Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D

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Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D
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The cover of Volume 1
バンパイアハンターD
(Vampire Hunter D)
Genre Action, Fantasy, Horror
Manga
Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrated by Saiko Takaki
Published by Media Factory
English publisher United States Digital Manga Publishing
Demographic Seinen
Original run 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 7
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Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D, known simply as Vampire Hunter D (バンパイアハンターD Banpaiya Hantā D?) in Japan, is a manga adaptation of the Vampire Hunter D novel series by acclaimed horror writer, Hideyuki Kikuchi.

Announced at Anime Expo 2006, the Vampire Hunter D manga project is currently underway in collaboration between Hideyuki Kikuchi and Digital Manga Publishing. Kikuchi, who has always had a close relationship with his fans, has personally selected doujinshi artist Saiko Takaki as illustrator for the project.

The first volume was published in 14 November 2007, and was subsequently nominated as the third best new seinen manga of 2007 in an About.com reader's poll,[2] and placed fifth in the SPJA Industry Awards in the "best action manga" category.[3]

The plan is to adapt the entire catalogue of Vampire Hunter D novels into manga form.[4]

Volume 1[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 1
  • Original Story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaptation: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Earl Gertwagen
  • Release Date: November 14, 2007
  • ISBN 1569708274
  • ISBN 9781569708279

The year is 12,090 A.D., and what little is left of humanity has finally crawled out from the ashes of war and destruction. From the darkness of the fallout, mutants and a race of vampires known as the Nobility have spawned. They rule the weak with no remorse. Once bitten by a Nobility, one is cursed to become a member of the undead. Villagers cower in fear, hoping and praying for a savior to rid them of their undying nightmare. All they have to battle this danger is a different kind of danger – a Vampire Hunter.

Enter D – a lone, mysterious Vampire Hunter sought out by the desperate Doris Lang. Bitten by the vampire lord Count Lee, Doris is destined to her eternal fate… Can D deliver her from her curse and bring her to salvation, or will she forever be part of the unholy dead?

Differences from the Novel and film While the story remains intact, the manga takes some liberties with the narrative and character designs. Larmica returns to being blonde, but Doris is depicted with Red hair in the colored splash page after the cover. Certain events are shuffled around while others are slightly changed to take place at the same time as another. In the original Novel, Greco is killed by Larmica, but in the manga he is fatally wounded by Rei Ginsei (much like in the film). D's fight against Golem, Gimlet and Chullah remains the same as the novel (though Chullah may have survived this time around) while his triumph over Rei is slightly different (in the novel, D exploited Rei Ginsei's powers to finish the mutant, while in the manga he severs Rei's other hand, causing him to be decapitated by his own shrike blade). The ending appears to take elements from both the novel and film, in which D is seen safe and sound, leaving on horse back (in the novel, he doesn't appear after his conversation with Larmica-the film has Dorris and Dan bidding their bodyguard farewell). It is interesting to note that D left his pendent in the care of Dan, not even returning to retrieve it after he vanquishes Count Lee.

Volume 2[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 2
  • Original Story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaptation: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Duane Johnson
  • Release Date: June 25, 2008 (Tentative)
  • ISBN 1569707871
  • ISBN 9781569707876

When vampires begin hunting in daylight, the villagers of a small town must rely on D to solve the mystery – but will his efforts uncover an even more terrifying secret from the past?

This all-new manga adapts Raiser of Gales – the second Vampire Hunter D adventure!

Volume 3[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 3
  • Original Story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaptation: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Duane Johnson
  • Release Date: May 28, 2009
  • ISBN 156970788X
  • ISBN 9781569707883

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 Meier Link. Though humans speak well of Meier Link, the price on his head is too high for D to ignore and he sets out to save her before she can be turned into an undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12090 A.D., finding Meier Link before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just Meier Link to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of ruthless mercenaries who don't care who they kill as long as they get paid!

Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 3 adapts Demon Deathchase, the third Vampire Hunter D light novel.

Differences between the original light novel and film, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Much like the first manga, volume 3 remains faithful to the novel with little changes within the story.

Volume 4[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 4
  • Original story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaption: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Duane Johnson
  • ISBN 1569707898
  • ISBN 9781569707890
  • Release Date: December 16, 2009

The City, a tiny metropolis of a few hundred sheltered citizens floating serenely on a seemingly random course a few feet above the ground, has long been thought safe from the predation of marauding monsters. It seems like a paradise - a paradise shattered when an invasion of an apparent vampire threatens the small haven! While the Vampire Hunter known only as "D" struggles to exterminate the scourge, a former denizen of the city, the attractive Lori Knight, and the brash John M. Brasselli Pluto VIII seize control of the city, lurching it onto a new and deadly course. D's travails are just the beginning...

Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 4 adapts Tale of the Dead Town, the fourth Vampire Hunter D light novel.

Volume 5[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 5
  • Original story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaption: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Duane Johnson
  • ISBN 1569707901
  • ISBN 9781569707906
  • Release Date: December 28, 2010

In a secluded village void of the dangers that come during the night, there lies an ageless sleeping beauty once bitten by a vampire 30 years ago. She is the key that holds the delicate balance in the village in which mortals and the Nobility can coexist. But when the wandering vampire known as “D” is drawn to the town by recurring dreams of the mysterious girl, the town will stop at nothing to protect that tranquil balance and stop the vampire hunter’s in his tracks.

Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 5 adapts The Stuff of Dreams, the fifth Vampire Hunter D light novel.

Volume 6[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 6
  • Original story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaption: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Duane Johnson
  • ISBN 156970791X
  • ISBN 9781569707913
  • Release Date: December 28, 2011

The Nobility have captured a young Frontierswoman named Tae and held her captive for 8 years, and her prison—the remote Castle Gradinia—can only be accessed by those brave (or senseless) enough to cross into the no-man's-land known as the Outer Frontier. The mysterious "people finder" Granny Viper has been charged with the recovery of the girl...but can she trust her hired escorts, the notoriously shifty Bullow Brothers? In a race across treacherous terrain, it will be up to D to lead the charge and level all enemies on this rescue mission!

Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 6 adapts Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane, the sixth Vampire Hunter D light novel.

Volume 7[edit]

  • Title: Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 7
  • Original story: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Adaption: Saiko Takaki
  • Artist: Saiko Takaki
  • Translator: Duane Johnson
  • ISBN 1569702764
  • ISBN 9781569702765
  • Release Date: May 29, 2013

In a fleeting last breath, a beautiful woman on her deathbed hands a strange gemstone to D and asks that he deliver it to her sister in a remote North Sea fishing village. As D cuts across never-ending expanses of Frontier in search of his seaside destination, he is relentlessly attacked by wave after wave of mercenary and monster...all employed by the man who murdered the young girl. In order to grant a dying wish, D must find a way to keep this priceless jewel out of everyone's covetous reach, and all without sacrificing his own life!

Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D Volume 7 adapts Mysterious Journey to the North Sea, the seventh Vampire Hunter D light novel.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Willkommen bei Carlsen
  2. ^ 2007 Reader's Poll: Best New Seinen Manga - Vote for 2007's Best New Seinen Manga
  3. ^ Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Announces SPJA Industry Award Finalists at Tokyo International Anime Fair at Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
  4. ^ From Prose to Manga - 11/5/2007 - Publishers Weekly

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