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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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There is no friggin' abuse in this manga. Stop with that stuff already...
Let me just start off by saying that this whole "the leading male is abusive" thing is a huge exaggeration if not a flat-out lie. If you don't believe me, flip through the entire series. You will not find a single abusive encounter between Kaya and Kyohei; I stand by my word on that. Not once in this manga is the leading lady hit, cursed at, talked down to, raped, forced to take drugs or coerced into doing anything that she does not want to do. She chose to be with Kyohei. Yes, "CHOSE" being the operative word (right there in big bold letters). That is what adults do: make choices. Therefore, Kaya is not a victim of any kind. She sat there and deliberated on the pros and cons of taking this man as a lover (over the span of several chapters) and, despite knowing that it could come back to bite her in the ass at some point, still chose to be with him. She LITERALLY said she was prepared to deal with the fallout from the consequences of her actions, so what is all the hate even about?
Sure, the leading male is possessive and stand-offish. I'm not saying that he isn't. And no, he doesn't treat Kaya like a special snowflake, but here's the kicker, folks: of course he's going to treated her as "less than" in the beginning because
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DUDE'S...NOT...EVEN...HUMAN PEOPLE! HE'S A FREAKING VAMPIRE THAT WAS RAISED TO VIEW HUMANS AS SOURCES OF FOOD AND PLEASURE AND ON OCCASION AS BABY FACTORIES. He was raised to look down on ALL humans. It's a pretty simple concept to understand (human woman prompts human feelings from a non-human being in the end), yet people seem to miss the point time and again, and I just don't understand it... And all those other good guys that Kaya had to choose from? Yeah...there was a grand total of one guy that expressed romantic interest in her aside from Kyohei--one. Also, yes, he fools around with lots of women but again, he's a vampire. Sensuality and feeding kind of goes hand-in-hand with their kind. Why is that still surprising to anyone at this point? O__o?? And did you see the types he went for? I can assure you that their virtues were long gone prior to their encounters with Kyohei. :/ He also stopped seeing other women waaaaay before Kaya even realized. She didn't even bring up the issue of fidelity; he decided to do so because he couldn't accept being with any other woman but her, opting to drink "fake" blood--that he hated but took like a champ--instead. I know! What a selfish bastard. Right?
Kyohei wasn't even raised with the same moral standards as others, so how do you expect him to act like prince charming? And for those who are saying the leading female is weak, do you know how many Japanese women can relate to this woman? Do you understand that generally, demeanor and moral values in Japan differ from those of Western countries? Many Japanese women are not out-spoken or assertive or demanding; not just the women, a lot of men do not behave that way either. Generally, they are very consciousness of their behavior and try not to stick out or be a bother to anyone. This manga was written from a completely Japanese point-of-view . Which brings me to my next point. I don't know how many times I've read interviews where manga/doujin artists say that they're either hesitant or flat-out do not want their works being translated in western countries for two main reasons (there are more, but...):
1) Because everything from nuances to important chunks of info get lost in translation 2) Because people won't be able to understand a story that's being told from a Japanese perspective. In other words, they'll miss the point...
And after reading all the reviews about the Kyohei being abusive--when he's actually nothing more than a spoiled brat--and Kaya being weak--when she's actually quite ballsy for making her bed and sleeping in it--well, I think I can actually see where those artists were coming from. And I agree with them. It's one thing to review a manga for its flaws, but it's another thing when you start bringing in all the misplaced social commentary. It's silly...
All that being said, I liked this series. The dark shading of the art really compliments the overall tone of the manga. Also, I think the pacing was great considering its volume span, and I appreciated the extra follow-up story about the female...I can't remember her name. That was a pretty good little bonus. What I liked most was the fact that Kaya didn't feel the need to "change" Kyohei and simply "accept" him instead. Kyohei isn't my type. He was selfish but not detestable and no where near the worst that I've seen thus far. Apparently, Kaya felt like he was worth fighting for though, so hats off to her on that one. There were many questions that this series left me with, which is why it gets a 7.5, so I was a little irked about that. I enjoyed this series overall though.
'Midnight Secretary' is not a generic love-love, romcom manga, and the conflict was legit (differences in culture and race, etc.), so I was actually pretty impressed. It did have plenty of romance clichés, and some of the romantic dialogue was a little corny, but I still liked this series overall. It wasn't just silliness everywhere I turned, which is percisely why I prefer Josei and Seinen.
... Last updated on October 19th, 2016, 12:15pm
Average with abusive obsessive possessive main character
I find the main male character extremely disgusting ...an abusive jerk that plays around with women but yet is extremely possessive of the main female character and the worst part she allows it to happen... she's obviously a masochist and he's a sadist... There are plenty of better men in the manga yet she has to pick this jerk. Makes no sense.
I started out with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised :)
I really wasn't expecting much when I began this manga. I was surprised how addicted I got. I really liked the plot twists, including the final one, and the romance between the main characters.
Really was looking forward to a lot more of this series. There were a lot of unanswered questions that were going on about the lure of vampires. I read this after reading Vampire Knight, which was really depressing, I was looking for a "pick me up" that had a happy ending. Some things I wanted to know -how the baby looked -plot twists -how the company recovered -what happens to the baby with the clan -happily ever after? doesn't she grow old?
Kind of a cliche but had its own unique twist. First romantic scene = totally hot. Might be neat to get to know some of the other characters more and some plot twists.
There are some parts that start to get too wordy but just when it starts to get to the tiring part.. Some sultry, sexy, lustful parts start to jump right it. I loved it so much I almost wish I was her! Artistry very well defined.
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it starts as a girl trying to make it in life with out being looked down on by others because of her babyface. She dresses Herself nerdy so not many people look her way. But she got so curious about her new boss that she found out something creepy. He is a vampire! And be also found out she's beautiful. They start having a sexual affair while he still kept his affairs with other woman for blood. They have to go through so much interferences from others. She is stupid for not caring about her woman self enough. But at the same time it is what makes it more hot and heavy. They end up happy so that's what counts.
... Last updated on January 24th, 2015, 2:00pm
a complete guilty pleasure. .
This is one of the mangas that you will be like, "if tbis happen in real life, I would totally hate it." But then you keep on reading it and then smile when it finished. This is somewhat like Twilight (more like 50 shades of gray but 8 havent read it so I cant make that comparison)... the story is good (alright for twilight) in the beginning and then there the guy became a jerk in the middle.. and so on... if I knew the chick in real life, I would tell her to get away from him n thought their love is a mess (the one that usially on the mauri show). But this manga just kept me coming (read and reread) and jeot on hoping everything will be fine for the both of them and that they wouod live happily ever after.. yadayada..
One of the best office romances I've read
The boss-subordinate relationship in this manga is played out really well. The mix of an obnoxious executive and a diligent secretary is a rare find in josei mangas dealing with office ladies a.k.a. OLs. Usually, the office lady is incompetent and clumsy, but the heroine here is extremely talented but not without fault though. She's the type to stick to her sense of duty to the point of giving a 100% of herself. This weakness is taken advantage of by her boss who also appears to be a supernatural heartthrob.
I was first turned off by the whole vampire concept. However, when I read the first chapter, I found myself finishing the series in one night! I even came to like the vampire twist because of how the vampire society was conceptualized in this manga. It's truly a josei gem!
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.