Midnight Secretary quickly became one of my favorite manga so far. If you have an affinity for vampires, it’s a good read and definitely a good alternative to other vampire manga/anime that deal will high school teenagers. This is for mature audiences only. There is sexual content and nudity.
Satozuka Kaya is a secretary who takes great pride in her work. Her face is very child-like, therefore, she pulls her hair in a tight bun and wears glasses to make herself appear more mature. She works at the Touma corporation as an assistant, but is transferred to the private secretarial position for the Director, Touma Kyouhei. Soon after starting, she finds out (by accident) that her boss is a vampire. He decides to keep her as a secretary since it would benefit him. She soon begins scheduling his “meals” with numerous women, but soon, after an accident with a client, he is weakened and needs blood immediately. Kaya offers herself up to the vampire and Kyouhei quickly realizes that her blood is the only blood that will satisfy his thirst from then on.
Their relationship grows, but they have some inner problems. Kaya isn’t sure whether she is just a “meal” for him, just his secretary, or something more. Kyouhei believes that Kaya is only doing her secretarial duty by keeping her boss in good health, which is what she says, but he wants her to let her guard down. Kyouhei is also a very prideful vampire and it’s looked down upon to fall in love with a human.
There’s also those who try to seperate the two. Kyouhei’s brother, Touma Masaki, and a female vampire, Marika. The vampire clan becomes a big deal towards the end of the manga since Kyouhei is “losing his pride” as a vampire by loving a human and drinking fake blood.
Kaya can be very childish at times, but most of the time she’s fighting herself mentally trying to trust her boss. Kyouhei is a very dominant person. He’s egotistical and hardly ever smiles. At first, Kyouhei doesn’t want Kaya as his secretary because she isn’t good-looking, but she quickly shows him that she’s capable of doing any work he throws her way. He says that she’s the only secretary he’ll ever have and that she’s his forever. Kyouhei refuses to let anyone else have her, which causes some problems when she is transferred to another corporation.
The progression of the characters is fantastic. Both Kaya, Kyouhei, Masaki, and Marika grow so much during the course of the manga. I loved watching as Kyouhei let his guard down and Marika began to accept that his pride had only grown more.
I liked the way Kyouhei is drawn. At first, I didn’t, but after becoming acquainted with him…it fits. The men are drawn in a bit more of an old-fashioned way, but Kaya is beautifully drawn. As far as, ease of read, it is. It reads very easily and the story is easy to follow. Everything is explained in detail, from the way blood tastes different for the vampires to his weaknesses to the dealings of the corporation.
Midnight Secretary has now become part of my top five manga. I loved it! It’s a must read for anyone interested in romance or vampires. It consists of 7 volumes, 34 chapters.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10
Honey x Honey DROPS is a manga that is far from my usual genres (at least in manga). I liked it fine, but let me preface everything by saying that this manga is for mature audiences only. It deals with a lot of sexual topics and includes some nudity.
In order for me to explain the plot, I need to first explain how the school system works. Within the elite school that the main character, Hagino Yuzuru, attends, there is a class called the Kuge, which is for the Masters. The Masters are a group of high school teenagers from esteemed families. Each Master chooses a Honey to assist them through the school year. These Honeys will, for compensation, attend school for free. For Hagino Yuzuru, this is important because her family isn’t well off and her little brother is attending a private music school.
Yuzuru’s Master is Renge Kai, a boy with a bad reputation for being a player. Kai is a very forceful individual and thinks badly of Yuzuru for accepting the position as his Honey for money (even though it was him who forced her into the position); he believes that she is no better than a prostitute, therefore, he treats her like one to begin with. After a while, their relationship grows into something a bit more, but without hardships. There’s one other Master, Yurioka Chihaya, (who refuses to have a Honey) who wants to separate them using any means possible. He’ll play his part throughout the entire series while another antagonist steps in. This person is Kai’s fiance, Kayaka.
The characters are well rounded and the manga touches on the relationships of the other Masters and their Honeys as well. Yuzuru is one of those characters that I don’t usually like. She’s “ditsy” and annoying at times. She’s like a child half the time and you just wait for her to start crying again. My favorite characters, though, were Kuki Genjo, Sakuragi Nayuta, and Yurioka Chihaya. Genjo and Nayuta are Honey and Master and they’ve been together since childhood (^_^ MOE!!).
The artwork was my biggest problem with this manga. I hate how the girls and kids faces are drawn. They look like aliens because the faces are so thin and the eyes are so huge. The guys are drawn very well and I love the profiles most of all. It’s also very easy to read, too. There isn’t too many side notes or too many words all over the place to confuse you.
I had the most fun with this manga just waiting to see what Chihaya would do next! If you like this sort of thing, you should definitely check it out. It’s not something that I would read again, but I’d recommend it to anyone interested in high school drama, romance, and Ecchi.
This manga consists of 8 volumes, 45 chapters.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10