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From Tokyopop: The members of the Takashiro family share a terrible curse: only human blood can slake their thirst. Sent away after the death of his mother, Kuzuna Takashiro remained blissfully unaware of his 'condition.' When Kazuna's teenage hormones begin to rage, his uncontrollable bloodlust suddenly rears its head...
羊のうた 羔羊之歌 A bárány panasza Balada o janjetu Das Lied der Lämmer Elegie pro ovečku Lament of the Lamb Les Lamentations de l'agneau (French)
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Good, but not what I expected
At first I thought this was a horror story because of the vampire theme, but vampire activities play only a minor role in the story. After getting over my initial shock at the main character's blood obsession, I saw many other themes playing prominent roles in the story. Relationships, independence, romance, forbidden love, depression, suicide, and death are the true masters of this world.
It is striking how few times anyone smiles, or looks happy in this manga. Every event is an excuse for depression, crying, and hiding for the characters. The one word description for this story is probably emo.
It isn't all bad, since I did like the art quite a lot, and Chizuna-chan is drawn especially beautifully. The story seems somewhat original, though it does't do anything too surprising. I was able to relate to most of the characters, and even feel a bit of sympathy for them. So it did keep me reading, and I was somewhat satisfied at the end.
I would recommend this manga to fans of Psychological, Josei, Seinen, and Tragedy. I disagree with the genre tags applied to this series here at MangaUpdates. Not recommended if you're looking for Horror, Supernatural, or any Action.
Edit: I've now seen the anime OVA, and it made me appreciate the manga even more. The anime is surprisingly true to the manga in most respects, with only one major change that didn't really affect the outcome anyway. The last chapter of the manga is omitted completely, and much of the story is compressed to make it fit in only 4 episodes. Still good, and recommended to fans of the manga.
... Last updated on July 18th, 2008, 10:34am
This manga was excellent. The characters and dark tragedy was very compelling. The ending was the only thing that made it not get a 10. The ending was completely open and horrible.
It had some potential, but it ran too long and wasted its potential as someone else stated. Nothing ever really happened. It wasn't as dark as it should and tried to be. "Look at me, I'm the color brown but I'm pretending to be the blackest black." My hopes that it'd grow on me was far from enough, and had it not been for my inability to stop watching/reading something halfway through, I would've chucked it out the window. Or deleted it, rather. I give it three points for not taking the common/-cheap- route and deduct one for the lame/-cheap- ending.
I love stories like this. It's dark, solemn and down to earth. The focus is on the characters interaction and how they choose to deal with a life altering disease. I didn't feel like it was slow or dragged. And I liked the sketchy art style and feels it fits the mood of the series perfectly.
It was a really meh story. I was expecting more since people kept "highly" recommending it on forums, but it really isn't that great and personally I wouldn't recommend it to anybody (at least not highly). The artwork is a little less than mediocre, and there's not a lot of character development. It just leads you on, with a pathetic dragging plot, then it dumps you near the end and says "ok thats it, you sure wasted your time."
A very good, dark, psychotic series. Don't listen to others who say it's about incest (because it's not). Giving your sister the tongue may be nasty but its not incest. Anyways the story is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and other great tales of tragic families.
Was a pretty good read. However, it seems people are confusing the series with Vampirism, due to Chizuna refering to herself as a Vampire.
The disease mentioned is most likely based on Porphyria (A disease which taxes the body, and many claim that the ingestion of blood can halt it). It has nothing to do with Vampires or the supernatural.
Also, incest hardly plays any role at all, mostly just the few times that Chizuna and Kazuna kiss.
Still a very good read. It was quite depressing, though.
The author knows how to tell a story. As for the quality of the story it is up to the individual to decide. One thing for sure, this is a solemn read, not for a person looking for action and excitement.
Great manga, i loved the main story and the characters, Not for all tastes as you can probably see from the rating, but for vampire lovers this is an intresting point of view about vampires featuring vampirism as a disease.
An intriguing psychological story about a family's curse. It has a good setting to it but as the person before me said, the story line kind of disappointing. in the conflict of man versus disease, disease wins out and man is barely trying to struggle against it. and -2 points for the incest theme <_<