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Title Volume 1
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2003
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 1996
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Title Volume 2
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2003
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 1996
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Title Volume 3
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2003
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 1996
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Title Volume 4
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2004
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 1996
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Title Volume 5
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2003
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 1998
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Title Volume 6
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2004
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 1999
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Title Volume 7
Author Judal
Translator Patrick Coffman / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2004
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2000
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Title Volume 8
Author Judal
Translator Patrick Coffman / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2004
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2000
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Title Volume 9
Author Judal
Translator Patrick Coffman / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2004
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2000
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Title Volume 10
Author Judal
Translator Patrick Coffman / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2005
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2001
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Title Volume 11
Author Judal
Translator Patrick Coffman / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2005
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2002
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Title Volume 12
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2005
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2002
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Title Volume 13
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2005
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2003
Printing Status Available
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Title Volume 14
Author Judal
Translator Ikoi Hiroe / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2006
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2004
Printing Status Available
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Title Volume 15
Author Judal
Translator Yuki N. Johnson / Jason Dietrich
Publisher Tokyopop - 2006
First Printing Shinshokan Publishing Co. - 2004
Printing Status Available
Category Manga
Warnings Some shonen-ai references
Main Characters Lady Ishtar, King Duzell, Darres, Vord, Seiliez, Laphiji, Jill, Krai, Yujinn, Jened, Illsaide, Sharlen, Diaage, Falan, Leene, Ashley, Lucy, Lassen, Hume, Lailis/Rishas
Main Elements Vampires, sorcerers, demons




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Review by SunBlind:

The most important thing you must know about my ability to give a fair review of this series is that I've only ever read one other single manga volume before these three. That's right, not another series, a single book (Fruit Basket if you're wondering). I am no manga or anime expert. So not knowing what a true fan looks for a in a really good manga, I'll tell you what a newcomer thought about this series.

Vampire Game was suggested to me by someone on a messageboard when I decided to try out this new literary form. I said I didn't want something based on an anime, because I didn't want to spend that amount of money on something I'd already seen on TV. I also like fantasy and magic, and some darkness wouldn't hurt. Nor was I afraid of shonen-ai (translated basically as boy love) but I didn't want to go hentai (explicitly sexual). The fact that this series has all of this, and vampires too, made it a perfect match and I went out and bought the first volume.

I was hooked and forever indebted to my fellow messageboard frequenter. Though the plot line is serious, there are many scenes where I just had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard. What else would one expect where the premise is that the great and powerful vampire King Duzell gets reincarnated in the form of a kitten. =^.^= But that kitten sure has attitude. And the fact that he can use his magic to shape-shift into Lady Ishtar's form makes for some very memorable scenes.

Lady Ishtar to "Duzie": "But one request. If you can only shape-shift into a boy, please don't use my face. You have no idea how much that weirds me out."
Mwhahahaha!

The only downside is that the manga format makes for very quick reading and each volume doesn't last nearly long enough. It also took a while to get used to the quick scene changes and rapid-fire events, all which must be read from right-to-left and from top-to-bottom. And though I love all those beautiful bishie-boys with long flowing hair, it is sometimes hard to know if one is reading about Seiliez or Yujinn...or a girl for that matter. But practice makes perfect, and by the third book it was less of an issue.

And the artwork is amazing. I've always been a fan of this form of art, and this series is absolutely beautifully done.

One thing of note, based on the name of the series you might think that Duzell is the main character, and he was supposed to be when Judal started...but Ishtar kind of took over. She has a way of doing that. So the story is really about her, the fact that Duzell is a vampire is really secondary to their interaction. I thought that it was nicely done and very appropriate. It would never have worked as well otherwise.

I then acquired the next three in the series and they didn't disappoint. More laughter, more ridiculous situations, and more mixed up relationships that would make a soap opera blush. Things really start picking up around volume 9, to the point where it was hard to put it down. The only thing stopping me was that my bookstore never seemed to have the volume I needed next. Finally I read the last three in one night, I couldn't stop! So many love triangles to sort out, so many characters to potentially pair up! Find out who Phelios was reincarnated as, and don't forget, save the kingdom along the way. A whole lot of fun.

And now it's all done...but I want more! But I don't think a sequel series would be appropriate, however this series would make an amazing anime! It would be spectacular to see the b&w art filled in with colour and brought to life.

So if you are a manga fan, or a vampire fan, or just want something funny and exciting to read, what are you waiting for! Go now, or I'll send Duzie-kitty to nibble on your toes!

Review by Skye (August 2008):

Vampire Game is a good manga with a unique story line. The story is all about the Vampire King Duzell looking for revenge against the reincarnation of King Phelios. King Phelios defeated Duzell and his minions in a batte of epic preportions. When he does find the supposed reincarnation of his foe, he is shocked. Lady Ishtar, the supposed reincarnation, is not what he expected at all. How is he supposed to get revenge, now trapped in the body of a Kyawl?


Posted: January 2007

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