NY Anime Fest to Debut Vampire Hunter D Short Story

posted on 2008-08-18 14:05 EDT by Egan Loo
Kikuchi's "The Wanderer's Ship" was never published, even in Japan

The New York Anime Festival has announced that its Official Guide Book will publish a Vampire Hunter D short story by franchise creator Hideyuki Kikuchi — a story that has never been published anywhere in the world before. Kikuchi wrote "The Wanderer's Ship" for a discussion event in Japan and gave the publishing rights to a fan named Hitomi Yasue. As one of only three fans who was ever given the rights to a Vampire Hunter D short story, Yasue agreed to let New York Anime Festival publish the short story before it has even been published in Japan. Kikuchi will be attending the September 26-28 convention with character designer Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, Gatchaman, Final Fantasy games) and Kevin Leahy, the translator of Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D novels and this short story.

Kikuchi created the character of D as a half-human, half-vampire hunter of vampires in a desolate far future. DMP has already imported Kikuchi's original novels to North America in English. DMP is also releasing a manga version that is illustrated by Saiko Takaki, a former dōjinshi artist personally selected by Kikuchi, while Devil's Due Publishing will publish a separate American comic version. Streamline Pictures and Urban Vision both released the 1985 anime video adaptation in North Amercia, while Urban Vision also released the 2000 movie version, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

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