Vampire Hunter D
by Hideyuki Kikuchi
12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires – and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves. Every village wants a Hunter – one of the warriors who have pledged their laser guns and their swords to the eradication of the Nobility. But some Hunters are better than others, and some bring their own kind of danger with them. From creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, one of Japan’s leading horror authors with illustrations by renowned Japanese artist, Yoshitaka Amano, best known for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters and the Final Fantasy games.
My brother gave me a copy of Vampire Hunter D (1985) on VHS tape when I was in high school. I watched it over and over. Recently, I came across it on Youtube and decided to read the book. I fell in love with it when I was a kid, so my opinion on this book is going to be biased. I think I rate all other vampires by Vampire Hunter D.
The story opens with the young heroine challenging Vampire Hunter D and then asking him to kill the Vampire that bit her recently. The book of course has more detail and explains the vampire civilizations and the history behind it. For anyone that has seen the movie and liked it, the book is definitely worth the read to fill in holes. It really is a great story. The writing style is a little funny sometimes. Every once in awhile the author speaks to the reader directly, “what could that voice be?” Almost, as if I was talking to my three year old during a movie. Still…I love it. 🙂 Looking forward to reading the rest.
The movie has a squirmy grossness about it that I normally don’t like. The sound effects with the guts and gore are gratuitous, but it has a sentimental charm for me that I don’t mind. Everybody likes zombies now anyway. So, my aversion to that sort of thing is probably not the norm. Anyway, if you want to watch the original 1985 version, I have a link below with the full movie. Enjoy!