This week I’m listing my top 5 favourite anime vampires (which I can’t actually believe I hadn’t already done so here we go). This is a nice simple list and really it is just based on how much I like the character rather than any particular vampiric traits, though I will admit I prefer vampires that at least seem to have some kind of supernatural punch to them rather than cutesy vampires.
As always, I’d love to know your favourites so please share in the comments below.
Please Note: There will be spoilers below.
Honourable mention this week goes to Staz from Blood Lad.
Number 5: Kaname from Vampire Knight
I was really tossing up whether it would be Kaname or Zero on this list when I decided that at least one of them had to make the top 5 but ultimately Kaname being a pure blood vampire and not a human turned into a vampire kind of tipped the scales in his direction. More importantly, it isn’t every character that can turn other vampires into confetti. Kaname may spend way too long brooding on things and is a terrible communicator, but he certainly has the whole presence, attraction and air of danger that tend to be defining traits in certain types of vampire stories.
Number 4: Jirou from Black Blood Brothers
Jirou is a fantastic character. He’s pretty traditional in terms of being a vampire who is sensitive to sunlight and salt water, he doesn’t like being awake during the day, but he is definitely a fighter particularly when his ‘brother’ is being threatened. Add to that the usual fantastic vampiric fashion sense (because who doesn’t look amazing in that shade of red) and a very cool sword and you have one very fun character.
Number 3: Mikaela from Owari no Seraph
I still haven’t actually reviewed Owari and I really should get around to it. Mikaela is one of my favourite characters because of his transformation from human to vampire (yet arguably he remains the most human character in the show). Even after everything that happens to Mikaela he never loses sight of what he wants to protect and he will go to any length to keep it safe. It would be nice to say the whole vampiric strength thing was an asset but in Owari just being a vampire really isn’t enough.
Number 2: Megumi from Shiki
She absolutely had to make the list. Another human turned vampire and loving it (at least at first). Megumi always believed she was destined for more than the village could offer her and while she may not have intended to die, she certainly made the most out of her undead life while she could. Megumi gets bonus points for being one of the creepiest stalkers ever.
Number 1: Dracula from Castlevania
Of course the classic Dracula had to make the list and in this case I’m giving it to Castlevania for such an excellent job depicting him in the first episode of their four episode series. It would have been nice to see some more of this character (or just some more of the series in general given four episodes does not a season make) but in terms of creating a supernatural force to be reckoned with, Dracula here fit the bill and made for a villain that seemed worth trying to stop.
There’s the list this week and again, feel free to share your favourite anime vampires in the comments below. I’d love to know your picks and your reasons.
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