Vampire Hunter D, Banpaia Hantā Dī in Japanese, was first published in 1983. It was written by Hideyuki Kikuchi, who has written a plethora of horror novels, and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, who is an artist, character designer, illustrator and a theater and film scenic designer and costume designer. There are 26 Vampire Hunter D novels, yes you read that right, 26. Since the release the light novel series has spawned; two animated movies, five audio dramas, a video game, a manga adaptation of the series, and multiple cross overs in to American comics. There is also an animated tv show in the works and talks of a live action film.
Lets go back my children, that was metaphorically I don’t actually see you as my children. I don’t want that right now. Any who. Lets go back to a time, when vampires were scary. And, not scary in a oh they’ll kill me kind of why. But, in they are terrifying monsters that could easily hunt you down and keep you at night, because you don’t know when they are coming next. Trust me there was a time you didn’t want to fuck vampire. That is the time of Vampire Hunter D. A dark, bloody, scary world, it’s amazing.
An other thing about the world, is it’s vast. It is a time so far in the future that you don’t have to try to imagine it, you just do. That is good writing right there. It is earth 10,000 years into the future. Dam right humans survived but so did some thing else, vampires and monsters. Do I think this world is awesome yes! Do I want to live there, no. The world and its vast creation reminds me a lot of Tolkien writing style.
The other thing that reminds me of Tolkien is the actions scenes. These are two writers who for the like of them can not write action. They both want action in their book and both wrote action adventure fantasy book. But, neither of them is great or even that good at writing the action and fighting element of the action adventure books they are writing. Even though the action and fighting isn’t the strong side of Kikuchi he makes up for it in the rest of the story. Action is a big part of the story, but it is not the only thing the story has going for it. You as the reader just need to pay close attention when there is a fight scene or any other action scene, because if you don’t you question how that character is now dead and that one is injured.
This book has a little of every thing. It has actions, with the disclaimer form above, adventure, horror, romance, and drama. Even though it has every thing I’m not saying it’s for every one. If you want a little of every thing in you book. If you want it to not really be placed under one genera or section, this is the book for you. The whole series is for you then. Because, there are 26 of these and they will keep you entertained for some time.
Join me next week when I’ll be reading Baccono.
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Photo Credit: Vampire Hunter D, Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano, DH Press, Asahi Shimbun