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Darkstalkers: The Animated Series is an American series that originally aired in 1995. This series is loosely based on the video games, having numerous differences from them, such as the new character Harry Grimoire. The cartoon uses "The Trouble Man" by Eikichi Yazawa, the same song used for the Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge OVA.

PlotEdit

To conquer the world, the fiery alien Pyron assembles an army of supernatural beings with magical powers: the DarkStalkers! And two of the biggest and vilest lead Pyron's army: Demitri Maximoff, Lord of the Vampires, and Morrigan Aensland, a powerful succubus.

But the good guys are… More fighting back! Around the catwoman Felicia rallies a band of freedom-loving Darkstalkers: the merman Rikou, the fighting werewolf Johnathan Talbain, the Frankenstein monster-like Victor von Gerdenheim, and the sasquatch Bigfoot and his nephew Hairball. To crush the rebels, Lord Demitri and Morrigan send the lunatic pharaoh mummy Anakaris, the rockstar zombie Lord Raptor, and the cursed samurai Bishamon. Things get complicated when demon hunters Donovan Baine and Hsien-Ko decide that all Darkstalkers, regardless if they are good or evil, must die!

Yet the fate of the world depends on a human, Harry Grimoire. If Harry can master his secret magical legacy and the intricacies of alien computer technology, the world might have a chance!

ReceptionEdit

The series was very badly received by Darkstalkers fans and the gaming community. Topless Robot included in an article about Harry Grimoire from the cartoon saying "There shall be no forgiveness for the American-made Darkstalkers cartoon, which turned Capcom's gorgeously animated fighting game into a cheap, unfunny comedy" on their list of The 10 Worst Cartoon Kid Sidekicks.[1] According to VentureBeat, "So the plot is bad. But even more offensive than that is the shoddy animation".[2]

CastEdit

Voice actor Character(s) voiced

Kathleen Barr

Mrs. Grimoire

Lisa Ann Beley

FeliciaHsien-Ko, Orin

Garry Chalk

Donovan Baine

Ian Corlett

Victor von GerdenheimHuitzil, Computer, Irving I. Irving, Hendrick Farr

Michael Donovan

Demitri Maximoff, Dracula, Dragon

Lisa Harris

Hairball

Saffron Henderson

Morrigan Aensland, Morgan LeFay

Kyle Labine

Harry Grimoire

Scott McNeil

Rikuo, Anakaris (ep. 3, 5-13), Lord Raptor, Merman Ambassador, Bigfoot Tribe Member

Colin Murdock

Bishamon

Richard Newman

Pyron, Merlin, Terramon

Gerald Plunkett

Klaus Schmendrick

Venus Terzo

Quan Ying, Mei-Ling

Lee Tockar

Jon Talbain

Dale Wilson

Bigfoot

Zoltan Buday (uncredited)

Anakaris (ep. 1-2, 4)

Differences from the video gamesEdit

Hsien-Ko (U.S. Cartoon)

Hsien-Ko in Darkstalkers: The Animated Series

  • Characters have a more western cartoon look in contrast to the Japanese style used in the games.
  • Almost every character has a complete personality change. For example, Anakaris is silent and mysterious in the games, however in the cartoon he is looney, humorous and talkative.
  • Felicia is the main character in the series. She acts like a sassy adult instead of childish teenage girl, is stated to be hundreds of years old, and is covered up more with a costume of some sort instead of just having a minimal amount of fur.
  • Sasquatch is renamed Bigfoot.
  • Anita is referred to as Amanda, her original North American name. She is also blonde.
  • Hsien-Ko's skin color is that of a normal person instead of blue and she has enormous metal hands instead of her claw weapons. Her name is also mispronounced as "sin-ko" and she's given a very heavy accent and more adult-sounding voice.
  • Morrigan, Anakaris and Demitri are all evil and work for Pyron in the cartoon. Bishamon originally sides with Pyron but switches sides at the end of the series.
  • Huitzil's backstory is quite different. In the games, the Huitzils are a series of robots made by Pyron to destroy life on Earth. In the cartoon, however, he is a single unit made by Aztecs and was made to destroy any aliens that come to Earth, including Pyron.
  • Sasquatch has a nephew named Hairball.
  • Pyron stays in the same shape rather than loosely flowing. He also now has a brother named Terramon who is gold in color and he claims his mom liked him better. The idea of Pyron having siblings, family or more of his race was reused in his Capcom Fighting Evolution ending.
  • Lord Raptor's midsection is a tattoo rather than a gaping empty area.
  • Bishamon's curse comes from his sword (which is named Gieni instead of Kien) instead of his armor

EpisodesEdit

  1. "Out of the Dark"
  2. "Donovan's Bane"
  3. "Pyramid Power"
  4. "The Game"
  5. "And the Walls Come Tumblin Down"
  6. "Ghost Hunter"
  7. "Little Bigfoot's Last Stand"
  8. "My Harry's in the Highlands"
  9. "Alien's Keep Out"
  10. "Samurai's Honor"
  11. "There's no Business Like Dragon Business"
  12. "Darkest Before the Dawn"
  13. "Everyone's a Critic"

GalleryEdit

VideosEdit

NavigationEdit

Darkstalkers Animation
Darkstalkers TV seriesNight Warriors anime
Darkstalkers TV series episodes
Out of the DarkDonovan's BanePyramid PowerThe GameAnd the Walls Come Tumblin DownGhost HunterLittle Bigfoot's Last StandMy Harry's in the HighlandsAlien's Keep OutSamurai's HonorThere's no Business Like Dragon BusinessDarkest Before the DawnEveryone's a Critic


External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The 10 Worst Cartoon Kid Sidekicks
  2. VentureBeat: Discovering the Darkstalkers Cartoon

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