Tuesday 14 December 2021

Book Review: Vampire Dormitory Vol. 1 by Toyama Ema (Fantasy Manga)

Title: Vampire Dormitory Vol. 1
Author: Toyama Ema
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: 12 October 2021
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy Manga
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Mito has no family to rely on. She lives on the streets, disguised as a boy. Ruka is an otaku vampire interested only in 2D girls. After Ruka saves Mito from a perilous situation, he makes her an offer: "Become my subservient thrall and let me drink your blood whenever I wish! In return, you can live with me—in the boys' dorm!" But to stay with him, Mito must hide the fact that she's a girl. Every day is a new danger—to say nothing of that bloodthirsty vampire!


It's no secret I love vampires, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to read the first volume in a new vampire manga. Vampire Dormitory's biggest selling point is the artwork, which is lovely. The story is predictable, sticking close to many well-established tropes, yet it's still enjoyable if you're happy to just sit back and let it flow. However, there were times when I had questions (e.g. why wear a wig when she could just cut her hair short?) and other times when I would have liked more information (e.g. what are the vampire 'rules' in this world, since daylight didn't seem to be an issue etc.). Perhaps I am just being impatient, though, and those questions will be answered in future volumes. Overall, I am giving this 3.5 stars. The story is probably a three, but the artwork gives it that extra boost, so I will round up to a four. I would read on to volume two if I get the opportunity, to see how the story will develop.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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