The story continues where the first season left off only months into the future. Yuokai Gakuen has been repaired and the new semester is underway. Tsukune and gang are back, and more powerful then ever. Anti-Thesis's true identity is revealed. With new adversaries looming on the horizon, and something much more sinister than the gang has ever faced before.
Tsukune is battling with the monster inside him. With the help of Moka, Mizore, Kurumu, Ruby, and Yukari, Tsukune trains to get his vampire blood under control and the strength to protect what he holds dear.
The new season focuses more on the girls, their past, and their families. New confrontations await them. New friends and allies will join them by their side. Together they will discover the secrets of Moka's rosary, and her lineage...
Rosario to Vampire: Season II was published in English as Rosario+Vampire: Season II by Viz Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint from April 6, 2010 to May 5, 2015. A complete box set (that includes the entire Rosario to Vampire series) was released on November 3. The series was also published in Italian by GP Manga from September 28, 2013 to September 5, 2015.
It was a breath of fresh air when the Shounen Jump title Rosario + Vampire came out, bringing with it an interesting take on the harem genre, within a Monster Academy setting. But alas it came to an abrupt end, along with the Monthly Shounen Jump magazine. Fortunately it was popular enough to warrant a continuation in the form of Rosario + Vampire II.
Rosario + Vampire II being a Shounen, Supernatural, Harem manga, with a bit of Comedy & Action thrown in for good measure. Although this is technically a sequel, R+V II feels more like a reboot, as it re-introduces the characters and
setting from the ground up. Making it fairly accessible to those who have yet to read its prequel. Even if that means having to rehash various moments of character development or plot elements from R+V (especially regarding Tsukune). But now it is set during their 2nd year in the Monster Academy, a couple months after the madness during the school fair and begins with the male protagonist getting right into the usual comedic-mishaps with his harem. Nevertheless the mangaka has learnt some lessons from his previous outing, as the whole "monster of the week" angle has been scrapped completely for a more character-driven tale. With the tales ranging from the 2 chapter outings, to some fairly lengthy arcs that shape the rest of the story.
This means that the characters end up a whole lot more fleshed out, from being given their own chapters to shine; whether that is in combat, or just some character-building. Yes that includes even the likes of: Kurumu, Mizore, Yukari and Ruby; making them all worthy members of Team Tsukune. Of course Moka, being the "best girl" gets a whole volume of back-story to herself. As for Tsukune, he continues to progress from the badass he eventually became towards the end of the prequel, which is all fine and dandy. Yet there were some missed opportunities where the mangaka could have taken things further with Tsukune's relationships with the girls, if only he wasn't too afraid to stray from the status quo.
Now I remember reading R+V and witnessing a mangaka go from several panels of mediocre scribbles, to artwork that's beyond what you'd expect in a harem. Now I have to say the artwork in R+V II is superior to its predecessor, simply because the mangaka had already found his own style to settle on and so there was no need for him to improve that much upon it. So the pages contain characters with a superb level of detail put into their facial expressions, fully fleshed out vistas and some rather elaborate monster transformation designs. Though be warned, as towards the end things do get Gantz-level gory once the story intensifies.
In the end R+V II helped remind me that a harem manga can be very entertaining, by not even being much about the harem in question but by just being an enjoyable & rather compelling to read (even if that means turning it into a shounen battle manga). Although this manga has its fair share of flaws, like the usage of the "shounen power-up trope", there's just so much to like about it. I like how it feels when the mangaka takes a step back to assess the various relationships; whether in a jokey manner (like in Ch.23), or a more serious manner (like in Ch.17). I like the contrast in the artistic style and quality between the comedy and action. But most of all I like how this is a harem with a solid plot and a well-developed plot at that. I just wish it ended better, but that seems to be the wish I have with most manga & anime out there.
This is the one of the view manga's I've actually been compelled to read and I can say Without a doubt that its a must-read manga, although the ending is a bit rushed which sucks and I'm sad that this is the end of it for now (i can Hope it comes back can't I).
The story is far more interesting then that of the first season with many new enemies and allies, its defiantly a good read if you're new to manga (like myself) if you like supernatural,harem and action this is the manga for you.
Please! if you are even considering picking up this manga... Do it!
Story & Characters:
There is a stark contrast between the plot of Season 1 compared to Season 2. This does not AT ALL mean Season 1 was not enjoyable, however, the sense of continuity and character development present in Season 2 is nothing short of amazing. The way new characters get introduced and old characters get improved upon is a thing of art.
The only shortcoming of the story is its length. 67 chapters seems like a lot on paper, however, once you start reading the last 30 chapters the length decreases severely. On top
of this the epilogue that is chapter 67 still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, however, this does not detract from the story as a whole.
This is by no means the best art you will ever see in a manga. It holds up well enough and gets the point across. The art is average to slightly above average and is a major step up from the first season.
I think it goes without saying that Rosario + Vampire is a great Manga that everyone should read at least once in their life. Any and all shortcomings it has can be completely overlooked by its amazing plot and characters. This is why I decided to rate it 10/10
Art is great
Characters develop well and develop over the course of the manga, but they seem to have a fairly cliche personality about each one. It is still very enjoyable to watch the different interactions between them and how their relationships affect Tsukune
The Story was solid at the end, but felt weak in the beginning where the gang stumbles upon a bunch of individual events in what seems like complete randomness, but then its all pulled back together. That much does not seem very strong, but the plot definitely thickens in the remaining twenty chapters as it nears its climax.
I found this series extremely enjoyable.
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