so i've seen the thread about masada vs CM (cancerous thread)... but off site hypnos would only be possibly 1-A+ and not really guaranteed to be 1-A+... as for the information you gave and claiming the gates are high 1-A, no they are not, as off site (discord) already distinguish that along with the vacua and the gates it is a 1-A+ hierarchy only being below the ultimate void then the ultimate gate and then the beings of the court of azathoth (outer gods). hence why Umr would be baseline high 1-A within the verse scaling when it comes to high tiers of characters in mythos.
Just wanted to reach out and let you know I really was not trying to ignore you saying you're going through everything; I look forward to having someone else knowledgeable about TDT on the wiki. Ant just seemed in a timecrunch and wanted things revised ASAP.
I do sincerely apologize if my making a CRT comes off rude or as ignoring your valid input.
The novels can be good (IMO the first novel is better than the OVA Adaptation), however there is some strange / redundant language that comes as a result of the weird translation.
Basically to anyone starting the series I would suggest the following. Start with the movies (The 1985 OVA, and Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust.)
Whether or not you'll be satisfied with just those two is up to you, but you would be missing out on alot of the content within the novels. (The OVA and Bloodlust only adapt two novels out of like 30ish.) And IMO theres alot of good stories within the novels that would suck to miss out on, such as Pale Fallen Angel, Tyrant's Stars, Iriya the Berserker, Mysterious Journey to the North Sea etc.
Most people say the movies are good and can stand on their own (Bloodlust is usually the more popular of the two), and you can jump into the novels if you did like after watching the movies.
And good god yeah, Amano does some pretty baller art. I can tell he cares alot about the series too, with how much work he puts into D's design (He apparently reads the manuscripts when making the artwork, and did redesigns for the two movies, although he wasn't happy with how the original OVA turned out)
I just finished the original OVA. Doris is an interesting character, but she became too much of a damsel towards the end. Do we see her anywhere after?
Funny enough, originally I didn’t like Alamo’s artwork. Having grown up with Nomura’s, I thought his characters just looked...ugly. But after my tastes matured and I coordinated with some of my art friends, I gained a real appreciation for his work. To a massive extent. If my series ever comes to fruition, that’d be a dream come true if he did fanart like he did for Bowie.
Doris was a wasted opportunity I will agree, and I kinda wish she was written better. Although the Novel actually addresses the way she turned out in the end a bit more. Probably has to do with the decade it was written in. (Fun fact: Vampire Hunter D was apparently one of the first anime releases in the states.) As for Doris appearing in later works, thats actually a rumored thing that might happen. One of the Novels that hasn't been released in English yet, apparently brings back some of the characters (Although I don't know which ones)
Also yeah I do remember that David Bowie art Amano did a while ago. Apparently he also did some art work for Neil Gaiman's Sandman novel "Dream Hunters." As for the whole Nomura vs Amano thing, funnily enough some of the first Amano works I saw were his interpretations of Sephiroth and Cloud. Thought they looked really cool not sure why, but his style just really stuck out to me as a young age (In the same way Yoji Shinkawa and Ayami Kojima's art did.) Didn't even know of Nomura for a while till I looked deeper into the situation.
I think him not working on FF art was one of the reasons I feel disconnected with later series (Aside for emulators back in 2009-2012 for PS/PS2 was primitive at the time and so I couldn't play them and have nostalgia). He made FF this mystical uncanny world.
Same reason of I love VHD's art. I remember seeing Amano's art for Bloodlust (Did he do the cover?) On Netflix when I was 7 and having surrealistic nightmares (Can't remember what they were tho) and it always captivated me.
Im not sure about Bloodlust, but the animation style at the very least takes pretty obvious inspiration from his art. (Evident in the shape of the eyes and the nose of most of the characters. Even more so with D and Carmilla.)
However he did do the cover art for the 1985 OVA
Also fun fact: He apparently did artwork for a Sandman novel, which was written by Neil Gaiman himself.