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Vampire Hunter D

(Vampire Hunter D #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,301 ratings  ·  309 reviews
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 rem ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 11th 2005 by Dark Horse Books & Digital Manga Publishing (first published March 10th 1983)
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Cavak I would say so. It has many familiar interactions and lines you'd expect from mainstream Japanese fiction, even in the English translation. Just be aw…moreI would say so. It has many familiar interactions and lines you'd expect from mainstream Japanese fiction, even in the English translation. Just be aware that it can get violent and sexual. Was the '80s, after all.(less)

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Made DNA
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Excellent translation.

I'm confused. Why is it that other reviewers think that 'something is lost in translation'? As a translator, I would consider that one of the biggest insults there is.

People, PROFESSIONAL tranlators are chosen for these jobs. They are persons who have worked for many, many, many years in the original language (Japanese in this case). Unless your Japanese is better than theirs', or you comprehend Japanese on par with them, how can you EVEN CONSIDER making suc
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Are you asking yourself why this book end in my house?
It's a funny story (short, I'll not bore you to death). I’m a manga/anime fanatic (nerd one since I love to go to manga/anime conventions and see cosplay judgements) and at the so far far far far away 90’s (I’m old, I know) I saw the anime “Vampire Hunter D 2000”( and loved it. At the time the book was only in Japanese… so I wait… wait… wait a little more than, to my huge happiness, Dark Horse Books
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who don't care about shitty writing
Shelves: gave-up
I actually couldn't finish this book. The writing is just horrible. I really want to like it, the plot and setting are very interesting, and I loved the anime (both of them). The text reads very awkwardly, with over explained obvious details, or something explained one way only to read: "Actually, it was like this...". It reads like a series of breathless explanations of cheesy actions scenes written by a 12 year old that is too in love with his own hero. ...more
Crystal Nelson
When this book came out I was bouncing off the walls. And I got it when it first came out and I love it! As being a fan of Vampire Hunter D I have loved all the books I have read so far.

Before I go on telling about the book. WOULD SOME OF THESE PEOPLE STOP BASHING THE TRANSLATION! My God, the translation fine as it is! There's nothing wrong with the translation and there's nothing wrong about how the book is made. Why do people go worrying about such stupid things??? The translator uses excellen
I love the post-apocalyptic dystopia setting of the VHD novels ... I think that D and his very sassy hand are intriguing characters, and the plots of the novels are interesting. It's a richly imagined dark fantasy/sci-fi world.

However, I do not like the narration style at all. It has this over-the-top pulp fiction kind of feel that is incredibly cheesy, in my opinion. Your mileage may vary! :)

I'm going to give the new manga a try. I really want to like the VHD stories, but after wincing my way
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of the VHD Anime
This is the original IP for the Vampire Hunter D Anime. I feel guilty with my rating because I really wanted to like this book more. Positivly it had a solid background story and an ingaging plot, but negitivly something was compleatly turned backwards in the translation from the original Japanese. The narrator has a hidiously horrible habit of telling the reader either what to think or reminding them of things that are much to plainly obvious. It almost feels like the book is written for reader ...more
Michael Sorbello
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews, fantasy
It is 12,090 A.D. The world has ended, ravaged in a firestorm of man’s wars and madness. But from the wreckage a few humans manage to survive, and a race of forgotten creatures rose up from the ashes. The vampires and their legions of bloodthirsty demons.

Doris Lang, orphaned daughter of a werewolf hunter, hires the dhampir Vampire Hunter D to take care of the vampire that has marked her to become one with the undead: Count Magnus Lee. But the vampiric ruler of that Frontier sector is only one o
Brett C
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a unique story. I've never seen the anime movie so this was completely new to me. The futuristic, post-apocalyptic vampire storyline was cool. However I felt the dialogue and some passages of the book read kinda funny, but I'm thinking that's a translation issue.

Overall a decent story.
J.S. Eaton
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vampire Hunter D-A Review
By J.S. Eaton

This is my review of the novel Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi. And yes, that is a Japanese author, and the novel was originally written in Japanese and translated into English.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s a great book, not terribly long, but well-written and quite entertaining.
Vampire Hunter D is a sci-fi/horror novel. Set in the year 12091, it’s a story in the far distant future. This allows the author a great deal of freedom in his scientific conceptualization
Sep 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
I liked the cartoon movie, so I gave it over 50 pages & just couldn't stomach it any more. A lot of the problem was the horrible dialogue. This may have been due to poor translation, but I don't think that was all of it. Very stilted & unbelievable.

The setting was too far out, too. Humans fighting vampires 10,000 years into the future, a medieval world in many ways backed by super science. Unfortunately, the author tried to draw a direct line from our time to that one & I found his reasoning co
When I was a kid, perhaps too young to watch these sorts of films, I fell in love with the movie "Vampire Hunter D" when it used to air on The Science Fiction Channel (now called Syfy for some reason). This, along with Nosferatu and hammer films has made it basically impossible to take many "modern" vampire books or films seriously - especially ones featuring adolescent sparkly vampires. For the longest time, I knew that the film was based on a book series, but had no idea that there were dozens ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
After watching the incredible film "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" and finding out it was based on a series of "Light Novels", I had to check them out somehow. Thank God there are translations for most of the books. Picking the first one and giving it a shot, I have to say that while good and enjoyable, it lacked something somehow.

Most of the prose is very simple and sometimes the choice of words gives away that this is a translation from a whole different language and culture. Descriptions are fa
Andrias Scheuchzeri
This book was published 25 years ago, but it could have been published yesterday and still have the same vibe. I like this kind if sci-fi/fantasy books that seem timeless regardless of when you read them.

I watched the movie some years ago and really loved the main character, very pleased at the introduction and how much info not released in the movie made the world of D much richer and interesting. Of course the story and secondary characters are somewhat different that the ones shown in the mov
Robert Lopez
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vampire hunter d is a mysterious story about a half vampire half human who helps this person named
doris who was bitten by the notorious vampire count lee.

this story gives lost of room for action romance and scary unnatural paranormal things.

by far a really great book although the movie seems better to me
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok I devoured this book all in one day, & I really enjoyed it! But I am very torn about how to rate it. It is an unapologetic pulp scifi-horror-western, so it is light on character development & plot, & heavy on pulse-racing fight scenes, high tech gizmos, crazy mutant monsters, & gruesome scenes. It was great fun & exciting to read, with great action & really weird creatures & colorful ideas. A bit campy, it doesn't take itself too seriously either, which is also a great thing in my book! As a ...more
Victoria Hooper

I’ve watched the anime film of Vampire Hunter D, and was intrigued to see what the book’s like. As January is vampire month for the Paranormal Challenge, I thought this seemed like a good time to give it a try.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the book at first because it’s written in a very odd style. I suppose this could be down to the translation, but to me it felt like a deliberate choice. It seemed to be going for a kind of ‘pulp’ style, which suits the weird setting and atmosphere, but i
Liz Anderson
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like sci fi vampire westerns, then boy do I have a book for you!

One of VHD's greatest strengths in my opinion is the incredible world building on the part of Hideyuki Kikuchi. Every book reveals even more about the mythos of the world he has created, enough that there's even a reader's guide for those of us who have a hard time keeping track of everything. For people like me who want to know every ridiculous detail about the world a story takes place in, this alone makes the series worth
This is almost pure camp, but it is camp of the highest order that borders on being fine literature.

In the first scene of the book, a man with no name rides along a deserted road and approaches a town somewhere in the western frontier, to be confronted by a woman wielding a whip as her weapon of choice. She disrobes in an attempt to distract the man before capturing him in the tendrils of her skillful lash, but when he miraculously frees himself, she knows he must be one of the heralded Vampire
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads, favorites
Vampire Hunter D is the first translated novel I have ever read from Japanese to English. The novel sets in a place in the near future where humans are hunted by monsters and vampires. Vampires hold high technological knowledge to be more powerful than the humans. Before I had read this book, I watched the animated movie and thought it was alright (provided it was released in the 80's). Therefore I dived into this book with an "eh" expectation.

The novel definitely was a gazillion times better th
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Transient guests are we."

Doris Lang is in trouble. She has been preyed upon by a member of the Nobility - vampires that used to rule this post apocalyptic world of old robots and monsters. Not not only does she need to fight the Count that bit her, but she needs to face against the Count's daughter, a group of bandits with a beautiful but deadly leader, and her whole terrified village. Will Vampire Hunter D be enough to save her and her younger brother?

I don't know what I was expecting when I s
Katrine Austin
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite anime concepts; gothic fantasy horror meets post apocalypse distant future science fiction. Enjoyed the book but loved the two English-forged movies made from the concepts.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Honestly I didn't think I'd ever get around to reading this book. I bought my copy way back in 2009 or so and attempted it a couple of times since then, but never really got very far any of the times I tried.

I then tried this past summer and got about halfway through before school got in the way, but since I've graduated now I thought well it wouldn't be too bad to finish this up and go on from there. I decided to just pick up where I've left off so there is definitely some stuff I didn't rememb
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never been so pleasantly surprised by a book, and it's been long since I've been not able to put down a book.

First of all, for those worried that the translation from Japanese to English would diminish the literary quality of the book, let me just say that the English version is outstanding, with colorful use of voice, and expert use of literary technique. It really is a pleasure to read.

Speaking as a fan of vampire novels, and a fervent fan of Dracula, this book delights on SO many levels,
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The writing was extremely good, and better than the story. But the book as a whole was fun.
Edward Rathke
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sf
I didn't really have any expectations for this book and I'm a bit strangely surprised that I liked it. I suppose it's bizarre to go into a book expecting to not like it, but I sort of expected it to be some trash, but vampire trash so the kind of trash I'd guiltily enjoy. Instead of just run of the mill vampire trash, it's beautiful trash about a beautiful boy fighting monsters.

Which is just maybe what I needed without realizing. The story is constantly propelled forward and the ideas are both a
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
According to most, Vampire Hunter D (VHD) is the greatest series by master horror writer Hideyuki Kikuchi, and having now read it, I can understand where that belief comes from. Although my personal preferences lean towards the Wicked City series, I can accept that VHD is a far more polished piece, that manages to avoid the seedier elements that taint Wicked City so heavily.

At first glance, VHD is your basic Vampire Hunter affair, nothing revolutionary. Although, seeing that the novel was writte
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Scary book lovers
This book can be described in a few words which are most likely, amazing, scary, true and fantastic well these are all the emotions I felt when I first red 6 chapters of this book. I have been getting into vampires more often now than I did when I first red this book. I love how Abraham Lincoln was a vampire. Very extraordinary!
Quentin Wallace
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I should have read this long ago, this was great. I remember watching the movie years ago and thought it was cool, and I even played the Sony Playstation videogame but I just now got around to reading the novel. Then again, I'm not sure if this was translated into English before 2005? In any case, this is a really cool sci fi horror story set in a post apocalyptic world. Just every well done with a cool lead character and a great supporting cast. I plan on continuing with the series as I have no ...more
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