Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican's dirty work, is the thrall of the local vampire playboy Johnny Rayflo. As the two fight crime—and each other—hilarity, violence and sacrilege ensue! But can Charley resist his own desperate cravings for blood? Find out as the devilish duo go up aginst a childlike vampire princess, a mysterious branch of the Unitarian Church...and one another.
Vassalord. had four volumes published in English by Tokyopop from July 29, 2008 to November 30, 2010. It has also been published in its entirety in German by Tokyopop Gmbh, Italian by GP Publishing and Polish by Studio JG.
Vassalord is about vampires-if you hadn't already guessed- and is based around a series of crimes involving vampires. A new drug is sweeping the market and causing many supernatural problems. This is where our two vampires come in. Charley, and his food source Johnny, have been requested to help get to the bottom of these issues and put a stop to them, before the public gets involved.
Charley, a christian cyborg vampire hunter, helps the Vatican with their dirty work; taking care of the supernatural problems. He is a machine, literally, as he has blades, exploding hands, gadgets and other technology tucked within himself. He seems
like an aloof character until Johnny ruffles his tail features and shows how cute, I mean innocent he really is.
Johnny, Charley's vampire master, is a laid-back vampire who really is just a food source for Charley-as Charley refuses to drink from anyone else- and also gives the audience the comical relief. Johnny is a pervert towards Cherry, I mean Charley. Although Johnny seems to sit on the sidelines he eventually dominates the story and you fine out who he really is in later chapters.
There are many characters as you get into the depths of the story and this manga requires your full attention. Also, Johnny seems to have this ability to create people from himself, so there are doppelgangers and look-a-likes galore. Just a warning as it might seem confusing, at times. I will admit, sometimes I was confused by the plot. I also got lost amongst some terminology's and bible references. However, I found that reading it the second time answered many of my questions.
This has boy love tenancies. There are no love scenes, however, some moments still had the power to leave me blushing and delivers fantastic sexual tension. I mean, they drink each other’s blood and even though there is no sex it's pretty darn close to the real thing, like, Johnny can't drink while clothed so he always ends up naked. It's delicious and in later chapters the art became very explic- *cough* I mean detailed.
Speaking of the art, I noticed the dramatic increase in quality over the volumes. This manga did start back in 2004 and since then the art became breathtaking. Don't let the first chapters defer you because I promise the art gets a lot better. Much better. The action scenes are almost poetic and the character designs are detailed with handsome people; eye candy galore friends! The imagery is clean with solid shading and remarkable backgrounds and structures shown in many different angles.
The artist Nanae Chrono has only release a few mangas which are all shounen/action based, so the fight scenes are intense and very detailed. Even though I've mainly talked about the relationships of the characters, the action and drama does drive the manga. This is a crime related story and even though it didn't really interest me the action/fighting scenes are outstanding.
I started this back in 2011 and had been following along, as chapters were released, waiting for the end. Now that the manga is complete I decided to re-reading the entire series, and I'm glad I did; a well worthy series.
So, if you like gorgeous characters and art, crime related themes, action and fighting that spray across the panels, giggle-worthy comedy, and above all: handsome vampires sucking each other's blood....you will like this!
I took a leap of faith on this one and I'm glad I did. I'm not one for Shouen Ai but it seems to be the only way to get a good blood drinking scene so it's something I can deal with.
I'm not 100% on just what the plot is but I'm enjoying finding it out. Normally with manga it easy to tell a couple chapters in what the whole thing will be about and even guess the ending. So it's nice I can't do that with this one. I only have one problem with it and that is that the chapters seem to jump
around randomly; there's little connection from one chapter to the next so following gets tricky from time to time.
The artwork is incredible, I love how there is detail but it's not over kill as it is with some mangas. It isn't so simplified though that the manga begins to feel like a child's manga but it isn't so detailed that it takes away from the story. The artist managed to actually find a happy medium and a style that suited the genre of the manga.
The characters are well thought out but Johnny is slightly annoying because he is somewhat immature. I do get tired of there always being one serious character and one immature character in every manga I have ever read and for some reason, they're either very close (as in friends) or lovers. In real life, someone with Chris's personality would never be able to tolerate someone like Rayflo.
As I've mentioned, I'm not a fan of guyxguy pairings. Nothing against it but I just don't like it. That being said, I am still enjoying Vassalord because of that bloody element you can't seem to get with hetro pairings in vampire manga. Hetro vampire manga doesn't have many blood drinking bits and what little it does have is often boring. So I'm willing to ignore the homo pairing to get great blood drinking scenes and gore.
Anyone who isn't a fan of Shouen Ai but likes actual vampires, not sparkling pansies or gun toting nuts, will enjoy Vassalord. The vampires have the sexuality that they're supposed to have without being whiny little bitches or complete space cases. They aren't good but they aren't evil either. Vassalord vampires are like humans in that sense. They can choose whether to live anonymously with humans or go on killing sprees. Either way there is no "I want to be human" or "I do this because I'm a vampire" type vampires in this manga. Even Chris doesn't seem to regret his decision.
I recommend this to anyone who wants actual vampires with good blood drinking scenes but not the sheer amount of gore that comes with Hellsing or the overwhelming drama that comes with Vampire Knight (both are still good mangas).