Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2016
A blood-pounding tale of an unorthodox alliance between a vampire and an exorcist!
“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.
Maria and Mary go to England to meet the mentor who taught Shinobu how to fight vampires, hoping that he might hold the answers that Maria seeks. But he’s already gone by the time they arrive, and they are met, instead, by a blonde beauty in a lab coat. Meanwhile, the familiar scenery stirs up long-repressed memories Mary had once forgotten.
We meet a new character in this volume: Lily. She's a scientist, the apprentice of the old man the group meant to meet up with. She's an interesting character, not too crazy. From her, we find out a new fact about Mary, and vampires like him.
We got quite a bit more development about Mary in this volume. About his past, who this other “Mary” is, and how he might have ended up where he is now. It's interesting to see, especially that his immortality might be unique to him, but his red hair isn't. His possible connection with Hydra should lead to something interesting, as well.
I'm always surprised by how much I enjoy this series. It's easy to forget, but then you jump right back in. And the development of everything is quite interesting and easy to get hooked in to.
A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!