Published: Jun 12, 1966 to May 7, 1969
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SynopsisWhen approaching Vampires, many readers are confused by the fact that it seems to be about werewolves. The story begins in a village of vampires who are destroying their homes setting out into the world because humans are moving into their valley, but these "vampires" do not drink blood, nor are they immortal. Instead they all transform into animals, ranging from wolves and bats to snakes and crocodiles, the transformations being triggered by different stimuli for each vampire. For example, the main vampire, Toppei, turns into a wolf when he sees the moon or when he is scared. His little brother Chippei transforms whenever he sees anything round. Others transform at the smell of onions, the sight of a telephone pole, or a variety of other stimuli
(From: tezukainenglish )
Vampires is a manga by Osamu Tezuka. This was one of his first dark works(1966-1967. It's filled with terrible art, failed perspectives, and poor plot-devices.
It's not very good, to tell you the truth. It's bad even by Tezuka standards, which is really saying something, in my opinion. Anyway, feel free to ignore my points.
It's horrible. It's terrible. It's a great example on how NOT to write a story.
Vampires is dark for the sake of being dark. Most characters are empty silhouettes that only exist to advance the plot for a few pages. The designs are recycled because Tezuka probably couldn't be bothered to actually make new designs.
Rock is a terrible character. Rock is by far the worst in this manga. He's bad just because he is, literately. His "plots" are so incredibly dumb it's amazing the authorities had such a hard time having evidence.
Our protagonist is second in line for the dumbest character in Vampires. Everything could have been easily resolved with an anonymous report, but that would make sense! Instead he follows Rock like the lowly dog he is.
There's a fat guy that Rock doesn't want to harm because they're super best friend. This would have been fine if he didn't show out of the blue. I'm not even sure why he exists.
There are more characters but they're an empty bag of cliches and bad writing.
Do not draw what you are not capable of pulling off. Tezuka once again fails at basic perspectives. His backgrounds are empty shells. Tezuka also seemed to be under the impression that adding a billion little lines to something makes it more DETAILED and REALISTIC. It doesn't. Sometimes I'm not even sure how I'm supposed to look at a panel. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm looking at!
People claim he's an amazing artist, but I haven't looked at any of his works that deserve this title. He's a mediocre artist who bites more than he can even dream to chew. He should have stuck with his Disney style because that's what he was good at. Not this bad experimental art.
To put it simply, Vampires is Dumb. It's like watching some B movie on the Syfy
channel. I'm not going to lie, Vampires was indeed enjoyable. But Vampires(Or any of Tezuka's work) certainly isn't high-literature.
It feels like people praise his work simply because he had a large part in making manga popular. Because of this they blatantly ignore bad writing.
Vampires is where he took an "edgy" drift in his work and it's a laughable attempt. Read this if you want to see Rock at his worst.
Here are some of Tezuka's readable works
-Phoenix (Very dated but it at least has a point)
-Metropolis (Nice core message) read more
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