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Moon Phase – Review

Being a vampire lover, Moon Phase was one of those anime that I bought just for that reason.  I knew nothing about the anime before I bought it so it was a bit risky.  Luckily, it was worth the buy.

Moon Phase is about a girl, Hazuki, who is a descendant of a royal vampire family.  The anime begins with the boy, Kouhei Morioka, who is a photographer.  He works for an occult magazine because every picture he takes has paranormal phenomenon in it; he doesn’t mean for it to happen.  He goes to an old castle and takes photos where he meets Hazuki who is being held captive.  Hazuki attempts to form a blood pact with Kouhei to make him her slave, but it fails; it has no effect on Kouhei, but Kouhei and his cousin end up freeing Hazuki from the castle.

Hazuki insists that Kouhei is her slave because of the blood pact, but, of course, Kouhei refuses to obey her, which leads to some interesting and funny arguments.  The anime is really about their relationship.  No matter how much they fight, Kouhei feels the need to protect Hazuki from those who try to retrieve her.

Hazuki is an interesting character because she has a duo personality.  Mistress Luna and Hazuki are two completely opposite people living in the same body.  Hazuki is energetic, annoying, loud, and sweet when she wants to be, but Luna is every bit a stereotypical vampire aristocrat as there can be.  Kouhei is an Ama Lamia, Vampire Lover, which means that no vampire can make him their slave and whenever a vampire feeds on his blood, their servitude ties with their masters are broken.  He’s really a normal boy otherwise.  The other characters are interesting in their own ways.

I found that, throughout this anime, I got tired of the story.  I think they were just trying a little hard to do two things at once, the relationship between Hazuki and Kouhei overshadowed the vampire drama a little.  Some good things, though, are the fact that the anime really starts off well and gets you interested almost immediately.  Another thing is that, even though I grew tired of the story, I was already so far into it that it would’ve been a bigger burden to not finish it.

There are 25 episodes, 16 volumes of the manga, and the music is really fun.  The openings are “Neko Mimi Mode” and “Tsuku Yomi Mode” by Dimitri from Paris.  The endings are “Kanashii Yokan” by Marianne Amplifier, “Nami no Toriko ni naru you ni” by Noriko Ogawa, “Pressentiment triste” by Marianne Amplifier, and episode 25’s ending is “Neko Mimi Mode.”

I really do recommend this anime to anyone interested in vampires, supernatural, romance, comedy, or just cute neko ears.

Story: 8

Characters: 8

Artwork: 9

Voices: 9

Music: 9

Overall: 9 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

Midnight Secretary – Review

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.

Story: 10

Characters: 9

Artwork: 9

Overall: 9.5 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!