The vampire Staz is one of the most powerful district bosses in the demon world, fending off everyone who dares challenge him. But secretly, the fearsome Staz is obsessed with human culture, especially video games, manga, and everything that comes from Japan! When a Japanese girl wanders into the demon world, Staz can't wait to meet the human and learn everything he can about her world. Unfortunately, before he's able to ask her anything, the girl is killed by one of his would-be usurpers, leaving just her bare soul behind. Staz vows to help the girl restore her body and return to her former life—especially since it means taking a trip to the human world himself!
Blood Lad has been published in English by Yen Press in 2-volume omnibus format since December 11, 2012 and in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint since September 22, 2012. Blood Lad has also been published in Spanish by Norma Editorial since April 2013.
**May contain some spoilers+Could be long to read**
Story: One might think when coming across this manga that this is just another vampire manga, but in actuality it isn't. How? Well, when I first looked at this manga I thought, "oh great another vampire story zzz probably full of ecchi scenes since this big-boobed girl is with this male protagonist and full of violence. Also since there's a human before him he's obviously going to go having scenes of sucking her neck all the time right?" (kinda over dramatized my first impressions) Anyway, I was however proven wrong, which I'm very thankful for. Like the summary says on MAL, it talks about how Staz, a vampire who is very powerful yet is very obsessed with the Japanese culture. I couldn't believe that this type of character could exist and when he heard of a human girl in his demon world he didn't want to suck her neck, and instead of that he wanted to chat with her! He was thinking about how they could talk about manga together and such. Unfortunately after meeting her he had to go for a few moments to deal with an intruder in his area, and thus he found that she was dead and only her soul remained. Staz saddened by this greatly, since this was the first human he had ever met decides to make her alive again. So, the adventure starts and a lot of comedic events too. I'm sure once you read the first chapter of this manga you'll be just as amused or enchanted as I am with this manga.
Art: I don't think it's that impressive, but all of the characters look different and you'll never have to guess who is who.
Characters: Okay, I won't get too much into this one, but all I can say is this is what made me enjoy the manga greatly. Every character introduced in this manga is quirky and entertaining. No one will be too annoying, not even Yanagi which I think is good. If she was like Orihime (girl from Bleach) I think I'd have to rip my hair out. :P
Enjoyment: Seeing as how I already mentioned that this was not the typical vampire story I was expecting and how the characters are all wonderful you should know that I'm going to say I enjoyed it highly! I give my enjoyment a 9.
Overall: In my opinion if you want to read a story that will make you laugh all the time check this out! I'm sure it will not disappoint you, and sure there are some perverted moments in this manga but there isn't many. Go read Blood Lad! I command you to (just kidding; you don't have to!).read more
The story stars off simple enough,with the male protagonist,which is Staz, an otaku vampire who is a boss in the underworld, found a human girl, Fuyumi who has fallen into his territory. Fuyumi was then eaten by a monster and somehow turned into a ghost. Staz must now find a way to turn Fuyumi back to normal and send her back to the human world.
It's a typical shounen type manga,with the main character being overly powerful and getting even more powerful later in the story. The story isn't all that original but it is enjoyable and fun to read,with a few hilarious moments in the manga. The art is well drawn and pretty detailed in my opinion,and i especially like how cute Fuyumi's character looks like (Flushed cheeks and all). I give it an overall 7.5 and it is a good read if you want a funny manga that isn't too serious or simply just to pass your time.read more
I am reading this manga after watching the movie "twilight" (on my friend's request). When i read the summary, i went "wtf..more Vamps?" But i could put up through the whole movie so i thought that a manga couldn't do any worse, but poof! It turned out to be exactly what i did not expect! :D
Its a nice manga with great artwork, a bit shaky-waky story which is compensated by the comical scenes; has the typical character line, and does not bore you at all! :D
A recommended read to anyone who is bored of Twilight, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, blah blah blah!
Still a better love story then twilight.
When I saw Blood Lad, it looked extremely interesting. The art was different from many mangakas that I've seen so far, the plot looked creative but not dangerously and recklessly so, and it had a score of 8/10 along with some good reviews. . . so I decided to read it, and now I'm hooked.
While reading Blood Lad, please toss out any labels of vampires you have of dark, gloomy, reclusive creatures that just happened to be extremely handsome- none of that here. (Although I'm not saying Staz isn't attractive. . . he is, but just not in that elegant, superior kind of way.) I can't really say anything that won't spoil the manga, so I'll just point out the pros and the cons-
As I said, Blood Lad has amazing art- I don't think I've seen much of this kind of art. Blood Lad also manages to hold up the plot- it isn't a wreck like I was afraid it would turn out to be. It has a great plot so far, and it's being drawn wonderfully. The characters are all lovable, although the more criticizing of us manga readers might get angry that Fuyumi doesn't have much of a background. There is a subtle mix of comedy and action, and the supernatural theme isn't being exaggerated too much.
There are few, if any. One of them could be the lack of background for some of the supporting characters- however, I have a feeling most of that will be taken care of later on. (I mean, the manga is still publishing and it would be a real bummer if it suddenly got cut off.) No matter how hard I look, besides that, I really just cant find anything wrong with Blood Lad. I mean, I'm literally sitting here, about to make my dad's $3000 PC burn up with my ferocious glares, trying to spot any errors the author did.
Blood Lad really is an amazing piece of work so far- I'm crossing my fingers that the publishers don't rush it and end it crappily, because it's gotten a lovely headstart. read more