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

Hideyuki Kikuchi , Saiko Takaki
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,692 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 I really enjoyed this August 23, 2008
I'm not a big fan of the movie version of this, but I'd heard the novels were better and that the manga was more faithful to those so I picked these up. At first the artwork surprised me. It's very busy. But then as I started to read I began to appreciate how the ornateness paired up with the spare dialogue to tell the story. The style reminds of a combination of Kaori Yuki (Angel Sanctuary/Count Cain) and Kouta Hirano (Hellsing), in a good way. It's dense with lines and textures, but most panels were easily understood despite that. There were only a few in battles scenes that confused me.

The story has been described by the others, vampire hunter with a mysterious past saves a buxom (waaaaaay too buxom) girl and her kid brother (who sounds like he stepped off the set of Bonanza). This is a Western at heart. The trappings though are new and original, and I was intrigued by this futuristic new world where horses were constructs and men could have hands that talked.

It looks like this could be a long string of volumes complete within themselves, but containing an arc slowly revealing D's past that strings them together. I've read the first two and thought they were really entertaining, lively action and bits of the puzzle of D to think about. I'd recommend them to anyone who likes mature graphic novels, vampires, dark fantasy, and science fiction.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, but Disappointing Artwork. March 24, 2008
As a Vampire Hunter D fan, I was happy to hear the manga come out, but I read it in Barnes and Noble, and I'm sorry to say, the manga was quite a disappointment to me. For someone new to manga publication, Saiko Takaki has potential, but she really needs to clean up some things.

1)Her drawings, while skilled, look more like sketches and drafts rather than the final print. Why? Because there's too many graceless lines drawn all over the place. She should clean it up.

2) She NEEDS to minimize Doris's breasts. They're ridiculously huge; how degrading towards females. The costumes are horrible too. She looks more like a whore rather than a feisty, resourceful, and gutsy heroine.

3) The flow of conversations and pacing of the story is a little choppy.

Despite these, it's a good read, but it's not something I would buy. Hopefully Ms. Takaki's drawings will improve with future volumes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month 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 3 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 5 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 8 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 14 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 18 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 19 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 19 months ago by RonW
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful digital copy for anyone with an iPad or anything bigger than a...
As one review stated:

"I'm not sure why one of the reviewer stated that the manga was updated to fit the Kindle DX. Read more
Published 20 months ago by W. Madderra
4.0 out of 5 stars Love these stories! Own this on KindleFire
I love all of the Vampire Hunter D anime series. The illustration is amazing quality and the story boards are equally entertaining. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Elisha M. Sampson
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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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