Top 15 Best Vampire Anime To Immerse Yourself In The World Of Undead
The supernatural vampire lore is an unceasingly used concept in fiction stories and it’s not a surprise that it has been successful over the years. Anime has also proven to be a perfect medium to explore the mystique and drama of these immortal beings, and the making of several vampire anime speaks volume about this genre’s popularity.
From tales of romance and political intrigue to high-octane action and horror, the world of vampire anime tends to draw the viewers into the enigmatic charm of the immortal realm of the undead. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best vampire anime series that have thrilled and mesmerized audiences. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
15. Diabolik Lovers
Diabolik Lovers is the perfect destination for reverse harem fanatics as the series is overcrowded with some of the hottest anime guys present out there. Featuring a female lead, the story sees Yui Komori’s distressful life as she’s sent to a house full of handsome young vampires to be their “sacrificial bride”.
With each brother more sadistic than the last, Yui’s life as a captive takes a harrowing turn in her new home as the Sakamaki brothers are all vying for her blood. Diabolik Lovers deals with sensible themes of sexual abuse and physical dominance that may be upsetting for viewers, so think before you pick it.
“Love never dies” – these three words define the plot device of Kurozuka as it takes place in a historical setting and follows swordsman Kurou who is on the run from their pursuers. Somehow he finds refuge in the home of an enchanting woman named Kuromitsu who turns out to be a vampire.
However, instead of being scared of the fact, Kurou falls in love with Kuromitsu and becomes a vampire himself in order to be with her. But death separates them apart only for Kurou to awaken centuries later and reunite with his lover while avenging the ones who did them wrong.
13. Vampire Knight
Embracing the shojo cliches in a vampire romance anime, Vampire Knight offers a mix of drama in a love triangle scenario. The series revolves around Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu who attend Cross Academy as school guardians, protecting the “Day Class” of human students from the “Night Class” of vampires.
As Yuki learns more about the vampire world and her own place in it, she finds herself tangled in a love triangle with two vampires – Zero Kiryu, Yuki’s adoptive brother and vampire hunter, and Kaname Kuran, a pureblood original vampire who saved Yuki when she was little.
12. Rosario + Vampire
In a sense, Rosario Vampire popularized the trend of the harem anime trope in a vampire setting through its over-the-top fan service and vivid romance plot. The series follows the life of Tsukune Aono who unwittingly enrolls in Yokai Academy, a boarding school for monsters.
There he encounters an eccentric vampiress named Moka Akashiya who immediately befriends him, but because of the taste of Tsukune’s blood. Thus, kick starts Tsukune’s thrilling journey in the school of monsters and demons where he goes through daily fun activities involving hot monster girls.
11. Blood Lad
Through its dark humor and intense action elements, Blood Lad puts something different on the table of cliche vampire anime stories. The series tells the story of Staz Charlie Blood, a powerful vampire who lives in the Demon World and is an otaku by chance.
One day, Staz meets Fuyumi Yanagi, an ordinary Japanese high school girl who accidentally wanders into the Demon World through a portal. However, shortly after their meeting, Fuyumi is killed by a carnivorous plant, causing Staz to take responsibility and pledge to help bring her back to life.
The slow-burn medical horror anime series, Shiki tells the tragic tale of survival in a world where one cannot easily distinguish between good and evil. The mysterious death of a young girl, Megumi Shimizu in the village of Sotoba marks the beginning of a hot summer into a season of blood and terror.
At first, Toshio Ozaki, a young doctor suspects it is a ferocious epidemic but, soon realizes it’s all the work of vampire-like structures called “Shiki”. Afterward, Toshio teams up with an anti-social youth, Natsuno so that they can work together to save Sotoba before it transforms into a ghost town of vampires.
As a vampire anime, Servamp has pretty much everything to offer except a dark storyline as it excels in keeping viewers engaged with its art style and bright colors. The series brings forward the amusing life of high school student Mahiru Shirota who picks up a stray cat on the way home and names it Kuro.
One day, he finds out that Kuro is actually one of the seven vampires that represent the Seven Deadly Sins. One disaster after another leads to Mahiru accidentally forming a contract with his new freeloader, dragging him into a life-threatening battle of supernatural servants and bloodthirsty beings.
8. Vampire Hunter D
Cult classic Vampire Hunter D dates back to the 90s era and serves as a foundation for all the vampire anime that came afterward. The story capitalizes on the often-overlooked dhampir and takes place in a post-nuclear holocaust world where vampires, mutants, and demons “slither through a world of darkness”.
Roaming this desolate landscape is the half-vampire protagonist known simply as D who hunts down other creatures of the night in exchange for rewards. The original Vampire Hunter D 1985 film is a must-watch for any fan of this genre and is sure to leave fans of violence satisfied.
7. The Case Study of Vanitas
The Case Study of Vanitas is at heart a supernatural drama that’s engraved with vampire and steampunk thematics. Set in a fictional 19th-century Paris, the series tells the story of Vanitas, a young man who claims to be able to cure vampires through his expertise.
He happens to be in possession of the sacred “The Book of Vanitas”, which is said to be capable of unleashing a curse upon all vampires. Fate would have it as he crosses paths with Noé Archiviste, a vampire who seeks the book for himself and eventually, they travel along to solve the mysteries of vampire curses.
6. Trinity Blood
Often referred to as the rip-off version of two great classics “Hellsing” and “Trigun”, Trinity Blood is made for enthusiasts who need an action fix in the vampire anime genre. The story takes place after a post-apocalyptic war that has left the world in ruins, in which humans and vampires are now living in an uneasy truce.
In a world that has been divided into two fronts, a priest and vampire named Abel Nightroad tries to protect and maintain the harmonious balance between the two races. Trinity Blood is for anyone who wants to learn about the Crusnik vampire class but you need to bear through the bad, to get to the good part of the show.
Blood+ is amongst the handful of vampire anime that transcends the boundaries of its genre and appeals to both the audiences – those who love the trope and those who don’t. Set in modern-day Japan, the series follows Saya Otonashi who lives a seemingly normal life until a monster attacks her at school one night.
Following the attack, Saya learns about her vampiric powers and joins an organization upon being encouraged by his rescuer named Haji. Together they work for the sole purpose of defeating the hellish beasts while also looking into Saya’s secretive past.
4. Seraph Of The End
Seraph of the End is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy vampire anime by Wit Studio which premiered in 2015. The series is set in a world that allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a “human-made” virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children under the age of thirteen untouched.
It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be a myth. A young man named Yuichiro Hyakuya joins a vampire extermination unit to avenge the deaths of his orphaned family and reclaim his childhood best friend Mikaela from the vampires.
3. Call Of The Night
Call of the Night is a supernatural and rom-com-themed modern shonen manga turned vampire anime that follows a junior high school student, Ko Yamori who feels lost in mainstream society. Unable to sleep or find true satisfaction in his daily life, he stops going to school and begins wandering the streets at night.
One night, he encounters an outgoing vampire girl named Nazuna Nanakusa who shows Ko the joys of being a night-walker. Call of the Night beautifully captures the hidden joys of the night and most of all, studies the seductive vampires who believe in the power of true love.
Castlevania is an American anime-influenced dark fantasy action television series by Netflix. The anime is based on the video game series of the same name by Konami, the initial plotline follows Trevor Belmont, Alucard, and Sypha Belnades as they defend the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his minions.
Moral and familial conflicts are at the heart of the series, and what follows is a constant series of violent adventures. With its classic vampire aesthetic, compelling characters, and stunning animation, Castlevania easily pitches itself as the best vampire anime of modern times.
The list of vampire anime is incomplete without the mention of the classic dark seinen series, Hellsing. Featuring one of the most talented gun users in anime verse, Alucard, the series revolves around the Hellsing organization whose main goal is to control the number of supernatural monsters plaguing England.
Led by Sir Integra, the organization digs deeper into the case study of the Nazi remnants called “Millenium” that threatens the safety of England. Deploying the most powerful vampire Alucard, the faction goes into an all-out war to protect England from a war-crazed SS-Major who seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army.
Manhwa recommendation: Noblesse
Noblesse is a supernatural Korean anime and manhwa that follows the life of a powerful noble, Cadis Etrama Di Raizel, who wakes up from his deep slumber of 820 years. With no knowledge of mankind’s advancement and scientific successes, Raizel commences his life as a transfer student at Ye Ran High School.
To stay hidden from the sights of the Union, a secret organization out for Raizel’s blood, he’s forced to keep his identity hidden while protecting all that he holds dear. The anime adaptation of Noblesse has major flaws in its storytelling hence, it’s recommended to read the series from its original source.
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