Monday, July 06, 2009

Manga Monday: Rosario + Vampire

Rosario + Vampire (Volume 1)
Akihisa Ikeda
Rosario + Vampire starts out with the same sort of premise as Animal Academy: student with low grades gets into a single school, not realizing that it is a school for supernatural students, where they are the only human. But Rosario + Vampire was serialized in Japan prior to Animal Academy, so obviously Rosario + Vampire is the more original of the two. The protagonist of this supernatural comedy/drama is Tsukune Aono, who only stays at this scary school full of werewolves and shapeshifters and killer mermaids for the sake of the beautiful Moka Akashiya, who's the envy of the entire school. Lucky for Tsukune, she has her eyes set on him...well, on his neck perhaps, but on him. One taste of Tsukune's blood and Akashiya is hooked, but it turns out she really does like the guy, even when she realizes that he is only a puny human. This also makes Tsukune quite the target, given the jealousy that courses through the veins of the male monsters of the school, and their desire to attain Akashiya. Rosario + Vampire is a fun manga with lively characters and a perfect mixture of comedy with action and classroom drama. I like Ikeda's art, which is, appropriately enough, a nice mix of cartoony and realistic, with some pretty creepy monster images. The thing I like most about this book is the dynamic between Akashiya and Tsukune. It's just a lot of fun to "hang out with" these two characters.

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