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Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
Ghost In The Shell - Stand Alone Complex - Vol. 1 &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Atsuko Tanaka
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best parts of the 1st ghost in the shell film was the chase through the market and motoko's fight with the tank. With stand alone complex Production ig have bottled those kind of action thrills into short sharp episodes while still retaining good intelligent sci - fi storylines. This series seems far closer to its manga source than the feature film, i allways felt Motoko and Batou's characters were too depressed in the film compared to shirow's stories. If you love shirow's books then you should definitely check this out, but also fans of the film can also get into this but it doesn't seem to fit in with the timeline of the 1st and upcoming 2nd film.
Princess Mononoke (DVD and Book) [2001] <b>DVD</b> ~ Yji Matsuda
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One of Japan's most successful films finally gets a release in the UK. Essentially a tale of man's destruction of nature, the brilliant storytelling of Miyazaki presents us with one of the most enjoyable fantasy tales since Star Wars. Set in a time when forests cover the Earth huge forest Gods keep watch over the creatures that inhabit the woods. When young prince Ashitaka slays a Boar God turned Demon he's left with a curse on his arm that threatens to kill him. His only option is to travel to where the demon came from in hope of a way to lift the curse, instead he enters a conflict between the miners of Iron Town and the wolf clan of Moro and San, the Princess Mononoke. The english… Read more