Manga Village

Nuclear war has ravaged the future, and the result is the last remnants of humanity fighting against other species. One of those species arose to become nobility: Vampires.

Originally reviewed by Dan Polley
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi; Art by Saiko Takaki
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror
Rating: Young Adults (16+)
Price: $12.95

It starts with D, who is riding around the countryside to Ransylva, but is confronted before he can get there. Instead, he faces a woman who refuses to let him pass. The two battle briefly, but D seems to handily defeat the woman.

But as he starts to leave, she pleads with him. She realizes he is a vampire hunter, and that’s just the type of person she needs. The woman, Doris Lang, successfully convinces D, who then says he is a dhampir, to help her.

Doris has been bitten by someone in the nobility, which means she is cursed to become a member of the undead. The villagers continue to provoke her and fear her for being bitten.

Doris tells D about her interaction with Count Magnus Lee, who was the vampire who bit her. That night, Larmica and her minion, werewolf Garou, try to attack. D springs a trap on them, and defends against the intrusion.

But trouble begins for everyone when D decides to force a confrontation by traveling to the count’s home. There, he faces the count and his daughter, Larmica. And he falls prey to the count’s traps.

While he is gone, Doris is weak and a prime target for the count. As she follows a suspicious villager, she is trapped in the middle of a fight among a few others, and she, unfortunately, is unable to defend herself.

After a reunion, Doris once again is encapsulated, this time in a trap. D must find his way out of the trap he was stuck in and battle against other foes who seem to interfere.

Finally, D is able to get some closure, yet the mystery around his character seems to remain.

D is the silent yet strong male character who has all the answers, yet his character does not entirely feel like a cliché. There is some mystery to him, which keeps the intrigue alive.

And the first volume has a plot that sets up an undercurrent that could be a much bigger mystery for the rest of the series. And the art is a bit chaotic, which is a natural fit for the post-apocalyptic setting of the series.

The first volume is not a great offering, but it sets a lot for a could-be fantastic series.

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