Hello everyone! Today were reviewing another really old but classic shojo manga called Bloody Kiss. These days I’ve been rummaging through library shelves of old manga and sometimes I’ll stumble across a gem. Bloody Kiss is one of them.
Rating: 4/5 curiously excited clouds
The story follows a girl named Kiyo who inherits her grandmother’s old and run-down house. Kiyo has aspirations to become a lawyer to prove her father’s innocence. She first planned on selling the house to help pay her financial needs for education but decided to keep it when she met two very strange tenants… who also happen to be vampires. Kuroboshi and his servant Alshu have been living as her grandmother’s tenants for many years and expect Kiyo to become their new Landlaady. Things get weirder for her when Kuroboshi decides to make Kiyo his “Bride.” In this world, a vampire’s bride is the only human that the vampire drinks blood from. To deal with her new tenants and the expenses of living in the house, Kiyo goes out to find a job at a bar and the first book introduces a bit of each character’s past as well as their personalities and the little ups and downs of settling into the house together.
Kiyo is probably one of my favourite shojo heroines. She’s not indecisive or wishy-washy and powerless like many other shojo heroines that often annoy the crap out of you and read the series for the cute guys or to follow the plot. She likes to do things on an even playing field, one-on-one, point blank. She’s honest and she’s hardworking. She’s not heartless either, or she would have allowed the construction company to tear down the house and kick out her vampire tenants.
Kuroboshi s a good male protagonist on his own as he is created within the classic half-human and half-something-else archetype which adds something much darker behind his vampire essence and outer charm. Alshu is probably one of most interesting characters thus far. He doesn’t hesitate to threaten Kiyo about drinking her blood, yet he knows she’s his master’s bride and he serves his master wholeheartedly. I could see him turning into something of an antagonist… but for good reason. However, his devotion to his master hints at a curious back story that I’m excited to read about.
Overall, the art and dialogue are very well inserted into the layout which is easy to follow and the details of the plot emerge at an easy and appropriate pace. Other than the fact that my library copy had two of the last few pages ripped out, I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. Give this one a try! I highly recommend it to you shojo lovers 😉
I’m going to be traveling to Hong Kong soon which means more travel review, rants and photography coming soon! Thank you guys so much for reading and I will try to post as often as I can!
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