Vampire Hunter D

Auteur:
Hideyuki Kikuchi
Uitgever:
Dark Horse Books/Digital Manga Publishing
Illustraties:
Yoshitaka Amano
Vertaling:
Kevin Leahy

Vampire Hunter D

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
11 mei 2005

cover boek 1 12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under 300 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.
Every village wants a Hunter - one of the warriors who have pledged their laser guns and swords to the eradication of the Nobility. But some Hunters are better than others, and some bring their own kind of danger with them...

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Raiser of Gales

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
17 augustus 2005

cover boek 2 Vampires: murderous creatures in the shape of humans, they stalk the night feeding on the blood of innocents. Seemingly immortal, they can be destroyed only by the use of a stake through the heart, severing of their heads, or exposure to sunlight. By the year 12,090 A.D. vampires have ruled the Earth for almost 300 years, and it is only these weaknesses that have kept the foul monsters from totally overrunning the world.
But what happens when those rules no longer apply? The village of Tsepesh sits in the eternal shadow of an abandoned castle, a one-time stronghold of the Nobility, the vampire lords who rule the devastated wasteland of the future. Ten years ago, four children disappeared while playing near the castle, only to mysteriously reappear a month later. Now vampires have begun to hunt in the daylight. Are the two events connected? The villagers turn to the Vampire Hunter known only as D, but as he follows the children - now adults - the answers he finds may be more terrifying than anything he could imagine.

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Demon Deathchase

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
18 januari 2006

cover boek 3 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 before she can be turned into an undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12,090 A.D., finding Meierlink before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just Meierlink to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of four brothers and a sister who don't care who they kill as long as they get paid.

The novel that was the basis for the hit motion picture Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is available in English for the first time!

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Tale of the Dead Town

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
24 mei 2006

cover boek 4 When a floating city becomes the target of a rash of vampire attacks, only one man can restore the oasis.
"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 seemed like a paradise.
A paradise shattered when an invasion of apparent vampires 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 Raleigh Knight, and the brash John M. Brassalli Pluto VIII seize control of the city lurching it onto a new and deadly course. D's travails are just beginning.

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The Stuff of Dreams

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
13 september 2006

cover boek 5 In a world where even the smallest and most remote village is being terrorized by the monsters that stalk the night, there is a hamlet, prosperous and peaceful, where mortals and vampires have lived in harmony for years. It is there that seventeen-yearold Sheavil Schmidt has slept, neither waking nor aging, for thirty years since first receiving the vampire's immortal kiss. The mysterious Vampire Hunter D is lured to the tranquil oasis by recurrent dreams of the beautiful, undying girl bathed in an eerie blue light and dancing in a ghostly chateau.

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Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
22 november 2006

cover boek 6 Granny Viper is a "people finder," a searcher for lost souls along the roads of a forbidding wasteland. Her latest mission: the safe return of a young woman named Tae, kidnapped eight years ago by vampire Nobility and held in Castle Gradinia on the Frontier's far border. But rescuing Tae is only half the battle--Viper knows she and the girl can't cross the formidable expanse to the town of Barnabas alone. After making the fatal mistake of hiring the mercenary Bullow Brothers to help her, Granny turns to the legendary Vampire Hunter D for salvation. As they traverse the bleak desert between the Inner and Outer Frontier, the two women and D find themselves in a race for their lives. And they soon discover how cruel the desert is--and how very ruthless the Bullow Brothers are...

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Mysterious Journey to the North Sea Part 1

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
11 april 2007

cover boek 7 A girl's dying wish sends D on an impossible quest in this riveting prose novel.
Even a reluctant hero can't refuse the last request of a beautiful woman. On her deathbed, the mortally wounded woman gives him a strange gem and asks him to deliver the priceless stone to her sister, far off in a North Sea fishing village. D's journey is made ever more perilous by a series of scoundrels and rogues hired by the girl's murderer. They'll stop at nothing to claim the jewel. Will they catch him?

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Mysterious Journey to the North Sea Part 2

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
8 augustus 2007

cover boek 8 The picturesque coastal town of Florence was known for millennia as a pleasure resort for the Nobility. As retribution for their decadence, the cruel and beautiful vampire inhabitants were "punished," driven out more than a thousand years ago by a solitary traveler in black. Only one-Baron Meinster-refused to leave, only to be thrown to the waves by the mysterious assassin.
Summoned to contemporary Florence by Su-in, sister of a murdered village girl, the enigmatic Vampire Hunter D discovers a vampire curse ravaging the town's human inhabitants. The plague apparently originating, impossibly, from the unforgiving sea-could it be Meinster's Revenge?

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The Rose Princess

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
7 november 2007

cover boek 9 In Sakuri, a young woman is about to be sacrificed to the vampiric Noblewoman princess who reigns over the village. But before the princess can drain the life from the woman, a young man tries to slay the vampire. He fails and manages to escape, but in doing so incurs the wrath of the entire town. The citizens of Sakuri have entered into a pact with the Undead princess and her monstrous bodyguards. With the ritual offering disrupted, the vampire's armored bodyguards vow to murder the villagers one by one until the would-be hero is captured.
When Vampire Hunter D learns of the villagers' bargain he knows he faces several almost impossible challenges - can he rid the town of the parasitic demons that plague it? What if Sakuri's inhabitants don't want to be rescued? And can he uncover the secret that even the vampire Noble is afraid to reveal?

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Dark Nocturne

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
26 maart 2008

cover boek 10 In the title story, "Dark Nocturne," D is hired to unlock the secret of a siren's song that is drawing young men to their deaths in the hills outside Anise Village. Are the accursed under the spell of a vampire, or something more sinister? In "An Ode to Imagined Fall" D finds himself caught between two lovers during a ritualistic sacrifice in the village of Shirley's Door, but if D can't stop the slaying will all in the village be doomed? And in
"Legend of the War Fiends," two remnants of a war waged hundreds of years in the past-living weapons genetically engineered to fight until none survived-find that battle is not so easily forgotten. It's up to D to stop their unending conflict before history repeats itself, consuming everyone in their path.

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Pale Fallen Angels, Parts 1 and 2

(Mijn exemplaar heet: "Pale Fallen Angel, ...", zonder de meervoud 's'.)

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
22 oktober 2008

cover boek 11 Krauhasen: A mysterious land under the control of Lord Vlad Balarge, a member of the vampire Nobility. When Lord Vlad's son, Baron Byron Balarge, needs to make a long and treacherous journey to faraway Krauhasen, he commissions the help of the infamous Vampire Hunter D, promising a princely sum and a solemn vow-no feasting on any humans for the duration of their journey!
Still, D finds his work cut out for him as the duo encounters an ongoing parade of thugs, rogues, and runaways, all with riot and revenge in mind. The pair are joined by the teenage tumbling act, May and Hugh, and the haughty Noblewoman Miska, recently spared death by the stake. But when D discovers the Baron's plans to murder Lord Vlad, he quickly finds his own life in danger. Can their ragtag group evade Lord Vlad's henchmen, the "Dark Water" assassins-whose very touch can turn a man to liquid-and make it to Krauhasen in one piece? And should D stop the Baron, whose true agenda is even more insidious than he could possibly imagine?

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Pale Fallen Angels, Parts 3 and 4

(Mijn exemplaar heet: "Pale Fallen Angel, ...", zonder de meervoud 's'.)

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
25 maart 2009

cover boek 12 Baron Byron Balarge nears the end of his arduous journey, his bodyguard-the enigmatic and deadly Vampire Hunter D-has delivered him to his faraway home in Krauhasen. Having survived the near-epic journey, and many attempts on his life-ordered by his father, the dread Vampire Noble Lord Vlad-the baron thinks he is ready for his final battle, whatever the cost. But Lord Vlad is not so easily vanquished, as he unleashes yet another host of nefarious killers on his son, not least of whom is a mad doctor enlisted to perform sinister experiments on the young baron's mother years before!
With their battle raging across the landscape of Krauhasen, Balarge turns to D for aid once again. As the longest Vampire Hunter D mega-novel to date races to a heart-stopping conclusion, can D, and their mysterious ally the noblewoman Miska, stop Vlad's reign of terror once and for all?

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Twin Shadowed Knight

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
15 december 2009

cover boek 13 When Vampire Hunter D entered the town of Sedoc it was in search of answers to the meaning of a dying vampire's last words: "Find Muma." But when he meets Mia, the daughter of the local fortune-teller, he learns the mists emanating from a smoking crater on the outskirts of Sedoc have reanimated thousands of corpses, compelling them to crawl from their graves and hurl themselves into the smoking chasm. When D goes to investigate he finds himself split in two: a second Vampire Hunter D, full of passion and lust and hunger for the company of women is born!
Joined by Mia and his unnatural twin, D finds himself on a journey down a hidden road. He will face battle not only against the forces of an ancient mad scientist called the Sacred Ancestor, his unholy monstrous creations, a ghost condemned to walk the earth forever, and a mad monk who revels in torture, but against the darkest parts of his own accursed soul.

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Dark Road Part 1 and 2

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
mei 2010

cover boek 14 D has crossed over the southern border, into the domain of the cruelest and most evil of the royalty, General Gaskell. On the way, he picks up a "victim" -- one of few survivors in the villages-and makes way with her and the Deliverers. Along the way, he is attacked by the Drowned, and fights many more unspeakably horrible enemies. All of this suggests that Gaskell -- who was supposed to have been put to death under the light of the sun -- is still very much alive. But why?

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Dark Road Part 3

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
augustus 2010

cover boek 15 Vampire Hunter D takes on his greatest challenge yet! The ruthless vampire Noble General Gaskell commands the loyalty of some of the most infamous and deadly vampires in history, and Gaskell has no patience for D's interference, heroic or not! With the odds stacked against him, D must prevail -- or perish.

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Tyrant's Stars Part 1 and 2

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
mei 2011

cover boek 16 Vampire Hunter D has been dispatched to vanquish the ancient vampiric Noble Count Brohj, guardian of an ancient buried treasure. But when a mysterious object crashes into the earth, destroying half of the northern Frontier, D faces an even more terrifying opponent - the renegade vampire Valcua, the Ultimate Noble! Having been exiled to outer space, Valcua took his entire kingdom of strange and deadly creatures with him, and swore that when the time was right they would return to have their revenge. Unfortunately for D, that time is now.

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Tyrant's Stars Part 3 and 4

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
mei 2011

cover boek 17 Vampire Hunter D continues his quest to overcome the interstellar evil brought to Earth by the ultimate Noble, the terrifying renegade vampire Valcua! Wielding a sword that can cut through the fabric of space and time, Valcua has a score to settle with the bloodline of humans responsible for his exile. The family has enlisted D to protect them from Valcua's wrath, and the Vampire Hunter might be their only chance at survival.

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Fortress of the Elder God

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
5 september 2012

cover boek 18 D must stand guard over a motley band of travelers who have found their way into the private realm of a being more strange and mighty than any other in existence! But will the weaker members of the exhausted troupe be seduced by whispered intimations of indescribable power? And will a warrior whose every move mirrors the Hunter's own prove to be D's final foe? In a world where racing down a dungeon staircase can suddenly catapult a man to the stars, anything goes!

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Mercenary Road

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
6 maart 2013

cover boek 19 D forges into the unknown with strange group of warrior-travelers who must contend with incredible forces of darkness...and a seemingly possessed palace as well! But which of the wily consorts can be counted on as a true ally? And should mankind trust its fate to a gang of outsiders? In a land riddled with evil fogs and energy-devouring beasts, a true fighter knows that you must never let your guard down!

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Scenes from an Unholy War

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
24 december 2013

cover boek 20 In a village on the edge of the Frontier, D is among the warriors and mercenaries hired to defend the village from the Black Death, a notorious bandit gang. But the bandits don't arrive, and the village mayor dismisses the mercenaries. As D leaves the scene, he's struck by "sunlight syndrome" — the deadly ailment unique to dhampirs! While D is recovering, and his sentient left hand is running the show, D is again called on to help. It seems the Black Death is coming after all...

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Record of the Blood Battle

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
24 december 2013

cover boek 21 D accompanies a convoy delivering a vampire Noble to face public trial for his crimes against humanity. However, the Noble's enemies have targeted the men and women of the convoy, and they are out for vengeance! Can D bring himself to kill humans in order to protect the Noble under his charge?

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White Devil mountain

Oospronkelijke taal:
Japans
Datum van uitgifte:
6 januari 2015 (verwacht)

cover boek 22 Commissioned by a vampire ancient to recover the coffin containing the body of the demonic Gilzen, hated even by his own kind, D travels to a frightening mountain landscape perennially shrouded in snow. Within a castle piercing the mountainside, D discovers a group of knights tasked to protect Gilzen at any cost. It's time for D to use all the forces and powers at his command to prevent Gilzen's resurrection!

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Hideyuki Kikuchi

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