Bloody Kiss Vol 1 by Kazuko Furumiya Manga Review

Title: Bloody Kiss Vol 1

Author: Kazuko Furumiya

Publisher: Tokyopop

ISBN: 9781427815798

May Contain Spoilers

After Kiyo’s grandmother passes away, she inherits a house in the middle of nowhere.  She’s dismayed to learn that it’s falling apart, and even more alarmed to learn that there are two tenants already in residence.  To complicate matters, both of the interlopers are vampires!  What’s a girl to do when she’s surrounded by two super hot immortal beings?

Wow, vampires are a popular bunch!  You have the infamous Twilight, which I have to read so I can see what all of the fuss is about, and Vampire Knight, just to name a few.  I can certainly see the allure of vampires.  They’re powerful and attractive, and usually richer than Midas.  Unless you are the duo in Bloody Kiss, and then you’re a bunch of freeloaders leaching off of a high school girl who can barely afford to feed herself. 

Kiyo has had a tough life, but in proper shoujo heroine fashion, she has still managed to maintain a sunny disposition and a never say die attitude.  Her father has run off and abandoned her, leaving her to deal with the scandal of his ruined reputation.  Her mother has died, and she doesn’t have anyone who cares about her at all.  She does have a dream to become a lawyer, and she cherishes her ambition like a precious gem.

Into her life walks Kuroboshi, a handsome young vampire, and his attendant, Alshu.  They are an interesting blend of incompetence and forcefulness.  They’re good at manipulating Kiyo into letting them stay in her rundown house, but not so good at providing for themselves.  Kuroboshi is also equally charming and possessive.  He’s also weak-willed,  giving into his vampire instincts to take control of Kiyo – and her blood.

Bloody Kiss manages to keep hold of a teasing sense of humor, taking nothing too seriously.  When Kuroboshi gets a little too demanding, Kiyo firmly smacks him back into his place.  The book also throws in some sexy vampire embraces, though the thought of being bitten on the neck and drained of blood doesn’t do that much to stimulate my romantic side.  Think of the bruising and the unsightly scabs!  Still, the softly rendered illustrations and elaborate details make the story visually appealing.  Kuroboshi’s pouty expressions are hot.

If you enjoy romantic comedies with supernatural beings giving your average high school girl a run for her money, this book will be right up your ally.  If you’ve hit vampire overload, this might be one, with its stereotypical bloodsucking monsters, to ignore. 

Also included is the bonus story, “Angel Love Song,” about a girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend, and the angel she finds lying in a ditch.  Though hardly innovative, it provides a solid look at learning to believe in yourself and take a few risks in life.

Grade: B

Review copy provided by Tokyopop