If you love fantasy books, you owe it to yourself to check out Japanese authors whose works have English-translations. Hideyuki Kikuchi is arguably the most famous of them all. This seminal writer has been called “The Stephen King of Japan” and his works have horror elements but primarily feature unmatched worlds of stunning, gothic fantasy. They overflow with mystical characters and landscapes and his “Vampire Hunter D” series is classic.
That being said, today I am reviewing the 5th in that line, Vampire Hunter D, Vol. 5: The Stuff of Dreams, and it isn’tquite as good as the first four in the run. Serious collectors will still want to pick it up though because it invariably provides many interesting ideas and moments.
The hero of these books is a gorgeous, mysterious vampire-slayer who goes by the name of “D” and is truly legendary in his abilities. A half-vampire himself, his shady past and ongoing motivations are a rich source of intrigue. Even more fascinating perhaps is the universe he inhabits. It is an Earth thousands of years in the future after nuclear war, after the rise and fall of vampire civilizations, after these vampires (known as Nobles) have used their technology to populate the world with creatures and dangers unspeakable.
Survivors on “The Frontier” mingle old-fashioned carriages and tools with new-tech such as cyborg-horses and laser-rifles. It is here where in vol. 5, D finds himself drawn to a seemingly-peaceful village by way of a fantastic dream he has had. When sleeping in the woods one night, he envisions a mansion of blue light filled with Nobles and humans who dance together gracefully as their beautiful-blonde hostess directs them all through a veil of tears. D arrives at a real-world town where he discovers that everyone there has shared the same dreams and that anyone who exits the village is magically transported right back inside it.
As you can guess, the novel is “dreamy” and engaging but it doesn’t live up to Kikuchi’s powerful pedigree. This one feels more like a vague concept he was exploring on a lark. It conjures lovely imagery but the previous books felt more structured, action-packed, and utterly memorable. This is more of a mystery with loose ends. There is no clearly-defined villain and it is a slower burn; try it but with lower expectations. Buy this Vampire Hunter Fantasy Book @ NoQstore Malaysia