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From Viz: Kaya Satozuka is a brilliant secretary who excels at her job, which is why she doesn’t bat an eye when she’s assigned to be personal secretary to Kyohei Touma, the very difficult managing director of Touma Foods. It doesn’t faze her when her new boss seems determined to make her fail, and she even manages to take it in stride when she discovers the secret behind his prickly behavior…he’s a vampire! But while Kaya easily adapts to late nights and keeping a schedule of his “dinner dates,” will her ultra-competence help when Kyohei’s smoldering gaze starts turning her way?!
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The beginning of Midnight Secretary started out really good. I liked the characters, and I liked the slightly gothic esque/older fashioned drawing style- it worked for this manga. I also loved the gradual attraction between the main couple.
However somewhere around the middle of the manga, there were a few things that grew redundant and really got on my nerves. First, Kyohei's self-hatred thing was taken too far to the point where I found it degrading to Kaya and off putting. He'd make Kaya chase after him, accept her, then reject her. Although the self-loathing act is cliche, I tolerated it since I understand his point of view, but it just grew tiresome. Also, some will probably find this manga demeaning to women considering Kyohei's possessive, heartless tendencies and Kaya's inferiority. Truthfully, I like it when the guys are possessive, so it didn't bother me so much, but there were moments where I was turned off by his attitude. Thankfully he improves. Also, it may appear that Kaya whores herself just for the sake of her job. While her mentality is always "I must protect my boss", I think its apparent that the real reason why she has sex with Kyohei is because she loves him, and heads into it this well aware that her love may not be returned. And then there's the whole thing where they are always talking about "Producing the best blood". Yea I understand that Kyohei needs high quality blood to survive, and Kaya wants to protect him but it's strange to constantly talk about "producing good blood" during like 90% of their intimate scenes..
Yet despite this, I still plundered through and found this manga oddly addicting.. Even though I disliked Kaya and Kyohei during the middle portion of the series for the few things i mentioned above, I still really liked them as a couple. And thankfully the series got better near the end where we finally get past that annoying middle stage of them rejecting their love for each other, and Kyohei finally begins to accept his feelings, further developing as a character. I found it endearing to watch these two progress as a couple together. There were some real sweet moments between the two, and some hot intimate scenes (heh).
And then came the ending..which also knocked off points(spoilers may be ahead)
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The baby and the marriage might have been cliche, but I could deal with it. Truthfully I was giddy to see them get married. However I didn't get to see either happen! The manga just cuts off at the beginning of their wedding and ends. I didn't even know that was the end. It didn't feel like an ending at all. At the pace of the chapter, It felt like there were 2-3 more chapters coming. I would have liked to at least see the marriage follow through and have more scenes with Kaya and Kyohei together, not just one panel where they exchange like two words(about her being his secretary and bride), and maybe have a glimpse at the baby.
I'm aware that I might be sounding greedy, and in some cases, cliff-hanger endings work, but the pacing was just totally off in the last chapter. The pacing was the same as the usual chapters (not fast but not slow) and then the story just cut off..
In all, despite all the flaws, Midnight Secretary proved to be a guilty pleasure to me.. and in the end I still love Kyohei and Kaya. I still hope that the author puts out an extra chapter in the future though..
... Last updated on December 29th, 2013, 4:11am
Dunno why i kept putting off reading it
Honestly i had become so sick of the vampire mania that i kept avoiding this manga. but this is awesome! the heroine is wonderful. She has a backbone and fights for what she believes in. the stress placed over her being just a secretary was a bit overboard. But other than that it was pretty good.
... Last updated on September 27th, 2013, 1:34am
50 Shades of Midnight
With some impact play and some bondage, this would be a better version of 50 Shades of Grey than the original. The story is quite similar (even though Midnight Secretary tells it well, and 50 Shades is full of bullsh*t), and the characters in Midnight Secretary (Kaya, Kyouhei, Marika, Kyouhei's mother etc ) remind me of the respective ones in 50 Shades.
... Last updated on June 13th, 2013, 5:52am
Liked the beginning...
... till it moved to selfish jerk/pathetic woman in love territory.
Having said that, I stuck around mainly cuz the heroine was so awesome. Loved her spunk in the beginning chapters, and that kept resurfacing throughout at odd points (like how refreshingly self-aware and perceptive she was about people and her situation) in the manga which made me sympathize with her sometimes. Although it's also a pathetic lack of self-respect if you're enduring that kind of situation.. "It's all part of my duty as a secretary" *rolls eyes*
At least they improved it towards the end, but some parts in the middle (considering I liked the heroine very much) just made me sad.
... Last updated on May 16th, 2013, 1:37pm
I used to have doubts about smutty mangas. I thought it would be sappy love and lots of sex, but I've been constantly surprised by mangas like Hapi Mari, Emma, Kimi wa Pet, Mars and now Midnight Secretary. Yes, there's sex, but it's not the focus and it's actually very beautiful or very sad depending on the situation.
These stories are captivating, realistic (to a certain degree), and downright amazing. I really enjoy them. This one in particular was fun because it was "supernatural," but perhaps that made it a bit more sad. The fact that they're so different, that they come from different worlds and there's a certain amount of effort to keep a distance is very disheartening. Even after they realize they're love there are still walls up.
But the heroine is amazing. A constant annoyance in manga is a weak character. Yes, women are sensitive, yes, we tend to cry about stupid things, but crying all the freaking time is unacceptable. I think Kaya was beautiful, strong-willed, professional, but still just a soft-hearted woman. Yes, she had her moments, but it's okay every once in a while. That's normal.
I also really liked Kyouhei. I'm really into successful businessmen in mangas, not really because I like their condescending attitude, but because when a guy puts you before his business, that's some sweet love. I also like how they could have anyone, but they chose someone average and not glamorous.
I also like family background in mangas and many mangas lack that. Family and friends, that's what makes you into the type of person you are so you can't just cut that out and focus just on a relationship. Whether it's trying to escape a family, look for your family, fit into your family, I love when it includes that. There's more to life than sex and your lover.
Love, Passion, Family, Business, Drama, that's life and when you have all those balanced in a manga, that's a good fucking story.
One of the best mature supernatural romance manga i've read to date and certainly one of my favorites. The characters are strong, the plot line is interesting and keeps a good pace, theres humor scattered throughout but of a more toned down theme (not much in the way of slapstick). Interesting take on vampires included in the story too. Sadly there are not a lot of manga around that are similar to this and those that are are not even half as strong. Well worth a read if you like supernatural romance.
One of my absolute FAVES
I can read this over and over again without ever getting tired of it. I love everything about this. The art is absolutely amazing and so are the characters. I don't think anything has compared to this (in regards to smut) and i find myself comparing other to this. I swear this has completely ruined me for other manga's haha. My absolute fave <3
Totally Captivated XD
Each chapter got my expectations higher and higher, the way she was ONLY focused on her job, and the way he treated women, and yet how each other became attracted to each other. The most interesting part, was how he (who just treat women as food) got so captivated by her, and how he came to treasure her and his baby. That kind of plot and that kind of character growth is the key for a great manga, with great art and an interesting plot.
... Last updated on April 17th, 2012, 5:44pm
I can't believe I ever overlooked this...
This was one of the first mangas I came across, so I had a lot of choice when I decided to read this.After looking at the art and reading the first two chapters I quit...OH HOW I WAS SUCH A FOOL...I've come back to this about a year later and , wow it is really good, I can't find fault in anything.The fact that the manga only has 35 chapters is amazing, because each chapter was used to the fullest it really felt like it was an appropriate amount..The mangaka was amazing, because she choose story over money, and didn't let the story drag on for the sake of money.I'm actually happy I didn't read this back then because its really feels like the best manga I've read in ages...Seriously read it ! Properly ! Don't do what I did
This was unexpectedly good office romance manga... I have read it because I wanted to read some manga about vampire, but this was way better than I expected. I really recommend this one as one of the best romantic mangas...