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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 fortuneteller, 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!

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When Vampire Hunter D enters the town of Sedoc in search of answers to the meaning of a dying vampire's last words, he discovers that the mists emanating from the town's smoking crater are actually thousands of corpses crawling from their graves.

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emmejo, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
When D finishes off a Noble, the dying man tells him to "Go to Muma." D has no memory of whatever that is, but is surprised to find his heartbeat speeding. Not being one to walk away from the chance to learn more about himself and his creation, D sets out to try and discover who or what Muma is. He meets a young fortuneteller who says she must accompany him and reluctantly allows her to tag along. D's search leads him though a town where the dead walk to a mass grave, along old Noble roads and finally into the research facility where his father spent ages trying to create a perfect being.

D always believed the Sacred Ancestor considered him the only "success" but discovers that he was one of two genetically identical experiments. The other was kept in cryo for a long time but finally awoke. This man has the same skills and looks as D, but living in solitude and convinced that had he been offered all the chances D had he would have been a great Noble leader; his mind and morals are very different.

I almost put this book down. I couldn't tolerate the annoying, swoon-y, superfluous hanger-on character of Mia, the fortuneteller. In addition, I'm assuming as setup for the introduction of D's brother, D became trope-like and frustratingly "good guy"-ish. He didn't return to his normal snarky, cocky, sometimes rude, morally-grey self until well into the book.

I'm glad I hung in though, as the book improves. D starts to go back to being himself, the writing smoothes out a bit, and the dialogue gets witty and fast-paced again. It was really nice to have a book so focused on D's determination to hunt his father down and put a stake in his heart rather than just another bounty hunting job. Not that I don't find the bounty hunting interesting, but the typically scarce hints of info D (and the reader) get about the Sacred Ancestor each book can be frustrating.

Mia doesn't improve through the book; I kept hoping someone would bloody well eat her already! I won't tell you if I got my wish.

The setting is much more sci-fi than most of the books, and I definitely noticed a lack of the Western elements in this one.

NOTE: This book was originally published as two books in Japan, but combined into one volume when translated, hence the "parts 1 & 2" on the cover. It's also worth noting that the cover description was apparently written by someone who never read the book, as nearly everything on it is incorrect. :-(
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ISBN:
9781593079307
Author:
Kikuchi, Hideyuki
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Illustrator:
Amano, Yoshitaka
Author:
Amano, Yoshitaka
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Fantasy - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vampire Hunter D
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.25 in

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