Title: Chibi Vampire
Author: Yuna Kagesaki
May Contain Spoilers
The Markers are a family of vampires, with a misfit of a daughter. Cute little Karin is a reverse vampire, and instead of needing to suck blood, her body needs to expel it once a month. Trying to keep her condition a secret isn’t so easy, especially when there are geysers of blood shooting from her nose. She’s doing a pretty good job keeping everything under control, until Kenta transfers to her school. Now, whenever she’s near him, her blood reacts to him, and she has to fight to keep it from gushing out of her. Why is Kenta’s presence affecting her this way?
This was a cute book. I love Karin’s perky personality, and think her wacky family is hysterical. Her mother is about as loving as a junk-yard dog, and her father is a total wuss. Her older brother is an absolute ladies man, and Anju, her younger sister, is downright creepy. Since Karin is the misfit of the family, she is lacking many of the vampire qualities that she’s expected to possess. Her night vision sucks, so her parents make her pay the electric bill, and then there’s her blood spraying problem. Her parents’ disappointment with her shortcomings is obvious, and she’s treated like a failure.
Right from the start, Kenta and Karin get off on the wrong foot. Freaked out any time he’s near, Karin spooks and runs off screaming. Poor Kenta develops a complex because she’s so scared of him. When he spies her in the park, giving blood to an unsuspecting victim, he misunderstands and immediately thinks she’s a less than wholesome young lady! He confronts her about whoring herself, and this doesn’t help them become friends any faster. When she loses control and gushes blood all over him, he kindly carries her home, but then Karin is so embarrassed to see him again, she skips school for two weeks. What’s a hemorrhaging vampire to do?
I didn’t think the art was anything special, but it did adequately relate Karin’s misadventures. The panels were a little cluttered, and even the day scenes were dark and rather dismal. The page layouts kept everything moving along, though, and I liked the variety in the panel sizes.
I had originally passed on this title because I found the blurb on the back dull, and I was less than impressed with the cover. I picked it up during a TP studio sale at TRSI, and I’m really happy that I did. Argh – now I have to order the rest….
Rated for Older Teen 16+