Junketsu Kareshi (Shoujo) by Shouoto Aya – Rating: 4/10
Synopsis: Takachiho Kana is a saintly young girl who would do just about anything for anyone; run from club to club at her school to assist schoolmates in whatever way she possibly can and even forgive and befriend people who complicate her life like she does with the gorgeous vampire who enslaves her for eternity. Aki Kirito, Kana’s childhood friend, is a Pureblood vampire, the type that would make any girl swoon if he spared her a fleeting glance. It comes as no surprise that he’s completely fixated on Kana the benevolent. Well, almost completely fixated. What else could possibly be Kana’s rival in Aki’s thoughts? The mysterious Pureblood is intent on finding the seven Horcruxes, sorry Stigmas, that will assist in the awakening of his brother, who is also Kana’s friend from her childhood. That’s a Pulitzer right there folks…
Mood: Too lighthearted and frivolous. The characters themselves do not take anything seriously and often turn a situation, which should be serious and tense, into one that is silly, ridiculous and just plain stupid. The ridiculously fast paced and bizarre plot fails to evoke any emotion, apart from annoyance and possibly hate, and the characters often act so impulsively and randomly that one wonders if any of them are sane.
Artwork: This is the manga’s sole strong point. Shouoto Aya’s artwork in Pureblood Boyfriend is pretty good. All of her characters are beautifully drawn, with luminous come-hither eyes, stylish silky hair and detailed clothing. The shading beneath Kana’s eyes gives off the impression that she doesn’t sleep or might be hard on drugs, as our very own je§ter likes to say of Kurosaki Ichigo these days. Backgrounds are inconsistent. Sometimes they are detailed, many times they look half finished, as though the Managaka or her assistant just said: screw this and stopped half way, and most times they are left out. However, I must reiterate that her characters are splendidly drawn. The artwork was the only thing that kept me going though it barely makes up for the confusing and childish plot.
Character Flaws: Kana’s magnanimity is so extreme it borders on insanity. She’s very likable at first but then one would think that as a normal human being, she would be shocked to discover that vampires exist and that her childhood friend is one of them. Her reaction to this revelation is very unrealistic and makes me think she had just been told the weather forecast for the next day. The fast paced plot gives Kana no time to reflect on these things and she adjusts to the idea of real vampires too easily (oh, okay you’re a vampire…wanna grab some ice cream later?). Aki is super sexy and is possibly one of the hottest vamps I’ve ever seen in manga and, for that reason, I was almost willing to forgive him for his domineering temperament and his cheesy you-are-mine declarations.
Also, it’s one thing for a girl to resist and fight for her independence and then eventually give in to the very handsome vampire who wants to control her life but when she doesn’t even question his resolve and his actions that change her life perhaps for the worst then you know that that girl is psychotic. Aki is already a weirdo because he’s a vampire, but Kana has absolutely no excuse for accepting everything without protest. A little defiance would make this shoujo a bit more interesting in my opinon.
Consensus: Later on, the plot becomes even more confusing and random and Akita’s wish to awaken his brother seems out of place, as though thrown in for good measure. Actually no, it fits in perfectly with all the other random stuff that goes on :|. People seem to think that Shouoto’s other works are good (I have yet to check them out myself) but if what they say is true, I have no idea what went wrong here. Clearly someone was either inebriated or hard on dr…let’s just stop at inebriated 🙂 Romantic stories with hot vampires are so overdone in any case. Give it a try though. Maybe you will disagree with all this vitriol.
Garbage Type: So there’s good garbage, like Midnight Secretary and Stepping on Roses, and then there’s really bad, smelly, disgusting garbage, like this abomination. Okay that was harsh. HowEVER, lots of people seem to like it despite its egregious flaws. If you’re one to overlook such things then go right ahead and read it. Aki is HOT! Just thought I’d say so again, *drool*
Status: Ongoing (Releases are inconsistent unfortunately, or fortunately)
Age Rating: 13+
Serialized: ARIA Magazine
Year of Release: 2010
DISCLAIMER: Pureblood Vampire Story and Art by: Shouoto Aya. We don’t own it. Remember kids, this is just my personal opinion. I don’t hate the mangaka. If this shoujo is one of your favourites then don’t feel bad :). Your opinions are most welcome. I don’t bite…I think.