Set in Yokohama, this is the story of a priest with a "survival wish" and a vampire with a "death wish."
After hundreds of years, Mary—an immortal vampire with a death wish—finally finds out the whereabouts of Maria—the exorcist who possesses the "Blood of Maria" that can exterminate him. But, it turns out the Maria he found is not the right "Maria!" However, as Maria does inherit the "Blood of Maria," he is constantly being targeted by vampires, so constantly that he hardly has time to catch his breath... And so, Mary makes a proposal to Maria: if Maria pledges to kill him, he will protect Maria from the vampires until the threat is gone, and... The story begins!
So first of all don't be expecting a typical BL love story just because of the shounen ai tag!
This story does have romance elements in it but is super light on the shounen ai I would argue it's almost non existant entirely and could be described more of a platonic love story all in all.
Plot and artwork go really well together and I have to say that it's definitely one of the best vampire stories in the anime&manga genre that I have read.
In the beginning there are a lot of things that don't seem to make much sense but it gets clearer the more you
read and all the mysteries get unraveled by the end of the story.
This is what makes the manga really enjoyable because the writing and backstories get more interesting the more you read.
The comedy is also really spot on. Usually it's very difficult to include humour in a story that's supposed to be dramatic or serious but the mangaka pulled it off very well.
Speaking of characters it's also important to note that the characters are pretty good in this. Almost every character is really unique and has a certain charm to them. (Takumi is the only character that I feel like could have been left out of the story without changing anything in the grand scheme of things.
All in all I'd say this is a very interesting read for people who love vampire stories and don't mind an almost all-male cast.
Bloody Mary has a good plot and so far its plot seems to be really well planned out so that's a plus.
The pace of the story is fast, which I like. I don't advice reading all chapters in a row because there's a lot of information at each chapter but it's hard to stop reading.
Unlike MAL says on the genre, this manga so far isn't a shounen-ai.
The art is STUNNING. Just look at the cover.
Bloody Mary is such an adorable character, it's impossible to not love him too.
The only complaint I have is in term of character names because three characters are called "Maria" and
then there's one "Mary" and one "Bloody Mary" and those names may lead to some confusion.
Yet, it's a great manga nonetheless. If you're interested, you should give it a shot.
As the English release is two weeks away and I sit sour, waiting for it, I thought I would take to writing a review for the series thus far and what I expect the ending to be.
Generally speaking, Bloody Mary is not especially unique or groundbreaking. The story borders on predictable, with enough deviation to keep it interesting. Although the plot itself doesn't offer much in terms of twists, turns, and unforeseeable events, the pacing and tone of the story work well to keep the manga a page-turner. The characters have enough complexity to make them interesting and given its genre, they tell a
story worth reading.
The art is interesting and fits the narrative well. There are a few scenes that feel a bit rushed or unnecessary, but is it really manga if there aren't some garbage frames here and there?
For as much as I can find fault with Bloody Mary, I can't deny a genuine sense of satisfaction as I read through. The relationship between the characters, especially our protagonists, feels genuine. There isn't a rushed revelation of love, no flower-petal love confession, nor the homo-fetishism role play so frequently plaguing queer characters. Their relationship stands delicately on the border between homoerotic and homosexual, neither teasing nor baiting. The point of the story isn't its romance - it's an element and one that's built by the tension of the story. Perhaps that's why I can't help but give high marks to an otherwise above average work - it isn't a love story trying to hide in action.
Bloody Mary is a story of regret, sorrow, despair, forgiveness, and promise, exploring each darker theme through the various shades of love. The narrative is self-satisfying and offers various lenses to look at the author's perspective on each issue. No character is a single glance, no interaction left unexplored. There's selfless love between family, the bitterness and abandonment of scorned lovers, the distant affections of old friends, and the potential for something to blossom in the remains of our selfishness. The story doesn't try to be more than it can with the characters, setting, and genre, but within its limitations, offers a complete, well-framed vision of what the many kinds of love we find can make us and how we, in turn, create love for ourselves.
This is going to be a crappy review but i just want to state out a few points.
I have only read around the first three volumes but i plan to read more
This manga so far kinda skirts around the shounen ai a bit but don't let that stop you from reading it! It truly is adorable and there is a hint at there bing a deeper story and such with the two characters having a memory problems~ <-- (hope i didn't just take that from someone else's review) Also i would like to state that the art is absolutly wonderful!
I love a story
when the vampire has a thing against blood and or doesn't want to drink it. Gives the character a bit of guilt in taking the action in doing so in order to survive :3
In this case Bloody Mary (the red headed vampire) won't die per say if he drinks blood but he might go a bit crazy or something~