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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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This is a decent read, but if you ask me it gets a little slow in some parts. The beginning and end chapters are a little faster paced, but the middle becomes awfully repetitive... lots of uncertainties and beating around the bush. I kind of skimmed a couple of the chapters in order to push to the end.
The relationship itself seemed kind of... unrealistic. I mean, yes, it's already unrealistic given the male lead is a vampire... but some areas where I felt a more dramatic response was needed never built up to a high enough climax. I never found any edge-of-the-seat moments, the drama wasn't hyped up enough for me... the drama they did have going was repetitive and boring.
Despite all this, there are other qualities that salvage this manga. I personally, loved the art. Not only that, but the female protagonist is strong, and doesn't always sit back like a damsel in distress. She's hard-working and actually has a personality. =)
Love the Charcater development AND CHARACTERS! Great Plot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love the ending!!!!! omg i just loved this!!! but the art was .......lets say it has alot of potential to make it better......overalll I LOVED THIS!!! reccomeneded to those who love deperately in love bad men turn soft-ish and strong-willed 'potentially pretty' female character
... Last updated on December 20th, 2010, 8:02pm
i wouldnt call this a bad manga, nor would i call it good. It makes me a little irritated on how the characters are. Well, characters arent always made to be liked so maybe its jus me.↲Its not a bad read. If u're a romantic, u may like ths cos of their somewhat forbidden love. But it'll annoy u on how slow their romance builds up.
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!!!).
Lovin' this manga!
I'm only about 1/2 way thru this manga but I'm really enjoying it. I guess every taste is different but I LIKE strong, slightly abrasive, intelligent, seemingly heartless men. I find them very hot. This male protagonist is right up my alley. Someone bring me a fan!
It started out quite promising but then it became ridiculous. I thought the main character would be a strong person but the fact that she is the perfect secretary is what makes her weak. What kind of self respecting person would do what she did? Also, I really have no idea how they fell in love, I really didn't feel any romantic atmosphere between the two of them throughout most of the manga. Another thing that bothered me is that after a while it got overly repetitive. They even kept saying the same words over and over again. Lets say we had to listen to a recap in various parts of every chapter. If I hear about "the pride of a vampire" one more time, I swear I'll go nuts! I'm being really nice by giving it this rating.
... Last updated on March 24th, 2010, 2:17pm
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
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
I enjoyed the formal attitude of the heroine and how the guy doesn't go all emotionally cold right after she shows the slightest hint of affection. The male protagonist's character is good, in retrospect, although I admit I didn't like it at the onset. I hope that this gets a much-deserved, action-packed power-vampire sequel.
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 .