Rather than a stand alone graphic novel, this manga features a collection of stories. The title story starts out wonderfully set in feudal Japan. A woman asks a samurai for assistance as she is alone, out after dark. He does the chivalrous thing, not seeing what we do: the claws on her hands peeking out from her cloak. It then fast forwards to the modern day where Watanabe happens upon a bloodied man who appears to have been beaten. The man requests he be taken to a certain address, which turns out to be a hair salon much to Watanabe's confusion. Even more surprising, though, is what happens next. Watanabe is bitten. Neither dying nor becoming a vampire, he nonetheless finds himself stuck in an incredible situation that doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. Having lost his job due to the encounter with Mizuo the vampire and having strange encounters with other similar persons who regard him as "Mizuo's", he finds himself having to accept employment and lodging from him. That might be strange enough, but throw in a long lost love, a demon suit of armour, and a turn of the wheel of fate, and it is pretty obvious that Mizuo and Watanabe are involved in a way that nothing can tear apart.
The remaining stories are shorts that reflect on the past and the mysterious demon killing sword, either its forging or the courier tasked to take it to its intended recipient, and are just as well done. In fact, the only real sticking point I have is the last story, which weirdly is about a group of cos-players! It is not that it is a bad story, but it makes for a seemingly odd choice to stick a one shot in about two guys who sew costumes and wear them to events in amnaga about vampoires and demonns. The ONLY thing the two main characters have with the previous stories is that they are both men, get involved with a (sort of) suit of armour, and fall in love/have sex. The whole rest of the story is about visiting conventions and making/wearing costumes and encountering their main rival who thinks he is hot stuff in his costume.
Art wise, the book is very nice to look at, what I could see of it. There is a lot of text and because the individual panels are not overly large, the art is overshadowed in many places by the text. I would have much preferred the last story to have been removed, and the panels rearranged so that they were bigger in order to actually get a full appreciation of what appears to be finely executed drawings, though admittedly in the sex scenes, this was not a hindrance. It is this fact that makes me remove a star, sadly, as I expect to actually get to SEE the pictures done by the mangaka, and not have it competing with gargantuan by comparison speech bubbles. The prose is very well done, and none of it superfluous so this in itself is not an issue. Translation wise, it reads very smoothly and with a natural rhythm.
With a mix of historical drama and supernatural romance this is sure to please fans of the genre who love their vampires sexy, bloodthirsty, but also gently but passionately loving. The sex scenes are not graphic enough to warrant an 18+ rating, being marked 16 and up, but it doesn't make it any less satisfying romantically. It definitely caught my interest and the ending was such that a sequel to the main story would not be remiss.