How to Seduce a Vampire Vol. #01 (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Julie Opipari
Review Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Release Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vampires, enchanted swords, and possessed armor don’t get much more boring than this. Sob!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Nimosaku Shimada
Translation: Sachiko Sato
Adaptation: Sachiko Sato

What They Say
When Watanabe gathers up Mizuo's battered and bloodstained body, he's forced to cooperate with the ensuing blood transfusion - and for his trouble was late for his part-time job, resulting in his termination. The mysterious Mizuo tells the now unemployed Watanabe that he is a vampire, and offers Watanabe a position at his salon. Despite his feeling that Mizuo is a potentially dangerous partner, Watanabe cannot bear to be away from him.

The Review!

Technical Review:

DMP delivers yet another well put together book.  It’s just a shame that the contents are so lackluster.  I love the cover illustration, and Mizuo’s holster of scissors, though it gave me the false impression that the story would be humorous, or even interesting.  I should have realized from the characters’ expressionless faces that this book would need an IV drip to keep the pages turning.

Content Review:

Ugh! This was an agonizing read.  Why?  It was painfully boring!  You’d think that a book with vampires would by pretty exciting, but nope, How to Seduce a Vampire was a struggle to finish.  The dialog is monotonous, the relationships lack chemistry, and even the sex scenes are overburdened with needless chatter.  What a disappointing collection of uninspired activity!

Mizuo is a vampire, and when Watanabe discovers him, collapsed and injured, on the street, he finds himself assisting the mysterious stranger.  After Watanabe is fired for being late for work, Mizuo hires him to help out at his salon.  Yup, big, bad vampire Mizuo is a hair stylist for vampires.  He uses special scissors, forged to damage supernatural beings, and he runs the shop from dusk to dawn.  You’d think that at least his customers would provide some spark to the story, but his laid-back little shop is also very bland.

My biggest gripe with the story is the complete and utter lack of tension or suspense.  Even when our duo find themselves battling a murderous suit of armor, things never advance beyond a yawn stage.  I can’t remember reading another book as brutally dull as this one.  Even the side stories included at the end did little to raise my interest level in this work, which seems almost impossible, since one of them involved a tiger attack and sword fighting.  I am just dumbfounded how this premise could fall so utterly flat for me.  I did not connect with any of the characters, and I found myself dozing off a few times while I was reading it. 

In Summary:

How to Seduce a Vampire is an uninspiring and incredibly tedious read that lacks in tension, romance, and excitement.  Even the life or death situations provoke only the slightest uptick in interest, because of the endless drivel that spews from the characters’ countless word balloons.  There is no fun banter, no flirting, no romantic chemistry at all. If you are looking for a sexy vampire book, pick up Vampire’s Portrait instead.

 



Mania Grade: D+
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
MSRP: 12.95
Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-1569701379
Size: A5
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: How to Seduce a Vampire