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Vampire Hunter D: Volume 1 (Vampire Hunter D #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,894 ratings  ·  194 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 r ...more
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Published 2009 by Азбука-классика (first published March 10th 1983)
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Made in DNA
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
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Bookwatcher
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”( http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/revie...) 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
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planetkimi
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
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Ryan
Nov 19, 2007 Ryan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim
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
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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
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Ryan
Jan 17, 2008 Ryan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tarl
I struggled to rank this novel. On one hand, I could rank it on story alone, the other, I could rank it while taking into consideration what may be a poor writing style, or a terrible translator. In the end, I decided to go with the later, as I am ranking the English version of this book.

Most people into anime have seen Vampire Hunter D, and probably before they read this book. Now that I have done both, I am supremely disappointed in the anime and really wish they had just followed the course o
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Ayman Teaman
**Summary**
Rating: 3
A nice introductory story with amazing lore & settings! If you can get past the 'odd' storytelling style, you'll be hooked in no time.

Why did I pick this book?
A friend recommended it, and I was in the mood for a light read with a potential of having a series to enjoy.

Overall reading experience
The storytelling style is a bit odd as you have a narrator who acts as commentator sometimes —differs a lot from your expectations, but once you get used to the rhythm, it is refre
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J.S. Eaton
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
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Michael
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
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Karyn
This book was an absolute chore to read. I am guessing....guessing that something in this story has been lost in translation. Vampire Hunter D was one of my first and favorite anime movies and I was always curious about the gaping plot holes; I was sure there was more to the story than meets the eye! However, the book does little to solve these mysteries (what's with that smart-ass hand, anyways?) and the translation is mediocre at best. Sadly, it doesn't appear to improve in subsequent volumes ...more
Honey
Apr 09, 2015 Honey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who thinks vampires have gotten cliche.
Title: Vampire Hunter D
Author: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Series: Vampire Hunter D #1 (Apparently there are more than 20 volumes, a cult classic anime, some manga, etc.)
Genre: This one is a genre-bender. Elements of fantasy, science fiction to explain some of the fantasy, and it's described as being in the horror genre (though I didn't find it scary or gory).
Setting: The year is 12,090. The place is Ransylva, a hamlet town on the Frontier.
Reason for Reading: 50 book PoC challenge, #14!
Relevance to the Pro
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Jeanne Stumbaugh
I liked this book. A light novel, the first in a long series of books, fast-paced and direct. It was interesting to see the differences between the book and the anime, although having read it, I like the book better.

There are, of course, certain problems. It is a translation from the original Japanese. From other translations I’ve read, English versions can be a little spare. With Japanese, there are nuances that depend on both the nature of the words used and also the very characters used in th
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Brian
Once, while perusing the pretty amazing library at my university, I stumbled on a book that dealt heavily on the art of translation. I grew a massive appreciation for the people who translate literature from one language to another because the work and literary prowess necessary to accomplish such a task is massive. It is also what makes translating literature so difficult.

The translators must ask themselves a series of questions:

-Have I captured the author’s original voice?
-Have I translated th
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Taralen
Vampire Hunter D is a really odd novel. It takes place in a distant future and is full of over-the-top lore and characters. Despite Amano's artwork, this story is far from anything deep. It has corny narration and a strange Western sci-fi setting chock-full of horror movie-esque bestiary. So despite all this, why did I rate this 4/5 stars?

Simply put, I find this book highly entertaining. It's ridiculous and campy, but it has a certain charm to it. The story is solid despite how silly it is and i
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Ben Mariner
I knew nothing about Vampire Hunter D before reading this book other than the fact that there was a movie or something. I picked this book up at a secondhand store for like $2 on a whim. I can't think of a better way to spend $2. It was just awesome.

Set in the extremely distant future, D lives in a world where the extrodinary is commonplace and he's just a freaking badass within it. A descendant of Dracula (so if that was a spoiler, but if you can't figure it out at the first mention of Dracula,
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Marie-alice Minassyan
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Elizabeth
Absolutly LOVED this novel version of the Japanese Manga. It's a great story that keeps the reader completely absorbed in the story. Kikuchi doesn't leave loose ends in the story and I really appreciate how the translation isn't "watered down." It's very intelligently translated, the reader isn't talked down to, but instead finds the characters intelligent and clever. Which is what you would expect the future should be. Great imagery, character development, plots twists, and consistant storyline ...more
Lauren Burd
The translation is a little lacking, but I truely enjoyed this book. Not a hard read, but well worth it.
Krystl Louwagie
The writing was odd, but I'm guess that has some to do with the fact that it had to be translated. Like most books that get 3 stars from me, it had some interesting concepts and ideas (like the post apocalyptic universe after Vampires had taken too much control for too long, an interesting mix of old west and high technology that the Japanese fiction culture always seems to find so alluring, and an interesting mix of the mystical and reality), but aspects were lacking. There was too much emphasi ...more
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
2000's Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was my first exposure to the character of D. I'm a big Yoshiaki Kawajiri fan so I was bound to see it sooner or later. I still have yet to see the 1985 film, but I'm getting there. Bloodlust, which is apparently based on the third volume in the novel series, is what got me interested in reading the novels.

And so, here we are. The writing style (probably made a little more flawed by the translation) takes a little getting used to, and there are a few mistakes he
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M. A. P.
I knew I'd enjoy the first volume of Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D series of novels, but I never imagined I'd enjoy it quite to this extent.

First, I must say I find myself rather baffled by how much flack this book is getting for its English translation. The translation work in this is absolutely superb! Rarely do I run into works translated with such rich vocabulary, but with this book I did - and I sure did not expect that in the least. This book taught me a few new words, even! That's something
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Angela Sasser
Ah this novel was very nostalgic for me, reminding me of my high school days spent obsessing over the anime movies. I was not expecting overwhelmingly deep characters and nor are there really any. This is pure fantasy action with glimpses of creative world-building in the technology and evolution of vampires, who are now going extinct. It's the clash of humans, vampires, dying technology, and dystopian atmosphere that always sold me with the VHD universe.

Admittedly, I'm reading this novel series
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Nіsha
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
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Andrew
Written in the early 80s, this book is a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, Western, horror and action in a very similar style to Kouga Ninpou Chou (Basilisk) - as an anime-style book - with a convoluted multi-thousand-year backstory and special power explanations. The series inspired anime movies, and continues to be written to this day.

Vampire Hunter D a pulp novel; despite Amano's illustrations it's not a work of high art - the writing is technically lacking, and characterisations somewhat inconsist
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Josh
May 08, 2010 Josh rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: illiterate fanboys
Shelves: light-novel
I have been reading this book off and on for several months now and I'm fed up with it. I got to the second-to-last chapter and threw it out the window.

My problem is that the story is just absolute crap. You could chalk it up to poor translation from Japanese, but that doesn't make up for the terrible characterization or the laughably absurd plot, even for a fantasy/horror.

Characters seem to change drastically from one chapter to the next. Case in point: Doris, the main female, is a vicious figh
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Cian
Right out, it must be said that I am not a frequent reader of light novels, and that judgement of this text is subject to the translation.
That said, I have long read manga which bear a close tie to Japanese light novels as far as I can see.
In review; the plot is middling and unstimulating, the writing style cliff-hangery and meringue-light, the violence inviting, the sense of post-apocalyptic hope-against-hopelessness palpable if cliched. Those are the negatives, and even that is contingent!
The
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Heather Dalgarno
I decided to read this as it was something completely different from my usual fare and I was not dissapointed.



This book is a very interesting mix of futuristic sci-fi (well I suppose that's the only kind of sci-fi really....) and old school horror. Imagine Bram Stoker's Dracula 10,000 years in the future, imagine what Van Helsing would have been like as a mysterious young hot samurai warrier type defending maidens in a futuristic Wild West type setting....



It's a wonderful idea, and I will defina
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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