Volume 1 : The Laughing Vampire.
While a young boy, just resurrected as a vampire, commits acts of awful ferocity, the city around him shows all its perversion. The adults abuse their power, the boys degenerate and use all the available means to achieve their goal to give vent to their low instincts. Whoever can't understand and make opposition is doomed to change or becoming crazy. So which is the real horror? The vampire who kills in order to feed himself or the crawling disease hidden in society, which slowy corrupts without being noticed?
Volume 2 : Paradise.
Following the events narrated in the first volume, Luna and Konosuke are now living together with the old woman vampire as fellows, as lovers, in a diabolic innocence, killing for quieting their thirst for blood, joining death and love under the dream of eternal youth. Meanwhile, a young boy named Makoto is looking for his lost sister Miko, who disappeared years ago in mysterious circumstances. But what really happened to that girl who liked eating grubs and dreamed of becoming one of them? And is there really a terrible secret that someone is hiding? The paths of all the characters will dramatically collide, bringing unexpected consequences after the things are gradually revealed.
A story suspended between weirdness and decadence, showing a clear nostalgia for German cinematography and Federico Fellini, where blood is used to trace a great and only apparently amoral story.
Let me get this stuff out of my chest; you know what! Suehiro's works is breathtaking, period!
I always wanted to make a review for Warau Kyuuketsuki but I'm not sure on how I would start and I don't wanna make a butchered review for this manga because its one of the few manga's that massively influenced the way I draw and it's in my favorite list.
I guess I'll try, here it is..
If you do not like vampires, and people getting mutilated then you SHOULD read this one, it might change your mind, why? because I just told you! this manga is about crazy ass
vampires mixed with unhiged characters and after you're done reading, you will end up thinking, wtf was that? My point is it's a kind of manga that doesn't want your good side, it's more like I-want-you-to-get-disturbed-and-never-tell-your-parents-you-read-it.
The story is simple, the evil takes the good, the good becomes evil, and BOOM! shit's about to go down. It's a short read, it's probably why every turned of page was illustrated in a very detailed, precise a ton shit of work, the art style is almost alluring at the same time horrifying. You will feel like whoever created Warau Kyuuketsuki really took the time to actually make something out of passion, if you like macabre you know what I'm talkin' about.
I would say that Laughing Vampire is not horror story, but an adventure story with very dark ambience.
On the sliding scale of Dracula versus Twilight, Laughing Vampire is all the way in the Dracula camp. It plays up many tropes related to the monstrosity of vampires. Death is very common and the lifespans of side characters are short. While the story itself is exciting, it is difficult to follow. Events don't flow smoothly from panel to panel, and the numerous psychedelic scenes confuse things further. Sadly, many things are left unexplained by the end, mainly regarding the nature of vampirism.
The art is expressive
and vivid; the gritty style lends itself perfectly to the dark atmosphere. The character design is interesting, with several rarely used archetypes, such as the hag and the foreigner. It also changes subtly over time along with the characters themselves. The above mentioned psychedelic scenes are marvelous, as well. There's a lot of blood, but no gratuitous gibs. There are also many sexually loaded scenes, some of which don't quite fit with the rest of the ambience.
I liked the characters cast, because it's quite varied. While most of the individual characters don't develop smoothly, the dynamics between them make up for it. Those who enjoy Dracula will find that the vampires have been done properly - a bit over the top, even. Their ferocity and derangement is what drives the plot.
Laughing Vampire is recommended to anyone who enjoys classic vampires, or generally dark stories about humans that turn into monsters.