(it) wrote: I am unpleasantly surprised at how much I did not like this film. I heard so many good things about it, including from those who pride themselves on being a `Master Critique` of films of & from many genres, including, & perhaps in particularly, anime & Japanimation specifically...One of the things that I'd heard was that this film was better than the original! They said that the story was better, more suspenseful, more violent, blah blah blah, blah... What a crock of shit that is!Granted, it's been a few years since I've seen the original & I'd love to see again. But, this movie was hardly even half decent, even not in, reasonable, comparison to the original. At all. To put them side by side & compare them head to head would be a joke!The plot was fairly mediocre. Not terrible but, nothing to write home about, either. And by being mediocre, by definition, that does rather mean that it was, at least somewhat, lame. The animation was, undeniably, the best thing about this film...and it was good. But, if that's the best thing one can say about an animated film, then, the film sucks! Some of the action scenes were good, too. D was his ever quiet normal self; so, nothing new...but, it's not like they went & changed anything, which is good and bad, honestly. The other, all supporting, characters, while none of the characters from the previous film were carried over, were just filler. Again. Lame. But, not particularly terrible.D is offered $10 million to find the daughter of the wealthy businessman. But, turns it down...for $20 million and that's the amount he is hired for...And the trailer/video clip for this film...is not for the film at all! It's for the Playstation console game. Duh.The four or five things that I didn't like, at all, about this film were, almost entirely, near the end. Great way to end a film...1. The "Left Hand" character in the first film was sardonic and cynical. He was annoying at times, but, at least he had a sense of humor and he was funny. And when he chewed D's ear off it was usually for his own good; such as when he got his ass kicked & he needed to move it along! Not that this version wasn't funny at all. But, this version of the character was really just a whinier version of Eric Cartman from South Park... 2. Meier was dead! His face, & perhaps his entire torso, were sliced into two pieces... There is no reasonable explanation for why he was brought back to life. So, why did they do it?! Clearly, it was the romantic, cheesy, horse-shit...3. Whether Charlotte was bit by Meier or by Camilla, although it is rather obvious that she was bit by Camilla & that she was hallucinating when she imagined being bit by Meier, isn't really the point. Her blood wasn't drained. She was bit and she was supposed to become a vampire.Period. Point. Blank.She, apparently, suffered no injuries. So, why, & how, did she die?? Clearly, how does not matter at all; why they did this was...to increase the sorrow & despair of the romantic, cheesy, horse-shit...4. Correct me if I am wrong, but, the ring wasn't mentioned before that moment, the significance of it being Charlotte's ring, when D picked it. So, he uses the ring as proof, to her family, that she is dead, when presenting the ring to her family doesn't prove that she is dead, so that Meier can go off into space and become a necrophiliac vampire with her corpse! Wow. Yea, that's love...More romantic, cheesy, horse-shit...5. The character of Leila is an idiot. She should've plugged Meier through the skull with her cannon. Clearly, not doing that, & then later rooting for him to clear the crashing debris of the crumbling castle, in the spaceship...with the corpse of his dead (NOT undead; dead!!) girlfriend, is more romantic, cheesy, horse-shit!It seems, blisteringly, apparent that this Vampire Hunter D film was made for the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel retards...Maybe it's just two things that I didn't like...1. Poor character development. 2. And a really shitty story!