Kana Takachiho, despite her disadvantages, is a pretty nice girl. She's friendly, outgoing, and used to be good at sports until she was injured in a freak accident, losing the scholarship keeping her in school, and earning her the disdain of her fellow classmates. Oh, and her childhood friend and (self-proclaimed) boyfriend, Aki, just so happens to be a vampire who turned her into his slave after drinking her blood on their first date.
But Aki's not just any vampire; he's a Pureblood. And he's participating in a game to find the seven "Stigmas" in order to wake his twin brother and Kana's other childhood friend, Eriya, from his mysterious slumber...
I loved this manga so much, and highly recommend it for people who will read it through to the end. Shouoto sensei's art has always held up to my sky-high expectations, and the story is so beautifully woven and has such a heartbreaking ending (no spoilers). It starts out light but has a dark twist in the twentiethish chapter, that wonderfully depicts the character Aki's pain and longing. Also is very educational for people interested in Japanese culture, as it has little tidbits of very cultural aspects. For example, the Hanafuda cards that tell a very grim story, as well as the characters' trip to
the Onsen. One of my favorite aspects was the characters, who made a lasting impression on me. Everyone has their own painful backstory, some more painful than others. My all-time favorite character was Kirito Aki, whom I really rooted for to the end. He was childish and crude but at times showed a beautiful side of selflessness and unlimited love for his childhood love. As is typical of a shoujo manga, he was really devoted to Kana (main character) and went through a lot of pain and insecurity wondering whether he was worthy of her, having pined after her since he was like ten. He makes a lot of sacrifices, and I cried while reading the last chapter. I felt so sad it never got an anime, but this manga was definitely worth it. I really want to spread this manga to others who have never read it, it's really REALLY worth it!!!!
This manga is a classic example of a promising plot with amiable characters gone wrong in the hands of unsophisticated imagination.
The manga starts off with a pleasant introduction of the female protagonist, Kana Takachiho, a normal teenage girl leading her normal school and home lives. As predictable as it could get, her life was turned upside down when she was injured in an accident, saved by a pureblood vampire , Aki, (who was introduced as her childhood friend) and obtain immortality as a result of him sucking her blood. However in exchange of immortality, the female protagonist belongs to a “possession” of the pure
blood vampire who sucks her blood every now and then.
In addition, a werewolf bishonen was introduced into the story and the trio sets off in an adventure in search of the 7 stigmas (also loosely referred to as the 7 sins/desires in the Christianity Bible) as part of a quest to revive another childhood friend (supposedly another attractive pure blood vampire) from his inexplicable comatose.
Then, just think Twilight – as expected, the pureblood vampire and werewolf fell in love with the female protagonist. While Kana (the female protagonist) is not as annoying as Bella of the Twilight fame, what made this manga intolerable was the subsequent weak development of the storyline and loose focus on irrelevant events.
While not entirely original, I always believe that even an unoriginal plot can prove to be an entertaining read if executed aptly. Although the first couple of chapters were engaging and made sense, with the passing of time, it seems as though the author has lost focus on what she was supposed to be doing and as a reader, I find myself going around in circles with the characters, pondering in puzzlement at the brow-frowning turn of events. While reading the subsequent chapters, my mind was often bombarded with tons of “WTHs” and “WTFs” and then I realized, it’s time to stop for a while.
Normally when I read manga, I don’t expect the heroes/heroines to be perfect. They can come with flaws but the important thing is that with each chapter there must be some sort of progress / development in the plot or the characters. Sadly, here, there has hardly been any substantial development after Volume 3. What’s the use of throwing in scenes of handsome-vampire-sucking-girl’s-blood from various positions when there is no point in doing that? (it seems like a deliberate act just to fulfil the raging hormones of fan girls).
Despite the weak development in the storyline, the art is fantastic, as expected of Aya Shouoto. Perhaps the only redeeming factor that kept me from dropping the manga (until now) is the artwork that is so handsomely executed.
Having read other works of Aya Shouoto, this manga gotta be one of her worst.
it is really briliant!.The art is very good
there is a very cute looking character called aki(vampire),and his childhood friend(human) kana reunit and she finds out he is a vampire and he makes her,her servant,aki has a younger twin brother who likes kana and kissed her.They haven't seen eachother in 7 years and they both say they have changed in looks but not in personality.It is so cute and romantic and funny at the same time and i just wanna read more but there isn't any more chapters i have to wait for the next chapters to come TT^TT. it is really good and is
already one of my favourites. I would recomend this to anyone who likes bishin guys/vampires/romance/comedy and mystery >.
To review this story I'd like to say that at the beginning it was very interesting. The art was spectacular, as always with Shouoto, and the story line started of so great that i couldn't sand waiting for chapter 2. Then chapter 2 comes out and its okay but the story continues. Its around I'd say maybe chapter 4 or 5 i don't really remember, that it started straying from mysterious vampires and stuff to a cheesy school life thing. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against the school life stories they are very interesting at times but with this story it was very
disappointing because i was expecting action packed mysterious type of story. That's not what I got. So what I'm trying to say, and no one hurt me for this, is that though the artwork is beautiful the story line isnt that great. So if you appreciate the art more then then the actual story behind it its perfect for you but if you don't then i suggest something else. That's just my honest opinion. So don't hurt me fangirls because i have a race on Monday and cant afford injury.