About Meier & Charlotte
Set in a distant future when the vampires that nearly overran humanity are nearing extinction, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust continues the story of the half-vampire, half-human hunter D. The action kicks off when D is hired by the Elbourne family to rescue Charlotte, who's been kidnapped by the aristocratic vampire Meier Link. Charlotte's family has also hired the Markus brothers, however, and the race is on between D and the Markus group to find Charlotte before she's harmed or killed. But what D and the Markus brothers don't know is that Charlotte has gone with Meier of her own free will, and the focus of the action soon changes from whether or not D will catch the lovers to whether or not Charlotte and Meier will be be able to evade capture and live together in peace.
I'm sure I wasn't the only one hoping that, for once, the good guys would lose!
I loved how Meier's desperation to be with Charlotte led him to play right into the hands of the villain -- and considering Meier was powerful in his own right, that said a lot about the depth of his feelings for Charlotte. I liked how D's determination to retrieve Charlotte and fight Meier ended up being less about money and more about D's own inner demons. Literally.
I also liked the contrast between Charlotte and Leila. While Charlotte may have seemed weak and naive in comparison, I felt she simply possessed a different, quieter kind of courage and determination.
I always enjoy a good star-crossed lovers story, and Meier and Charlotte's is one of my favorites. If you're a fan of any aspect of the relationship between Meier and Charlotte, I hope you'll add your name to this list.
A Little Trivia...
Meier Link's name was supposed to be Mayerling. Hideyuki Kikuchi apparently based the name on the historical "Mayerling Incident," which refers to the series of events leading to the apparent murder-suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera. The couple's bodies were discovered in a hunting lodge in Lower Austria on January 30, 1889. Read more about it at Wikipedia.
About the VHD Series
The Vampire Hunter D series of novels, written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, inspired two movies: Vampire Hunter D (1985) and VHD: Bloodlust (2001). The novels have been licensed for release in the US by Dark Horse.