Rosario + Vampire

Alt title: Rosario to Vampire

TV (13 eps)
3.65 out of 5 from 41,452 votes
Rank #3,091

Fifteen-year-old Tsukune Aono is average in every way; he has no hobbies, less-than-stellar grades and he's even flunked his high school entrance exam. His parents have managed to enroll him in a school, but it's no ordinary school! Tsukune will be attending the Youkai Academy, a place where monsters learn how to co-exist with humans! As the werewolves, vampires, witches and other monsters are required to retain their human forms, Tsukune - the lone human - is able to avoid their bloodthirsty gazes. However, he quickly attracts the attention of a number of devilish beauties including the vampire Moka, a busty succubus and even a young witch! It seems Tsukune's average life isn't so average anymore!

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Epimondas
3

For an anime based on a really good manga, they did a horrible job.  Even if it were not based on a manga and I judged it without that foundation, it is barely subpar because of how badly the story gets sucked into a mundane boring rinse and repeat routine.  She is the wolverine of the X-men movies.  Ya know a story with an ensemble type of cast of characters but irresponsibly it focuses too much on one character.  The mistake with X-men is, it is supposed to be a team, not a one man show.  In Rosario's case, though the rest of the cast may not have the same power or level of power they have different skills and specialties that in the manga you get to see them use alot more.  It is seen some in the Anime but not as much and in the end, everyone still depends way too heavily on Rosario herself.  She always needs Tskune to remove her rosary but that isn't the way things always worked in the manga, which makes for an incredibly worlds better story.  Also, in the anime, the characters do not seem to progress or change much or at least no where near like they do once again in the manga.   I know video media usually takes on some creative license when presenting stories especially story adaptions from books or comics but usually they at least try to cater to the strengths of the story and not turn it in to complete rubbish and a meek shadow of the literary presentation like this series did.  Sure, they do a pretty good job of setting up the story, presenting the characters, and giving each a little background/side stories, and then they taper off quite a bit quality wise.  Tskune feels like the most weak and worthless character ever presented in any story and he is stuck with that moniker.  This series does nothing to turn him into a worthile character.  The manga might differ with it's treatment of Tskune more than anything else.  Since the manga does just that, Tskune changes, he contributes, he adapts and grows while aquiring some skills to handle the influx of challenges, the dynamic with him and Moka is much better and stronger, and his part of the story is one of the most interesting in recent years.  That's a total opposite of the anime Tskune.  Anime Tskune is a total wimp who relies almost exclusively on others, especiallly Moka to bail him out of virtually every little problem.  He never has a chance to learn, adapt, handle things on his own, or really contribute, and he is only a hand that removes the rosary and sorry folks at the studio that produced this sad adaption, that just is not enough. There are some good story arcs and nice little bits of humor, true, however, it all resembles fluffy decorations meant to conceal a total train wreck of a production.  In the end, the constant rinse and repeat cycle that so drastically veers off from the manga, makes the series pretty dull with no depth or meat to the story, no welcome changes from trying experiences all the friends share to any great degree, and even the story arcs are missing so many elements they are mere shadows of similar story arcs featured in the manga.  As far as literary works adaptions to video media go, this is one of the worst if not the worst one ever done.  As far as standing on its own separate from the manga, it might qualify as a small footnote of interest but nothing outstanding.   The animation quality is as good or better than the manga, the sound is up to specs, the stupid bat is a crappy distraction that takes more edge off the story than contributes any positive factors, and the over the top constant simpleton level mushy scenes only serve to enhance how poor this series is when compared to the spectacular manga.  Consequences are pretty obvious by how far off it strays from the manga such as, a significant drop in action, a much weaker and harder to follow progression of a love story, much shallower characters who contribute a fraction of what they do in the manga, fewer story arcs, fewer antagonists, far less tension, muddled pacing, mismatched and or screwed up characters, heavy plot holes that when compered to the manga make you go "oh now i get it", sloppy story arcs that are by comparision incomplete, huge changes between the manga and anime that not only do not benefit the series but severely handicaps it in major negative ways.   I really wish they did the anime right, it would be one of the best if it were even close to the content of the manga.  There are too many changes from the original story and honestly none of them are good.  It is almost as if the creators skimmed summaries or breif reviews of the manga rather than actually read a single issue.  One of the biggest plot devices is completely missing that involves one of the most interesting side characters, the chairman.  What the manga does with the relationship between Moka and Tskune when faced with adversity really stands out as a unique and cool concept completely missing from the anime.  It is partly this unique relationship that the entire story is actually centered around but since such a significant and important factor is wholly missing from the series, for that reason alone it can never measure up even to the feet of the manga.  Again though, even if this were not one of the worst story adaptions to film or tv ever, ever made, it fails to stand up on it's own.  At best I might have given it a 5 but more likely a 4.  This is cause it is one of the most boring animes ever made.  It focuses too much on the same gimmick over and over and over again so much it just drives you nuts with how stupid and boring the repitition gets.  None of the characters develop well especially the main character, Tskune.  Tskune is the weakest most pathetic useless character I have probably ever seen in an anime, and that honestly would have stood out more if I did not know about the much much much much much better story found in the mangas.

NodeThirteen
2

Abloutely awful and pales in comparison to it's manga counterpart.   I started watching anime and reading manga when I picked up volume 1 of Yotsuba&! at my school book store when I was 6. I didn't take me very long to get to the Rosario + Vampire manga. But that's not what we're going to be talking about today. Now, we're going to be talking about it's pathetic-accuse-for-an-anime counterpart.  There is literally no story in the anime. Tsukune Aono is an idiot who is painfully average. Failing all of his High School enterence exams, He has no choice but to go to a strang boarding school, with an application that his father got off the street from a creepy monk. This school is Yokai Academy, a school made so that monsters such as vampires, (surprise, surprise) orcs, werewolves and the like can eventually coexist with us humans, who generally rule the world. Everything after the first few episodes is mindeless filler and pantyshots, with the anime leaving out major plot arcs, even going so far as to cut the real ending, where the manga shined the most, in the epic comfrontation against SPOILER:Hokuto, the head of the student council. The animation is nothing spectacular, with simple character models, and not much bad animation, but some things are painfully obvious CG, such as the stairs.  The sound is nothing too great. It fits the mood, but nothing is really memorable. The opening theme "Cosmic Love" is quite a catchy J-Pop song though.  The characters have become stereotypes, with Tsukune, a pacifistic twat, Moka "That nice girl", Kurumu, The all-purpose eye candy, Mizore, the emotionless stalker, Yukari, the lolicon, and Ruby, That-one-girl-who's-never-here. Any and all character develepmont has been removed to make room for more pantyshots. Overall, if you're interested in the series, read the manga and wait for R+V to pull a Kai/Brotherhood and give us a good adaption of a good manga. The anime is downright trash that can make Dokuro-Chan look good. ... All of this and I'm still willing to buy the dub...

RolandFoher
4

Well, what can I say about this anime? It made me less sexist, oh but not in a good way. It made women and love plots so degrading and mortifyingly stupid; I had a new profound respect and higher expectations of behavior of women in reality and fiction. First let's discuss a little about the plot. It seems interesting at first. *NOTE I watched this a long time ago, and not a lot was memorable so I won't be calling the characters by their real names. The male protaganist has a problem taking tests and so he flunks every entrance exam nearby. Then miraculously he's enrolled at last at a school. But he accidentally got accepted into a high school for monsters and on his way he befriends a very attractive and large-breasted vampire girl. So let's just speed through this. Vampire girl falls in love with him, but then so do a succubus, a frost demon, and a witch (the witch was a very young girl and I was still was kinda new to anime so that took some getting used to :/ ). I mean look at that set up! It sounds so interesting and exciting and the story had a lot of potential. Sadly it justs repeatedly crashes more and more into lower depths of silliness. *I hated the second season even more though. I know that it's a comedy, but it was just SO REPETITIVEand most of the jokes seemed to miss more than hit and most of the jokes came from the sexual awkwardness the guy would get himself into. All the girls pathetically grabbed for his attention, and I only liked the shy stalker frost demon girl. She was the most interesting out of all of them, and if only the rest characters were as entertaining as her. The male protaganist doesn't do shit, but activate the vampire girl's locked away vampire powers, by (always accidental) ripping off her cross necklace. I've never seen an anime where the guy is the one in the background rooting for them and that really pissed me off! Get off your ass and do something you lucky and so stupid bastard! This made me appreciate so much more female love interests that actually did something to help the other characters fight off a villain. To be fair the guy was a human and all the villains were supernatural monsters, and he did put himself in harm's way to save them. I guess it was that one redeeming quality that made me stay with the show. So the main characters sucked, but what about the rest? The only cool and creative character was the last bad guy in the season finale. Everyone else was some stupid generic one-eyed lizard crap or something (talk about disappointing). There was one cool and epic scene where the guy does save the vampire girl from being killed (anymore details would be spoilers). So this anime was not worth the watch in my opinion. There's little to no character development and the fighting sequences are so repeteaed and used over, it's mind-numbing. Don't believe me and want to give it a chance? Go ahead, but remembered what I warned you about . (If you can, leave me a comment of what you thought of this review and how accurate or innacurate it was. Thanks and have a nice day.)

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