Without a doubt this is a must-read manga, the story expands a lot to make a great action-ish manga to read but it had to tone down the ecchi/harem/romance from the first season to put in more of that sweet actiony goodness. The story is far more interesting then that of the first season with many new enemies and allies, I'm trying not to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read this masterpiece, but if you haven't, WHY ARE YOU READING THIS REVIEW, YOU SHOULD BE READING THIS AWESOME LOVEY, ACTIONY, ECCHIY, HAREMY MANGA OF AWESOMESAUCE, go and read it now, trust me, you won't
regret it ^_^
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.
I love that Rosario+Vampire gets progressively darker as the series goes on. While the first couple of books were just a generic harem comedy (but with monsters!!! omg), by the end of season I it was clear there was far more potential here than probably even the author initially thought.
Season II opens with the usual R+V harem hijinks, then gradually introduces some fun and interesting new characters. Not long into the story, the new main villain(s) begins to move into the picture. Akihisa Ikeda is continually experimenting with all different subject matter this time around; everything from class struggles to abandoned
children. None of these are discussed to any great extent, but they're still there, and it's better to not go all the way than go too far and seem like you're talking down to your audience. The story was never really the selling point of Rosario+Vampire, anyway, so it does its job more than well enough.
I've always been a fan of Ikeda's art style, with his excellent balance of detailed linework, inspired monster designs, and of course, cute girls. The characters are instantly recognizable, and you would remember them if he decided to cut them out of the story and bring them back years later. His one fatal flaw is the under-drawings: the base models that just get drawn over with hair, clothes, etc. If an artist skimps out on these, then the final product, no matter how well-rendered, will always appear slightly off to a wary eye. When he gets it right, however, everything clicks are the results are fantastic. At the time of this writing, 35 chapters have been released, and some of the battles thus far have been mind-blowing. Not Berserk-level mind-blowing, mind you, but still pretty darn impressive.
As stated before, the artist certainly knows how to design visually appealing characters. Whether they can match that appeal with their level of depth is another matter. Tsukune continues to be an incessantly nice guy, which is nice, but not particularly interesting. Outer Moka is thankfully being given more personality, and slowly becoming a character that actually deserves to be the lead heroine. A common criticism of the series is Inner Moka is often eschewed in favor of Outer Moka, though this finally seems to be balancing out as the vampire culture is explored. Kurumu and Yukari roughly keep their same level of importance as they have in the past, and fans of Mizore might be a bit disappointed, as she is pushed to the background again, save for one major arc solely dedicated to her. Just like the first season, those given the most thought are the villains and the characters that are only present for one arc and then are never mentioned again. Though to be fair, this is often the case with every piece of writing, and not just Rosario+Vampire.
With a series like this, enjoyment is what it really comes down to, and R+V does not disappoint. This is one of the most consistently entertaining manga out right now, and the month-long wait between chapters can be quite painful at times. The fight scenes are well-thought out, and hot girls fighting monsters is always cool. Ikeda also seems to have taken some pointers from the anime, because the fanservice is also better (they even have nipples every once in a while \o/ ). It's rarely distracting, though; unlike the anime, he knows better than to throw in a pantyshot at the scene's most dramatic point. Did I mention how wonderful it is there are even legitimately dramatic parts in the first place? Because that's a good thing. Certainly one that makes it more enjoyable.
Despite its shortcomings, R+V Season II is still an incredibly fun manga, and a large improvement over Season I. Everything is better; the story, the art, the characters, the fanservice. It's a stretch to call it great, but it's definitely very good.
And now g2g do homework why the hell did i even write this i'm such an idiot
Part two of the series is just as great as the first part maybe even a little better now. With each of the girls trying to get Tsukune to be there's with inner Moka (Her Vampire half) getting in the way of Tsukune trying to be with the other Moka. And with Moka's half sister Kokoa also getting in the way every now and again.
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.
Well i like it as much i liked the 1st season. but i am depressed about Tsukune's change. at 1st season his change was awsome and cool, but in second season he can't controll his power.
also in second season there is new Character, named Cocoa (i think that was it can't remember since it;s been a while) she is sister of Moka. i am especialy fan of Mizori san(ice queen, can't remember if i spelled the name correctly). anyway story is ok and art is ok. charater was good, but the best thing about the second season is the enjoyment i
get, there isn't a word that can describe it.
Cocoa has this thing for her inner sister so the first time cocoa comes out, she is aggressive. She loves her inner sister way too much. So like 1st season they do club recruit and some dangers, i would like to tell you guys more about it but if i do i would be spoiling it so you guys read it and find out for yourself. (HIGHLY RECOMMENT BOTH ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON ONE AND TWO)
Comparing it to its predecessor , R+V Season I , this series has far much more to offer that would leave the readers drooling for more of this series as it took a far more serious approach than it did in the first season.
Story : 8/10
A human being friends with monsters is not an original plot in any sense and I could probably hand pick out several other titles with almost the same plot lines with ease but that was in the first season where everything had started. This second season's storyline is pretty generic at the start where Tsukune and his harem continues their
daily lives in school until the series took a darker approach to the story by introducing Fairy Tale which is not to be confused with Fairy Tail(manga). The readers are given more back stories of the main characters , notably Mizore and Moka as the story got even darker and darker. It evolved from a comedy-romance-slapstick kind of series into a very serious one once Moka's rosario seal broke and had to be repaired and ever since then , the series had sky rocketed up in my chart because the writing had been splendid all the way since then.
Also , one could possibly see what life lessons the author is trying to imply through some of the arcs such as Moka's stepmother which had been introduced this season that ' Jealousy Kills ' and the sorts. Compared to Season 1 , this series' storyline could easily put it to shame.
Art : 10/10
I would very rarely give full marks for this section but the art in the series is extremely beautiful and well drawn. One could easily see that the author's drawings had transcended itself ever since the start of season one as each character are drawn majestically and low-quality drawings are very sparse. Emotions are well-conveyed through the character's facial expressions and one could easily discern what is happening with the neat drawings unlike some mangas where you would have no idea what that panel is for. This is definitely the most well drawn manga if not second , that I have ever seen as it's definitely comparable to the likes of Bleach and Gantz. No , scratch that. It's definitely better than Bleach in terms of art.
Character : 8/10
There are even more characters introduced in this season and most of the characters are given a back story which also includes the main cast as well as we get a lot more development on Tsukune's romantic interests. Also , the series also reuses some of its old characters back from season 1 which is the problem that some manga face whereby they completely about their own characters after a long span of time and it was definitely heart warming to see Sun-sempai again. We also do see the characters bond closer and closer to each other especially with Kurumu and Tsukune along with Tsukune and Moka.
Enjoyment : 8/10
Although with all the praise , this series had been a thrill of a ride. It's a roller-coaster with its highs and lows. With the addition of the Dark Lords, more powers are introduced and I would have to proclaim this : Mugen Jigentou is badass as fuck. At least compared to DBZ-type of powers , I would definitely prefer it as it's definitely cooler than just explosions in my book. Originality and doing something new is definitely one of the things that would score high in my book and the powers is definitely one that had me going.
However , I do have to lament on some of the things which sadly dropped the score from a perfect 10 to a 8. One of such things was Moka's death. I believed that was the most hyped up scene in the entire series and honestly , my heart was pounding so badly that I craved for the next chapter that would be released next month. All of the scenes were beautifully drawn and their kiss was definitely the exceptionally beautiful one and the next chapter was also as good with Tsukune breaking off his holy seal just to inject blood to save Moka. At that point , my crave for the next chapter was so high that all I did each day was to check whether there were any updates , and I was not the only one. R+V forums were flooded and all of my friends whom followed the series was also suffering the same syndrome that I had , but then came the downfall.
Don't get me wrong but I would preferred it if Moka had died. Even if she were to be revived , it was okay with me so long that Tsukune went berserk or died in her place at the very least because the climax was so well done in both chapters that would leave the fans hanging for more but the next chapter killed all of the excitement and hype that it had successfully built up because of a convenient power up which I shall refer to Fairy Tail's (yes , I'm talking about Hiiro Mashima's manga) plot *coughcough* , I meant nakama armour.
Literally the chapter was about all of Tsukune friends joining hands and 'conveying' instructions about how to control the Shinso power so that Tsukune and Moka could power up in time to kill Alucard. I was like ' wat ' throughout the entire chapter. How would they know how to control the Shinso's blood inside their body? This is what I'd call by a convenient plothole which is big enough to render a near perfect series to 'meh'. And both of them 'revived' and literally One-Punch Manned Alucard , the supposed strongest vampire in history. Sorry , that just killed the series for me but I would still give it an 8 for all the chapters before that and especially the two build up chapters.
Overall : 7/10
Its really sad to give this piece of a masterpiece such a low grade when it deserved better but it had to be done with the asspull done with the previous 2 chapters. But still , I would recommend this series for those who have not started but you would probably be as disappointed as I was by the two asspull chapters.
I give this manga straight tens. You know why? Because it's the best damn Manga I've ever read. It's so well written and the characters have so much depth to them. Of course, there is the occasional bit of fan service, but, in my opinion at least, it's purely for comedic purposes, for Tsukune acts in a very humorous manner when in those situations. I have read and re-read all available chapters multiple times - it's that good. Anyway, This series is damn near perfect: The right blend of action, romance, comedy, and character development.
All in all, this manga is a
must-read. SO GO READ IT :D
Rosario Vampire has been one of the greatest series in my opinion.Compared to the anime,this is one of the best storylines I ever read.The characters are well developed and the action is well structured.
I can't say the same thing to the anime.The anime is focused on the harem part and many things are continuously repeating.
The manga is full of funny moments,scary moments,drama and plot.It makes you realize many things about life and after many years you will want to read it with the same pleasure.
For me,Rosario+Vampire manga is a must-read!
Season One, I felt, was your typical Harem story. The Characters became a little more defined as the story went on, however the 'story' felt somewhat Bland.
So when I started to read this, I doubted my brain's ability to sustain a repeat of the story that, in my opinion, could have been left there.
Oh, how wrong I was...
(Had to write this in short chunks because I didn't want reveal any spoilers)
''Improvement'' would be a complete understatement. The story does well to keep you on the edge on your chair at every plot twist. I fell off the chair during the third quarter of the
Season (not to give away spoilers lul).
If you've read the first season, the quality is still very high, to say the least.
Again, trying not to give any spoilers away, but one of the characters will get (her) much needed attention during the story. Just read and find out :3
I'm enjoying the season so far. At no point yet am i bored during any plot; 10/10
Overall, this comes close to be the perfect Manga. Almost.
Now at first the series starts rather bland and boring and i'm talking like back in season 1. At first i was like, What is this? But as the plot gradually changed I saw the characters develop, And every 28 days i try to find the next chapter BECAUSE I JUST CANT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ONE. Its truely incredible because this manga has soooo much potential, As for Tsukunes "transformations" they will leave you wondering whats going to happen. This is an ABSOLUTE-MUST-READ.
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.
Hmm before I start this review I would like to clarify that I read until chapter 66.3/66C (no idea why there is sub-chapter numbering when they are full chapters)
And also, if I am reviewing it from a "sequel of the first season" it is 5/10, and if standalone it is 7. But overall, it is 6/10. I gave Season 1 a 8/10 in my review.
Regrettably, the story is what disappointed me the most. Besides being overly-cliched (I think I could see a lot of Bleach-like scenes), and meaningless gore (Why would you wanna pull ur head out and then put it back just for show?
Why, for the gore of course!), and also, there are a lot of plotholes and unexplained incidents.
Not to mention that up to chapter 66.3/66C, I think most readers will already take light of characters dying or taking MAJOR injuries (sounds a bit Bleach-like right? But....wait for it.... no Rejection of Events! (Orihime's powers). So how did they recover or come back from serious injuries? Good question...)
Generally, the story, if without spoilers, goes like this... Students in a youkai high school try to save a world against an evil organisation. Cliched-much? Add harem catfight, excessive ecchi, and tons of gory and drama scenes and you get Season 2. In fact, the few elements I just mentioned are much less in Season 1.
The art is generally nice, but in this season, due to slight character changes, sometimes there is a bit of confusion whether Tsukune is in his Vampire mode, as in Season 2 he looks quite similar in either mode (unlike Season 1 where he looks obviously less mature in normal mode).
The second issue with the art is the changes in character design, especially Yukari. Somehow I often confuse her with Rubi since she doesn't have her witch's costume anymore.
The third issue is sometimes some things in the panels are quite blur / poorly drawn that I could not understand what that thing is, and it happened for at least 3-4 times.
O yea, btw I think Hokuto looks like Aizen from Bleach ahaha (ever since from S1).
I'm not sure how to explain my disappointment in the character changes from S1, but I'll try. For the new characters in S2 it is mainly positive.
Firstly, Rubi. Honestly I'm not sure why her role changed so much, I guess it is funny at times (erotic actually), but it is hard to establish her as a stable character since sometimes she seem to be there as a messenger, as comic relief, as core character, and as a main fighter). This is so much so that by 66.3/66 C I think she is one of the most "immortal" characters. Not sure just how strong or "tank" she is.
Second, there are a lot of scenes dedicated to the Inner-Outer Moka issue. It seems like the author wanted to focus on Inner Moka in S2, but somehow I have no idea why there seems to be an over-focus on Inner Moka that Outer Moka's achievements and days with Tsukune in S1 seemed to be neglected, especially during the "Moka Memories" incident. And for all the focus on Inner Moka, I guess the most interesting thing is that Inner Moka still only has 1 main attack pattern: Kicking and somehow she does not need training. Nice character development on the past though.
Third, Tsukune. In this season there is some question over just how much he can control his powers. And how much his powers really are. Sure, if you wanna refer to Ichigo from Bleach, you can see from his mask and so on, as to Tsukune's Holy Lock. But honestly, there is no proper explanation on how much he can use it and so on. Btw, Ichigo's hollowfication comes to mind when reading somewhere in S2.
Fourth, for all the rest of the S1 characters. I think that some of them have been developed quite well, but honestly S2 focuses on harem, not friendship, so the rest of the S1 harem crew have developed into catfights at times. I still like S1's focus on friendship better.
Fifth, for the new characters that appear in S2. For example, Fang Fang, I think it's quite interesting how his family background is explored and relationship with a friend is delved into. Kokoa too, there's quite some character development and past uncovered. And Sun's history development is not bad too.
Overall, one common problem for most characters is the "relative power" between the different characters. Since most characters have direct attacks (instead of those like charm or paralysis), it is funny how some characters can win or lose at times. Anyways, another issue is how they could recover from serious injuries (normally there's no explanation) that suits the kind of monster they are. For example, maybe vampires regenerate faster than others? Nope, just jump a panel and they are good as new. Thus, this breaches the concept of realistic and logical fights and so for some battles the results of the fights are meaningless (Since some of the supposed-to-be heavily injured/dead characters could come back to rejoin some other fight very soon).
Some parts were so cliched and predictable that I would just guess before I read on. Bascially, it was excessively ecchi during the front part, quite boring sometimes after that, and needlessly gory. The transition is not very smooth honestly, it was quite light initially but then turned very dramatic and heavy later on. I guess at times they try to lighten the mood with "in-battle jokes", like in Bleach, especially before they just fight, but it just seems kind of silly and out-of-place at times.
I really enjoyed S1 a lot due to it being more focused on friendship and too-quick power ascension. This is not to mention some enemies which are defeated a bit too easily at 60+, or some missing characters not accounted for. But still, it does have its merits; it has some good character development, romance scenes and other heartwarming scenes.
I guess S2 is a bit too heavy for me, after reading S2 (up to chp 66.3/66C) just before S1. There are a lot of cliched and predictable scenarios, and I kept thinking of 2 mangas while reading S2, Bleach (for its obviously similar story progression at a lot of parts) and Chaosic Rune (for the obvious preference of gore, action and mystery).
So this is my review for S2 up to 66.3/66C, sorry if you think that it is one-sided but I think it is a mix of too many elements, the author tried to add too much stuff and ended up leaving a lot of things not explained for or rushed endings to battles, among other above-mentioned stuff.
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
When I was reading this manga I have ended up feeling that I was reading a story written by an elementary school child.
The story is totally incoherent, nothing have sense and it is way too unrealistic. Not because there is a lot of fantasy, that is totally fine, but because the rules of the world described by the author are constantly changing.
This is the perfect example of the story that has been written without any planning and that have ended turning into a set of sensational incidents just for trying to keep his audience.
Speaking about characters, they are simply uninteresting.
The main character is a regular
guy that has totally nothing for waking up the interest of the reader at any point. I have felt so hard that the author was trying to give to the main character something special to say, but in the end nothing valuable was done.
The secondaries aren't better either, just a set of girls whose personalities could almost be summarized by using one word. There are ones written in a better way than others but anyway there is nothing really good about anyone.
And in the end I ended up feeling that in the whole story there wasn't any character development that was well written, just superficial things that aren't interresting. The worst part is that there was some potential, for example with the character of Mizore, but the author has apparently preferred to write about a freaking teen harem without any value.
This is the kind of manga that should only be read by teens, otherwise I don't really think that you are gonna have a good time.
Dont be fooled by how it looks. Its actually a Manga i fell inlove with.
After seeing the anime i had to see what was next. I feel like the manga was way better it makes the protagonist manlier and in the anime made him kind of wimp. Dont get me wrong i also loved the anime but not as much as the manga. The story was original to me. I give it a 9 for its art,creativity, Harem, monsters and a human in the school and how much i enjoyed it! Its still going on! cant wait till the new volume comes out!
everyone should check out this manga and give it a chance :D
Hey guys this is my first time writing a review for anything on this site so I'm going to try to be brief, but as detailed as I can be. Also I'm doing this review for both seasons of the manga. I will do my best to avoid any spoilers.
Story - 10
Throughout the series starting at the first book of season 1 to the final ending in the last book of season 2 I found the story to be very solid and very well written. I there are times of calm and times of action. The story has its times where it is very sad
and then there is always a good recovery with some happiness and excitement. I could hardly put this series down once I started read at the start. The ending is satisfying and the overall story of the manga is so much better done than the anime's story. Just for the story alone I would highly recommend the manga over the anime if you had to choose. They are both great in their own rights, but the manga doesn't feel as rushed and random.
Art - 9
The art for the manga is quite incredible to say the least throughout the entire story. At times there are points where some of the drawn images and scenes are a bit confusing and some of the shading seemed off, but I'm not a manga artist so this is just coming from my unprofessional opinion. The art truly did stand out to me and kept me with the story being told and it does a great job holding its own with the art of the many amazing manga out there.
Characters - 10
The characters of Rosario + Vampire were some of the greatest creations that I have gotten the pleasure to get to know while reading this series. The main characters of the series are strong and they hold their own extremely well throughout the series and they all continue to grow and develop as the story goes on. Each have their own flaws, but I feel that is what makes each of them great. The side characters are all extremely well made as well. Each of them make a strong difference in the story whenever they show up and there is always a noticeable difference when they are not around. The second season of the series introduced a ton of new characters to the story and in my opinion each of them were pretty amazing. The supporting characters never completely out shined the main characters in the story, but as I had written before they did always make a strong difference when they were around.
Enjoyment - 10
It's hard for me to describe my enjoyment of this series in words, but to put it quickly I loved it completely from beginning to end.
Overall - 10
Yes I know that I gave the art a 9, but I truly feel that the rest makes up for it to be a 10. I would recommend this manga series to honestly anyone who wants to experience an incredible story from start to finish, beautiful art, unforgettable characters, potential for unending enjoyment, and just completely outstanding overall. Thank you for reading my review I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did.
First things first. My "reviews" system is explained on a blog entry. Which can be found through my profile.
A bit of a unique case. As I watched the Anime many, many years ago. But there was simply 1 scene which manga did so much awesome (or wasn't in the Anime, cannot remember) so I added first manga plan to read to continiue where it was left off, but decided to read from the scratch. So since it's aftermath reading, I tought I won't bother with review, but since I enjoyed it so much, I thought, "why not?"
I found the story quite intriguing, eventually story depth
was increased as the most serious characters showed up and more of history of vampire family surfaced. Aside that story was absolutely fun and simple. Basically main guy growth and change and as well his relationship between his "harem", but thankfully and quite obviously the choice or route was set by the end of the story.
Probably the only complaint I would have thus why not 10 to the story, would be that It felt as some things were rushed and closure on many characters weren't a thing or was very half-assed.
First of all, absolutely amazing improvement in comparison of the first season. Girls were pretty, guys were cool, action was superb, fan-service was nice. Anyhow I absolutely loved the artstyle, very enjoyable.
Nice characters, don't have much else to say. Liked pretty much everyone on a main cast. As well as liked many female characters. All did grow/power-up as well to some extent, drama inbetween them was nice and so on.
Main guy growth was probably the biggest enjoyment on a battle side.
Ruby and Mizore I loved the most.
It had very minuscule aspects that I disliked, overall absolutely enjoyed this manga. Going into my favorites.
First impressions, so after reading the first part of this manga.
I was interested in what would happen next and for the most part I wasn't that disappointed.
So the premise is after the events off part one the main character tsukune returns back to yokai academy for his second year of schooling and to have more adventures with his friends / harem.
So pretty much like the first part it's starts off pretty basic.
We have a few episodic monster of the week fights pop up, we have the basic school life Events and the harem girls fighting over the main
So pretty much business as usual.
But after the first quarter of the story.
The storyline starts having have more of an over focus and starts developing an endgame.
Because while visiting the home of one of the characters they come across an organization known was fairy tale who plans to destroy and over throw human society.
So after there encounter with fairy tale.
the story starts becoming more serious and focused instead of just being harem and school life.
With the characters training for there eventual fight with fairy tale and later on having to save there friend moka from fairy tale who plan to use her to destroy the human world. By bringing back a monster who once tried to destroy all of humanity.
Which becomes an epic fight and a pretty kick ass way to rap up the story which I will talk about in more detail later into the review.
So you can kind of tell that this story starts becoming a call to action. Because before there wasn't much at stake.
But now there is plenty at stake like the main character dream for human-monster coexistence or that the main character will never Be able to persue his romance with moka or any other of the girls in his would be harem.
So ideaism is what drives the plot forward now.
Which isn't really a bad thing because we have more focus on the thame of Rosario vampire which is about understanding and not judging people by what they are but who they are.
in the story we are shown that there are a few cases of where human and monsters can get along quite well for example a former student of yokai academy who doesn't have much of a family or a home to go to, but found a family with a human women who owns a small motel on the beach. Who is pretty much the closest thing she has had to a mother.
But of course we are also shown examples where it didn't really work out that well.
Which at the same time kind of justify some of the actions and reasonings behind why some monsters would hate humans.
Of course not all the monsters have a good reason for doing these things.
Most of them just what to kill all humans for fun.
Now I need to need to talk about the ending now well it's more like the ending arc of Rosario vampire.
Which pretty much is a by the books battle shonen arc with the fate of the world at stake.
With the characters storming the bad guys main base to save there frend and also stop fairy tail once and for all.
Which play out pretty well for battle shonnen standards.
there was tension to it, there was the cool battles and it builds itself quite nicely.
We even have the main character close the death because of how much he is pushing himself we also have the main character tsukune tell moka his feelings for her.
And then we have the epic fight with the main villain.
Which ended in probably one of the most anti climaxmaic way possible.
With the main bad guy literally blows himself up because he was having a chat with a old friend and they came to an understanding and he desides it time for him to quit and past on the torch. Like I can understand where is this came from and I liked the idea behind it like reasoning with you opponent instead of using raw power to solve the problem. That fine in my book
But the problem is for me it's just that it came out off the blue And it was very rushed as all hell. Like the rest of the story has ok paceing but why doesn't this part.
And probably the answer to this is probably that this story as a whole is a battle shounen and tagt qiute a few battle shounen from my experience always have good build up but never seem to end it off proper way.
Battle shounen endings sometimes are almost like a balloon that pops after you put to much air In it.
Also the ending in itself almost says that there going to be a sequel because they really didn't rap up everything and it also seems like it's adding to something that will be explored later.
For example how humans know now about monster being real, the harem is still going on even though tsukune has told moka how he feels but how come they are still fighting over him did he desides to chose all of them you now go for the Harem route well we will never know and also the fact that how fairy tale is still active.
Now the few another problem I had story wise is that
even though this story has interesting concepts it never really
Goes in depth with sied concepts and only explores them at the basic level.
Which is quite the wasted opportunity.
Now I am saying that the story telling was bad. Because Rosario vampire is remotely decent for what it was when you compare it to other shounen, harem battle series.
But what really held it back is that it never took the time to explore the depth it was trying to add and that ending was kind of disappointing in a few aspects.
The main character tsukune starts off kind of like his old self but is still manly and is starting to get more alpha. Even though at times he still acts like the bland self incent character.
But he some cool development with him starting to slowly become more of a badass over time and showing that he has a Ruthless side that he will use if necessary.
We also him Making the choice of throwing away his humanity to become a vampire and in order to save moka even if it would kill him. I really like this part in particular because it's really dose show he doesn't really care about what going to happened to him or what he will become.
Most of the side characters are pretty one note.
Minus the harem characters and some of the tsukune friends that are male.
For example we get quite a few arcs where they explore The back stories of some of these characters and also fleshes them out.
We get some little background on the werewolf character who is also the pervent off the team.
Another example we get moka back story's of how she became the way she was and it also explains why the main character can only unlook her true powers.
We also get an arc used to develop aother of the other harem girls who a snow fairy.
We get to go to her home and lean more about her and how her kind works.
which have her develop with her saying that she still going to say by the main character side no matter what. Even if he doesn't get the D.
We also have the succubus girl start going though some development to as well.
With her also going to say by the main character side no matter what. Even if it's kills her which it could.
So basically all the harem girls deside to say by his side no matter what it's just some of girls reason where explained more.
So most of the villains are are pretty one one note.
Mains a few villains.
Like for example the main villain alucard.
Who is pretty much the definition Of tragic villain.
Because though his back story we find out that he was a vampire who ruled over a kingdom and reveil himself as a vampire in order to build a kingdom where humans and monsters lived together. But of course that didn't work out.
So he was pretty much became evil because of what happened. Because when your dreams are pretty much destroyed you can kind of understand why he would try to destroy humanity.
Which sounds like a good idea.
But the problem is that it's comes off one note because for some reason we where never shown a details of how these events went down it just meantion in one page.
I would have liked at lest 5 chapters used to show his full back story.
The artwork looks very nice and detailed.
Every thing looks so clean and sharp.
There is also some very well down fight scenes.
The art style is kind of generic.
But every thing look very well done.
The character designs are still fedish based.
Like every one looks like a bishounen or bishojo.
The monster designs are also very well done as well.
What I really liked about this part is that for the most part it took itself seriously enough for what it was.
There was some nice character development and fleshing out.
I also enjoyed the kick ass fights.
I also like the fact that we also got showing some new places other than just the characters staying at school.
So if your into battle harems this is probably one of the better ones so it's definitely worth checking out and it's quite the fun ride.
But if you're not into battle harems them probably stay away because this wouldn't convince you to become a fan because it still follows a very basic formula.
That has been milked to death already.
Story (7/10) - After reading this Manga, it's easy to see why this has the highest rating out of all the other Rosario to Vampire series. (Currently 8.26) It was immensely enjoyable to see how the journey of Tskune and his friends at Yokai came to an end.
Character (7/10) - The character development really came out during this Manga as they came closer and closer to the end.
Enjoyment (8/10) - I felt such a mix of emotions as I read this; happy laughter, heartfelt concern, joy in general... and sorrow that it ended, but content nonetheless.
Overall (7.25/ 10) - This was a good
read, sad that it came to an end. But all good things must, eventually...