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The Myth of Japan’s Shuten Dōji

Today we shall travel to the wonderfully dark world of vampire myth and legend, to a Japanese tale of a bloodthirsty beast named Shuten Dōji (Drunken Boy). While the creature of this story isn’t technically a vampire, he has a vampiric taste for blood that would rival that of any undead. According to Asian legend,…

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New ‘Blood: The Last Vampire’ Project in the Works

The world-famous and innovative Blood: The Last Vampire became a huge hit back in 2000. It was Japan’s first fully digital animated film, and also Production I.G’s first and highly successful attempt to create a project based on a fully in-house developed original concept. The movie featured Saya, a teenage girl in a school uniform…

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Watch Japan’s Vampire Drama ‘RH Plus’

It is no surprise that the love for vampires can be found all over the world, I mean, they’re universally awesome. Every country has their own hit books, movies and shows – in English speaking countries the most popular vampire TV shows are The Vampire Diaries, Being Human and True Blood, but other countries have…

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The Kappa: A Most Disgusting Vampire

The Japanese have their many forms of the vampire. But the most disgusting form of one has got to be the Kappa. The Kappa vampire live in water sources around Japan, mostly ponds and streams, and they feed on livestock and animals in the area. They are also known to feed off of young children…

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Higanjima

Vampire movies aren’t just popular in North America, they are huge all over the world (vampires are taking over the world! Bwhahaha!). We’ve got the incredibly noted Swedish ‘Let The Right One In’ and the beloved Korean ‘Thirst’ and now we have the new Japanese vampire flick ‘Higanjima.’ Written by Tetsuya Ôishi  and directed by…

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The Tree of Blood

I have come across a wide assortment of strange and twisted vampire stories – from vampire cats to floating heads, but today’s tale is a new one even for me. Among the many fascinatingly wicked Japanese myths, the jubokko is for sure my new favorite. According to the myth, on grounds where there has been…

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A Japanese Bloodsucker

How does some Japanese vampire lore sound? Good? Good. Today’s blood drinker of choice is one of the most feared demons in the very large Japanese pantheon, the Hannya. The hannya’s most common form was that of a woman, although there are a few male hannya out there. It is said in old tales that…

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Blood: The Last Vampire

As a big fan of the original film, and the live action film that recently came out, I figured, hey, we’re all about vampires, so why are we only covering American and European vampire contemporaries? Japanese vampires are pretty fabulous too! Let’s roll with it! Film – Blood: The Last Vampire, 2001 – The film…

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