Buy The Record of a Fallen Vampire, Vol. 1
by Kyo Shirodaira. Published by Viz Media. 182 pages. 2008. $9.99.
If you note the popularity of Dracula, or in pop culture of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or even the recent Twilight series. Then what is the mystique about vampires.
Other than being quite mysterious, and romantic images- take a look at Shirodaira Kyo and Kimura Yuri’s interpretation. The writer definitely states that she knows of the countless adaptation out there, but what else is there to do, but write of a new adaptation.
Strauss is off looking for his queen who was sealed away. He faces humans, dhampires (half humans/half vampire), and the Black Swan (the only human with the ability to kill him, and have these cool tattoos on her arms.) Eventually aliens get thrown into the picture, so what to do? I am still reading the series of nine books. I can only write of what interests me about this series, and might interest you.
- The suspense is quite good.
- This is actually not a shoujo manga for once, so don’t ask me to recommend this alongside Vampire Knight.
- The art is pretty good, and there’s also some humor in it.
- If you already read vampire stories, there is a thing of never having enough vampire stories out there.
- The twist that comes out in the middle of the story is just surprising. Unlikely but surprising.
- A possible read alike is Castlevania. Castlvania is on my reading list of things to review for Anime.com.