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March 16, 2009: Vampire Hunter D PVC Set (Review)

Finally what Vampire Hunter D fans have been yearning for - a set of figures based on renowned Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amanoís illustrations within Hideyuki Kikuchiís classic and legendary Vampire Hunter D series. The figurine set is based on the novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi that has gone from cult classic to become an international sensation, Vampire Hunter D has spawned a manga series and two animated feature films that have all captured the imagination of vampire fanatics around the world. But none has done so more than the original novels that held the fantastical and utterly creative imagery of artist Yoshitaka Amano. This set of three PVC figures are based on the characters from the first novel which became the story for the first... [more]

February 09, 2009: Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 (Review)

Once more into the breach with Hideyuki Kikuchiís prolific vampire hunter, although for this installment, Dís adventure comes in aggregate. For the seriesí tenth volume, Vampire Hunter D: Dark Nocturne, a trio of short stories is on offer, attempting to distill the franchiseís essence into potent yet delicious cocktails. With most of the previous volumes clocking-in under 200 pages, rarely have the D books felt overly lengthy and in need of serious trimming; rather, Iíve usually found myself wanting just a few extra chapters, fleshing out characters, concepts, and allowing for more vivid imagery. So then itís curious that these three brief tales manage to hit something of a sweat spot, displaying relatively ideal mixtures of exposition... [more]

January 28, 2009: Vampire Hunter D Volume 11: Pale Fallen Angels parts 1 and 2 (Review)

Pale Fallen Angels was originally the ninth of the Vampire Hunter D novels, but its first two books, which total 295 pages, compose the 11th volume released by Dark Horse Books. (The second two books of this four-book story will compose the 12th volume, which is due out in the U.S. in March.) Although the main gimmick in the plot Ė that D is working for a Noble this time, rather than hunting him Ė marks a dramatic departure from previous novels in the series, the story content, execution, and style remain typical of what has been seen in previous novels. That is both the novel's greatest strength and its greatest weakness. As has generally been the case in earlier novels, writer Hideyuki Kikuchi is at his best when describing exotic... [more]

October 31, 2008: Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 (Review)

In the early 1980s, writer Hideyuki Kikuchi, heavily inspired by the 1958 American movie Horror of Dracula, penned the first of a long line of Vampire Hunter D novels, two of which would eventually be made into anime movies. The first, an iconic 1985 movie based on the seminal novel, is one of those anime movies that nearly any anime fan whose fandom dates back at least to the '90s has probably seen at some point, as despite its aged technical merits it still stands as a classic tale of a stoic hybrid hero and his battle against the forces of darkness. (And if you are too new to fandom to have ever seen it, Halloween is an ideal time of year to check it out.) Due to the popularity of that movie and its 2000 follow-up, Vampire Hunter D:... [more]

May 08, 2008: Yoshitaka Amano: The Collected Art of Vampire Hunter D (TPB w/slipcase) (Review)

I first watched Vampire Hunter Dthe 1985 animated workunder the cover of deep night. Lights off, tucked into bed with three pillows propped behind my back, a fleeting sensation of giddiness tingled down my spine as I pressed power on the VCR's remote control and heard the bulky black machine whirl to electronic life. While this wasn't my maiden brush with Japanese animation, it would be the most significant. Like many children of the 1980s, I grew up happily oblivious to the nationalistic origins of the cartoons filling my weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. I just knew I really liked Voltron, and man, how cool it would be to fly a veritech fighter like Rick Hunter. Why Vampire Hunter D holds such singular importance is because... [more]

December 29, 2006: Interview with Yoshitaka Amano 12/21/06 (Interview)

Dark Horse: With more of your work being discovered by an American audience have you had much opportunity to meet with some of your newer American fans? Amano: This year, I attended three conventions in the US: San Diego Comic-Con, MetroCon in Florida, and OniCon in Texas. So yes, I've met a lot of my fans in the past, but more this year than ever! I don't know if they are my new fans or they've been my fans since long before, but I had a great time seeing every one of them and I'd like to thank them for coming to see me! DH: You were at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con for the first time-what did you think of that experience? Amano: First, I was surprised by the scale of it! So many exhibitors and products! I had fun looking at original... [more]

May 16, 2005: The gorgeous fantasy art from the creator of Vampire Hunter D presented in Yoshitaka Amano: Fairies (Press Release)

Yoshitaka Amano's lush ethereal paintings of magical creatures, spirits, goblins, and apparitions have been praised and admired all over the world. In Fairies he turns his considerable talent to capturing in breathtaking images characters from such beloved stories as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the wizard Merlin and his muse the intoxicating Nimue, and mermaids of the deep as well as his interpretation of fairies from Celtic and Japanese mythology.... [more]