To outsiders Karin appears to be a normal, cheerful high school student. However, Karin and her family are all vampires. To make matters worse, Karin is not even an ordinary vampire - she is a blood maker and must inject the excess blood into her victims! If she doesn't find a victim to bite in time, her extra blood is expelled in the form of a massive nosebleed. Karin's already difficult life is made worse when Kenta Usui transfers into her class and she finds her blood increasing at an alarming rate. When sharing classes and an after school job together make avoiding Kenta impossible, Karin must find a way to keep her rapidly increasing blood under control or risk exposing her family's secret.
Story: I'm a fan of the vampire genre but it can become overdone. However, Karin adds a nice fresh twist to it (and a funny one at it). It may not make the most amount of sense but it still interesting. I really enjoyed this romantic comedy. It had plenty of romance, humor and plot twist to keep it going. The pacing was good. Not too fast but things didn't drag on too much either. Each plot line was developed and concluding nicely. You are left with a few questions but not too many. The romance wasn't shallow and the humor was hilarious. Any shoujo fan would love this. The battle was a little anticlimactic but not too much. However, the ending is VERY BITTERSWEET. Not expect things in the end to be a happily every after. I almost wanted to cry. However, it does have a hopeful feel to it. Art: The characters looked really chunky and blocky. I was pretty disappointed. Even the bishounens weren't incredibly good looking. The funny scenes were done great and the art added to it. The character designs weren't as attractive as they could be but it didn't take away that much. They looked cute for the most part. The dramatic scenes didn't flow the best but the message still came across. I still gasped, awed, and laughed. However, the art is one of my least favorite parts about Karin because it doesn't really improve. It just remains the same throughout the series. At least it's consistent. Characters: I loved the cast. I don't meet shoujo female leads that I like to often so Karin did a good with that. Karin is sweet lovable girl. She's not shallow and although she may not make the smartest decisions, you don't get annoyed at her. Karin's family is hilarious. I love them. They're all lovable even if they are weird. Usui is great too. He's not shallow either and his ethic is really admirable. Also, you see the development of the characters and their relationships. You really see how much they love each other. Some may be a little cliche but those are usually the minor characters. I found them memorable, kooky, and just so lovable. Overall: A great read for shoujo lovers. The art may not be the greatest but it's easy to overcome. The characters really do shine through. It full of cute and funny moments and pretty addicting too.
The story was wonderful, the art was fantastic, everything was absolutely amazing.. up until the end. The ending was an absolute let down. It couldn't have been worse. I felt like I had read the entire manga series for absolutely nothing. I love the rest of the story and the characters, but ending it all by ( MAJOR SPOILER ALERT ) having them erase Karin's memories so she didn't even remember her family?! What a cruel and stupid way to end a manga. The person who wrote it obviously didn't have enough of an imagination to find a better and more satisfying way to end a manga. I am extremely disapointed. My suggestion? Don't even bother reading it.
SPOILERS! so from the other reveiwes you might get the idea that the ending was bad as in they don't end up together in the end but that's not the case. it concluded really nicely in the romance department. however there was one aspect (unrelated to karin and kenta's relationship) that was bittersweet. it had it's bad moments but the good moments greatly outnumbered the bad. yeah it was a bit melodramatic at times and had shoujo manga feel to it. however i wouldn't call this a shoujo manga unlike others. there are no wimp fmc or mmc. karin made bad decisions but without making her hateable. kenta was a great mc too. you can just see the real progress in their relationship and it wasn't shallow. i suggest you read this manga if you like romance with good characters. there were some instaces where it felt like it was dragging on a conflict but it's not too long so everything concluded before getting annyoing. it stayed focused and didn't drag on for 200 chapters. tldr: good romance manga with good ending and pacing.
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