Volume 13 of Vampire Hunter D is goldmine. That’s all I can say. The ‘fake’ D just kind of feels like a crack character, as if Kikuchi got that far and said “Fuck it I’m taking a break. I’m tired of constantly writing emotionless D, I’ll make D a twin brother who’s sassy, charismatic, flirty, whiny and everything the usual D isn’t. Also the two D’s will banter and bicker and act a bit like 5-year-olds. And they will play rock-paper-scissors too.”
I was singing really loud with my music and my mother opened the door and I screamed
My heart is still racing
I didn’t expect her to come home this early
She usually calls and tells me 15 minutes before she arrives.
|Me:||I wanna do something|
|Anxiety:||No you dont|
I was at a restaurant last night and this couple came in, they had to have been 15 or so, and the boy was trying really hard to impress his date. Their food came and they start eating
I guess the boy thought he’d trying to look sexy while eating (i don’t know why) but he took in too much bread and started coughing and it’s written all over his face that that wasn’t a good idea. I could almost see his mind shouting “MAYDAY! ABORT MISSION EAT SEXILY!” as he recovered. I really wanna know how the girl with him reacted because from how she sounded she using some massive effort to not burst out laughing when he told her he’d just choked a little. I think she witnessed the whole thing.
So, guys, I’m just gonna tell all of you who likes supernatural-based books or shows out there, or who wanna read something about vampires that isn’t Twilight, read Hideyuki Kikuchi’s series Vampire hunter D. It’s amazing and you won’t regret it.
This vampire series was started in the early 1980’s and looks like Kikuchi is still writing novels even as we close in on 2015 (according to Wiki there are 26 novels, some with as many as 4 parts but for the English translation part have been either combine or split up). So far the series has 21 English translated volumes and will have 22 as of some time in January of 2015. From what I’ve read (up through volume 20) the series is in a genera that really combines a lot of other genera’s elements but it’s mostly a science fiction and horror story. Personally I feel like there are some hints of steam punk in there with certain inventions that have been created by the Nobles.
The story follows a dhampir (half vampire and half human) named D as he wanders around a post-nuclear war Earth, helping to eliminate the Nobles (vampires) and their creations that remain after said war took place. The Nobles used to rule the world, but their downfall happened after the war where after only a handful or so remained. D is known mostly for his unearthly skill, grace, and lineage (dhampir state of being). Throughout the books it’s made clear that he’s one of the strongest (if not the strongest) dhampir to ever exist, exhibiting immense speed, strength, general ability, and resistance to many of the standard dhampir and vampire weaknesses. However it’s also implied at times that this resilience and power could be partially due to the sentient symbiotic parasite D has living in his left hand. Throughout the series it appears as if D is searching for answers concerning The Great One, Dracula, on the ground of assuming he’s still alive. His mission? To kill The Great One.
In this respect the books are fairly “monster/nobility of the week” where D has to help a person, town, village, city save themselves from a noble or one of the creation/experiments the nobles left behind after most were killed in the war.
There are a lot of mysteries and questions that surround this series and in particular it’s focal point, D. At first D starts out being extremely calm and emotionless, the only real emotion he shows being an unnoticed smile which he produces at the end of almost every book. However, as the story has progressed up through volume 20 he appears to slowly become more and more human, showing emotion and not remaining as eerily calm and emotionally dead as the he was in the first book.
Anyways, if you like supernatural themed books and are interested in some thing with good blend of horror, western, science fiction, fantasy and semi-steam punk along with lots of action and even some drama you should check it out.
Some books do fall flat, I won’t deny that, but that’s to be expected with such a long running series and overall the books are all very good with interesting plots. It is definitely worth the read.
As the girl joyfully slipped out of the saddle, she looked at D. His gorgeous form was in the process of slowly falling over.
While Mia raced over to where he’d fallen to the ground, she could feel her own consciousness slipping away. Collapsing on top of D, the fortuneteller’s daughter fainted. Sunlight ruthlessly roasted her body.
A powerful chill spread from Mia’s forehead, and she opened her eyes. D’s left hand was resting on her brow.
"Can you…move?" D asked, still lying on his back.
—Twin Shadowed Knight (Part One and Two), p. 65
Apparently, a dhampir as powerful as D can stand only as much heat and sunlight as the average human. Thankfully, though, he has a handy little symbiot that is, not only unaffected by the sun’s heat, but also capable of reversing the effect on humans. I suppose if Mia hadn’t been there, that scene would’ve been the end of the series.
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Completed: Feb. 23, 2014