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Hipira-kun  
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Description
In the vampire city of Saruta, the sun never rises, and all the vampire children love trying to stay up late. Hipira-Kun is a precocious young vampire whose best friend is a fairy named Soul. The story revolves around their games, pranks, and adventures.

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
ヒピラくん
Hipira
Hipira - The Little Vampire

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)
1 Volume Kanzenban (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (16 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.11 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 2nd 2012, 9:51pm PST

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Year
2002

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (1 Volume - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1250 increased(+98)
Monthly Pos #2315 increased(+490)
3 Month Pos #3790 increased(+1578)
6 Month Pos #5985 increased(+1653)

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On 14 reading lists
On 69 wish lists
On 48 completed lists
On 1 unfinished lists
On 31 custom lists

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Hard To Find   
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by Sacheverell
June 11th, 2011, 2:13pm
Unfortunately, Hipira is one of those ones that has been published into English but found its way to very few store shelves. It's been in print in the US since 2005, but I'm willing to bet that your local book store didn't carry it because they didn't know if they should put it in the manga section or the children's section. [Despite being published by Dark Horse, it is completely a children's book.]
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In the town of Saruta...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Highway-STAR
October 28th, 2007, 8:01am
I picked this up purely because I am a dedicated fan of Katsuhiro Otomo's, and am also fond of Shinji Kimura's work in anime.
Chances are you will have heard of Hipira the same way. Unfortunately, Hipira is overlooked for many reasons. Firstly; its somewhat hard to locate. Secondly; it was squarely aimed at kids, and Dark Horse aren't really a kid's publisher in the first place (and I doubt Hipira found its way into many general bookstores).

Hipira is a simple collection of lavishly-illustrated stories revolving around the vampire town of Saruta. The protagonist is a young vampire named Hipira, and in these stories he usually befriends something new (such as a half-formed spirit), or causes a ruckus in town.
That's all there really is to it. DH went all out on production qualities though, that make up for its relatively short page count (40+). Its a nicelybound hardback, in a larger-than-A4 size, with commendable stock paper. The translation (by the always brilliant Kumar Sivasubramanian) does the job, although on odd ocassion it can be a little jarring.
If anything, its worth purchasing for the art alone. Kimura draws in a more refined version of Tim Burton's signature darkly quirky style, with some really gorgeous full-colour pencil illustrations that pack the page. Its really top-quality stuff.

So yeah, this is only worth checking out if you're an Otomo/Kimura fan, or appreciate well-illustrated children's books (I know I certainly do!)

... Last updated on July 6th, 2009, 5:43pm
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