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Rosario + Vampire, Vol. 1


Rosario + Vampire, Vol. 1

written and illustrated by Akihisa Ikeda

Tsukune is a C student who can be described as "a walking exposition on mediocrity." It doesn't look as if any high school will take him, but then he ends up getting enrolled at a place called Yokai because it's his last chance. The problem is that if things go badly for him at this school, he doesn't get detention. He might get eaten. He's going to a school with monsters and they don't all take kindly to humans.

But no one is supposed to know Tsukune is a human. He, in fact, didn't realize it was a monster school until he was actually there. He does make one friend: a vampire girl named Moka who is normally sweet-tempered. However, when she resorts to her vampire nature, watch out. It's lucky that Tsukune is on her good side, because she usually turns into a vampire to save him from some other monster he has no chance of defeating. She learns early on that Tsukune is a human and still accepts him as her friend, because he was the first human to accept her as a vampire.

And Tsukune, though his grades still aren't great (on the midterms, he comes in 128th, while very intelligent Moka is way up at the top), can't be considered average at a school filled with succubi, werewolves and witches. Here, he's different. Suddenly, girls are paying more attention to him, and not just Moka. A succubus has her eyes on him, but while Moka wants friendship, the succubus wants to turn Tsukune into her slave! There are also plenty of guys interested in Moka, and Tsukune has to muster up his courage and let her know he'd like to be more than friends. Still, he can't help but worry she only really likes him because he lets her suck his blood on occasion.

Rosario + Vampire is very recognizable as what we'd call a "fanservice series." It's full of sexy girls, suggestive poses, ribald humor, and things of that nature. Some manga are nothing but fanservice, and thankfully Rosario + Vampire is not one of those. Yes, it has quite a bit of fanservice (which readers will probably enjoy or roll their eyes at --- or something in the middle). However, it also has a plot and interesting characters. This series is aimed at teenagers (specifically, it's rated "Older Teen") and ought to be popular, perhaps even enticing reluctant readers.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on October 18, 2011

Rosario + Vampire, Vol. 1
written and illustrated by Akihisa Ikeda

  • Publication Date: June 3, 2008
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1421519038
  • ISBN-13: 9781421519036