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Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1 by [Kikuchi, Hideyuki]
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Length: 250 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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  • File Size: 13441 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing; 1 edition (June 8, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CMLH0G
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Format: Paperback
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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First I'd like to say I love manga and anime. If you're a fan of the Vampire Hunter D novel, you will not appreciate the manga adaptation. Much of the finer details are left out and this makes the world of Vampire Hunter D less vivid. I LOVED the original and detailed versions of the characters in the novel. Almost all of their back stories were left out. Not recommended if you enjoy the novel.
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Format: Paperback
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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This manga is a pretty good adaptation of the book, all things considered. It was more inclusive (and accurate) than the movie, I think. Really my biggest issues are these: I'm not crazy about this particular artist's style (everyone looks sleep deprived to me), and the digital version gets a bit pixelated when you zoom in. I would also have loved it in color, because it would have helped me better figure out what was going on in the some of the more chaotic panels, but that's purely preference. Overall, I liked it.
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Format: Paperback
Like the novel, I thoroughly enjoyed the manga portrayal of the first Vampire Hunter D book. Considering how dated the first movie was, I was sort of eager to see how it matched up to the modern manga art style. D's definitely better looking than the illustrations in the novel which is great. Unlike the film, Doris is a brunette and she is D have a bit more romance than the film leads us to believe.

The manga is filled with vivid details, explanations, vivid action scenes, character development, romance, and just all out entertainment. I ended up liking the characters much more compared to their movie counterparts, even D himself. Most that have read the book and manga have probably seen the movie. Since there are more visuals than the book, the manga is even more fun to try to compare to the movie. There are so many drastic character design changes that you have to remember everyone's names to make sure they're the right characters.

The manga is easy on the eyes, as is D. You wonder if he will ever find piece, and you hope he does. I definitely recommend trying this series out if you're into vampires.
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