Not only was Vampire Hunter D one of the first anime released in the U.S., but it was also the first I had ever seen. Without getting too nostalgic, I had seen VHD on a UHF channel in Chicago that had broadcast anime late Saturday nights, sometimes uncensored even. It was great, because I not only got to watch something that was considered one of the first and best of its kind, but I also felt like I was getting away with something. There was cursing, it was gory, and it had nudity. I was like a kid in a candy store, if candy stores had excessive gore and animated topless women. Read the rest of this entry
To add to the confusion, we’ve decided to alternate our actor and director spotlights with a genre spotlight. So every third month we will spotlight a different genre. This month we are going with “anime”. Dating back to the sixties, and perfected in the eighties, anime is a true art-form that we’re recognizing this month with, Akira, Fist of The North Star, Vampire Hunter D, and a surprise fourth film, so surprising, even I don’t know what it is.