How to Seduce a Vampire (Yaoi) Paperback – Apr 6 2010
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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.
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.
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.