Sennen no Yuki focuses on Chiyuki Matsuoka, a high school girl hospitalized with a heart problem. Since birth her heart has been very weak and she was told that she would probably live to be only fifteen. However, one day she meets Touya Kanou, a vampire, with the opposite problem: Touya has lived for about one thousand years. It's customary for a vampire at his age of eighteen to choose a human partner to be with for 1000 years who in turn would let him drink their blood and share his life span for the millennium.
Early in the series, Chiyuki offers Touya her blood, so that she would be able to live longer, but Touya refuses, claiming he dislikes the sight and taste of blood. In the beginning, he even looks down on humans, believing that they are weak creatures who will only die before him and leave him behind, but later on he, with the help of Chiyuki, starts to see the world in a different perspective.
Volume 1: Isshunkan no Romance (A Romance of One Moment)
Sennen no Yuki went on hiatus after chapter 9 was released in LaLa 2002-05 issue and a special chapter titled Chikai no Hi (誓いの日) was published in LaLa DX 2002-07 issue, which was later collected in volume 3 as chapter 10. The series resumed publication ten years later with chapter 11 in LaLa DX 2013-01 issue.
The series was published in English as Millenium Snow by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from April 3, 2007 to December 2, 2014. A 2-in-1 omnibus edition was also released from June 3, 2014 to May 5, 2015.
Since I can only find reviews from almost 10 years ago, I will provide a fresher set of eyes on this manga series since it's finished. I'm no manga critic but I can say that this is probably one of the better short mangas that I have read in a while.
Hatori really did an excellent job executing the plot, and her character development was great considering she only had about 17 chapters to do it. Short stories don't have to be complicated or unique to be good. While the premise and the actual characters are very basic, Hatori is able to make it an
I noticed while I was reading that Hatori understood that it was a bit of a cliche and acknowledged that through direction of the character development, making them act in less serious ways than one would normally think (for instance, the fact that Touya is an ANEMIC vampire and how Chiyuki always teases Touya instead of being hopelessly distraught by her feelings).
This story isn't a "true work of manga genius" in the way that many may think. It displays Hatori's skill in character development (for sure) and her ability to incorporate a more realistic touch in a story based in fantasy, making the reader think "yeah, this seems possible". (She only adds a little fluff in the end)
As an Ouran High School fan, I really appreciated reading something else of hers and would really recommend it to others who enjoyed the Ouran manga and even the anime. I love her drawing style <3
P.S. ~ Whoever reads all of this is really super mega cool 'cause
1) You like old manga (or are at least considering reading this)
2) You read all that I wrote, which is pretty ridiculous for an 18 chapter manga...
Well, first off, I can say that I cried. That's something that should be taken with a grain of salt, however, seeing that I've cried watching Winnie the Pooh before.
But I sure have a lot to say.
I usually never read any manga that doesn't have an anime (if I watch an anime and like it, I'll read the manga-- usually an effective strategy because the manga is better so it doesn't ruin the anime for me). However, Millennium Snow doesn't have an anime, yet I found myself here.
I am a massive fan of Ouran High School Host Club. After watching the anime (and being
quite depressed about the ending) I read the entire manga in three days, and since then, I've reread it countless times, each time crying my heart out because I just plain adore the series. This time, I couldn't bear to finish reading it, but I was still in an Ouran slump, so I decided to go see what Bisco Hatori has written other than Ouran. Because of Hatori being one of my favorite authors of all time, I had obviously heard of Millennium Snow before, but I'd never gotten a chance to read it.
I got into it, and well, it was great. The story line is pretty good, and there are many relationships you can see between the characters and the character designs that you can relate to Ouran, if that's the connection you're seeking to find. Satsuki and Tamaki not only look similar (face, height) but have similar tendencies considering their flirtatiousness and the importance of their grandmas in both of their lives, while in different ways. Satsuki's grandmother also physically resembles Tamaki's. Touya's name is most similar to Kyoya's, while his appearence is a mix of Kyoya and Mori's appearence (albeit much shorter) while his personality is sorta a mix of the twins and the tsundere bad boy the club lacks.
Hatori also mentions her love of detail and twins, which I found to be amusing.
In terms of story, the love story wasn't developed too well and I found Chiyuki to be slightly bland compared to other characters, as well as much too eager to become immortal. Everything moved a tad bit too fast, and in the last volume, I found myself lost by the new arc and the sudden end. I feel like for this style of story, it would have been much better if the story had been dragged out a bit so that we could see the character development instead of strange and random time skips.
The art greatly improved after the return out of hiatus, but the art wasn't my favorite to begin with, just extremely better compared to the first volume. The characters were fine, but I found myself liking pretty much everyone except Chiyuki. There were many questions still left unanswered that I wish I knew the answers to, but I understand why they were never addressed-- there simply wasn't enough time.
However, I enjoyed it a lot, even though I was greatly biased by the author and her other works. Hopefully, you will too!
At first glance, the plot did not seem so interesting to me because of the typical supernatural romance between a vampire and a human. The first chapter seemed like that, but everything after that was very interesting. There is one underlying point driving the plot, the romance between the main characters, but even the side stories and complications did not hinder it. They were skillfully sewed into the story and I enjoyed them all. I did feel that the very last conflict could have been explained a little better, but the manga did end on a good note for me.
The characters are wonderful. They are
all distinguishable and different and likable despite their flaws. There are not too many of them and they are memorable and have their own histories. Hatori does a good job of exploring her own characters and making them real.
The artwork got better over the course of the manga, but at the beginning I didn't feel as if it were any different from other manga. It is a plain kind of good, if that makes sense.
This is a cute shoujo manga with a few dark elements relating to people's histories and such, and of course the supernatural stuff dug into that. I still liked reading it, though, and do recommend it to anyone who's curious.
Although technically this manga series is not finished since Hatori Bisco is focusing on completing Ouran Kokou Host Club, the chapters that she managed to write for Millennium Snow are turning out to be very interesting and romantic.
I like how the characters each have symbolism in their names and it has a very Halloween type of effect seeing as one is a vampire and the other is a werewolf. If you are looking for something that is very light-hearted and carefree, then you will enjoy the first 9 chapters of this series. The story begins with how they all meet is very somber in the
beginning [especially each of the main character's back-stories] but it makes you realize how important it is for the three characters to be together and makes you feel happy. Afterwards, whenever they encounter an obstacle, you feel worried especially when it involves that something bad might happen to the main girl, Chiyuki. Also, the things that they do for her is what makes it turn out romantic but you have to read to see why.
There aren't any bad aspects so far since the series is not fully developed and is on a hiatus but if you want to read Hatori Bisco's first work in manga, then feel free to read. I think it's pretty good =]
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