Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D, Volume 1 by Saiko Takaki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vampire Hunter D started as a novel By Hideyuki Kikuchi, one of Japan's top sci-fi/ horror writers. The books are a huge success in Japan spanning over 17 volumes. A very successful Anime Series was also developed from the novels. In 2007 DMP presented the english release of this manga coinciding with a Japanese release.
"The year is 12,090 A.D., and what is left of humanity has finally crawled out from the ashes of war and destruction. From the darkness of fallout,mutants and a race of Vampires known as the Nobility have spawned.
Once bitten by a Nobility one is cursed to become a member of the undead"
The task of adapting these hugely popular books fell to adaptor and illustration Saiko Takaki. A wise choice.The black and white manga format suits the adaption of this novel perfectly. The fine lines and shading in Takaki's art are gorgeous. The main characters in the Manga D and Doris Lang are lushly drawn. D himself has a soft gentleness about him. An interesting look considering his work. D is a vampire hunter, a loner drifting town to town he is oten called upon to defend helpless humans caught between the menance of deadly mutants and the ruling vampire class who rule the remaining human populations.
As D settles in Doris Lang's household to protect her from a local vampire lord he faces an even more dangerous threat,his growing feelings for Doris. For D is a Dhampir half vampire himself.
This volume deftly introduces the fantasy/horror rich universe that Kikuchi has created. There is action , horror and romance. This manga would be enjoyed by horror and vampire fans. I am always suprised at how horror and fantasy elements are universal. I read a lot of manga and really enjoy the ones that give me a glimpse of Japanese culture. Kikuchi was inspired by a lot of western horror movies as well as adding wonderful fantasy elements that are uniquely his.
This manga is definetly for mature readers with partial nudity and some coarse language
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