Hi there bloggers,
As well as reading a variety of sci-fi and fantasy books, I am slowly becoming more and more interested with manga series.
Due to the fact that I am new to this whole genre I started off with a very new and modern series: Strike The Blood by Gakuto Mikumo.
Kojo Akatsuki is an ordinary high-school boy–but when that high school is in the Demon District of Itogami City, “ordinary” means something rather different. He might be a vampire, for example. He might even be the most powerful vampire of all time. Middle schooler Yukina Himeragi, meanwhile, is the attack mage sent to observe him–a cute girl sent to observe a massively powerful vampire boy whose abilities activate whenever he gets aroused, on an island city full of all manner of supernatural individuals, each with their own shadowy agenda… What could possibly go wrong?
I am someone who is interested in the whole area surrounding vampires. No, that does not mean that I support the drivel that is Twilight! In fact I like the more traditional view of vampires, someone who does not wish the infliction upon themselves but is forced into living with the power and trying their hardest to blend into everyday life. As far as it goes, Strike the Blood follows that viewpoint, with Kojo appearing to be a typical teenager struggling with his school work and is constantly out performed by his sister in almost every way.
The story line is an intriguing one to say the least. Kojo is forced into being the world’s most powerful vampire and because of this a secret organisation (whom could be connected to the Empire of Walt Disney) the Lion King Agency. Of course this observer is a teenage girl who Kojo can not help but feel attracted to. This is where I feel most manga’s go slightly weird, in that the main male character has multiple girls falling after him but he is too stupid or blind to notice any of their advances. Sadly, Strike the Blood falls under this almighty spell.
Even though the series falls foul of this issue it can not be said that this ruins the entire series. It is amusing to see a character failing to understand girls and becoming completely blind to how his actions can appear perverse or can simply frustrate most girls. The action that is involved creates a more interesting outlook and thankfully is the focus of the series. As each manga book brings forth a new ‘boss’ for Kojo and Yukina to fight they are not simply stand alone battles, each one links the other and creates a web of deceit that engulfs the entire series. Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone who is starting out in manga!