Vampire Hunter D Vol. 5

Rating: 
4

D, a mysterious vampire stalks a nearby town plagued by the image of a beautiful young woman he sees in his dreams. His dreams bring him to a place where mortals and Nobility can live in virtual peace. The woman he is captivated by is one who was bitten by a vampire thirty years before, and he is tracking her down, as well as trying to stop the vampire hunters who roam in order to destroy the balance between good and evil forever.

Saiko Takaki's artwork in this manga looks as though it has taken a lot of inspiration from the dark works of Yoshitaka Amano with its unusual angles, dark eerie panels, and intricate characters. He has done a lot to create this character who is driven by his love for the one woman he could consider a part of his life.

The whole novel is highly dramatic, and Gothic in appearance, giving it the perfect vampire look for the Japanese aesthetic of what they thought would make a manga based on a European idea of a successful comic. It just goes to show what love is all about and that it can conquer all once a man like him has decided to hunt for her any which way he can. The art is full of strange imagery, church windows in the background, detailed outfits, columns and far away places where a vampire might hunt the neighbourhood for the one he loves.

Fans will like this mix of Gothic, horror and fantasy that is dealt with in the only way the Japanese can do it to perfection. With its near Halloween release date, this extension of the long-running manga series means many will enjoy getting their hands on a piece of Gothic perfection. The story affects the reader in an aesthetic way, creating a need to see more of the same, while the artwork itself has a foreboding quality all of its own that draws in the reader further.

IN SUMMARY:
Hideyuki and Saiko make a delightfully detailed and wonderful to read novel, keeping the story alive and so immersive.


-- review by Sandra Scholes

Fanged Films

Germany, 2000

USA, 1988
Black Vampire

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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