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.