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You and your girl are walking down the foggy streets of London. It was a good night, you sang, you danced and you had fun. Suddenly before you, stands a man. You ask what he wants, but all he does is smile. Before you know it, your girl is walking towards him and nothing you say makes her stop. You reach out to grab her, but suddenly your arms are heavy, so heavy. You see the man bind over and kiss her on the neck. You watch as a trickle of blood escapes from his lips and you lose control of your bladder. After a minute, he licks the spot that he kissed and walks away. You are lucky that’s all he did.
Vampires have a long history in our nightmares. They go back centuries in our myths and folklore. Today, we idolize them as if they were pop stars, unaware of the danger that they wield. In this Top 10 article, we will be looking at the top 10 vampires in Anime. Those that we will be looking at are true vampires they are best described in the Dresden Files, the Red Court and the Black Court of vampires. Those creatures that are unworthy of the Vampire name will be tossed out as the trash they are. Sorry, No sparkles.
10. Aleister Crowly III from D’Gray Man
- Episodes: 103
- Aired: October 2006 – September 2008
Aleister is not a vampire, but just like the real Dracula his is mistaken as one by the people in his village. However, in reality he is just a normal person with pointy teeth and a split personality, who can blame the villages for making the innocent mistake that he sucks blood from young virgins. Later He would become part of the world and join the exorcists.
The beginning of the vampire myths started from common fear of the unknown. While the legend of Vlad the Impaler inspired the most commonly known vampire, Dracula, he was just a normal twisted man, who so happened to enjoy impaling criminals on sticks to strike fear into the hearts of criminals. The impaling didn’t kill the criminals, they survived for several days. It was a very good reason to be frightened and claim that Vlad was the spawn of the devil.
9. Kojou Akatsuki from Strike the Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 – March 2014
Kojou Akatsuki was normal only three months ago… but then a powerful vampire granted him a wish and gave her powers to him. Now he is the most powerful teenaged vampire with little to no clue how to use his powers. He is sometimes at risk of his powers taking control of him, causing him to do something that he would regret for the rest of his immortal life. Not only did he get the 4th Primogenitor’s strength, but he also got her prestige and became the master to her twelve familiars, which could lead to some interesting interactions.
Kojou’s vampire curse shows how the power of one vampire can be transferred to their children, non-biological of course. When a vampire turns a human into a king of the night, they adopt them into their family.
8. Seras Victoria from Hellsing
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2001 – January 2002
Seras was an ordinary police officer that was sent into a crime scene as backup. When she arrived, she finds out that those she was sent to help were attacking and her fellow officer was bitten by one of them. Her fellow officer soon turns into a vampire and tries to attack her. She flees to a church, where she is attacked by the vampire priest, who tries to rape her. She is saved by Alucard who offers her a choice, death or immortality. She chooses the latter. Once her vampiric life begins she imminently regrets her decision. But, she slowly grows into her new powers, gaining strength with each passing night.
Seras’ transmutation is the more traditional of the vampiric myths. The power she gains is immense at first, and then it slows down, but continues to grow with age. With the vampires in Hellsing, the older the vampire is the more powerful the vampire is.
7. Felid Bathory of the Seven Founders (Owari no Seraph [Seraph of the End])
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 - Current
All of the grownups around you, started to fall to the ground, clutching their chests. You don’t know what is going on, you are just a kid. You Run home the find your brothers and sister are okay, but your parents are dead. As it grows darker, you start to hear an announcement over a loudspeaker. It proclaims that mankind has become unworthy of the earth and that everyone over the age of 13 will be purged. A man in armor breaks through your window and carries you and your siblings off to a cave, where you spend the rest of your life, occasionally being called to the main building to serve Felid Bathory, one of the seven founders. You are able to get your hands on a map and plan to escape with your family.
Seraph of the end is the newest vampire anime to hit the TV screen. Without even watching a second episode, I know the vampires within it are worthy of this list. They show the timelessness that vampire’s experience. With enough time anyone can come up with a plan that cripples the entire world.
6. Staz Charlie Blood from Blood Lad
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
Not all vampires are blood sucking monster. Take the most powerful vampire of the demonic underworld, Staz, for example. He is tough, powerful, feared and protects his territory with vengeance. But really, he is just a nerd who loves everything that deals with the human culture, everything from anime to video games, he loves it all. So when a human accidentally enters his territory, he goes to save her and return her to her own world. Unfortunately, he is a few seconds too late.
Staz shows us a softer side of the vampire myth, how they sometimes want to be human and enjoy the human experience. Once upon a time, they were human… most of them at least, and they miss that human connection.
5. Sunako Kirishiki from Shiki
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: July 2010 – December 2010
A new family moves into your small town. They take up residence on the side of a mountain, overlooking the town. They appear to be a normal family with a little girl, a little younger than your own child. They seem like some nice folks. Yet, you barely see the little girl or her mother they only come out at night. The little girl starts to play with your kids, so you put that thought away for another time. Some of the villages start to pass away from a mysterious sickness and you are getting worried, because your child has contracted this ailment. You don’t know what to do and you are worried that he might die. Your fears are brought to light one night as he slowly slips away. You have his funeral and bury him. Later that week, you hear a knocking on your door. Your son has returned to you. You embrace him as he sinks his teeth into your flesh.
Sunako Kirishiki embodies the eternal youth of the vampire race. Once a vampire is made, they don’t age and are forever cursed to walk in the shadows of the world.
4. Jirou Mochizuki from Black Blood Brothers
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: September 2006 – November 2006
The first time we se Jirou Mochizuki, he is a skeleton walking out of the ocean. One of the most frightening sights we see of him. We soon learn about this very old vampire and his weakness for both water and sunlight. However, unlike other vampires, he is not imminently destroyed by either and he can survive extended periods of time withstanding both, but he is a wise vampire, carrying around an umbrella that blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays. We learn that he use to be a lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Navy in the 19th century, until he put his life on the lines to protect a vampire of the old blood, Alice. Once Jirou was severely injured, Alice gifted him with the vampire cures. Jirou became a powerful vampire through Alice’s bloodline.
The older a vampire gets, the more powerful they become, and this has been evident with each vampire previous to Jirou. What has not been shown is that with their power, their weaknesses become less and less until they can live like a normal human in the sun. Jirou shows what a two hundred year old vampire can do.
3. Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: September 2006 – November 2006
Vampires live for a long time and with their long life come regrets and mistakes. Able Nightroad has lived for more than 1000 years and has seen many horrors and committed many atrocities. For his life of sin, he is trying to atone for his actions by becoming a Catholic priest and protect the human race. He restrains his powers most of the time and implores a gun with silver bullets to do most of the fighting for him. However, if the case is dire, he can release his powers and become the fearsome beast that he is.
Not all humanity is lost with some vampires. They slowly loose it over the years that they are undead. However, this is not true for every vampire. Some keep their humanity, no matter how much of the human folly they see. Able is a prime example of how a vampire can keep his humanity and fight against the unjust vampires.
2. Saya Otonashi from Blood +
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: October 2005 – September 2006
With their eternal youth, vampires can remain young and fool normal humans into believing that they are just another human. This is not the case for Saya as she is a vampire who has amnesia and forgot that she was a vampire. When we meet Saya, she is a normal high school girl, who has to have injections of a mysterious substance. It isn’t until her school is attacked by monsters that she starts to regain her memories, those of her as a creature of the night and those of her as one of the original vampires. Her chiropteran returns to her side and produces a katana for her to use. She doesn’t regain every memory right away, it’s a slow process as the mystery slowly emergence around her.
Saya is one of the original vampires, and one of the most powerful of them. Even though she has lost her memories, she keeps her powers. Soon it shows that those she changes into vampires cannot change another into a vampire. The vampire genes end with Saya, as any curse should.
1. Alucard from Hellsing
- Episodes: 13 +OVAs
- Aired: October 2001 – January 2002
Sometimes, humans need help with the creatures of the night. When this happens, the British government calls on the Hellshing organization, whom in return, send in their secret weapon, a vampire. The vampire that they send in is Alucard, a creature of legend, who is under contract with Integra Hellsing, the leader of the Hellsing organization. If you see his smile, you better hope he isn’t there to kill you, or you are already dead.
The last vampire in this list is by far the prime example of how a vampire should be portrayed in anime, film, manga or books. Alucard is not the oldest vampire, but he is by far the most powerful vampire. Throughout his 581 years of life, he has gone by many, many names. The one that you will recognize is one I’ve already mentioned once in this list, Dracula. He is the embodiment of all things vampire and his response to sunlight is, "Sunlight is not my greatest enemy... I just HATE it!" (Note: no sparkles)
Vampires are by far the most powerful creatures of the night. Throughout mythology, they have used various methods of controlling their human flock, even employing the use of werewolves to guard their layers during the daylight. With Anime, the true power of a vampire can be realized far better than any film, for with anime, vampires have a freedom that is only limited by the imagination.