Top 5 Anime Vampires – Because Having Fangs Just Isn’t Enough

Tuesday's Top 5

The list for my favourite anime vampires is kind of always under construction. Largely because I love vampires and also because every year we seem to get a few anime that take their own interpretation on the blood-suckers. I was kind of hoping Mars Red would add a few new names to the list but alas that story kind of fizzled in the end.

As always, I’d love to know your favourites so please share in the comments below.

Who are my favourite anime vampires?

Please Note: There will be spoilers below.

Honourable mention this week goes to Staz from Blood Lad and Alucard from Hellsing (because even if I don’t mention him on the list, everyone else will). 

I also need to throw Dracula from Castlevania here as well because after watching season two I’m just not that into him anymore.

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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

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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. Which makes him a bit different from so many anime vampires that kind of have their own rules. 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: Carmilla from Castlevania Season 2

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A new entry on the list. While Dracula may have been relatively unimpressive throughout season 2 of Castlevania (okay a lot unimpressive unless you like broody and sulky in your anime vampire), Carmilla swept in and shook things up. While a lot of her manipulations really served no purpose and ultimately she kind of got nowhere, I have to admit she had style and was definitely the most memorable of the new characters introduced during the second season.



Number 2: Mikaela from Owari no Seraph

I still haven’t actually reviewed Owari and I really should get around to it, particularly as I now have the DVD’s and any story that focuses on anime vampires vs humans is worth at least a discussion.

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 1: Megumi from Shiki

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She absolutely had to make the list of anime vampires and all things considered, given she’s been the vampire I’ve consistently liked the most, she probably deserves the top spot at this point. 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.

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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Top 5 Nice Guys/Girls in Anime

Tuesday's Top 5

I know it’s weird but this is probably the hardest list I’ve tried to write so far. I was thinking how easy it would be to come up with the top 5 nice characters but then I started thinking what about… and the list just never ended. Finally I’ve whittled it down to my 5 favourite nice guys and girls. That and I kind of like nice protagonists.

My criteria for the final list was simple. They had to be nice and pivotal to the plot. The couldn’t be nice even while other characters walked over them (so they had to have some sort of backbone) but they mostly liked to get on with others. Also, they had to be in an anime where the main characteristic of the cast wasn’t nice. So Shirayuki and the like were ruled out pretty much instantly. See what you think and add any characters you’d like in the comments below.

Who are your top 5 nice nice guys or girls in anime?

Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.

Honourable mentions this week could go to about a million characters but probably Bell from Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon and the far more recent Lloyd from Suppose a Kid From The Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town both deserve a shout out.

Number 5: Shiemi Moriyama (Ao No Exorcist)

There’s not a lot to say about Shiemi other than she’s definitely deserving of a place on the list of top 5 nice characters. She’s an adorable character and she just wants to make friends with all the other exorcists. The reason she isn’t higher up the list is because she is a little bit of a doormat at times and it takes a lot for her to assert herself, though she does improve throughout the series. Fittingly, her summoned spirit thing allows her to grow plants that she mostly uses for healing purposes which more than once makes her invaluable to the team.

Number 4: Hak (Akatsuki no Yona)

This one was probably an odd choice because I’m thinking that most people don’t automatically use the adjective nice to describe Hak. However, my view is he is an incredibly nice character. He’s the older brother/friend who looks after Yona and she knows that he’ll have her back even when she blows up at him.

More importantly, early on Hak respects Yona’s choice even when he is clearly in love with her (or maybe that’s just my view). He could have been a lot more intrusive but instead other than some gentle teasing, he kind of stays out of her way (until she needs some serious rescuing). I think he’s an incredibly nice character toward his friends and particularly Yona, but I’m guessing his enemies will not see that side of him.

Number 3: Mimiko Katsuragi (Black Blood Brothers)

Mimiko kind of gets dragged around a lot during Black Blood Brothers and she works really hard for Jiro and his brother to help them get to the Special Zone and to help them get established there. She’s an incredibly nice person, but she is definitely not a door mat. At every stage of the journey she puts forward her views and at times openly challenges Jiro and his opinions. She’s probably the most balanced character I’ve included on this list.

Number 2: Aberline (Black Butler)

In an anime like Black Butler, where every character is more or less morally suspect, Aberline and his desire to make a safer London really does stand apart from the rest of the cast. Of course, his nicer nature made it inevitable that he would give us one of the more tragic moments of the series and the futility of his gesture just made it all the more heart-breaking. Aberline is a great character. He has his convictions and a desire born from his own life experience and yet he reaches out to Ciel as he sees that Ciel has definitely lost his way in all the corruption. Nice guy, tragic end.

Number 1: Jacuzzi Splot (Baccano)

A nice guy looking out for his friends in a world of gangsters? Jacuzzi had to be my number 1 pick for a top 5 nice guy or girl in anime (though it was hard even choosing him from amongst the cast of Baccano because a number of our ‘gangsters’ were deceptively nice). He is completely devoted to his friends and ensuring their safety, would love to avoid violence if at all possible, seems like a complete coward but definitely knows when it is time to stand up and be counted. And he doesn’t do that half way. Even the story behind his tattoo is completely adorable.

So, which nice characters have I missed? Who should be on the list?


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Black Blood Brothers Series Review – A Vampire With Cool Fashion Sense

Black Blood Brothers Overview:

In Black Blood Brothers, Jiro (a vampire) is travelling with his younger brother (Kotaro) to the Special Zone which is a place where vampires are apparently able to live at peace. However, the brothers find all sorts of trouble on their way to the special zone and once they arrive it isn’t exactly what they expected.

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Black Blood Brothers Review:

I could keep this really short. Black Blood Brothers is a great action/adventure that doesn’t actually end. So, enjoy, get hooked and then be left with a million and one questions about these vampire brothers, the special zone, the various factions you meet and so on and so forth.

That said, at least these are pretty amazing vampires and not the watered down ‘Twilight’ variety.

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Then again, I should probably review it properly given I’ve watched it multiple times. And bought the DVD even though it doesn’t end. Which probably just goes to show that this one is solid fun and definitely deserved an actual ending so please let them reboot Black Blood Brothers at some point.

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This is an incredible story built in an interesting alternate version of our world where there was a massive war between humans and vampires.

The story takes place ten years after the war but a lot of the events in the story are triggered by the events of the war. This probably contributes to the reason why the story couldn’t wrap itself up in the 12 episode run time. There’s just too much going on in this world.

Black Blood Brothers brings us competing vampire clans, individuals with history and rich and complex relationships, there are the human military groups and the political and social groups that are involved and then there are new meetings between characters and we need to learn more about those relationships as well, and a lot of action and fight sequences that haven’t aged that badly all things considering.

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Despite all of this, the story never feels messy. Information is revealed as needed and there are only a few info-dump moments where characters sit down and explain things. Most of the information is revealed reasonably organically.

The characters are amazing. We’ve got some very cool old-school vampires as well as some fantastic magical feats, some slightly more modern takes on vampires, and humans acting as villains, heroes and cannon fodder.



Jiro is a great fighter and his usual dead-pan personality doesn’t become boring. It’s actually quite refreshing when played against Mimiko (the human negotiater) and Kotaro (his brother). Also, when it comes to his ‘brother’, his cool is regularly broken which helps us to see him as a multi-dimensional character rather than just the stiff warrior he’d like to portray himself as. We learn a lot about Jiro but it still feels like it is just the tip of the iceberg when the series ends.

Kotaro is a little too cutesy as the little brother. It’s kind of needed for the contrast, but given he’s been travelling with Jiro and he knows the danger they are in, his happy-go-lucky attitude is at times irritating.

Mimiko is just a little bit naive but is actually quite interesting and a fairly essential character because without her some things would just never be explained.

That said, my favourite character is probably Cassa. She’s got history with Jiro and to be honest she’s not really particularly rational but she certainly injects some energy into the series and steals the scene when she’s around.

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I do question the whole Special Zone thing. At best it is a way of isolating vampires in a known location (a quarantine of sorts). At worst, it doesn’t even live up to the description of a safe haven given the vast majority of dangers faced by the characters occur in the Special Zone.

When I first started watching Black Blood Brothers, kind of thought that maybe the zone didn’t even exist and it was just some rumoured haven that vampires were being lured in with, though at least there is a Special Zone. Still, without further episodes, the true nature of the Special Zone will never really be clear.

If you want an action story with supernatural powers and you don’t really mind if the overall narrative doesn’t end, Black Blood Brothers is a great show to just turn on and enjoy. If a lack of ending is a deal breaker (and usually it is for me) then you should probably let this one go.

Images from: Black Blood Brothers. Dir. T Ashida. Group TAC. 2006


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