Vampire Hunter D Volume 1

Vampire Hunter D Volume 1

by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano

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ISBN-13: 9781621154877
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Series: Vampire Hunter D
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 194,330
File size: 545 KB

About the Author

Hideyuki Kikuchi is a Japanese author famous for his horror novels. His most famous works include the Vampire Hunter D series, Darkside Blues, and Wicked City. He has been compared to both Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft. Kikuchi was born in Chōshi, Japan, on September 25, 1949. He attended Aoyama Gakuin University and was trained as a writer by famed author Kazuo Koike. His first novel, Demon City Shinjuku, was published in 1982. Kikuchi became close friends with writer and director Yoshiaki Kawajiri during his adaption of Wicked City and the two have since collaborated on Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and the OVA of Demon City Shinjuku.

Yoshitaka Amano is a comic book and manga creator, artist, and cover artist known for his work on Aliens, Sandman, and Speed Racer. 

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Vampire Hunter D, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 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.
TeaCat on LibraryThing 16 days ago
My brother gave this to me to read after hearing I had only seen the movie. He said it was better. Is it? I suppose so. Only one thing stops me from giving it a higher rating. The constant use of 'gonna' in the dialogue. I don't know if it was the author or the translator but not too far into the book I dreaded anyone talking for fear of that word. Except for that it probably was better than the movie.
msu-krizzuto on LibraryThing 16 days ago
Kikuchi, Hideyuki. Vampire Hunter D. 2005. Dark Horse Books: Milwaukie.Genre: Manga, Graphic NovelsThemes: YA, vampires, hunters, future, dhampir, action, fantasy, graphic, horrorAge / Grade Appropriateness: High school and aboveAwards: There are no awards noted, however two of the books in the series were made into movies.Censorship Issues: occult, sexual themes, profane languageArt style: The art in this novel looks very evil and menacing. There is much use of shadows, with no color except for gray-scaled black and white. Although these illustrations seem very dark, there is a lot of beauty within them, and they depict action scenes quite well.Plot Summary: In the distant future around 12,000 A.D., man is forced to live in a new era, full of turmoil and wreckage from their own wars. With the few civilizations of humans that survived, another race began to take over the earth¿vampires. With their thirst for blood and the destruction of the human race, vampire hunters began to surface as well. The greatest of them all was known only by a single letter: D. When Doris Lang became a victim of the local Lord Magnus Lee, she knew what had to be done. Upon hiring D, she knew the only outcomes would be Lord Lee¿s death and her survival, or becoming the blood-thirsty bride and living a whole other life. Will D save her in time?Critique: This book is meant more for the ¿older¿ young adult scene. Adult language and situations might keep parents from allowing their younger teens to read it. Younger teenagers might also have trouble understanding some of the detailed, sophisticated vocabulary used throughout the novel. Overall this was a very good book. It provided much action and adventure, while also presenting a character that gives you hope and determination. I will definitely be reading more in this series.Curriculum Uses: Since this is set in a post-apocalyptic world and is very descriptive, history teachers could possibly use the excerpts of the details of a world after war to discuss the effects of combat between countries. This could also be used in an English classroom to study the different characteristics of literature from different countries.
nm.fall07.j.johnsick on LibraryThing 16 days ago
The book was very interesting to read had lots of detail made me very cear of what was happening in the book. i would recommed this book to people who have watched the movies.(Vampire Hunter D bloodlust)
HayMicheal on LibraryThing 16 days ago
I really like these because of the unusual setting. The plot is simple, its an easy read, and the messages about humanity are plain enough. But, maybe that's all it needs. It stands true for the whole series.
pmcnamee67 on LibraryThing 16 days ago
Fun story but writing was sloppy.
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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