Japanator's Pedro Cortes writes: "While light novels are a relatively new concept stateside, they've been around for ages in Japan. They've been the source of many popular franchises, including Slayers, Boogiepop Phantom, Kara no Kyokai, A Certain Magical Index, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and so on. Light novels are conducive to an episodic format and with their rather intense release schedule, there's typically a lot of material.
One of the more famous light novel series to get an adaptation is Vampire Hunter D. There are many whose first foray into Japanese animation was the 1985 film, which was a loose adaptation of the first book. Nearly thirty years after the release of the first novel and the movie, the Vampire Hunter D novel series is still getting releases in Japan and now in the states.
So with that in mind, I dove into volume 18 of Dark Horse's Vampire Hunter D series, Fortress of the Elder God. How was it? Well, it could've been better. Much better."