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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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Barefoot and pregnant? If only it ended at just that.
If I could give this manga *negative* points, I would. This is one of those books where I hate the thought of a little sister reading it and getting the wrong idea about a woman's place in the world. Forget strong heroines--this is a woman who erases herself in order to please her boss and let him sexually harass AND abuse her.
Does no one else find it appalling that she is essentially turned into a whore? She acts like she has no choice but to offer her boss blood (read: SEX) because she's "a secretary." She keeps repeating that like a mantra--"I'm a secretary, this is my job." No! Your job as a secretary is to organize your boss's appointments and reschedule clients! Your job description does *not* in fact, require you to perform acts of a sexual nature, and it's not a romantic seduction to be called in to clean up after his lovers because you're his "secretary." I'm really shocked and disappointed when I read reviews that call a heroine a "slut" because she is caught between two guys. Well, this girl is LITERALLY being told she needs to give up blood/sex as part of her job, and no one sees anything wrong with this?
Ok, not only is that just plain *sad* but--I can't even count the ways that this is a horrific situation. The fact that she feels that she needs to provide sexual services to keep her job? The fact that her boss, who is in a position of authority over her, uses her like that, and finds no compunction in messing up both her private and professional life according to his whims? Or the fact that despite all this abuse, she's "in love" with him and pines for the day he recalls her to his side?
The heroine is not strong. To say she's strong because she "sticks to her guns" is laughable. It doesn't change the fact that she does nothing to even the power her "love interest" holds over her, as her boss, and as a man in general. Oh, great, she *chooses* to go work for and be in love with a guy that mistreats her, day in and day out. That makes her strong...how?
The only way she's professional is the way porn conveys that "nurses" are "professional" right before they kneel in front of some guy. The heroine is a weak woman who plays into becoming a huge victim. The "hero" is a lot worse--cruel--but this is supposed to be a manga by and for women, and I know younger girls are reading this, and for that, I really can't forgive the main character for being so weak and spineless--but being labeled as "strong and independent." That actually is what gets me so upset.
Call it what it is. The hero's a heartless jerk, and the heroine is someone so "nice" and spineless that she'll take all his crap and then call it "love." But if you want a better heroine, who's *actually* strong and professional and independent, yet soft and vulnerable at the same time, try Kimi Wa Petto. Sumire would asskick this "hero" straight from outta nowhere in 2 seconds flat.
I understand guilty pleasures. I was so prepared to read this expecting a romance. I didn't even begin to think I was in for a true, disgust-inducing horror show.
... Last updated on December 1st, 2009, 2:04am
I liked it!
WARNING: Spoilers below.
Sheesh, from reading all the comments, I was preparing myself for some major jerkass male lead rivalling even Nougami Neuro in ruthlessness and cruelty.... Only to find, whoa people, you take things waaaaaaaaaaaay too seriously!!!! He actually wasn't that bad- yes, he's childish and a jerk, as well as very disabled in the understanding of normal human reactions about things like sex or weddings and etc. but yeesh, he's a pretty good guy deep down!! You people have to understand that Kyouhei basically raised himself- he didn't fit in with anyone, and it seems he pretty much estranged himself from his family, of course, if anyone, human or vamp, raised themselves they would always think selfishly and do things for their own pleasure, as well as have problems with the things we were all taught at a young age, like modesty and honestly and fidelity and love and etc. He really matured by the end of this, and I think people are judging him like he's some kinda Jack The Ripper! @_@ Overreaction, much? This is a manga and there are much worse people in the real world who've reformed...
And the female lead- I was expecting someone who doesn't have any self-esteem at all and doesn't mind being others' playthings; but geeeeeez, yet another presumption based on all the overreactions! Kaya was strong and stubborn, and just like others have said, when she says something, she means it and sticks with it. She didn't start sleeping with him because it was her 'duty as a secretary'- heck, she said so herself that she used her job as an excuse but she really just liked being in Kyouhei's arms! Plus, there was a good amount of adoration before and after the sleeping together started- of course she's going to treat Kyouhei as 'special' and behave with favouritism towards him. Really, I admired her devotion very, very much- both to her job and Kyouhei. She's not one of those people who will run away when faced with an obstacle; instead, she'll run towards it and jump over it, keeping her speed steady and determined. It's people like that who change bad people for the better and improve the world in general. You say she was weak, but if you ask me, for someone who (unlike other heroines in mangas) didn't break down and go into a coma when her loved one seemingly 'left' her, who didn't cry when almost assaulted and fought back, who always spoke her mind, who didn't give up the person she loved even though it would be hard to stay by his side- THIS WOMAN IS PRETTY DAMN STRONG.
I agree with the other user- strength isn't just bitch slapping whoever does you wrong and going off in a huff; nobody is perfect, if all women did this the human population would freaking decrease from lack of baby-making couples. There is a greater strength to endure and be patient than to snap and run off. Ever heard of this quote?
"Giving up is easy, anyone can do it. But, to keep it together when everyone would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."
I think all you people moaning about her weakness take things too seriously. It's a MANGA, for God's sake, it's FICTIONAL. And Kyouhei never once abused or hit Kaya- heck, he never so much as stood her up, if anything his only bad treatment was how slow he stopped his playboy ways (and even that was just a habitual need for an outlet to his blood/lust and because of his pride)!
There was no justification for what either of them were doing- they knew what they were doing, the manganka knew what they were doing and WE, the audience, knew what they were doing. If you're used to goody goody characters who do no wrong, go read Sailor Moon!
Overall, this was a really fun read~! I enjoyed spending my spare time reading this instead of some of the other Shoujo manga shit (as my friend so colourfully calls it) where everything's all beauty and colour and sparkles. This wasn't refreshing per say- I mean it wasn't a breeze of fresh air that smells like grass, but more like a strong gust of really cool air into a stuffy room. New and different, I liked it.
'Twas fun, I'd like to see a one-shot sequel or something with their kid.
... Last updated on June 30th, 2010, 6:53pm
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
A smutty manga with actual plot and content! I enjoyed reading it from the beginning and really loved Kaya-chan's character and personality. The ending was sweet and wrapped up the manga well but I was hoping to see more, like what happened in the future concerning the couple and the vampire clan. Either way, the Josei was a great read and I do recommend it to anyone who's looking for smut without annoying high school girls who can't think or act for themselves (Kaya-chan is so professional, I love it!!!).
Not a hardcore romantic, but still liked it
I didn't think that the male love interest was terrible. Flawed, but not terrible. And the female lead wasn't really a pushover. She chose to be with this guy, never bitched and moaned about it, and took responsibility for the good and bad things that happened between them. Her situation might have been a bit of a crappy one, but she stuck it out like a resposible adult and coped accordingly. I think that's pretty darn admirable. You don't have to be outspoken and no-nonesense to be regarded as a strong woman. Being patient and resposible ain't half-bad either.
That being said, even if there were some elements of this story that pissed me off, the one thing that I think is most commendable about this series ("I think" being the operative phrase) is that Kaya stuck to her guns up to the very end. And also that the leading male's personality changed gradually, instead of him suddenly turning into a prince charming. As far as him being possesive, arrogant, and smug....well, he's a vampire. I know that most people feel that something like that isn't an excuse, but it's actually quite true. I mean think about it, vampires are supernatural beings that drink human blood--for food no less. Humans are usually looked upon as nothing more than sources of energy and as pets in most instances (this actually mirrors the attutide that most humans have towards animals); also, I think that his condescending, lusty attutide is pretty much dead on, as far as vampires are concerned. He was raised that way. In the end, his attitude did change. Maybe it didn't change completely, but how realistic would that have been? Gradual is good, especially in storytelling .
Anywho, nicely done Oomi-sensei, nicely done.
... Last updated on June 3rd, 2010, 6:23am
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
i am so glad that i actually stumbled upon this manga i am throughly enoying it so far!
i especially love the female character kaya-san she is so down to earth and level headed not like Yuri21 said she doesnt run around like a chicken with its head cut off
as for our gorgeous director he seems as a hard a** at first ya' know like sesshou from inuYasha but as the story gets more into the plot it reveals that he's actually like a child but he's also protectful
but yeah i would so reccomand this its AWESOME!!!!!!!
... Last updated on March 27th, 2008, 10:52pm
l LOVED it!!! *may contain spoilers*
Ok,this was the first josei manga i've read and at first i was a bit hesitant about the smut part but when i read i was glad to realise that the smut decreases as you move thru it. this has simply been the most delightful read since a while.
A lot of other shojuo mangas are well, the character (girls) are weak and the men are all "Ooh, I'm a good guy and I'l protect you from whatever". And when you do come across a manga that has a strong girl they just digress into a weakling.*cough, Akuma to Love Song cough, cough* But I'm glad to say that Kaya stays strong throughout the whole series and doesn't just give up when he supposedly "ditches" her also when problems occour she doesn't cry and wait for someone to save her, she helps herself. And Kyohei isn't the above-mentioned good guy he's well, he's flawed and doesn't try to change [except the playboy thing] himself into a good guy when he realises that he loves Kaya. He also doesn't lead her on about certain things[weddings and children] he tells her straight bout them.
Te only thing i didn't like about the manga was the ending .I feel the mangaka could have ended it better with, maybe a bit on what happens after she has her kid and all that. That's the reason it got 9/10 instead of 10/10.
However this manga isn't for everyone but if your're looking for a read that is a change from the sparkles and light of shoujo then this is good for you.
I wouldn't recommend this for younger girls [12 and under] simply and only because the of the SMUT. Other than that I think its pretty damn good!
... Last updated on March 20th, 2010, 11:28am
ok finally!!!! he said something! like does it take that long for someone to say I Love You?(well with that sort of context...lol) well maybe with his pride and all but seriously he looks like he's hurting 'cause of what she's saying about being his secretary...yes yes yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!! He finally showed that hurt look to her. He's finally begging with his eyes.
Oh and by the way...He is soooooooooooooooooooooooo hot!!!!!!!!!!
Gotta love the main character. She's pretty logical, sensible and doesn't run around screaming all the time.
Edit: The plot's not too shoddy for a romance. However as of late, it's getting a tad too sloppy, what with the many scenes spent on thinking about love and sex and the typical "rival" business which meh... is introduced in a typical shoujo fashion. Well, there's nothing wrong with those 2 factors but you could always breath life into cliches by making them absurdly ridiculous/interesting like what some manga(BL/shounen/josei/seinen/etc.) do. Sad to say... the manga's so serious at times, that the plot gets a tad too mundane given the heavy emphasis on the main character's thoughts and her relationship with the "rival" and well, the typical "jealousy" angle.