Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned Is One of the Worst Anime AND Marvel Movies – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned is one of Marvel's first animated films. It is also one of the worst anime ever produced.

Marvel has become synonymous with big-budget movies that smash box office records. However, this was not always the case. Some early Marvel films are infamously terrible, and Dracula: Sovereign Of The Damned might be the worst of a very bad bunch. Produced by Toei Animation, the film was part of a deal between Marvel and Toei in the 1970s, where Toei would produceanimated versions of Marvel characters.

Dracula: Sovereign of The Damned, loosely adapted The Tomb of Dracula comic series published from 1972 to 1979, and tried to cram the plot of all 74 of its issues into 94 minutes. Amusingly, the Tomb Of Dracula comic was never released in Japan, which might be one reason why the film turned out how it did.First broadcast on TV Asahi in 1980, the series wasnt seen in the West until 1983 when Harmony Gold released its dub to cable networks, as well as home releases on VHS and Betamax.

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Count Dracula, fed up with being constantly pursued by vampire hunters, moves to Boston. While in Boston, Dracula finds a Satan-worshipping cult and makes off with Dolores, a female cultist destined to be Satan's bride. However, Dracula ends up falling in love with Dolores. Also in Boston is Frank Drake, one of Dracula's descendants. Dracula's first son was conceived before Dracula became a vampire, sparing Frank's side of the family from the curse. Vampire hunters Hans Harker and Rachel Van Helsing find Frank and recruit him in their mission to kill Dracula.

Satan, learning of Dracula's trickery, vows revenge but tells his followers to wait a year before they act. During this year, Dolores and Dracula have a son named Janus. When Dracula admits he is not Satan, Dolores is... okay with it, as she is in love. Then Dracula tells Dolores his history as the ruler of Transylvania. Though once slain in battle, Satan raised him from the dead and turned him into the prince of vampires he is today.

When Satan returns a year later, he lures Dracula into a trap, at which point, when sprung, one of the cultists tries to shoot Dracula but misses and inadvertently kills Janus. Dracula's intense anger causes him to go berserk and fly into the night.Without Dracula or her son, Dolores tries to take his own life. As she does, a heavenly light brings Janus back to life. But, all is not as it seems. Janus, now older, is the personification of light and has one goal: kill Dracula.After several long fights with Janus, Satan captures Dolores and Dracula and attempts to kill them both, only to find that Dolores' love is too powerful. When the couple returns to the normal world, Dracula finds he is once again mortal.

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