This suspenseful, supernatural series tells the tale of Canon, the only student to escape from a bloody vampire attack that took the lives of her fellow classmates and turned her into one of the undead. Struggling against the terrible needs that compel her, Canon commits herself to use her powers for good and do whatever she can to avenge the deaths of her friends and her own terrible fate. Joining forces with a talking, vampire crow, she begins her quest to find Rodd, Lord of the Vampires. (Source: CMX)
At the time I'm starting this review (who knows when I'll finish it), there were no other Canon reviews, so I'm going to try my hardest to do it justice.
Edit note: I have now finished the manga and will try to edit parts accordingly.
I'm not particularly biased about this because I'm no longer one of those crazy fan girls who squeal over all things vampire. In fact, I was getting over my vampire craze just as Twilight was starting to get popular. However, that being said, the story definitely adds a few elements I haven't seen before. It starts with Canon, the female lead,
already as a vampire, looking to get revenge against the one who turned her into a vampire. But it's not quite as simple as that...and by the third volume, this manga shows a lot of heart and proves that love can triumph over hate. The story's not all cute, but it's not all dark and depressing either and blends multiple tones together quite well. That being said, the story is far from perfect. New plot elements are thrown at readers with hardly any foreshadowing, and the fight scenes happen way too quickly and characters get seriously injured in the blink of an eye.
Were there a few panels that I thought should be fixed up a bit? Yes, there were, but overall, this manga was well drawn and looked like what you would typically expect from any other manga.
Don't you just hate how weak all the girls in Vampire Knight are? Well, Canon doesn't completely blow that formula out of the water, but the main character, Canon, shows a lot more spunk and independence than typical female characters in vampire novels. Of course, there are still quite a few times where she needs to be rescued. The two main guy characters are both vampires, thank god. I absolutely hate it when vampire stories throw in a werewolf or sometimes even a human for a large part of the story. Both of them, Sakaki and Rod, have good traits that make you root for them, and bad traits that make you wonder why you ever rooted for them in the first place. Overall, I loved all three of them, and the side characters, while not as well developed, served a purpose and were quite interesting to read about as well.
Since most of this review has been positive feedback, of course I enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the whole romantic vampire plot line with just a touch of violence, which (come on, admit it) is just about every fan girl out there.
Despite a weaker storyline, all the other elements of the story came together and this manga deserves the the score I'm giving it. I thought that the ending was underdeveloped and brought the score down by a point.