Monday, June 20, 2011
Chibi Vampire vol. 2 - Yuna Kagesaki
Kenta sees Karin at work and school, each day serving as a reminder that something about the girl with the oft-bloody nose just isn't right! He's suspicious...and he's not exactly subtle about it. Fearing that he might discover her secret, Karin decides to kill this potential problem--with kindness! She goes out of her way to do all kinds of nice things for him. But when Kenta catches her "feeding" yet again, the gig may be up. So what's a vampire girl to do? Why, take the boy home to meet her parents, of course!(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.
We left Volume 1 when Karin bit Kenta's mother, which Kenta just happened to witness. Kenta still has no idea what Karin did to his mother, but he knows that she's different. Better, in fact. She's never been so cheerful or had so much energy. Kenta is in the odd position of liking his mother's new attitude and also wishing she was acting normally.
Meanwhile, Karin is still drawn to Kenta's blood. And since she is most drawn to people who are unhappy, she figures that the best way to keep from biting Kenta is to make his life as joyous as possible. So she's super nice to him, offers him her lunch, etc. But still they keep having awkward collisions where Kenta witnesses Karin's vampiric oddities.
The highlight of this volume - and I imagine this series - is Anju, Karin's little sister. She is a stereotypical goth at 11 years old. Even though she is younger than Karin and hasn't grown into her vampire powers, she always gets her sister out of scrapes. She is always drawn as thin, dark, and serious, and always carrying one of her creepy talking dolls.
This is such a weird series. It is just interesting enough to keep me wanting more. It's not really a "cool" weird, but rather an "urgh...what was that?" weird. At times it is cheesy and at other times it's rather creepy (there's a high school prostitution subplot line). I don't know if I'd recommend it, but since I've started it, I want to keep going for at least a little while.