Watch The First Episode Of Mamoru Oshii's New Anime Right Here

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Mamoru Oshii is famous for influential anime feature films like Patlabor 2: The Movie and Ghost in the Shell. Prior to that, he made a name for himself directing the Urusei Yatsura TV series in the early 1980s. He’s now returned to TV anime with Vlad Love.

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Created by Oshii and co-directed with long-time collaborator Junji Nishimura, Vlad Love is an over-the-top comedy starring a high school girl whose life changes after meeting a blood-thirsty vampire girl. The series was supposed to debut this fall but was delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic. You can watch the first episode below:

As Brian Ruh, author of Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii, points out, Vlad Love is Oshii’s first anime in about a decade, and the first TV anime since Urusei Yatsura in which he’s had a major role. Regarding Vlad Love’s YouTube premiere, Ruh notes, “Since they keep saying it’s a ‘special edition’ of the first episode, I’m guessing there will probably be some differences from the eventual broadcast version.”

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

I watched it. It’s... fine. Maybe not what I would expect from the director behind Ghost in the fucking Shell.

It definitely feels set up to get very, very dark by the end. But in the meantime, hey, yuri vampires.