Based on Capcom’s fighting game franchise Darkstalkers comes a four-episode OVA by Madhouse Studios. Madhouse is known for animating Death Note, One-Punch Man, Black Lagoon, Hunter X Hunter 2011 and Black Lagoon also directed by Masashi Ikeda. The plot of the OVA is the same as the game as title it question. There is a war between two families the Maximoffs and Aenslands which a vampire named Demitri and a succubus named Morrigan is affiliated with. The battle between them is for control over the demon world (Makai). While an alien entity named Pyron who has a past history and hatred for Earth wants to take it over with his Huitzil robots. A dhampir (half human/half vampire) monk named Donovan who wants to get rid of the cursed blood which he has inside while being company by a young orphan girl named Anita. Moving away from the plot, let’s talk about the game.
Darkstalkers is a fighting which uses Street Fighter II engine (some 2D fighting games uses it in the early 90s) which uses EX moves (meaning powered up version of special moves) it was one of the first fighting games that had this. Later on in the Darkstalkers 3 which mechanics has changes such as Damage Gauge System (which each fighter have lives but it’s reminds you of Killer Instinct) and Dark Force System (which allow you use a special ability for a limited time).Darkstalkers has various universal monsters-like characters such as pop star atwoman named Felicia, a werewolf named Jon Talbain, an undead rock star Lord Raptor, a Frankenstein named Victor von Gerdenheim, Jiangshi (zombie or ghost) named Hsien-Ko and more. There is an American cartoon version of Darkstalkers but I don’t recommeded watching it to save you the trouble. As for the OVA I think it’s far superior to the cartoon with the dark tone and characters design of the cast. You can finished this within a day. The animation in the 90s was great and also they used the opening theme for Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. If you are a fighting game fan and love horror movie monsters watch this OVA. Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge is available now on DVD.