Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Manga Review: Bloody Mary, Volume 9, by Akaza Samamiya

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2017
Volumes: 10.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Mary’s twin brother, “Mary,” is unable to fend off his overpowering thirst for blood, and as a result, Mary comes ever closer to becoming “the blood-stained vampire.” Meanwhile, Hydra learns that Bloody Eye’s plan is to ultimately battle her. Then, Maria launches a risky strategy in an attempt to get Mary back. But will the risk be worth his own life?


We get some more background on “Mary” and Hydra, and it started good, but it quickly got messy with the two Mary's. After that, we get to see more of what Bloody Eye is up to. There's a confrontation between Hydra and Bloody Eye. There's also a confrontation between “Mary” and Maria.
I expected to dislike Hydra, that she'd done something bad, but now I'm starting to feel bad for her. She didn't start out with bad intentions, and she doesn't even have them now. She's the one who was hurt.
I definitely don't like Bloody Eye, though.
While some of what made Mary what he is now is getting cleared up, it's still very unclear how he and “Mary” became one. What actually happened to make them what they are now, and why they have such different personalities and wishes. And which one is actually Mary?
I'm quite into this series by now. I look forward to each new volume. They're dirty and messy and rather sad at times, but I kind of love it.

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

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