High school student Asahi is forced to provide blood to a childlike vampire Hikato, and becomes his ‘temporary’ mother, until he reverts to his original self. When Asahi finds out that Hikato stayed behind to protect the human world, how will her feelings towards him change….!?
Vampires, temporary mothers, and protecting the human world? The synopsis for this slightly obscure manga gives a first impression of a fantastical realm of child rearing and villains on a global scale. If you prefer that type of epic manga, I am sorry to say that Kenketsu Rush is not for you. Instead, Keketsu Rush offers an enjoyable romance with a demonic and vampire twist. And fortunately for me, I much prefer this vampire romance in a vampire genre that is dominated by smut and melodrama.
The story of this manga is pretty plain to be honest. Exactly as the synopsis
says, a high school student is suddenly forced to care for a vampire child and their relationship grows from there. Along the way there are some pretty interesting reveals about the characters' pasts, but overall, it feels somewhat generic and out-of-place at times.
Luckily, the the lackluster in storytelling is really balanced by the romance. The romance truly was heartwarming and I loved seeing relationships develop. Ultimately, I really am a sucker for romance, and the straightforward romance was a winner for me.
There really isn't much to say about the art. It certainly is better than your standard shoujo art. As much as female shoujo fans love themselves some bishounen, I enjoyed the look of the male protagonist. Not overly bishounen, but definitively shoujo style.
Admittedly, the characters are pretty forgettable and, besides the male protagonist, there is a noticeable lack of depth throughout the entire cast of characters. The supporting cast is interesting but irrelevant throughout much of the manga and I honestly don't recall any particular moment that I fell in love with a character. Despite this, the cast of characters is suitable enough for the telling of the story. They were perky and enjoyable, but they weren't enough to leave a permanent memory.
This is going to a slightly awkward transition, but I truly enjoyed this manga. Contrary to how I portrayed myself in the character section, I had great fun reading this manga. There were a few dull moments, but I found myself immersed in the romance and developments. Furthermore, there was nothing truly mind blowing yet, somehow, when I finished the manga, I was legitimately thirsty for more. I wish I could have had a more conclusive epilogue, but this thirst was more because of how much I enjoyed the manga as a whole rather than my picky attitude towards endings.
At this point there isn't much else to say. This review was kind of impromptu; its solely for the sake of filling this empty manga page of a manga that entertained me. Its a shame that it isn't marked as Vampire genre, because this is one of the more impressive vampire romances that I've read. A truly enjoyable manga for anyone looking for a romance, a vampire manga, or a light read.