Yoshida, Sunao. Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons Vol. 1 -From the Empire-. Trans. Anastasia Moreno and Jai Nitz. Los Angeles: TOKYOPOP, 2007. Summary
: With illustrations by Shibamoto THORES. In the far future, humans and vampires have divided rulership of the Earth and coexist in an uneasy detente. But behind the scenes, certain destabilizing powers are intent upon fomenting an all-out war. It's up to Abel Nightroad and his fellow Vatican AX Agents to keep the peace. Comments
: Well, if the manga currently running in Asuka
is shoujo, and the political/action thriller TV series is neither, then the original novel series is definitively shounen--my two lasting impressions of the book are of 1) gratuitous descriptions of fantastical ultra-technology and 2) gratuitous descriptions of extreme violence, most often perpetrated against girls and women. Note that I said "book" and not "novel." The book is not technically a novel because it is fundamentally episodic in format and demonstrates hardly any actual narrative or character development. Those familiar with the anime will recognize at least the first two of four episodes/chapters...I haven't seen enough of it to know if the subsequent two stories are reproduced later on.
Luckily for TOKYOPOP, the novel appears to be significantly better-written in the original Japanese than, oh, Dark Horse's Vampire Hunter D
novel series (with which it boasts much in common, not the least being a vampiric anti-hero who battles vampires), and investing in a translator/adapter duo has netted a decent English text which, if not incredibly innovative, is at least readable and succinct. I'll probably continue following the series for a few volumes, if only for inertia's sake. Moreover, Shibamoto's obsessively detailed, baroque illustrations definitely add that very special something to what would have otherwise been a wholly unmemorable book. Notes
: paperback, 1st American edition (first published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten) Rating
- Reasonably entertaining if you're a Japanese pop culture fan, but not nearly good enough to exceed that niche audience.