“And as they spread the virus artificially, the contamination occurs much faster than normal.”
Continuing on the theme of the Devils’ place in the evolution of man, Kishi said, “We know that in the wild, any animal can be the hunter or the hunted-the natural chain of nature.Â But in our normal life, human beings do not have such sense of being hunted–this is one of the most basic facets of humanity, and once this pact is broken, humanity sees the threat of its end.
“Actually, humanity-and the idea of being the ‘owner of the Earth’-is not a very strong foundation…it’s something that could fall apart quite easily,” the artist added. “This virus represents that vulnerability.”
While there is no shortage of vampire stories, it seems there is always room for a new interpretation. Asked about the enduring appeal of vampires and his own take on the genre, Kishi said, “I think that killing the people by sucking their blood is very stylish… beautiful and very sexy. And as the blood is a symbol of human life and existence, the fact that someone has the ability to take that blood away is a symbol of power that brings fear to human beings.
“Maybe vampires are a bit different than other monsters, like they’re some sort of god,” he continued. “I think all manga artists desire to create some sort of vampire project in their lives, and I’m enjoying this opportunity.”