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Vampire Doll: Guilt-na-Zan Volume 1 Paperback – 12 Sep 2006
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Now imagine if that same vampire was brought back a century later... as a cute Gothic Lolita girl, and forced to work for his jailer's descendent. The concept of "Vampire Doll: Guilt-Na-Zan" is a pretty wild one, and Erika Kari seems determined to milk this delightfully weird vampire tale for all the gender-bending, gothy-clad humor she can wring from it.
The legendary vampire lord Guilt-na-Zan is brought back to life... but discovers that he's been stuck in a life-sized wax doll by the lecherous Kyoji. To make matters worse, the doll is the spitting image of Kyoji's saintly sister Tonae (whose blood temporarily gives Guilt-na his old form back), and his inept twin brother Kyoichi (or "Night Veil") is trying to steal Guilt-na (as the vampire has been renamed) to serve him.
Worst of all: Kyoji is forcing Guilt-na to be his own personal maid, complete with frilly GothLoli wear. As in, housecleaning day and night.
Tthings become more complicated when "Night Veil" resurrects Vincent, the naive man-bat who once served Guilt-na-Zan -- and unfortunately he's having trouble recognizing his old master. And as Vincent and Guilt-na navigate the daylight world, they have other problems to deal with -- including random transformations, a nasty cold shared by the obnoxious twins, and a demon who is somehow filling a local school with boys' love. Yes, boys' love.
"Vampire Doll: Guilt-na-Zan Volume 1" is full of elegantly exaggerated manga art, lovingly detailed goth-y clothes (lacy GothLoli dresses, frilly shirts, Guilt-na's angular spiky black leather clothes), and weird supernatural creatures. But don't let this fool you -- the entire story is a fun, frothy ride that basically exists to turn the usual vampire-human dynamic on its ear: the vampire is the hapless victim, while the moderately evil human is the one causing problems.
And Erika Kari has a lot of fun with the ideas in here -- she really crams it from beginning to end with comic relief, whether it's the ineptitude of "Night Veil" (who has a habit of falling prey to his own cursed items) or the innocent eccentricity of Vincent and Tonae. And of course, lots of fun is had with poor Guilt-na-Zan's gender-bending problems, especially when he has to go undercover at the local high school -- and transforms into his male form ("AAAAA! I'll be a cross-dressing character!").
Actually, Guilt-na-zan is a vampire who automatically gets your sympathy. The poor guy seems like a decent sort of bloodsucker, but he's gotten roped into a life of servitude, and his awe-inspiring powers have been reduced to conjuring cakes and stuffed toys. His batty sidekick Vincent is adorable ion his earnestness, and Kyoji makes a wonderful antagonist -- he's wonderfully amoral, lazy, and manipulative. And any character named "Night Veil" is worth reading about.
Smothered in gothic trappings and gender-bending difficulties, "Vampire Doll: Guilt-na-Zan Volume 1" is a delightfully comic little vampire story, and it promises to get even better after this.
This has suprisingly, a lot of plot, for 200 pages of first volume. There's a fight between Kyoji and his idiotic younger brother Kyoichi, we meet batman Vincent who turns out to be the friend of Guilt-Na-Zan, we meet a creature who sucks the evilness from others and leaves them civil and nice to others, and we get the insanity of life in Kyoji's house.
The storyline isn't your normal vampire story. There's elements of one, such as something to defeat them (the original exorcist) and requiring human blood for something (Guilt-na an Tonae), but there's also some original stuff too.
It's rare to have character intros in a first volume. This book does. And they're pretty fun too: the name, one of their characteristics and then a plea to read this book to find out x. Funny from the first page.
The actual manga starts with a flashback to when Guilt-na-zan was first trapped. It then goes to his resurrection, his discovery he is in a female body and then his realisation his magical powers now only stretch to flowers and cakes. And then the aforementioned things happen and so does some more stuff until we reach a fitting conclusion that can still make you want to read volume 2.
Tokyopop classed this as a horror and comedy. The horror part wasn't that accurate-just because it has vampires and other dark creatures, it doesn't necessarily make it a horror story. The comedy on the other hand is a very large part of this. From the first page it was funny, and this continued throughout the entire book. In addition to the humour throughout the main story, we also get bonus strip at the end of each chapter and about 12 more at the back.
The characters were different to your normal stock cast of a vampire tale. They're all very likeable, but there's very little in the way of character development.
The art is detailed and realistic. The costumes are drawn well, as are all the little things. However in a couple of places it's hard making out what's happening because the lines blend so much into the shadows.
Overall: Strength 4 tea to a vampire story that will make you laugh if not much else.
My favourite manga series of all time and it is sadly under-promated and little-known.
I got it as a gift from my best friend under the summary of "hot male vampire stuck in the body of female doll". While this obviously intrigued me i thought it was a shallow plot-driven story but the dialogue and interaction between the characters and the sheer effort and beauty put into the art drew me in and i now love these books.
It will suck you in and unlike other mangas it does not pull the plot out until readers get bored of wasting money. It is a short series (6 books)that embraces mangas as mangas and not just a way to produce a anime or drag out a series.
You will find yourself looking over it time and again wheather it be because of the plot, dialogue, characters or the beautiful artwork.
For something that is so cheap you have no reason not to buy and even if you do fall in love with it you wont fork out loads like other mangas like Naruto or Bleach.
Please support this under-apprechiated series and artist and suggest to all your friends!
the story in my opinion is very interesting and engrossing. it is also very funny at times.the panels are very well drawn and have a very interesting feel to them.
this is a great book but it isnt really a good place to start in manga.
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