Midnight Secretary (Josei) by Ohmi Tomu Rating: 7/10
Synopsis: Kaya Satozuki is a placid tempered young woman whose competence in the Touma company lands her the coveted position of personal secretary to the managing director, and son of the company’s president, Kyouhei Touma. Despite his preference for having beautiful women work for him, Kaya wins his approval with her quick and thorough approach to her immense workload. Annoyed by his inappropriate behaviour with scores of women who visit him incessantly, Kaya soon discovers that her new boss is in fact a vampire who uses these women for sustenance. She then becomes his knight in shining armour in more ways than one. Kaya takes it upon herself to protect his precious secret and she also resolves to become his only source of sustenance. Their clandestine relationship, when discovered, will not only upset the code of conduct in the workplace but the elite and influential vampire community on a whole.
Mood: Sometimes lighthearted and frivolous but there are many instances of it becoming serious and dramatic. Kaya’s initial attitude towards her superior is what one would expect from an independent and hard working woman with self respect but when that changes be prepared to experience violent urges involving rope and a baseball bat. You certainly feel Kaya’s pain as she battles the difficulties involved in preserving her reputation at work and keeping Kyouhei content. Kyouhei’s comportment might either thrill you or disgust you but I’ll let you be the judge.
Artwork: Ohmi Tomu certainly knows how to make her characters look gorgeous. Her revelation of Kaya’s true form (without the spectacles and tight bun) is reminiscent of Aizen Sousuke’s I am Superman, though no where near as epic or as shocking. Kyouhei is tall, pale but still handsome with broad shoulders, long legs and sharp eyes. Kaya’s hair is glossy and lustrous and her eyes are large and luminous. She’s adorable. Thankfully, despite people mistaking her for a child, she looks like a grown woman even with her small frame. This is josei, not shoujo, so if you’re like me, and get annoyed/disgusted with female protagonists who look like little girls but are having relationships meant for big people, you need not worry.
Consensus: A quick, easy and entertaining read. The characters are not psychotic or bipolar (thank God) and the plot is rather interesting with all the vampire clan drama and the topsy turvy relationship between Kyouhei and Kaya. I enjoyed it. That’s why I’m reviewing it and recommending it to you. On the contrary though, given the fairly recent vampire craze (be it Twilight or True Blood), you might not enjoy it as much as I did a few years ago. On another note, I must be allowed to rant a bit about the protagonists:
1. Kaya develops a lot as a character but her development displeases me. She had self respect, good sense and morals at first but then loses it later on. She disapproved of the women and Kyouhei with their torrid but frivolous affairs but then ends up having a meaningless affair with him herself and justifies it with her one sided love. She condemns his behavior before her relationship with him but then makes excuses for him afterwards.
2. Before, Kaya saw Kyouhei for the bastard he was but somehow she eventually sees something more underneath his foul attitude towards her. I think she desires more than anything to feel wanted by someone as powerful and as mysterious as him. Being a vampire makes him sooooo special and makes him so much “muchier” than normal humans with worse problems. He has so much muchness 😐 If it weren’t for the deliciously forbidden nature of the relationship, the earth shattering climaxes and his oh-so-sexy physical appearance, I don’t think she’d give him a second glance. Perhaps she was ignored by men because of the old fashioned way she carries herself? I suppose she feels grateful to him for making her feel like a woman when others only saw her as childlike in appearance. I don’t get why she feels so sorry for him though. So he has some family issues. Big damned deal. He’s an ugly (on the inside), selfish, narcissistic, egomaniacal and philandering butthole. What if her blood wasn’t so delicious? Would he like her then? What if Bella’s blood tasted like crap and Edward could read her mind? What then?! Bastards.
3. I also find it annoying and offensive that Kaya has to work so hard to make Kyouhei want her in a more meaningful way. What has he done to make her want him in a more meaningful way? Look hot and treat her like garbage? Some steamy physical contact as well as some compliments Kaya wants/NEEDS to hear are superficial incentives for her to continue being his whore. Well, at least things work out in the end and Kyouhei stops seeing his period thanks to all of Kaya’s valiant and admirable efforts to keep him forever. *Sigh* I’m too emotionally invested in this crap. So, does she eventually regain the fine qualities she had initially? Go read it now! 🙂
More Ratings For Midnight Secretary:
mu§e: 7.5/10 – Predictable, superficial, corny and cheesy but sooooooooooooooooooooooo good. Lol. I couldn’t stop reading. Kaya was retarded though but Kyouhei…**sigh**…Oh Kyouhei I would be your midnight secretary any time, any day, any where. Ah, the sm*t was also satisfactory (y) Ahh..Kyouhei…what wouldn’t I give to be in Kaya’s shoes.
Status: Complete (7 Volumes/ 34 Chapters)
Age Rating: 18+ <- A few naughty scenes. Definitely not for the overly pious kind.
Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Stupid.
Serialized: Petit Comic Magazine
Year of Release: 2007
DISCLAIMER: SMFG! owns nothing here. Story and Art: Ohmi Tomu. Image Sources: Ookami Kasumi Deviant Art