It’s no surprise that vampires are popular characters in anime. Anime vampires are among the most popular characters.
Authors like Bram Stroker and Anne Rice romanticized these undead creatures, imparting them with beauty, charm, and setting them against Gothic backdrops. These beautiful characteristics and aesthetics — as well as their monstrous, bloodthirsty, true forms — are vividly brought to life in anime.
Here are eight enthralling anime vampires to watch.
Saya from Blood+
Don’t let Saya Otonashi’s small schoolgirl appearance fool you. She’s actually a Chiropteran (giant blood-sucking bat) queen. Saya and her twin sister Diva were awakened in the 1830s. The twins were separated, with Saya living among a human family. She aged to her teen years, but stopped after that. One of the most interesting things about Blood+ is that it is historically based; flashbacks show Saya experiencing the Russian Revolution and the Vietnam War. She’s not alone though — she turned her companion Hagi into her chevalier (literally, a knight) and together they hunt down Diva and other Chiropterans.
Alucard from Hellsing
Alucard (Dracula spelled backwards) is the protagonist of the Hellsing anime and a more “traditional” vampire. Extremely powerful and nearly immortal, Alucard is the Hellsing Organization’s most formidable weapon in hunting down other vampires and monsters. His vampire background grant him many abilities, including superhuman strength, speed, and a very healthy ego. He does have some compassion though, offering to save the life of Seras Victoria.
Seras Victoria from Hellsing
Seras Victoria was a young police officer turned vampire. She was sired by Alucard after suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Afterwards, she opted to join her “father” in the Hellsing Organization. While she’s not as powerful as Alucard, she possesses many of the same extraordinary abilities. She retained one ability before her transformation: expert marksmanship. Her favorite weapon is a Harkonnen rifle she can snipe her enemies with.
D from Vampire Hunter D
D, the title character in the Vampire Hunter D series, is an enigma. He’s a dhampir, a mixed blood child of a human and vampire noble. Whereas Blood+ takes place in the past and present, Vampire Hunter D takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Humans, vampires and mutants run rampant in the Frontier, and it’s D’s occupation (per the title) to hunt down the monsters.
Staz from Blood Lad
Like D, Staz Charlie Blood is a vampire comes from noble lineage, but his contains demonic blood. That gives Staz some remarkable magical powers, which manifest in a hand-shaped aura.
Unlike some of the entries on this list, Staz is a lot more easy going. Like many teens, Staz is an otaku, or someone obsessed with manga and anime, a wink-wink to the series fans. Manga and anime drive many of Staz’s decisions and choices in his quest to save his crush, Yanagi Fuyumi.
Moka from Rosario + Vampire
Moka Akashiya is a beautiful Vampiress and star of the series Rosario + Vampire. Rosario in the title refers to the rosary she wears around her neck. In lore, crosses are meant to ward off vampires. The same holds true here … sort of. The rosary seals in Moka’s inner personality — the vampire one — and creates and external outer personality based upon her mother. The rosary lets both sides communicate to each other. It’s a constant internal struggle for the title character, as she literally battles her inner evil as well as feelings for Tsukino Aono.
Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood
Interesting, Abel vampiric form is not triggered by a curse or being bitten. He was fused with Crusnik nanomachines (small sentient robots) that give him extraordinary (and frightening) powers, including a gigantic scythe formed by his own blood.
Trinity Blood is definitely a mature series full of religious and dark themes.
Sunako Kirishiki from Shiki
Sunako Kirishiki is a shiki, or corpse demon, in the series with the same title.
Outwardly, she appears as a young girl. She was human at one point, but her wealthy family offered lodging to a mysterious foreigner, who befriends and then bites her. Sunako awakens in a coffin, claws her way out, and notices something inside her has changed. She has a hunger she can’t quell, and is forced to separate from her loved ones.
Shiki is really a story about belonging, and how Sunako is trapped by her curse and her inability to age.
Who is your favorite anime vampire?