Artificial Continuum

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hey there everyone in the ever-growing geek world, it's me, Luke, back after a rather short haitus to recomend a new manga series to ya. This time it's Rosari+Vampire. Although I may have been *Ahem Drawn at first to its suggestive covers, it's a rather good read. The story follows all around average guy Tskune Aono as he is accidentally enrolled in a school for monsters. Yokai Academy, a school where monsters of all types of mythical and historical background come together to learn the fine art of not going berserk and killing humans (which appearantly is too much to ask), seems like it will be the death of easily shaken Tsukune. It's not all bad though. He does scored a ridiculously beatiful friend, only there is something a tad off about her, she has sharp teeth and a particular taste for an anemic Tsukune's blood.
Moka Akashiya, while still a vampire, is a super sweet girl and Tsukune quickly falls for her. Moka also falls in love with Tsukune after they meet. He decides to stay and be near her, despite the fact that he nearly gets killed at least four times per manga. He must hide his human identity from the faculty and other students or ,well, they'll kill him. Tsukune soon discovers that when he removes the "rosario around Moka's neck, she transforms into a real vampire, stronger and more powerful than any other creature at the school. However, in this state, she kinda hates him (well early on, anyway), she often dons a cold personality, so the rosario is only removed in dire emergencies (like y'know, constantly). Tsukune is the only person who can physically remove it to transform Moka, and only in the case of an emergency.
As time continues, Tsukune, in typical anime fashion, makes tons of other friends including a werewolf, a succubus, two witches, a cat-woman, and a literal ice-queen. It really starts to get interesting later on in the series, but I don't want to spoil it. Overall it was a very immersive read, all be it a bit cliche. The biggest concern of mine is that they add at least one more main male character, seriously, the guys surrounded by hot women to the point where even I think there should be a balance. Also the conflict is more about Tsukune removing the Rosario before he's killed, then about the fighting itself. Nevertheless, this one is a thumbs up in my eyes (after seven hours of reading six manga consecutively[which if you listen to the podcast this is the manga they're talking about soooo]).

Well it's three in the morning and even Otaku sleep at some point after the sugar high has ended so Oyasuminasai



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