The third volume of the popular Japanese series comes to America in Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase. The vampire hunter known only as D has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to find his daughter, who was kidnapped by the powerful vampire Lord Meierlink. Though humans speak well of Meierlink, the price on his head is too high for D to ignore and he sets out to save her before she can be turned into an undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12090 A.D., finding Meierlink before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just Meierlink to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of four brothers and a sister who don’t care who they kill as long as they get paid. Beautiful illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano complement the post-apocalyptic plot, filled with chilling twists. Co-Published with Digital Manga Publishing.
Great read!! Mr. Kikuchi most certainly did not disappoint. I am a big fan of the movie Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, which was inspired by this book. Although the plots somewhat differ from one another, they both held me in suspense. I immediately became attached to the heroine of the tale, Leila Marcus, the sister of the infamous Marcus clan. Believe me when I say, this chick had it rough. Being the only female in the clan, she suffered emotionally from lost relationships, and physically by the hands and sexual needs of her brothers. Of course when she crosses the path of the beautiful Vampire Hunter D, who was hired to seize the same target as the Marcus clan, she falls for him big-time and gives into the urge to protect him, just as he protects her. As usual, D is cool and unmoved, but it becomes very clear throughout the story that he has a certain fascination with Leila. But don’t get it twisted, this is not a romance tale.
The horror aspect of the story made it all the more enjoyable. God, I can’t help but love Kikuchi’s wild imagination! There are scenes in the story that are greatly drawn out, but this is a unique writing style of Kikuchi’s that I happen to enjoy. It just pulls me deeper into the scene. There’s some serious head-hopping, which is a little jarring if you’re not used to it. However, the story is so intriguing that the head hopping is easy to overlook. Fabulous job Mr. Kikuchi. I can’t wait to read the next one!
I give Vampire Hunter D (Demon Deathchase) 5 dragon hearts: