Looking for a new supernatural manga? Blood Lad has all the vampires, demons, and werewolves you want!
The manga series ran from 2009 to 2016 with seventeen volumes. The anime had a short run during the summer and fall of 2013.
The story’s not all dark and serious like I originally thought. It has its hilarious moments.
A Vampire Who Loves Humans
Count Dracula’s descendant Staz T. Blood receives news a human girl has been seen wandering around his demon territory. Good news for him: he loves humans!
Staz is absolutely obsessed with human pop culture. He owns a vast manga library, plays humans’ video games, and collects action figures.
His meeting with the human Fuyumi is cut short when a monster plant devours her. Now, she’s a ghost in an unfamiliar world.
Staz travels through the human and demon worlds searching for a resurrection spell to return Fuyumi back to a fully-fleshed human. If he doesn’t find the spell on time, she’ll fade away into non-existence. Fuyumi drinks Staz’s blood to remain visible in her ghostly form.
The closer Staz gets to returning Fuyumi to human, the more he learns about Fuyumi’s close connection to his monster world.
The rest of the plot gets tangled in deeper conflicts. Staz discovers the only person who knows the resurrection spell for Fuyumi is his suspicious older brother Braz. In exchange for the spell, Staz must do Braz a dangerous favor.
Fuyumi, Bell, and The Executioner of Hell
As I progressed through the series, I kept hoping Fuyumi’s character development would, you know, develop! Fuyumi has a sweet personality, but she lacks a backbone. She has an interesting character role, but it barely changes her.
Luckily, Fuyumi’s dainty self is mixed in with more energetic female characters.
There’s Bell Hydra, the dimension traveling witch. She loves getting in Staz’s way. Has a little crush on him too.
The underworld executioner is Liz T. Blood, Staz’s little sister. Despite being a hardcore kid, she’s hugely jealous of Staz.
You see, Staz was born with greater power than Braz. Braz grew obsessive over Staz’s power and placed him under deadly experiments to test his strength. He eventually manages to seal Staz’s true power away. Only he can unlock it.
Braz still checks up on Staz even though his little brother can’t stand him. It’s a strange relationship.
Liz only wants Braz to stop being so obsessive over Staz so they could share memorable big brother-little sister moments together. All she wants is his time.
Reading to The End
Many things are going on in this manga. Something insane happens on every single page!
All Staz wants to do is turn Fuyumi back to human. But no, there’s more, there’s always more.
I must see what happens at the end of this series. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard much about it when it came out. It’s a fun action manga.
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