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How to Seduce a Vampire (Yaoi) [Paperback]

Nimosaku Shimada


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Book Description

April 6 2010
When Watanabe gathers up Mizuo's battered and bloodstained body, he's forced to cooperate with the ensuing blood transfusion - and for his trouble was late for his part-time job, resulting in his termination. The mysterious Mizuo tells the now unemployed Watanabe that he is a vampire, and offers Watanabe a position at his salon. Despite his feeling that Mizuo is a potentially dangerous partner, Watanabe cannot bear to be away from him.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing; 1 edition (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569701377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569701379
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #663,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very original story lines. Impressive. 4.5 stars. March 7 2010
By R.Parklane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
How to seduce a Vampire is definitely much more than it seems. Consisting of 3 chapters, the plot is both interesting and complex with intriguing flashbacks. The main character is the ancient vampire, Mizuo, and much is revealed about this interesting character through events evolving round him.

The story started with one simple human's fateful encounter with Mizuo in contemporary Japan. Watanabe seems ordinary enough but this human is much more than he seems. Add another ancient vampire from China and the Yamashiro family with the power to forge blades to kill demons into the mix, we have an original story with exciting moments when ancient enemies come to call. And I have to say the translation is decent as there is a lot of dialogue to follow, explaining events here.

The 3rd chapter is titled Autumn Leaves which is also the meaning of Mizuo's name. This one is a flashback to ancient Japan and I enjoy this Yaoi period piece of a much younger and more ruthless Mizuo meeting the ancestor of the Yamashiro swordsmith family. Theirs is one bittersweet encounter between vampire and human.

There are however quite a few loose ends in the story. Not knowing if there is a sequel ("on hiatus" is pretty common in the Yaoi world), this one is not nearly full 5 stars for me. Also as both plot and characters take precedence in the plot, the romance between Mizuo and Watanabe is somewhat lukewarm. A sequel is definitely needed!

I love the one shot, "Tiger & Dragon" which is another Yaoi period piece. This romance between a bearded shogun (the mangaka suddenly has fetish for beard here. LOL) and a wandering swordsman is sexy and well done. I love the artwork here.

Lastly the one shot on cosplay is a typical romance but the artwork with the "heroes" all geared up in their ancient costumes is great.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Bites Oct. 26 2010
By The Kimi-Chan Experience - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story July 6 2011
By ai chan1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was worried when I bought it that it is only one volume but I was intrigued and it was on sale at the DMP booth at a convention .

Although it might not fly for those who wanted a lot of bed scenes illustrated but I prefer first plot and character development.I really want to see a continuation of the story and more back story.So it is sad that there is only 1 volume of this manga , or is it.Shimada san , please make more onegaishimasu.

I am not sure about the title though.
I do love the illustrations.
I would recommend this manga.
4.0 out of 5 stars Manga July 10 2010
By C. Varry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had read some reviews of this book and thought it would be interesting. It was. I like that the story is more than just one short chapter since it gives you more information about the characters. It was good.

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