I originally stumbled accross this manga after watching Blood+, still hungry for more after watching something so splendid.
But I soon found it was nothing like Blood+
Sure, it had vampires, and seemed to me more a hybrid of Blood: The Last Vampire (the movie) and Blood+ (the anime) than anything else but it had in itself it's own points of interest.
As I just said a moment ago, the story seemed more a hybrid of the anime movie Blood: The Last Vampire and the anime series Blood+, so I cannot say for certain how the story would have had an impression on me had I read it first but I will tell you what I can.
The story was shocking at the least, including violent and homosexual themes, the use of blood was common and orgy-like scene often graced the pages, which I felt might have undermined the actual story at times, the blood was required, though I felt they were just adding sex to appeal to a more perverted audience.
The story lacked backstory, the characters seemed undeveloped as did the reasoning though the events that followed were most definitely intriguing as a full out battle waged between pro and an tagonist.
With the art you begin to realise just what response the manga tries to earn from its reader. The art seems brutal and crude though you can tell it has a purpose, the manga wants to offend you and shock you. It is by far one of the most interesting factors of the manga, though isn't present in the art alone, the story also includes graphic sex scenes and blood spatter and crazed expressions which creep you out.
The manga wasn' very character driven, it focusing more on shocking you rather than intriguing you, leaving the characters undeveloped and uninteresting as individuals.
The manga wasn't created to entertain, persay, but more as a tool to shock. It's purpose was similar to a horror movie in the sense that you watch it to be scared, well, you read it to be shocked. Not entertained.
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