What is Darkstalkers?
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 and also directed by Masashi Ikeda. The plot of Darkstalkers 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.
Is the Darkstalkers OVA faithful to 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, 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 and Dark Force System. Darkstalkers has various universal monsters-like characters such as pop star catwoman named Felicia. Werewolf named Jon Talbain, an undead rock star Lord Raptor. Frankenstein named Victor von Gerdenheim, Jiangshi named Hsien-Ko and more.
There is an American cartoon version of Darkstalkers but I don’t recommend watching it to save you the trouble. Darkstalkers OVA is far superior to the cartoon. 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.