No. 20: Rosario + Vampire I & II

by Akihisa Ikeda

please don't judge this manga based on this cover photo!
don’t judge this manga based on this cover photo!

Genres: Shounen, School, Vampire, Harem, Supernatural, Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, (Magic), Romance

Status R+V I: finished;  R+V II: On-going


Aono Tsukune is so hard up on luck, that he can’t even get admitted into high school. His parents finally find him a school with no tests required for admittance, out in the middle of nowhere. He finds out the school is a youkai (monster) academy, Just as he is about to resign himself and get back on the bus home, he bumps into a beautiful girl. Turns out this beautiful girl, Akashiya Moka, is also a vampire who bites him right off the bat. They become friends and Tsukune is ready for a happy school life with her, until he finds out that if a human is found on the school grounds, he or she should be killed. Now Tsukune must conceal his identity from the rest of the monsters at school, while at the same time being a ready snack for Moka when ever the urge takes her. What effect will this have on Tsukune and will Moka be able to keep him out of harm’s way? (source unknown)


Rosario + Vampire is the usual Shounen/Supernatural/Harem/Romance/Comedy manga with your “average human high school boy”, Tsukune Aono, as the protagonist. Sounds familiar? Indeed, Rosario + Vamipre isn’t all that original. Nonetheless, it’s still an enjoyable manga to read.

At first, this manga just seems like a monster high school story of a loser kid surrounded by several beautiful girls, like a lot of other harem manga. After a number of episodic chapters that build up characters to their harem stereotypes, the real story begins. From that point on, battles become intense and bloody, plot smells of conspiracy and mysteries, and the way Tsukune Aono becomes overpowered after getting beaten up by the bad guys to a pulp is pretty much just as epic as as other good shounen manga. Most importantly, even though this is a harem manga, there is clearly only a single main female character (the vampire, Moka), to whom Tsukune directs most of his romantic focus.

R+V 2

So to capture the essence of what I am trying to say, there is indeed a central plot to this manga (even though it seems to be just another harem school daily normal). the battles between protagonist and antagonists are, at least, innovative and hotblooded. Finally, this is definitely one of the slightly better harem manga that I have seen. 


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