Manga Mondays Meme
I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Rosario Vampire vol. 2 by Akihisa Ikeda
All-around average teenager Tsukune can't get accepted to any high school save one...but on his first day he finds the rest of the student body doesn't appear average at all. Best of all, the cutest girl on campus can't wait to fling her arms around his neck! Wait a sec'--are those her teeth around his neck too...? Tsukune's going to have one heck of a hickey when he gets home from Monster High! But does he have a chance in H E double hockey sticks of raising his grades at a school where the turf war isn't between the jocks and the nerds but the vampires and the werewolves?
LESSON TWO: WITCHES QUIZ HAVING A WITCH FOR A CLASSMATE CAN CREATE A VEXING HEX SITUATION IF SHE…
a. casts spells stirring up all manner of mischief just to get attention.
b. has no qualms about using magic to break up you and your girlfriend.
c. becomes the target of a reptilian witchphobic hate group.
d. all of the above. (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.
At what point do you give up on a manga series? I'm pretty quick to drop a series that I'm not enjoying, but what do you do when you can recognize a series' potential, but the volumes have yet to achieve that?
That's my problem with Rosario Vampire. It's really silly. Most manga is silly, but this is verging on the eye-rolling ridiculous. Every chapter encounters a new classmate/monster who either wants to kill Moka (the hot vampire chick) or Tsukene (the human boy narrator). And you also have to deal with semi-nudity and glorification of large breasts - like Tsukene being hypnotized to squeeze Moka's breasts, which are so large in the drawing that she's probably fall over backwards if she was real. I tolerate the pandering to teenage boys, since I realize that's what sells copies, but it's still annoying.
My chief annoyance is the sameness of each chapter. New monster. Moka rescues Tsukene or Tsukene rescues Moka - or in this case, a character starts out as a monster villain, but then turns into a friend who rescues the others. Moka wants to suck Tsukene's blood. Tsukene's hiding as a human. I'd like to see some more character development and story movement.
And while I have more complaints the compliments about this volume, I still want to stick with it. I'm not sure why. I have read reviews that say it gets better. Mostly, there's just something about the concept that has drawn me in. We'll see how much longer I can go on.