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Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1 [Kindle Edition]

Hideyuki Kikuchi , Saiko Takaki
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The year is 12,090 A.D., and what little is left of humanity has finally crawled out from the ashes of war and destruction. From the darkness of fallout, mutants and a race of vampires known as the Nobility have spawned. They rule the weak with no remorse. Once bitten by a Nobility, one is cursed to become a member of the undead. Villagers cower in fear, hoping and praying for a savior to rid them of their undying nightmare. All they have to battle this danger is a different kind danger – a Vampire Hunter.
Enter D – a lone, mysterious vampire hunter, sought out by the desperate Doris Lang. Bitten by the vampire lord Count Lee, Doris is destined to her unholy fate... Can D deliver her from her curse and bring her to salvation, or will she forever be part of the unholy dead?

Product Details

  • File Size: 13391 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing; 1 edition (June 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CMLH0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've waited for this a loooonnng time November 17, 2007
Especially that there was this shocking news to an Anime fan that there was "No such thing" as an "Original Vampire Hunter D Manga". Direct from book to Anime. Rarer, but nowhere near unheard of. Also tangent "Shamanic Princess" for example.

Overall, it is a very good Manga adaptation of the novel. Actually a bit of a gestalt of the Novel and the film, leaning heavily towards the former. A little bit of artistic license here and there for gag effect, but in no way detracts from the story.

The artwork is very good although Amano's own artwork is much better but now much more stylized than most would like.

This is simply a "Must Have" for anyone who likes D enough to have the films. To anyone who's maybe watched the films on TV or a rental or at someone's house, I'd still recommend the Manga, then perhaps the first volume of the translated book.

Some examples of this are that Doris has black hair and is a bit of a more forceful personality rather than constant "Damsel in Distress" of the manga. The count's daughter, Lamika, is a blonde and is interested in rather than scornful of D. And the Count is still as formidable, but his powers are a bit...different. Won't say more and be a possible 'spoiler'...again I'll say its well worth buying. I don't even get that many comics or mangas these days, but I eagerly bought this one.

What I think is even better is that there seems to be promise to make more of these books into novels, up to perhaps (market willing) the whole series. At the least, "Raiser of Gales" will be available next summer:-)

Last, but not least, this book is a larger format. Half again the size of the standard manga. This, not licensing is no doubt the reason for its increased price, but it is thick and chock full of beautiful illustration, including a color front piece, something American Manga publishers seem to cheat out of for the most part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hunter of unbelievable skill February 7, 2008
It somehow seems surprising that with a pair of classic anime movies and several novels, Hideyuki Kikuchi's "Vampire Hunter D" has never been rendered in manga form.

Well, now it has. And it's a gorgeous, detailed rendering of Kikuchi's futuristic-western-by-Bram-Stoker style. And it does a solid job mingling dark science fiction with ancient mythical creatures -- werewolves, vampires, and a medieval futuristic world full of monsters.

Farmgirl Doris Lang stops a sword-carrying youth on a cyborg horse, and finds that he is a Vampire Hunter. Good thing, because Doris has been bitten by the vampire Magnus Lee, and needs this young man -- who calls himself "D" -- to save her and her brother from the vampire. Haughty vampire ladies, werewolves and feuding villagers all visit Doris' farm -- only to be repulsed by D.

But to deal with Lee, D must venture into a disgusting, labyrinthine castle, dealing with demonic serpent-women, lethal mutants, and the Count himself. Outside, Lee's servants and daughter Larmica grapple with various villagers, intending to capture or kill Doris -- but none of them realize what D, a dhampir, is hiding in his distant past...

The world Kikichi concocts is a pretty fascinating one. As the introduction explains, it's over ten thousand years in the future, in the waning days of a vampire empire that ran the whole planet, and Earth is overrun with vampires, werewolves, mutants and cyborgs. He's invented a gloriously rough, wild kind of world, sort of a postapocalyptic Wild West.

And his detailed, atmospheric writing is stripped down and translated into artwork and spare dialogue. The actual prose tends to be rather straightforward, in a "Shane" kind of way, but preserving much of the flavour of the original novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Light To Those Who Fear the Dark May 31, 2010
Mankind at last turns upon itself and unleashes weapons of unimaginable horror against themselves, despite knowing what the final outcome will be. The cities fall, towns collapse, and humanity is swept back into a Dark Age amidst ruins of past advanced civilisation. Mutants spawn in the fallout, and THEY appear. Creatures of ancient legend, they roam the darkness. Indescribably beautiful, powerful, ultra intelligent, thirsting for blood, they are vampires. Herding humanity under their care, they husband the last remnants of civilisation and advance the frontiers of science forward once more. For five thousand years they reign over the Earth, until their own base natures seem to envelop them, and their time, too, seems to come to an end. The children of mankind, having lived in the shadow of the Nobility and their own past human civilisation, expand on their own, trying to survive and grow in a world where monsters spew forth in unexpected places, rogue Nobles hunt in the dark, and their own frailties expose them to mortal danger. Amongst the humans though, occasionally one finds a useful mutation. Appearing human, they have an ability that sets them apart and makes them more akin to the demons stalking the world, perfect for becoming hunters. They work for a bounty, stalking the terrors that crawl and creep forth, and Nobles who come to take prey.

Amongst them is one so famed, his exploits precede him even to the furthest corners of the human frontier. His name is D, and his appearance often misleads people when they first lay eyes upon him. He is slender, and exceptionally beautiful in a way that turns the heads of men and women. He is solemn, dressed ready for his work as a hunter, and riding upon a cyborg horse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story, amazing artwork! I'm ready for Part 2!
Published 1 month ago by J. Gorin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great accept for scaling
One major flaw to this is that it's impossible to read on a tablet, the way it is scaled down makes it so you can't read the text bubbles.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 6 months ago by Robert Humphries
3.0 out of 5 stars A different genre for me.....
I really have only read two or three graphic novels before so thought I'd try this one. It was the way it was to be read, in the flow of the book & in the story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mom21502
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT compatible with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
The pages are filled with four to five .jpegs. On said .jpegs are the pages of your book. Each time you want to read a page, and it is quite the page turner, you will have to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars D Never Disappoints
But the format for this does. Please, please fix the digital layout. It looks atrocious and makes everything so hard to read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J.N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
seen the anime years, and years ago. the manga is just as great and even better in my opinion :)
Published 18 months ago by Kalei A Olsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Obvious Classic
Very good book. A must for comic book fans. Someone just getting into manga might find it a little odd at first but it is a great story.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not on an iPad
The art and story were fine, but for whatever reason the digital version on the iPad was really small with large margins so the art was hard to see. Read more
Published 23 months ago by E. Wu
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable
This is completely unreadable. I have an ipad and it barely takes up half the screen. I feel like I need a microscope to read it.
Published 23 months ago by RonW
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Hideyuki Kikuchi is considered to be the master horror writer of Japan by American fandom, often compared to Stephen King.

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