There is a legend that tells of how the world was almost destroyed thousands of years ago by the vampire queen after she unleashed her latent powers. Despite their efforts, the humans were unable to defeat her, and thus resorted to sealing her away until the time came that they would be powerful enough to destroy the seal and kill her. However, the humans are not the only ones after the seal. Having cast aside his kingdom and betraying his own race and the dhampirs (half-vampires), the vampire king is persistantly searching, even to this day, for where his queen has been sealed away so he may break the seal and free her before the humans do. Fearing that once the king and queen are reunited, they shall continue to destroy the world together, the humans and dhampirs hunt the king, using any method possible.
This manga has an extraordinary storyline. if you think of vampires, dhampires, humans AND aliens, it seems too much to be good. but to my surprise, this manga turned out to be really a masterpiece.
The characters have very profound personalities, nothing is just black-white.
The plot releases it's mystery slowly, which gives a very good vibe of curiosity and the urge to continue reading enormous.
I really enjoyed this manga, and I would recommend this as a must to read.
Vampires have lately become a trend in the entertainment industry, obviously including the anime and manga industry. Countless movies/books/series etc have been made about them, and in the name of originality, their creators had to more or less move away from the actual vampire myths. Which is a good thing, because otherwise all of them would pretty much be like Dracula, and that could ruin the whole genre. Nobody likes rip-offs, after all. Therefore, over the past few years we've seen vampires that can walk under the sun, go to human school and live a pretty much normal life.
Now, the reason I'm taking this long
introduction is because "Record of Fallen Vampire" features the most rediculus variations of the original myth, namely vampires that don't drink blood to survive. I don't know your opinion, but any creature that doesn't need to drink blood is, at least for me, not a vampire. It might be a drow elf, but that's beyond the point. There is however a single blood-sucking moment towards the end of the story, so I will accept it as it is. Now, to the review.
"Record of Fallen Vampire" has one of the most gripping stories I've ever seen or read. Part of it is because almost everything you thought was true at the beginning of the story will have been dismissed as lies by the time you've reached the middle. You'll be led to believe the myth surrounding the vampire king's name, but you will soon learn that nothing is as it seems... and again... and again... until the final truth, the one even the king himself doesn't know, is revealed. On the journey towards that truth you will discover political intrigue in the human and the vampire world, and you will see mortal enemies joining hands to fight a common foe. The only thing that bothers me with the otherwise great story is that, at some point, there is the introduction of aliens to the plot. Many may find them matching well with the vampires, but I personally find the combination pretty silly. The fact that the aliens themselves - although we never get to actually see how they actually look like - are as cliche as they can get certainly doesn't help.
The main characters are quite deep and are developed pretty well as the story progresses. Particularly Kayuki, Bridget and Strauss are characters to fall in love with. Some of the more minor characters could have been developed a bit more, but you'll hardly notice it.
Art is surelly one of the biggest assets of the manga series. All characters are drawn well, but especially some larger drawings look astonishing.
All in all, "Record of Fallen Vampire" is a trully great manga for all those who love good fantasy, action and romance. I would recommend it as a must-read to all those vampire-fans out there (part of whom I am myself ;) ) although the main story is clearly not of the typical vampire genre. But then again, the manga's backstory clearly is, so you'll probably like it anyway.
At first i thought it was just another vampire story but soon it changed, the characters are very well developed, there is a reason behind everything they do, i can really think of them as "real people" and i feel sad for what happened to them.
This isnt a black/white story, its a gray one to its roots. There are no villains or heroes, or rather you can choose whoever you want to be villain/hero.
Its really saddening though, its been a really long time since a manga/anime/book/movie or any makeup story has managed to shake me
so much, i felt everything the characters felt.
One of these best mangas out there. This surpasses its genre in greatness, at first you have no clue what's going on but then slowly the story starts coming out and you become pulled into this world of mystery and tragedy, which of course means murder. The deeper you get the more tied to the characters you become, you begin hating one and view them as the enemy until you get more pieces of the story and you change your mind.
Ultimately you end up hating fear because that's what triggers everything. This series is about the destructive power of fear and teaches you a very
emotional lesson of just how terrible it can be. This isn't a typical vampire story, it's filled with nothing but tragic romance and utter chaos at times. Mostly, it's a sad lesson as to why you shouldn't try to destroy something simply because you don't understand it.
I love it because even though this series would ultimately be labeled a Tragedy, it's not overly depressing, it's not all that dark really. It weaves in and out of its horror, so you don't feel weighed down and ready to hang yourself. This is very good story and I'd recommend it to anyone over the age of 13 no matter the gender.