two years ago, the lights reappeared in the windows of his castle and they knew he was back. She also tells D that Count Lee is reported to be somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years old. "That old? He might prove to be a difficult enemy." D comments to himself.
The Count's messengers arrive as expected and approach the farm. D waits inside until they reach the fence. He then deactivates the fence and goes out to meet them. The messengers treat D with disdain, assuming that he is a mere human hunter. The messengers consist of two people, a woman and a man. The woman introduces herself as the Count's daughter, Ramica, while the man is called Ray Ginsay.
Ray is the first to fight, and he begins by launching a boomerang-like weapon at D. D deflects it and counterattacks. The men fight until D finds an opening and plunges his sword into Ray.
But, the sword wounds D. It seems that Ray is a mutant capable of warping space and caused the sword to pierce D instead of him. But, D recovers quickly and the wound fades away before their eyes. "A dampiel (a child born of a human mother and a vampire father)," the Countess remarks. D and Ramica then exchanges words, and the messengers leave.
Back at the Count's castle, Count Lee has been following the events via a spy. He admonishes Ramica and Ray for acting for foolishly and recklessly but finds the prospect of fighting a dampiel intriguing. During this time, Ramica and Ray return to the castle and Ramica goes into a chamber to plead with her great ancestor, Dracula, to allow her father to realize that he should not permit a low-class girl like Doris into their family. While she is pleading, ray enters and reports that Count Lee has confined her to her room and Ramica reacts angrily. She accuses Ray of sucking up to the Count and warns him not to expect to rise above his low-class status.
The next day, D begins his assault on the castle. He rides out on his horse and makes an amazing leap across a gorge to enter the stronghold. D first encounters a long hallway filled with creatures of all sorts but he dispatches them with an eerie blue light. He next comes across two wily opponents. One can fly, and the other is huge. D avoids their attacks and continues on. While he walks down another dark hallway, his sidekick, who is part of him in right hand, warns D of a trap. D reacts quickly as a phantom beast attacks. D then locates where the master of beast is hiding and he charges forth.
In that room, he finds a wizened old conjurer and Ray. Ray tells D that they will finish their fight but not now, as the Count has given orders concerning D. Ray then causes the floor to drop beneath D, sending him falling down to a dank level that his sidekick identifies as the remains of a great war fought 10,000 years ago.
Meanwhile, at the farm, Dr. Felingo and Doris stand an uneasy watch. Dr. Felingo warns Doris not to fall for D because though he is not a bad man, he is a dangerous man and would live the life Doris desires.
It is then that the forces of the Count attack. They quickly overcome the farm's meager defenses and invade the house. Ray is with them and seizes Doris. "What will become of Dr. Felingo and Dan?" she asks. "The others hunger for fresh meat," is the answer she gets. She then warns Ray that if they are harmed she will bite her tongue in half and kill herself. "I have been ordered to return with you unharmed." Ray reports, "They will be left as you wish."
At the castle, Doris is brought before the Count. The Count tells Doris that she will become his wife tomorrow, and she should give up her foolish hope that she can be saved. He then shows her D, who has become the prisoner of three snake women. "Those snake women are sucking the life out of him," states the Count. "A normal man would die in 5 minutes, but he has been there for half a day. But that is to be expected with a dampiel." "D is a dampiel?!" Doris exclaims. The Count laughs and then orders Doris to rest for their wedding tomorrow as he uses his power to render her unconscious.
Down in the snake pit, the snake women begin to realize that this prey is different from all the rest. As they become lazy from overfeeding, D's dark side is awoken and sharp fangs emerge from his mouth while is eyes burn with a cold blue light. D bites down on the nearest sister and proceeds to slaughter them all. He then heads off to rescue Doris.
In Doris's chamber, she lies still unconscious. Ramica enters, intent on slaying the girl who would become her mother. But, D enters in the nick of time and sweeps Doris up in his arms. He then makes a swift exit.
As he carries Doris towards freedom, they encounter numerous enemies. But, they dispatch them easily, one of the coolest being the attack of the spider-man, in which the demon in D's right hand swallows and crunches the spiders with a look of relish on his face. D also fights the flying man, Gimlet, and the golem that he had encountered earlier and the conjurer as well. He then escapes and dashes off into the forest. But, Ray is not far behind.
Ray races in the woods and thinks he hears D. He launches his boomerang but ends up killing Gimlet instead. D and Doris flee back to the farm while Ray, realizing that he cannot return to the castle until he has killed D and recovered Doris, heads towards town.
In town, Greco recognizes a horse and carriage outside of the hotel and rushes inside. He orders the manager to give him the key to the monitor room and gets there just in time to overhear the instructions from the Count to Ray. The Count has sent Ray a device called "The Incense of Time Trap" to use in killing D. Ray then kidnaps Dan and leaves a note for D.
D meets Ray in a desolate desert where Ray requested in his challenge letter. D asks where the boy is and Ray points to the top of a pillar of rock. The two then begin to fight. Ray throws his boomerang at D while reaching behind for the Incense of time. D's right hand recognizes the trap and warns D, but it is unnecessary as the incense does not light. D slices off Ray's right arm and leaves him to suffer. "You have been set up." D tells Ray as he and Dan leave.
Meanwhile, Dr. Felingo arrives at the farm and tells Doris about a safe place he has discovered. He convinces Doris that they should leave immediately and that D and Dan will meet them there. The two them board the wagon and head out. But in a narrow chasm, they encounter Ramica. Doris halts the wagon and prepares to fight, but the Doctor grabs her whip and cross and leaps off the wagon. At first, it looks as if the Doctor will fight Ramica but then the Doctor reveals that he has been bitten by the Count and worked for him.
Doris finds herself in a dangerous situation, but things change quickly as Ramica suddenly kills the possessed Doctor and allows his body to drop off the cliff. Ramica then tells Doris to leave and go somewhere beyond the reach of the Count. It is then that a blinding white light appears out of the darkness. It renders Ramica helpless, and it comes closer and closer to Doris. Then a face emerges, and it is Greco's. He reveals that he stole the Incense of Time from Ray and devised a plan in which he and Doris would use Ramica to lure the Count into a trap and then, with the help of the Incense of Time, kill both Ramica and the Count. This would leave them to collect the Count's treasure and rule the town. But, Greco's help is conditional on her marrying him.
While this wheeling and dealing is going on, Ramica pleads with Greco to kill her. She cannot stand the idea of being caught by such low-class beings and swears to kill Greco if he does not kill her first. Greco decides to oblige her and prepares to drive a wooden stake through her heart but Doris stops him by throwing her body over Ramica's. At the same time, a shot rings out and Greco is knocked off the wagon goes tumbling down over the cliff.
Out of the darkness, Dan and D emerge and Dan, with a rifle in hand, rushes forward to greet his sister. D, Dan, Doris and Ramica then head back towards the farm. Along the way, they stop to let Ramica return to her father's castle. When asked why he is letting her go, D's answer is cut short by Ramica who explains that D is wrong and that among Aristocrats the only rule is that the weak are victims for the strong. D stares at her and then informs her that idea was not what the Ancient God preached. Ramica stares back and her eyes widen with recognition.
Once they are back at the farm, Doris hits the shower while Dan goes to bed. Doris has flashbacks to the poor Doctor and is worried when she steps out of the shower and D is nowhere to be found. But, D appears at the front door and Doris rushes forward to clasp herself to his chest. Doris asks D to leave and go live somewhere secluded with her but D turns her down. Doris then buries her head in D's chest and reveals the back of her neck to D. D has to fight off the temptation to bite her even though Doris gives the okay. D pushes Doris away and looks away as Doris stands nearly naked in front of him. Later, D's demon taunts him for not acting either like a man or a dampiel.
Out on the road, Greco has somehow managed to survived the gunshot, the fall and still hang onto the Incense of Time. But, it looks as if his luck has finally run out because he meets Ray, who has bandaged his stump of a right arm, coming the other way. Greco tries to deal but Ray simply says that he has to kill Greco.
Later, at the farm, D awakes suddenly and steps out into the yard. He looks around, having sensed danger and is caught off guard when two explosions erupt before him. Then, out of the smoke, the light of the Incense of Time Trap blazes. Ray steps forward and uses the light to force D to the ground. He then produces a stake and drives into D's chest. D suddenly stands up, a mysterious pinkish energy pours out from his chest and then D falls back to the ground. Before he leaves, Ray exacts revenge for his hand by lopping off D's right hand.
While this is going on, Dan and Doris are brought back to the castle, again, in preparation of the big wedding. Ramica, again, also pleads with her father to abandon his idea. This time, though, the Count reveals to Ramica that marrying commoners is the only diversion he has. And he further reveals that Ramica and Doris are half-sisters, sharing the same mother. He then imprisons Ramica in a force field to ensure her cooperation during the ceremony.
But, Ramica is not the only one disappointed by the Count. Ray asks the Count to grant his wish as a reward for completing his task. "What reward?" asks the Count. "Make me a member of the aristocracy, with eternal youth." Ray reminds him. The Count laughs and tells Ray that he should be happy that he still lives after all his blunders and that he should either abandon his dream or wait 50 years before asking again.
Out on the field, D's right hand awakens as realizes what has happened. It makes its way back to D and reattaches itself to D. It then begins to eat the earth around it and tries to awake D. There is some urgency to the matter, as scavengers are drawing ever closer to D's prone body. But at the last second, D awakes and kills the creatures before they can do him harm.
Hoping to do something to help his sister, Dan sneaks out on a network of pipes to get close to the wedding procession. Yelling "Sister!" he leaps off and tries to strike at the Count. But, the Count tosses up a force field and knocks Dam into a huge shaft. Doris, under a trance, barely notices the events. Dan falls and falls until he is saved, unexpectedly, by Ray. Ray leaves the boy on a catwalk and goes to confront the Count himself.
Standing before the Count, Ray ignites the Incense of Time and admonishes the Count for his reneging on his promise. But, the Count is not affected by the light and uses his power to send Ray flying around the space, crashing into pipes and walls as he goes. Finally, the Count slams Ray into the wall above the entrance to his wedding chamber and kills him there. "What a fun day." the Count says as he chuckles.
In the chamber, all the assembled demons congratulate the Count on his wedding. The Count accepts the kind words and prepares to drink the blood of Doris.
But, he is stopped when D throws a knife that buries itself in the Count's left eye. The Count removes it, and his eye repairs itself. D then rushes forward to strike the Count down with his sword but the Count's barrier is too strong. The Count then tosses D around the room the same way he did with Ray. He finally pins D to the ceiling and forces D's sword to D's throat. But, as the sword draws blood, D taps into his hidden strength and breaks free.
With his eyes glowing blue, D quickly turns the tables on the Count and soon the Count is pinned to the wall by D's sword. But, the Count did manage to wound D in the final moments and D kneels on the floor in pain. Using his influence over Doris, the Count orders Doris to pick up a dagger and kill D. But before she can carry out the command, Dan rushes in and stops her.
Dying, the Count looks at a painting on the wall near him and realizes that D must be a prince of the Aristocrats and "a son of our Ancient God." Ramica enters and looks at her dying father who pleads with her to help him. But, Ramica responds that this is the time for the family Lee to end. Then, with the Count's death, the castle begins to collapse.
As the stones fall about them, D encourages Ramica to leave and live her life. But, Ramica stubbornly clings to her belief that she is a full-blooded Aristocrat and therefore must die with her father. D leaves her to her chosen fate and helps the others to escape. They watch from outside as the castle disappears.
With the death of Count, the valley becomes verdant again and D leaves, his work complete. But, as he rides off, Doris and Dan yell their good byes from the top of a nearby cliff. D only acknowledges them by turn his head towards them and this is where the movie ends.