Vampire Hunter D
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Vampire Hunter D

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Japanese: 吸血鬼ハンターD; バンパイアハンターD;
English: Vampire Hunter D
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Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: 1983 to ?
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Horror Horror, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Themes: Mythology Mythology, Vampire Vampire
Serialization: None
Authors: Kikuchi, Hideyuki (Story), Amano, Yoshitaka (Art)


Score: 7.891 (scored by 852852 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #9222
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3855
Members: 4,255
Favorites: 110

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The series that spawned the Vampire Hunter D anime.

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 remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves.


Vampire Hunter D has been published in English by Dark Horse Books (collaborating with Digital Manga Publishing) since May 24, 2005.

The first novel in the series inspired the original Vampire Hunter D movie. The third novel was the inspiration for the Vampire Hunter D: Blood Lust movie.

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Mar 17, 2009
There is a phrase that exists to describe works to which we are unreasonably attracted to despite their utter awfulness: so bad it's good.

The writing is laughable. This guy is like Dan Brown... in third grade. Words like "vermilion" and "phosphorescent" abound.

The story itself is not that bad. It's very cliche, but that's part of the appeal. With its thoroughly developed world, frequent homages to earlier vampiric lore, and an unwaveringly stoic hero, it has a very cult feel despite the lack of quality. Basically, the foundation of the story is fantastic. What is subsequently done with that foundation is anything but.

Would I recommend reading ...
Jul 22, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Before anything else, this is a review of the first novel only, not the entire series. So I can't judge the rest.
If there was any novel that really should have been a graphic novel, it is this one. It wants to be a graphic novel so badly that it seems to abandon the idea that it is a novel at all and lingers somewhere in between the two. The narrator desperately wants us to understand how amazing D is. Instead of letting D's perfection be revealed to us, it is forced upon us. He does ...
Dec 31, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I imagine most of you are here after watching the movie(s) - which you liked so you’re looking up if the source material is also as fun. Vampire Hunter D definitely fits the visual medium. The novels would be quite good as a script for another screen adaptation. As a stand-alone literature, the experience is not so great.

First, I’d like to say that I really like the setting of this franchise. Dystopian post-apocalyptic gothic cyberpunk that incorporates classic fantasy elements with sci-fi explanations for them is intriguing. The overall aesthetic are pretty unique, but again, visual medium is where this main strength shines much more.

The ...

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Are these novels any good?
Ph4ntomR3q - Jan 10, 2015
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Nov 8, 2021 5:16 AM
Do the vampire hunter d novels follow on from each other?
jimbob1141 - Jul 19, 2013
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Jul 19, 2013 3:45 AM