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Karin (Novel)  
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The story revolves around the title character, Karin, the middle child in a family of vampires who immigrated to Japan two centuries earlier. However, Karin is different from the rest of the family in that she produces blood instead of feeding on it. Because of her unusual condition, Karin lives her life just as an ordinary teenage girl would, despite being considered something of a freak by her family. She is able to venture outside during the day and attend high school, and follows the sleep pattern of normal humans. However, the general peacefulness of her life is disrupted with the arrival of a new transfer student, Kenta Usui...


Related Series
Karin (Adapted From)
Karin Airmail (Side Story)

Associated Names
かりん 増血記
Cheeky Vampire (Nippon Novel) (German)
Chibi Vampire (Novel)
Karin Zouketsuki

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (22 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 27th 2017, 12:06pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Dragon Magazine (Fujimi Shobo)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (8 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #730 increased(+70)
Monthly Pos #1237 increased(+655)
3 Month Pos #2382 increased(+1031)
6 Month Pos #4772 increased(+499)
Year Pos #7030 increased(+1082)

List Stats
On 63 reading lists
On 116 wish lists
On 28 completed lists
On 8 unfinished lists
On 52 custom lists

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
January 15th, 2016, 7:58am
I have a hard time connecting these novels to the main Karin story (which is a supernatural Rom/Com with some drama thrown in). These novels are basically all Mystery storiesā€¦super dramatic tales with rapists and fires and kidnappings galoreā€¦ And we're supposed to believe these outlandish stories happened between the chapters of the manga (the manga makes several references to this) - and they just don't mesh.
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decent light novel series   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by sharkie
March 10th, 2008, 5:54pm
The Karin light novels are a decent read to complement the manga, especially if you're a huge fan of the series.

I initially had a few quirks with the Tokyopop translation in Volume 1, which seemed to "Americanize" the words used a little much. Thankfully, this seems less evident in newer volumes and it feels a lot more faithful to what the original novel probably had written in it.

As for the little mystery story contained in each volume, they're not exactly what I'd call "mystery" in the sense that you can usually figure out what's going on very easily (though Volume 3 had me guessing a little).

Also, there are new characters added in here and some of them actually reappear in later volumes as well. Some of them seem like they would conflict with the storyline a little (Noel Ambrose, a vampire who sucks morals/ethics), but I think it's done well all the same, especially if Kagesaki approves of the novels herself.

With each volume, the stories seem to get better, so I have high hopes for the later volumes when they come out (the light novels are finished in Japan with Volume 9).

Overall, I'd recommend reading these novels if you like the manga series 'Karin'/'Chibi Vampire', and even if you aren't a fan, it's still worth a read (but reading the manga first will allow you to understand what's going on, because all the novels take place "in-between" whatever happens in the manga.
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