The release of Midnight Sun has reawakened the Twilight community and even summoned a whole new generation of fans. Thanks to this new release, vampires are once again becoming a trending topic. In the world of anime and manga, though, vampires have been popular for seemingly ever and have had several popular series around the subject debut in the last few years.
From traditional vampires to ones that that can walk around freely in the sun, there are plenty of interesting stories told in anime and manga. If someone is looking for a vampire anime better than Twilight, though, then look no further than the recommendations below.
10 Seraph of The End
Seraph of the End takes place in a world where vampires have fully taken over. The story starts by introducing two boys named Yu and Mikaela, who have been taken inside of the vampire city to be used as a source of food.
After a few years, the kids try to escape, which leads to everyone being killed except Yu and Mikaela. While Yu makes it back to the human world, Mikaela is turned into a vampire. Yu then joins the Demon Company in order to fight back against vampires. Seraph of the End not only takes place in a fascinating universe but boasts some fantastic action and character development.
Moonphase is an older vampire story that begins when a paranormal photographer ventures to a lonely castle. Inside, he finds a mysterious young girl with purple hair and ends up taking her back with him to Japan.
Hazuki turns out to be vampire royalty and is tracked down by those who wish to bring her back. The anime heavily focuses on the natural development of the friendship between the two.
8 Vampire Knight
Vampire Knight stars Yuki Cross and her adoptive brother Zero who are tasked with guarding the night class at their school. As one might have guessed, the night class is filled with vampires, including the one that saved Yuki’s life as a child Kaname.
Much to her brother’s dismay, the young girl loves Kaname and tries to get closer to him each day regardless of the possible danger. Fans of Twilight are likely to appreciate Vampire Knight‘s focus on romance, which the anime arguably handles better.
7 Blood Lad
Blood Lad is a comedy show about an otaku vampire lord named Staz who finds a lost human, Fuyumi Yanagi. The human is soon killed by a demon, and Staz begins his attempt to help her get back to the human world so that she can return to the world of the living.
This begins the pair’s hilarious search for a way to the world of the living. While the anime is a bit too short, it is a fun ride while it lasts and features a cast that can rival Twilight in terms of likability.
6 Dance in the Vampire Bund
Dance in the Vampire Bund takes place in a world where the vampire princess Krul just announced to the world that they do, in fact, exist. Krul lives in The Bund, a city especially for vampires and only wants peace with humans and her people treated with respect.
Of course, the vampires have to deal with many extremists that would rather wipe them off the face of the world.
5 Rosario + Vampire
Rosario + Vampire is another older but extremely popular show that comes from Shonen Jump. The story starts when a young boy named Tsukune accidentally gets accepted to a school for monsters. There he meets Moka and learns that all the monsters he’s been told about in myths are real.
Completely in love with Moka, the two begin to make friends as the young vampire girl must do everything in her power to keep Tsukune alive.
Hellsing follows the adventures of the character Alucard as he works to rid the world of horrible vampires. This is an older series that has gained massive popularity for its dark tones and action. Alucard is a vampire himself, making him a useful tool against the undead.
There is even a bit of historical and political drama thrown in for fans of world history. There is also Hellsing Ultimate, which is a more over-the-top and stylish adaptation of the manga. Those who loved the fight at the end of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will adore Hellsing Ultimate.
The Monogatari series is made of several different stories that feature vampires and other supernatural entities. Bakemonogatari refers to the first season. The tale follows Araragi, a teenager could somewhere in the middle between being a human and a vampire, so he has some superhuman abilities. He is determined to help others who have been cursed with supernatural abilities.
The story is broken up into different segments that have Araragi helping several female characters. Monogatari is far more experimental than Twilight and can take some getting used to, but the series is also very rewarding.
If someone is looking for something more suspenseful, then they should go with Shiki, a prominent vampire horror anime. After the mysterious death of a young girl, Toshio and Natsuno begin to realize that vampires are real and that they must act quickly in order to keep their town from being overrun.
Instead of just being a classic horror tell though, Shiki dives into moral dilemmas and crafts a survival story that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.
1 Ms. Vampire Who Lives in my Neighborhood
Ms. Vampire is perfect for anime fans who love light-hearted slice of life shows. After getting lost in the woods, a young girl named Akari is saved by the mysterious girl Sophie. After learning that she is a vampire who orders blood from anime Amazon, Akari moves in with Sophie and vows to be her best friend.
The series shows the two characters’ developing friendship and is incredibly heartwarming with tons of comedy thrown in.