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Best Vampire Manga

22 Tales of Horror and Romance, Plus Some Bloody Good Laughs

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Ever since Bram Stoker introduced the world to Dracula, blood-thirsty immortals have been the subject of many novels, movies and now manga. From gothic romances and gory horror to suspenseful modern mysteries and goofy comedies, these shojo, shonen and seinen manga offer lots of the bats, blood, fangs and drop-dead gorgeous creatures of the night that make vampire fans swoon.

1. Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino, published by Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
© Matsuri Hino / Hakusensha Inc.

Author & Artist: Matsuri Hino
Publisher: Shojo Beat Manga / VIZ Media
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The Cross Academy offers an unusual curriculum for two very different types of students: day classes for humans and night classes for aristocratic vampires. As the adopted daughter of the headmaster, Yuki Cross is one of the few human students who knows about the secret of the night school classmates.

But as Yuki discovers long-standing blood ties, grudges, romances, and rivalries between the various vampire clans, she soon finds herself in a troubling love triangle that may cost her her humanity.

2. Hellsing

Hellsing Volume 1 by Kohta Hirano from Dark Horse
© Kohta Hirano

Author & Artist: Kohta Hirano
Publisher: Dark Horse
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When supernatural forces threaten Queen and Country, the Royal Order of the Protestant Knights, a.k.a. the Hellsing Organization are on the front line. Their secret weapon? Alucard, a powerful, immortal and near invincible vampire who can shoot, kill and maim his enemies with cold-blooded efficiency.

As he fights the Catholic Church, the Nazis and other vampires, Alucard takes no prisoners as he leaves a trail of carnage in his wake.

3. Rosario + Vampire

Rosario + Vampire Volume 1 by Akihisa Ikeda, published by Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media
© 2004 by Akihisa Ikeda / SHUEISHA Inc.

Author: & Artist Akihisa Ikeda
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced Manga / VIZ Media
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Tsukune flunked all of his high school entrance exams, so he ends up at the only school that would accept him, Yokai Academy. The catch is that "Yokai" means "monster" and Yokai Academy is a high school for vampires, demons and werewolves. Tsukune is the first and only human student enrolled there.

But his luck looks like it's turning around: A pretty classmate falls for Tsukune almost immediately -- but mostly because Moka is a vampire and she thinks his blood is positively yummy. But Moka's no pushover. When her cross or rosario is ripped from her choker, Moka's true power and fury is released.

4. Chibi Vampire

Chibi Vampire Volume 1  by Yuna Kagesaki, published by TokyoPop
© Yuna Kagesaki / TokyoPop

Author and Artist: Yuna Kagesaki
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Karin is the misfit in a family of vampires. While her suave older brother seduces and feeds on the blood of pretty girls, Karin is a vampire in reverse: she gives back blood to anyone she bites. The other odd twist? Karin's transfusions give luck and vitality to her 'victims.' Once a month, Karin has blood to spare -- if she doesn't find a victim to give blood to, blood gushes out of her nose, which gets pretty embarrassing.

When her classmate Kenta sees her 'donate' blood to a drunk businessman one night, he immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion. This only gets more complicated when Karin finds herself strangely attracted to Kenta.

5. Cirque du Freak

Cirque du Freak Volume 1 by Darren Shan and Takahiro Arai from Yen Press
© 2006 Darren Shan, Takahiro Arai

Author: Darren Shan
Artist: Takahiro Arai
Publisher: Yen Press
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Darren and Steve are best friends who share a fascination with monsters. Then a visit to an unusual circus and an encounter with a mysterious vampire forces them to make heart-wrenching choices that change their lives in strange and frightening ways.

This manga adaptation of Darren Shan's bestselling supernatural novels was originally published in Japan in Shonen Sunday magazine by Shogakukan. Look for the big screen film version to come from Universal Pictures in 2010.

6. Twilight: The Graphic Novel

Twilight: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1
Text copyright © 2010 by Stephenie Meyer, Illustrations © Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Artist: Young Kim
Publisher: Yen Press
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This story of a human girl who falls in love with a handsome classmate who just happens to be a vampire has sold millions of books and movie tickets all over the world. Now Korean manhwa artist Young Kim has brought the tale of Bella and Edward to life as a graphic novel, filled with dark drama, romance and yes, sparkles too.

7. Trinity Blood

Trinity Blood Volume 1 by Sunao Yoshida and Kiyo Kyujyo and Thores Shibamoto from TokyoPop
© Kiyo KYUJYO 2004 Sunao YOSHIDA

Author: Sunao Yoshida
Artist: Kiyo Kyujo
Publisher: TokyoPop
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When Earth's population grew too great for one planet to manage, humans attempted to colonize Mars. What this event set in motion was the rise of two super-races of vampires, and an apocalyptic war between humans and the undead that continues even 900 years later.

On one side is are the Methuselah, a breed of blood-sucking, superstrong alien vampires. On the other side is the Vatican, and its secret weapon, Abel Nightroad, an immortal Crusnik who feeds upon the blood of the Methuselah. As both forces clash, political intrigue combines with sci-fi and fantasy for an epic tale with Byzantine twists and turns.

8. Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Saiko Takaki, published by DMP
© Hideyuki Kikuchi and Saiko Takaki

Author: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Artist: Saiko Takaki
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
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In a world ravaged by a long-ago armageddon, vampires are aristrocrats, scientists and the rulers of the world. While humans are re-emerging as a force to be reckoned with in this grim world and the rule of the vampires is on the wane, their thirst for human blood remains.

In this bleak, corrupt world is D, a half-vampire, half-human dhampir who belongs to neither world. He has the unique combination of strength, magical power, smarts and elegant, bewitching beauty that make him the ultimate vampire hunter.

9. Blood+

Blood + Volume 1 by Asuka Katsura, published by Dark Horse Manga
© Asuka Katsura / Production I.G. / Aniplex / MBS / HAKUHODO

Author: Asuka Katsura, Production I.G. / Aniplex
Artist: Asuka Katura
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
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Saya Otonashi seems like an ordinary high school girl. She's athletic, she tends to oversleep and she has a healthy appetite. She's got lots of friends, and an adoptive family who adore her. But Saya can't remember her life beyond a year or two back.

And there's a good reason for that: Saya is near immortal and she has a special gift - her blood can kill chiropterans, a fierce breed of bat-like creatures that feed off human blood, and both the Japanese and U.S. government are very interested in her talents.

10. Millennium Snow

Millennium Snow Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori, published by Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
© Bisco Hatori / Hakusensha Inc.

Author and Artist: Bisco Hattori
Publisher: Shojo Beat Manga / VIZ Media
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From the creator of Ouran High School Host Club comes an unusual romance between a human girl and a reluctant vampire.

Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with a weak heart, and her doctors say she doesn't have much longer to live. Touya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood, and by refusing to feed upon or partner with a human, Touya is doomed to die as well. But if Touya and Chiyuki exchange blood, both could live for another thousand years. Can a young girl who's dying teach an immortal boy the value and joy of living?

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