Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Manga Series, Volume 1

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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 ...

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Overview

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 of danger - a Vampire Hunter.

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The year is 12,090 A.D. The world has been devastated by terrible wars, and what is left of the human race is ruled by a gruesome race of vampires. The only hope lies in the hands of vampire hunters like the one called D. D is hired by Doris Lang, a beautiful young cowgirl who lives on a ranch with her younger brother, to protect her from the evil vampire, Count Lee, who already bit her once and has vowed to come back for her again. D agrees to save Doris, but he must fight off Lee's minions and his wicked daughter in order to accomplish his task. This fast-paced, action-packed manga has very few quiet or bloodless moments. The somewhat stilted dialogue and a story line that jumps haphazardly from location to location are far overshadowed by the amazing artwork of Saiko Takaki. Manga fans, especially those interested in vampire stories or those familiar with the anime series, will be drawn into the mysterious world that D inhabits, and will want volume two immediately after they have devoured the first. There are some surprises revealed in this volume, including D's actual name, that will keep readers guessing. Abundant violence, some nudity, and a smattering of strong language firmly plant this in the 16+ rating assigned by the publisher. Reviewer: Kimberly Paone
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Japan's lone gunfighter comes to manga from a series of novels and anime popular since 1983. D wields a sword and psychic powers, not a gun, but the spirit of Shane shines through this renegade half-blood prince sired by the King of Fangs himself, Dracula. The ultra-mash-up plot combines trappings of the American Western with fantasy, horror, sf, and shojo. In a postnuclear Earth circa 12,000 C.E., civilization has crept back under the rule of a predatory vampire nobility. But a few select beings excel as vampire hunters, protecting and avenging humans. D's special powers as a "dhampir" stem from his vampire blood, and in Vol. 1 (based on the first novel) he is hired by gorgeous young rancher Doris to deal with a vampire count who wants her for his bride. The mayor's sleazy son and demon half-breed bandit Rei-Ginsei also have the hots for feisty Doris, so D has his hands full-including his sidekick, a sentient left hand who takes more of a shine to Doris than D does. The heavy, sensual Gothic art suggests a shojo Hellsing and does more than justice to the beautiful, mysterious D and the increasingly infatuated Doris. Nudity, but no actual sex. For ages 16+.
—Martha Cornog

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This is a manga adaptation of the first book in the "Vampire Hunter D" series of novels (Dark Horse). Doris, a beautiful young woman bearing two bite marks on her neck, takes shelter with a man in a wide-brimmed black hat. He is D, a vampire hunter who might be able to stop her transformation. Although some street scenes make it appear as though the story is contemporary, the many time vortexes, other dimensions, and fanged vampires that constantly surface suggest otherwise. A touching subplot about two children is introduced much too briefly, and essentially the story is simply about beautiful Doris and her flirtation with the dark side. This is a lengthy book with black-and-white manga-style artwork-not meant for easy viewing or for much background detail. Its romance, Goth, and fantasy elements mark it as a niche-interest story, suitable for pubic libraries.
—John LeightonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    I liked it

    I've read a couple manga before but nothing as good as this. Having grown up on Groo comics I've had to get used to black and white drawings. This is very good, the artwork is very good and I didn't have hardly any trouble figuring out each frame. Excellent story too. Left me wanting to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Vamp Book

    Very good

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