Karin is a vampire, but as fate would have it she is a freak among her own kind; for Karin doesn’t drink the blood of her counterparts – she is cursed to be a blood maker, forcing her to inject her extra blood into her victims. What’s worse is that if she doesn’t find an outlet for the blood in time, it explodes in a massive nose bleed of impressive volume. In Karin's twisted day-going state, she finds it nearly impossible to find safe victims; so, nose bleeds are a major problem. When transfer student and new classmate Usui Kenta proves to have exactly the kind of emotions her vampire nature most enjoys, she finds herself in comedic dire straights!
For a show about vampires, this is very fruity. I consider it almost like the Twilight of anime Vampires though I did enjoy it. It has an interesting feel to it even though it doesn’t go for a normal vampire storyline. The characters are rather odd and are sometimes annoying. Karin is whinny, her friend Maki is a annoying little bitch that creates some of the trouble for Karin, her brother Ren is a womanizing whore, her father is a dotting father, and her mother is really abusive. It does make a lively bunch but sometimes a little two lively. It just doesn’t have much structure except for the fact that Karin’s family does care for her even though they don’t act like it. The relationship between Karin and Kenta is pretty generic. Girl is in love with boy but clueless about it and same for boy even though everyone around them can tell that they are together. Even in the beginning, you can tell they were getting together.The artwork is pretty standard for slice of life school life specials. It just doesn’t stand out. I can understand why they call it Chibi Vampire and that’s because it’s really cutesy. I’m surprised that Shinbo, the person that did Dance in the Vampire Bund, didn’t direct this. There is a lot of times that Karin is naked (Although most of the time it’s more in expression of something) and even a lot of other characters. The only thing different then his works is that for a high school student, Karin is pretty stacked. The characters don’t really have a good profile. It just looks off. The water color ending is really cute and pretty. The English voices are alright, but one of the big let downs is how whinny Karin sounds. Everything she says sounds like whinning. Even Anju sounds more adult then Karin. Every word feels like an after school special for little kids. This does not work because of Ren’s little fun he does all the time.
Personally, I preferred the manga over the anime, the anime barely stayed with the plot of the manga and near the end, it was taken entirely off track.I recommend the manga over this. I will guarantee more satisfaction and worth your buck if you were to purchase it if you're into the Romancy, Action, and Bloody content of Chibi Vampire/Karin.
Anime in 200 Words: Karin Premise: A teenage girl doesn’t fit in with her vampire family or the people at her school, falls in love, and grows up. Vampire Mythos: In this case, vampires are drawn to particular emotions, and un-vampires exist as well. Un-vampires create blood instead of drinking it. Audience: Teen girls? They could relate to the high school drama and the implicit sexual struggles. Younger viewers may not realize what’s being implied, but concerned people should watch an episode and judge for themselves. Complaint: Karin’s reaction to her nose bleeds got really annoying to me after a while. Usui, who had just met her, dealt with them better than she did, even though she’s had this problem for years. Romance: Karin has a love square- two guys love one girl, and her best friend loves one of the guys. It’s complicated, and leads to some painful moments, particularly for Maki. Overall: There are both better and worse shows to watch. Karin is definitely not the best vampire anime I’ve ever seen, but I prefer Dracula over Twilight, so keep that in mind. As a high school shoujo story, Karin is actually passable, hence the show’s moderate score.
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