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post #1 of 19
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I'm trying to think of when the first representation on film/TV of vampires knowing martial arts is. Is it simply Buffy? Blade?

Can anyone help me out?
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post #2 of 19
The Buffy movie was 1992, and definitely had vampires who knew martial arts. I think Whedon wrote the character a few years before, at earliest.

The first Blade film was 1998, but the character was in Tomb of Dracula as early as 1973. However, I can't find any evidence that any of the vampires in the comics knew martial arts. But I'm not a comic book fan.

It's entirely possible that the comic book medium was the first instance of vampires practicing martial arts. But on film, Buffy was definitely the first. Rock on, Joss!
post #3 of 19
Certainly don't remember Nos' busting out some moves.
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post #4 of 19
What, are you some kind of idiot? Of course vampires know martial arts. Sheesh.
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post #5 of 19
I concur.

They were in fact originally known as "vampire arts."
post #6 of 19
Does anime count? I can't remember specifically, but I have to assume vampire-fu showed up early in, I dunno, Vampire Hunter D?

I mean, it's not like the Japanese are just going to let vampire-fu go unused.
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post #7 of 19
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Does anime count? I can't remember specifically, but I have to assume vampire-fu showed up early in, I dunno, Vampire Hunter D?

I mean, it's not like the Japanese are just going to let vampire-fu go unused.

Is the series any good? Have a bit of time to kill and thought I should invest in watching some good anime. Did watch Ergo Proxy recently and thought is was good, albeit rushed at the end.
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post #8 of 19
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Does anime count? I can't remember specifically, but I have to assume vampire-fu showed up early in, I dunno, Vampire Hunter D?

I mean, it's not like the Japanese are just going to let vampire-fu go unused.

Well there it is... the comics came before Buffy, and the anime as well.
post #9 of 19
For me, Buffy and Blade ...I wasn't into anime much when these came onto the tv/movie scene.
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For me, Buffy and Blade ...I wasn't into anime much when these came onto the tv/movie scene.

Because you were more like into Sesame Street... LOL
post #11 of 19
Vampires with martial arts? Pfft, I prefer my vampires with big guns!!



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Does anime count? I can't remember specifically, but I have to assume vampire-fu showed up early in, I dunno, Vampire Hunter D?

I mean, it's not like the Japanese are just going to let vampire-fu go unused.

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Is the series any good?

Haven't watched D since the 90's, seem to remember it being more swords and sorcery than martial arts, but then I'm not completely sure.
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post #12 of 19
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mmm Alucard. I'm particularly fond of the way that it just. fekkin'. ended.
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mmm Alucard. I'm particularly fond of the way that it just. fekkin'. ended.

Watch the 'Hellsing Ultimate' version, it apparently follows the manga more closely from what I've read about it. The original TV series ended so messed up because the author is still writing the mangas, so they just made something up.
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post #14 of 19
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Heh. That's what I've heard. I'm bust watching Monster at the moment, so I don't think I'll be free until about 2018.
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Heh. That's what I've heard. I'm bust watching Monster at the moment, so I don't think I'll be free until about 2018.

Had to look that one up...sounds interesting, but wow - 74 episodes! No wonder you're going to be busy!

That's one of the reasons I try to stick to the 1 season shows.
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Because you were more like into Sesame Street... LOL

Are you very old? I am 30 this year... I was into Transformers as a kid, that was the extent of my anime exposure back then.
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Are you very old? I am 30 this year... I was into Transformers as a kid, that was the extent of my anime exposure back then.

haha sorry... I thought you were still a teenager now...
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There were many Chinese vampire/Martial Arts films. Most popular were the Chinese (Mr.)Vampire series of films.

Artistic masterpiece I must say...

That is the silliest thing I've seen in a while.
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