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NY Anime Fest to Debut Vampire Hunter D Short Story

posted on 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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