I was actually kind of disappointed with the second volume of this series. Instead of the development we got in the last volume, things kind of stall as we go on wacky adventures with all three (or four, if you count the bat) main characters. We learn new things, and a character from someone’s past is introduced, but it turns into an Ouran one-shot kind of volume with no conclusion. Needless to say I was pissed, because I was expecting this volume to resolve the series with the… consummation of the relationship between the vampire and Chiyuki.
Bah. It was still pretty cute, just not what I expected. Hatori mentioned in the author’s section that she may continue this one day, but wanted to work on other things. Which makes this an unfinished title. I did not realize, and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I’d known. On the other hand, I’m totally buying Time Stranger Kyoko, which ended prematurely, so who’s to say what I will and will not buy.
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.