Karin Vol. 2: Vampire Hunter

Rating: 
4
Review by Holly Ellingwood
September 12, 2007

Kenta has discovered Karin's a vampire and now her family knows that this human is aware of their secret. Kenta is about to find out just how much trouble he's in when the family of vampires abduct him for an impromptu family chat. If they think Kenta's a problem, they'll have their plates full when a new transfer student shows up and not only does he have eyes only for Karin, he's a vampire hunter too!

Great laughs and awkward moments blossom in the hilarious second volume of this uplifting supernatural comedy. There's Kenta meeting Karin's family and a deal is struck between them, one that Kenta doesn't dare refuse! Meanwhile a clueless Karin continues to try to figure out ways to make her unlucky classmate happier so that her need to bleed doesn't rise every time she's around him. Her strategy involves making him lunches and a general watch over his well being. That gets complicated when the new transfer student arrives. Winner is over the top with his extreme poetic rants and often incorrectly paraphrased proverbs. But he sure does like Karin. However as a vampire hunter, he could be in for a big surprise and Karin is stressed out trying to hide her secret. Luckily she has Kenta to help, but this proves problematic as Winner sees how close Kenta sticks to Karin and now considers Kenta to be his rival in love for Karin's hand! Now Kenta has to deal with challenges and duels everyday from the dolt vampire hunter. It's making Kenta very unhappy and we all know what happens to Karin when Kenta is feeling the full weight of his misfortunes!

There is a lot of high energy comedy this round of episodes, particularly with the introduction of Winner. His exaggerated mannerisms and behavior is good for laughs and adds a light hearted energy to the already entertaining anime. At one point after Karin has a gusher, Winner finds the pool of blood and then drags the class into a full out vampire hunt. What makes it all even more amusing is that the vampire hunter grows faint at the sight of blood. It makes his knees go weak. What this entire ruckus does is create one emergency after another where Kenta and Karin get thrown together, grow closer, and see if the romantic sparks will fly. With him being human and Karin a vampire, and an unusual one at that, these two potential lovebirds sure have the decks getting stacked higher and higher against them.

EXTRAS:
Bonus features include a reversible cover, clean opening version 2 animation, and Geneon previews.

IN SUMMARY:
Karin is a supernatural romantic vampire comedy like none other! It's fun, it's light and very entertaining.

Fanged Films

From the Library

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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