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Vampire Hunter D Volume 03: Demon Deathchase (Vampire Hunter D #3)

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The third volume of the popular Japanese series comes to America in Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase. The vampire hunter known only as D has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to find his daughter, who was kidnapped by the powerful vampire Lord Meierlink. Though humans speak well of Meierlink, the price on his head is too high for D to ignore and he sets out to save her ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 18th 2006 by Digital Manga Publishing / Dark Horse
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M. A. P.
Nov 26, 2014 M. A. P. rated it liked it
Shelves: novel-novella
Honestly, it's hard to think of anything new to say about Vampire Hunter D - and I've only managed to finish the third volume! Not to mention, it's always terribly difficult to choose whether to rate this as according to its literary values, or how much of a guilty pleasure these pulp fiction-y books are to me. I'm going to go for the latter, just because I never even expected these books to have any literary value whatsoever. From the beginning, I expected to get fantastic, imaginary creatures ...more
These books are getting hard to rate. I realize these are all just basically guilty pleasures for those of us who enjoy bizarre creatures, meandering storylines, and laugh out loud fight scenes filled with hyperbole. But as I try to distinguish the books from each other for rating purposes, I find myself conflicted about the strengths and weaknesses of each book.

If I compare this book to the previous one (Vampire Hunter D Volume 02: Raiser of Gales), I prefer this one because there are fewer sex
Jan 07, 2014 Clarisse rated it really liked it
This book is told in multiple perspectives. To name a few were D, the Marcus Clan, Mayerling, and the girl that was with Mayerling. That was only a few. I think reading it from so many perspectives really helps you imagine this story of adventure better.This story is very action / adventure / fantasy with tons of description. All of these books are very strong with world and character building.

The setting for this book is on the frontier. Where its often to dangerous for anyone to travel and you
Jan 30, 2011 VampireNovelFan rated it really liked it
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a much looser adaptation of this book. There are numerous plot changes and character personality shifts.

D has been hired by a wealthy ailing man to find his daughter whose been kidnapped by vampire, MeierLink. We soon learn that the two are actually in love and want to escape together to a planet leaving the planet.

D isn't the only one on their tail. The father's also hired the mercenary Marcus brothers (with 3 brothers and a sister) for the same mission. It's a
Yvonne Nicolas
Oct 17, 2010 Yvonne Nicolas rated it it was amazing
Great read!! Mr. Kikuchi most certainly did not disappoint.
I am a big fan of the movie Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, which was inspired by this book. Although the plots somewhat differ from one another, they both held me in suspense. I immediately became attached to the heroine of the tale Leila Marcus, the sister of the infamous Marcus clan. Believe me when I say, this chick had it rough. Being the only female in the clan, she suffered emotionally, from lost relationships, and physically by the h
Jan 11, 2017 Brian rated it it was ok
This is the book that Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is based on, and it suffers for me because I think the anime is the superior version.

The main plot is the same. A Noble, here transliterated Mayerling, and a human woman fall in love and decide to run away together. Her father pays two vampire hunters to go after her. One is the Marcus family, a group of ruthless hunters whose kill count is in the triple digits but whose competitors never seen to survive their hunts, and the other is D. They chas
Dec 21, 2012 A.M. rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
This edition is the one used to inspire the anime movie of vampire Hunter D; with some big differences. I think I prefer the book version. It makes a little more sense to me, that it end the way it does. I've seen memes that it is a better love story than 'Twilight'.

It is always interesting that the Nobility are seen by the remaining humans as amoral animals that must be destroyed. And yet, almost every time the true nobility like D and the vampire he hunts here Mayerling, behave so much better
Mar 24, 2012 Daniela rated it liked it
"Love is so great... So why does it have to go so wrong?

El problema de haber leído este libro es que lo estuve comparando con la película la cual yo amé y adoré con todas mis fuerzas. Y aunque en esta versión no salía Carmilla y los verdaderos "villanos" fueron los mismos guardaespaldas de Meierling, lo cual me gustó mucho más así como el final trágico... me quedo con la pelí. Y nomás por eso no le doy más calificación XD. Pero si me gusto.

En este ocasión tenemos a D, quien, cumpliendo con su
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Mar 24, 2012 Gav451 rated it did not like it
I really wouldn't bother if I were you.....

I don't know why I persevered, I guess I hoped that the translation would improve or as the author got to grips with the really rather fun central conceits and backgrounds in these tales the books would improve. They didn't.

So what I am doing now is pretty much repeating the previous 2 reviews and explaining why I will NOT pick up any more of these books. Purchased on a whim I though this would be more fun than this. The ideas are good, the settings so
John Fitton
Mar 29, 2014 John Fitton rated it really liked it
This romantic fantasy horror called Demon deathchase is the third book in the popular Vampire Vunter D series. A young maiden has been kidnapped by the noble vampire Mayerling and our ultra handsome/gorgeous, mysterious and cool vampire hunter only known as “D” is tasked to rescue her. Exactly as the title says on the tin, this story is all about our hunter chasing down the culprit but there’s way more to the story than a simple kidnapping and rescue mission. With a rival gang of hunters also in ...more
Jared Millet
I couldn't make myself finish this book, and I hate that. Hideyuki Kikuchi is a wonderfully imaginitive writer who knows how to keep the action rolling. I love Vampire Hunter D, I love the far future post-post-apocalyptic world he inhabits, and I love the film Bloodlust that was based on this very novel.

I hate the translation.

As I understand it (and this is what I heard from a translator at a convention I went to) Japanese does not in any way, shape, or form translate directly into English. The
Estelle Miller
So this was the third book, and it was very similar to the others, only D this time he wasn't AS interested in the lead female - a blooming, gorgeous young woman (per usual). At the end of the book, she gets him to smile a smile so rare it would stick with her for the end of her days if she had seen it... just like the other girls... so... it really isn't that rare.
Still, this was better than the second book - less crappy dialogue (Though the girls first sentence to D is "Nice to meet you, Mr.
Taylor Lowery
Mar 30, 2016 Taylor Lowery rated it really liked it
As I've read several books in this series, I'll probably copy and paste the following review to all of them: these books are fun and cheesy in the exact flavor that we all enjoyed in Conan the Barbarian or John Carter. The concept is pretty great (neo-medieval gothic horror in the distant future), and one interesting thing about it is that the protagonist is definitely a Japanese hypermasculine fantasy rather than a western one: he's perpetually stoic and unflappable, and so androgynously pretty ...more
Kimmi Sanders
Dec 28, 2011 Kimmi Sanders rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I think I'm addicted to these things.

The story here is quite different to the movie adaptation (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) so it's worth it to read/watch both.

I got sick of some of the wording in book one and it's still used here. Words like "countenance" and "visage" are used almost every time to describe how someone looks. It stands out to the point where now when I see either of those words in real life non-VHD places I start laughing. I guess you could say that it's part of the translator
J.S. Eaton
Jul 04, 2013 J.S. Eaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the series, although I'll admit its not my favorite. Not that it isn't good, it is just not as page-turning GREAT as the first two. D has been hired by a wealthy old man to rescue his daughter who's been kidnapped by a vampire. In addition to hiring D, the man has also hired a vampire-hunting group of brothers(and one sister). The dynamic of the two hunters offered a chance to play one off the other, but the author only does this sparingly.
There are certain aspects of
Christopher Hernandez
In trying to figure out how to review this book, I came across another reviewer Michael who stated quite well that " these (books) are all just basically guilty pleasures for those of us who enjoy bizarre creatures, meandering storylines, and laugh out loud fight scenes filled with hyperbole. .

I enjoy the post-apocalyptic setting, the creatures, and the loud fight scenes that he mentions. However, I am also disturbed by the (so far) consistently traumatized and damaged female characters that faw
Laura Ruetz
Jan 07, 2015 Laura Ruetz rated it it was amazing
I am reading these out of order, I read Volume 3 first. I picked this up at a used book sale and was thrilled because Vampire Hunter D has long been my favorite Anime movie. This book is the basis for the sequel, Bloodlust. Let me sum up how I feel about this book

I must now own the entire series. Right now.

Everything that I loved about D in the movie is captured perfectly in the book, in fact, like all books turned into a movie, it is even more so. The writing, the characters and the progression
Leila Anani
This is my favourite of the vampire hunter D novels so far. Great story line and characters - D is hunting a vampire noble and his human beloved who hope to escape persection by fleeing to the stars. There's another band of hunters on the case - the Markus clan. Also Mayerling the vampire has hired a trio of mutants to take out the hunters on his trail. What lets this down is the writing - For a start its translated from the Japanese, but also the style is very terse and more like a film script ...more
Ren the Unclean
Aug 03, 2007 Ren the Unclean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans
Shelves: horror
This is the best book I have read in the VHD series. It covers the events in the anime VHD: Bloodlust.

This is a tale of D as he chases down one of the nobility who has taken a human girl he has fallen in love with. This book has a large assortment of demons and humans with extrodinary powers, including the Marcus clan, the vampire Meyerling's elite henchmen, and the village of the Barbarois. All of the members of the Marcus clan are also explained in more detail in this book than they are in the
Aug 18, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Third installment of the Vampire Hunter D series and half of the storyline for the anime bloodlust. The style and character of the writing has not changed since the first book. I believe that the translation was difficult as the same phrases are used multiple times to describe the same thing over and over again. This does not detract from the storyline at all. Twisted, dark, and everything I've come to appreciate about this character and world. Very much enjoyed this book. Much different from th ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Cate rated it really liked it
This was an awesome book. There was a wide array of characters who were all interesting. What I liked most about this book is that it had more feelings in it than the last Vampire Hunter D novel. It also was better at mixing the surreal atmosphere of the world with plot.
D’s adventures take a new turn. He’s not confined to one village, especially since all the members in it have been killed by one of the newly turned. He’s on a hunt to find a girl who’s been abducted by a Noble called Mayerling. He’s got competition, too—the dangerous, treacherous and fearsome Marcus gang. Less convoluted than volume two, but no less overcharged with its near-bombastic adjectives, Demon Deathchase has all the impact of a high-speed chase mixed in with a poignant love story.
Feb 20, 2013 Folasade rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
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Aug 08, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it
Made into the popular anime Vampire Hunter D Blood Lust. A good book in its own right it's hard to compare it to the Anime which is by far my favorite animated movie ever. Even though it doesn't have the same climactic ending of the movie you still get to peek a little more into the Cold heard of D and see that his human side is still there.
E.M. Markoff
Aug 25, 2009 E.M. Markoff rated it it was amazing
Amazing Vampire book! This book has a love theme throughout it since it centers around forbidden love. The is the third volume and one of my favorites in the saga. Btw, the movie 'VHD: Blood Lust' is based on this book. The books were first published in the early 80's but just found there way here to the States. Btw, for anyone who is curious the artwork is done by Yoshitaka Amano:)
Aug 23, 2007 Vaughn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 15+
This invocative and goregeous writing style coupled with a grim, grotesuqe, and astounding plotline makes Kikuchi one of my favorite authors. The story of this Dampir goes back and back in time and yet none of his adventures have acutally happened yet!
Taking place in 12,090 AD gives this horror-story a bit of a sci-fi kick! Love it!
Nem Rowan
Jul 30, 2013 Nem Rowan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read, reviews
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Mar 20, 2007 Ben rated it liked it
The first novel I ever read in Japanese. My comments concerning this title would be largely the same as those for the first book in the series, as this is the one on which the sequel anime Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was based.
Nov 01, 2007 Kash rated it it was amazing
This book was heartbreaking. It gave the second Vampire Hunter D movie, Bloodlust a much deeper meaning. Read the book and then watch Bloodlust. You'll get the full experience.
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