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Synonyms: The Vampires
Japanese: バンバイヤ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 29
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 1, 1966 to Apr 26, 1967
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Sunday


Score: 6.761 (scored by 95 users)
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Ranked: #107902
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Popularity: #14056
Members: 249
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Volumes: /4
Chapters: /29


When approaching Vampire, 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.

(Source: Tezuka In English)


Vampire marked a major turning point in Tezuka's life, at which he began to pay more attention to the darker side of the human psyche, characterized by darker, less heroic protagonists and more complicated villains.


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Tezuka, Osamu
Tezuka, Osamu

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Aug 12, 2012
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 read more
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