Chibi Vampire vol 1

Review by Holly Ellingwood
May 29, 2007

Based on the popular manga by Yuna Kagesaki, this novel is an involving blend of mystery, supernatural comedy, and a love triangle all in one. The manga which inspired the anime Karin (just now being released in the US), Chibi Vampire is about Karin, a vampire unlike any other, whose day to day life leads to many comedic mishaps. In this novel, it also leads her into some serious trouble when she gets mixed up in a fiendish plot to do away with a rich heir.

Karin is a vampire who isn't like the rest of her vampire family. She can walk in daylight, lacks the grace of the supernatural species (she's always tripping over anything and everything) and instead of needing to drink blood, she needs to inject it into her victims. She has the unique condition of producing too much blood. If she doesn't find her type, those victims that call to her particular condition, or if she gets overexcited, she bursts out with a nose bleed that can soak the floor with excess blood. She finds it all extremely embarrassing. Blushing is a state she's often in. For Karin and her kind (vampires) they each have a preferred type. For example, her mother drinks the blood of liars. Karin however, isn't attracted to the dishonest, she's attracted to the unlucky. And fewer people are as unlucky as her classmate Kenta. So whenever he's around, her blood pressure skyrockets and a nose bleed threatens. He actually guesses part of her secret, at least she's explained the blood problem, sort of. He doesn't know she's a vampire though. This is the least of Karin's worries at the moment however, when an all new unlucky fellow enters her life and threatens to make her gush - literally.

Youichiro is rich, he's cool and all the girls want him. He only has eyes for Karin. The problem? He has the same effect as Kenta does. The other problem? Girls are disappearing and he may be tied into the crimes. Could Karin's new love interest be a villain? Will either Kenta or Karin clue into the fact that they actually like each other, you know, that way? With a murderer on the loose, will any of them ever live long enough to find out?

This first novel was an engaging read. It has some comedy reminiscent of the manga and anime series, especially with all of Karin's

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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