Vampire Hunter D, Volume 1

Vampire Hunter D, Volume 1

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by Hideyuki Kikuchi
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595820129
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
05/11/2005
Series:
Vampire Hunter D Series, #1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
16 - 17 Years

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Vampire Hunter D, Volume 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is fantastic! As is the translator. The book is so elegantly written and so beautiful with imagery, even in the battle scenes (which are so cool!). D is simply the best character - I would recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first experience with this story was about a dozen years ago when I saw the anime OAV version on the Sci-Fi Channel. Since then, that has been the only way non-Japanese speakers could experience the first story in the very successful Vampire Hunter D series. Last year, however, Dark Horse Comics started a book publishing division to publish translations of Japanese books that would appeal to comic book and manga fans, so now we can all experience the original story in its original form. Overall, this book is about average. It is noticeably shorter than modern fantasy or sci-fi stories, clocking in at only 240 pages. In addition, the author's descriptions sometimes get over-bearing. For example, the main heroine/damsel in distress is Doris, a teenage beauty living with her younger brother. Too many times there are references to her 'maidenhood' or her 'maiden intuition' to let you know that she is a virgin. Being a virgin is all well and good, but it gets mentioned over half-a-dozen times, which is unnecessary. The translation is occasionally difficult at times, as well. There is one scene where I honestly couldn't tell what was happening because so many pronouns got used that it wasn't sure which 'he' or 'she' they were actually talking about. Things like that annoy me, because it breaks me out of the story as I have to figure out what the author is getting at. On the good side, the story is actually quite interesting. 'D' is a vampire hunter (obviously), but the story is set over 10,000 years in the future, and there is a strong sci-fi aspect to the world the characters inhabit. The proper amount of background is given to the reader to allow them to understand why the world is the way it is, but only enough to assist the story, which was nice. This is a long series, and I expect that the secrets of the world will be slowly uncovered throughout. This story involves a conflict with one particular vampire who is after Doris, but enough other characters get involved that the story avoids being one-dimensional. Overall it was an enjoyable read, and I will likely pick up more books in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here now is the story that inspired one of the best loved anime movies of all time. Vampire Hunter D is set in the far distant future where the vampires,or Nobility, rule humanity with an iron fist of terror. The hero of the story is D, a half human/half vampire dhampir weilding a deadly longsword an unearthly aura, and a special secret in his left hand. Setting out to assist young Doris Lang, bitten the vampire Count Lee, and save her from becoming a creature of the night. The great Noble lord is not his only danger however, as he faces off against foes who are more or less than human. This novel is action packed and will definitely not disappoint its readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wondering written plot with imagenative scenery and descriptions and details. Yes it is a vampire series and there are now of those on the market but this one sets the bar. Will continue reading authors other tie in works as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been tryin to get the whole collection at once but manage to get half...they really should make the other books into a video.
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Mab More than 1 year ago
Overall I really liked it, I loved the way certain things would be hinted and implied rather than being said outright. Even though it did take me a while to get used to the cadence of the book, it turned out to be a fast read for me. I think my initial troubles were because it was translated from another language. Eventually all of the discriptive segments made reading it more like watching a movie in my head, and I have to say I like this book much more than the movie.
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Hamlets_sidekick More than 1 year ago
These books are so elegant and prestigious in their voice and stlye. It's one of the best series I've ever read, and I read like all the books in the world will disappear tomorrow. D is a severly complex and mysterious character - even after reading every book that's printed in English (12 so far) you can't get enough of him! I can't recommend this series enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved the japanimation you will love the book and the series.
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