Millennium Snow 1
May 5, 2007
I decided to start this and Backstage Prince based solely on their length (two volumes each), then immediately got buyer’s remorse for whatever reason… probably because I don’t need to be reading new series. I drug my feet about reading them both, but I took only them to LA with me recently, so they got read. Or at least, this one did.
I was really pleasantly surprised. It’s got some of the stiffness and kinks that you would expect from a rookie story (I don’t know if this was her first collection or not, but I would bet it was among her first), but the plot is actually really good. A girl with a heart condition tries to be friends with a vampire who doesn’t like humans or drinking blood. Ideally, she would like him to make her his partner so that they can live 1,000 years together, he only needing her blood to survive. She says this was a wish for her parents, for her to see 1,000 first snowfalls (her name is Chiyuki, you see) when she wasn’t meant to see more than 15 with her heart condition. The rest of the story is about the two befriending each other.
Though the vampire kind of screams emo stereotype and does not let even Chiyuki break his dismal cover, there are scenes where he really comes through for her. Chiyuki herself is a pretty cheery, bouncy girl for someone who could be moments away from dying. There is another character introduced at the end, a werewolf (which is called werewoof, for some reason) and the theme of fitting in is introduced… it was touched on briefly at the beginning when Chiyuki has to go back to school, but it doesn’t stick to her since she’s so cheerful.
Flawed, but I’m looking forward to a hopefully happy ending next volume.