Saturday, December 19, 2015

Manga Review: Bloody Mary, Volume 1, by Akaza Samamiya

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Volumes: 6+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

"Bloody" Mary, a vampire with a death wish, has spent the past 400 years chasing down a modern-day exorcist named Maria who is thought to have inherited "The Blood of Maria" and is the only one who can kill Mary. To Mary's dismay, Maria doesn't know how to kill vampires. Desperate to die, Mary agrees to become Maria's bodyguard until Maria can find a way to kill him.

Mary is not your typical vampire. He can withstand sunlight, holds a reflection in mirrors, refuses to drink blood--and he wants 17-year-old high school student-slash-priest Maria to kill him. In order to do so, Maria must uncover the Power of Exorcism, which is supposed to have been passed down through his bloodline. But while searching for insight into the Power, Maria suspects someone might be sabotaging his efforts.


I expected this series to be a bit darker than it is, though there is definitely more coming.
Bloody Mary is a vampire, only all the typical rules of being a vampire don’t count on him, and he doesn’t want to want blood. All Mary wants to do is die, and he believes that Maria can do that. Maria, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with vampires, wants them to leave him alone, only to find out that he’s supposed to have some kind of special powers from an ancestor.
Maria is cold and more of a loner than anything. Mary is sulking and a bit of a wimp (in attitude, not physically), still feeling terrible over a past tragedy. Mary falls for most of the comedy relief, with his exaggerations, and I find him rather cute. There are clearly some BL undertones here, including some blood drinking, but I don’t think anything is going to come of it.
There are darker things being hinted at, violence and secrets, and I’m intrigued. The artwork is very pretty, much like the cover. I’m not sucked in yet, but I am intrigued to read more.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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