Good news, Vampire Hunter D fans. After a long period of tantalizing promises followed by frustrating radio silence, it looks as though that television adaptation of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s long-running series of Japanese novels is in fact moving forward.
Writer Brandon Easton took to social media on Thursday to reveal that progress has been – and is being – made on the pilot episode. “Entering the home stretch on the pilot for VAMPIRE HUNTER D: THE SERIES,” Easton tweeted above a picture of the top page of a pilot script. “Ensuring my bosses and the creators are all happy so that the fans can enjoy something special!”
This follows months of… well, nothing, really. It was announced in 2015 that the Japanese saga Vampire Hunter D would be getting adapted as an animated TV series.
The following year, Kurt Rauer and Scott McLean from Unified Pictures reiterated that the series was still in the works and announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to finance a comic series to provide momentum for the show’s first season. The comic book was launched, but still no word on the series… until February of this year, when it was announced that Easton would be writing the pilot for co-producers Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier. And that was it for the TV series, until the writer provided this progress report.
Hideyuki Kikuchi began writing Vampire Hunter D in 1983. To date, 31 novels have been published in the main series. The story, set far in the future in the year 12,090 A.D., follows D, a half-human, half-vampire who hunts vampires in a post-nuclear landscape. So it's about D, a vampire hunter. We probably could have figured that out from the title.
The first animated movie based on the novels came out in 1985, with a second film, Bloodlust, coming out 15 years later, in 2000. It was turned into a series of audio dramas from 1988 to 1990 before being made into a videogame in 1999. In 2007, the series got the manga treatment.