Chibi Vampire vol. 1 - Yuna Kagesaki
Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire...with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose--we're talking gushers! In other words, she's a vamp with blood to spare, so rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the "victim" as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right!(courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
Intriguing but weird. That's my reaction to the first volume of Chibi Vampire. I love how popular vampires are in manga. Vampires are a universally loved paranormal creature. Quite ironic.
There's a lot about this first volume that is very typical teenager. Girl meets new boy. Attracted and confused by boy. Girl doesn't fit in. Especially not with her family. Girl faced with adversity. Has to make hard choices.
The vampire thing adds quite a twist. Karin isn't a traditional vampire. She is more analogous to a psychic vampire, one who feeds off human energy. Each member of Karin's family feeds off of a different aspect of a human's mental state. Karin is even more unusual in that she has too much blood and gives people blood rather than taking it. This volume explores what Karin craves.
Karin is drawn to Kenta. She tries to fight it and stay away, but they keep running into each other. Kenta is completely puzzled by Karin. He sees her in a compromising position and makes the wrong assumption. He is also drawn to her, although I think it is curiosity as much as attraction.
I'm interested in Karin's family dynamics. She's the only one who doesn't totally accept her vampire nature. Or at least the dark side of it. I love her goth baby sister. I do think it's odd that her mom looks European and her dad looks more Eurasian while Karin and her siblings looks very Japanese.
The manga moves very quickly. Each page is split into multiple segments - more than I usually see with manga. There's not a whole lots of dialogue. it was surprisingly easy to follow despite coming in short little spurts.
I don't know if I love Chibi Vampire, but I'm definitely going to keep trying.