Tokyo Vampire Hotel ★★★★★

A few days ago I was complaining about how long it's been since horror truly excited me and then I started watching Tokyo Vampire Hotel and immediately fell in love with it. I've honestly never seen anything that checked off so many of my interests, it's like Sion Sono read my mind and made this show specifically for me.

Tokyo Vampire Hotel is about two vampire clans fighting over a girl who drank Dracula's blood at the dawn of the apocalypse, a hotel that's actually an ancient vampire, Sion Sono's version of speed dating, Elizabeth Báthory, an epic fight between vampires and humans a beautiful melodrama and so much more.

Tokyo Vampire Hotel feels more like a 7 hour movie than a show – or maybe it does because I watched the whole thing in less than 24 hours – and you'd think that there must be a dull moment somewhere but there isn't. Even the drastic change in tone during the third act ultimately works out perfectly fine, if anything it adds depth to a story that until then relied heavily on shock value and shows what it actually means for the characters to be stuck in the hotel for the next 100 years.

There's so much I love about this show but the most outstanding episode is episode 7 – a single long battle between vampires and humans that didn't let me breathe for 40 minutes. Not only are there some brilliant fight scenes – the most outstanding is probably a hallway fight that recalls Oldboy – but it also made me cry with a beautiful and tragic moment between Elizabeth and Yamada. And don't even get me started on Manami and K's arcs.

An incomplete list of things I loved about Tokyo Vampire Hotel: The bleeding walls. K. The Antiporno colour-palette of the rooms. Manami beheading people with her nails. The girl from the beginning of the first episode. The Oldboy reference. Yamada's red suit. The sun on K's face. Elizabeth Báthory. The blood red fountain. The Empress. K's white dress completely drenched in blood. The cinematography. The Suspiria influences. Yamada kissing Elizabeth one last time. The Romanian song. Ami Tomite. A guy being killed by a chandelier. The many liters of fake blood they must have used for the big battle. The soundtrack. The Gothic influences. K confronting everyone with the truth. The somewhat vague definition of rules for vampires. The tragedy of Manami's entire existence. The painting on the wall. The ending.