Two Trends Are Better Than One: Vampire Yaoi — Blood Honey and How to Seduce a Vampire

Teenagers love vampires, as seen by the overwhelming domination of Twilight (soon to be a graphic novel). They also love vampire manga, putting titles like Vampire Knight on the NY Times graphic books bestseller list. So why not push it even further, with vampire yaoi? The two best-known yaoi publishers obviously feel that way, with new books on that subject. (The publishers provided review copies.)

How to Seduce a Vampire cover
How to Seduce a Vampire
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Digital Manga brought out How to Seduce a Vampire by Nimosaku Shimada earlier this month as part of their Juné boys’ love imprint.

Watanabe tries to do a good deed, helping an injured man he finds collapsed on the street. Unfortunately, Mizuo is a vampire and takes the blood he needs to recover from Watanabe. Mizuo owns a beauty salon and then offers Watanabe a job, making for their continued interaction.

As you can see from this selection, the text often crowds out the art, which is standard manga style, with lots of face shots. Turns out that Watanabe comes from a bloodline of vampire fighters, complicating their attraction even more. The yaoi part comes in when it’s revealed that blood isn’t the only bodily fluid that can sustain this particular type of vampire.

Mizuo explains to Watanabe his situation (read right to left)

The book contains two stories with these characters, and then two historicals and something about cosplayers. I found it boring. There’s also a lot less yaoi content than I expected, mostly just one or two small scenes a chapter, or even just the implication of attraction.

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Blood Honey, from Tokyopop’s BLU line, will be out in early March.

Akabane doesn’t have any of the traditional vampire abilities or weaknesses, just a taste for blood, so he works as a hospital nurse collecting blood from donors. Mayazumi likes donating so much that he tries to give too often, so Akabane invites him over in the evenings to have his blood drawn “under the table”. Akabane fixes him meals good for increasing blood stamina and then snacks on his donation, which he finds particularly delicious (thus the title).

All five chapters here are about the same group of related characters, and they’re drawn very cutely, so much so they resemble kids playing at grown-up jobs and relationships. The look works better once the focus switches to Akabane’s nephew, who has his taste for blood but more traditional vampire attitudes in terms of seeking victims, but throughout it matches the light-hearted comedic approach. There’s also a flashback to the younger Mayazumi, when he was in school.

The events are ridiculously outrageous — Mayazumi’s reason for wanting to give up his blood is silly and overly literal — but amusing in their good-hearted charm. Various characters hit on each other in over-the-top ways, complete with visuals of their touching. If you like comedy with your yaoi and don’t mind a focus on blood in addition to the usual fluids, you might give this a try.

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3 Comments

  1. Johanna Says:

    “…Akabane doesn’t have any of the traditional vampire abilities or weaknesses, just a taste for blood, so he works as a hospital nurse collecting blood from donors…”

    Is this set in an alternate universe in which there isn’t a shortage of donated blood for patients who actually need blood transfusions? I ask because the first thing that came to my mind is “sure he’s not killing the people whose blood he drinks like Dracula did in Bram Stoker’s novel, but IRL diverting donated blood away from transfusions still kills people so it’s still a horror story, right?” Does the story include any other blood donor characters besides Mayazumi, and if so then do they get pissed off with Akabane a la “hey I gave my blood for patients, stop drinking it!” before he makes a separate arrangement with Mayazumi?

    Johanna Says:

    “…The events are ridiculously outrageous — Mayazumi’s reason for wanting to give up his blood is silly and overly literal — but amusing in their good-hearted charm…”

    Speaking of amusing reasons to donate, you might like the Redeem Yourself ad campaign that Door Number 3 did for the Blood Center of Central Texas. :)

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