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Vampire Hunter D Volume 1

Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Hideyuki Kikuchi , Yoshitaka Amano , Kevin Leahy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires-and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves. Every village wants a Hunter-one of the warriors who have pledged their laser guns and their swords to the eradication of the Nobility. But some Hunters are better than others, and some bring their own kind of danger with them... From creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, one of Japan's leading horror authors with illustrations by renowned Japanese artist, Yoshitaka Amano, best known for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters and the Final Fantasy games.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Tra edition (9 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7H2GQM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire horror meets western 11 Jun 2005
For anyone like myself who enjoyed the anime's but doesn't speak Japanese these translated novels are most welcome. Now we can finally read the source materials allthough i can't say how accurate the translation is.
This is the novel the anime from the 80's was adapted from. It tells the story of D being hired by Doris Lang to kill the vampire Count Magnus Lee. The setting for the story is a post apocalyptic future that vampire's had ruled for 10'000 years but are now in decline.
Vampire Hunter D appeals to an audience outside of Japan with its blending of vampire horror and wild west feel. The main character D is pretty cool and he has one of the most unusual companions ever!
This is the first novel in a series thats been going for over 20 years now and if more volumes continue to be translated i'll be buying them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!Vampire Hunter D is so cool!!! 1 Sep 2005
Possibly one of the best dam novels i have ever read, considering i mainly read manga, but looking at the past 2 vampire D movies this novel follows the first vampire Hunter D movie quite accruate and reading the novel it really make me want to watch the original movie.D is awsome with his cool image and has a little handy friend on hand when situations are dire. This is a must have novel as it dipicts D's world as grusome and cruel and how humans and vampire show their status.Anyways, i already pre-ordered my second volume and i can't wait to dive again into vampire D dark world where vampire,demons and all sorts really takes you on a huge roller coaster trip.^^
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the style of translation. 22 Nov 2013
By Vastad
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sad that I completed it so quickly. It is more a novella than a novel.

The translation was also particularly characterful and I feel honours the original work. While I cannot comment on the original Japanese since I don't understand it, I got the pleasant impression Kevin Leahy was conscientious of Hideyuki Kikuchi's "writing voice". There were peculiar turns of phrase that wouldn't be used in typical literary English but must be Kevin's best efforts at emulating what Hideyuki would have wanted.

It was also quite amusing to see a shadow of that awful trope anime has, where characters - particularly villains - will get 5 minute expositions to explain what their next level super move does, how it got it's name and why the rival needs to have his jaw on the floor. It's really not that bad, I am exaggerating a bit, though in his defense I do like the way Hideyuki delivers these expositions.I really don't know how to explain it, you'll recognise it when you read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Jan 2012
By snowy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am halfway through this story and i must say it makes a nice change! What i don't like is the fact its not got as many illustrations as i expected but at the end of the day its the story that counts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars VH -D 5 Sep 2011
By Bourneo
AMAZING BOOK! Seriously, I just ordered the second and can't wait to read it, I finished this book in three days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 1 of a fantastic series 16 Dec 2010
I loved this book, if you enjoy horror / gothic fantasy the books will no doubt entertain and delight. The story for this first book is rather simple (not going to reiterate what others have), D the hunter protecting a client from a vampire but what I really appreciated was the amount of twists and turns, the fact new enemies rolled into the fray (in the form of some strange mutant behemoth hunters that each have there own power) without the story being all wrapped around D (not a case of protagonist love fever from the author) but he shines above the other characters regardless out of the merits of his personality and deeds. His journey is dark in a post apocalypic universe that had vampires take over and rebuild becoming the nobles but letting humans live, they have however employed many psychological traps in the minds of humans such as stopping them remembering how to use garlic and the power of the cross. Humans on the other hand live in a cowboy life style of farming in there old beat up towns that have a strange blend of good technology (electronic fences, laser rifles, robot horses etc.) but lost a lot of there technology and the only real technological marvel is the capital which through the years of rebuilding and fending off the vampires they no longer remember how to use the technologies that could save them. They are preyed on by the many genetically engineered beasts of the nobility (vampires) such as werewolves (not all of these are genetically modified however) flying little devils and other creatures.
The twists and turns with enemy joining enemy, coming back and going to the enemy again as they all seek what there own prizes is quite well done and keeps the story interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good tale of sci fi,fantasy and of course vampires!
Vampires are one of my meny fandoms.

Sure there are meny bad takes on them and the newer versions are going downhill of those who live in night. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2008 by J. Gradwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't think of a witty title
Excellent. I can't say enough about this volume.

I have not read a novel since way back when I was at school, [sad, but true] but it was an honest joy that this book was... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2008 by Manga goat
4.0 out of 5 stars A hunter of unbelievable skill
Imagine a postapocalyptic wasteland, where technology is slowly sliding into a new medieval age... and vampire Nobles have ruled for ten thousand years. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant blend of genres
This is possibly one of my favourite books ever. Its a great start to a series with lots of new ideas involved based around the myth of the vampire. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2007 by accalia
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dhampir adventures.
A nice Japanese fantasy and horror novel .filled with dark and colorful imagination . set in a future , where the existence of vampires and mutants, is a fact of life . Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2006 by themysticanimal
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and dangerous future...
Having recently got into Vampire Hunter D via the anime, I decided to check out the novels on which the films were based, of which this is the first. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2006 by S. Gibson
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