Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki
Alternate Title: Karin
Release Date: April 29, 2006
Publisher: Tokyo Pop
Series: Chibi Vampire #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire...with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose--we're talking gushers! In other words, she's a vamp with blood to spare, so rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the "victim" as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right!
I adored this manga, it was sweet with a vampire twist that was fun to read. Chibi Vampire I happened to start reading back in eighth grade and fell out of contact with it after failing to purchase incoming volumes. With 14 volumes published, I decided to get back into the series and pick up where I left Karin and Kenta.
Karin's story is different from most vampire tale that I happened to come across. She is a blood producer rather than a blood sucker. Usually once a month her blood level rises and she produces an obnoxious amount of blood in her body, and if she has no one to release the blood into it comes out as a nose bleed. So basically is like a vampire period for her. That sucks, I feel for you Karin. Poor girl.
Her story resolves around why she is the only vampire who can produce blood and her relationship with Kenta Usui, a human. Honestly, there was no surprise there. A vampire falling in love with a human, and vice-versa, but it was cute and they were an adorable couple becuase Kenta was so innocent and kind to her and always had good intentions towards her. He was a wonderful boyfriend to Karin and it was just so precious to read.