The Bottom Line
Take a vampire manga, add in some sci-fi suspense, religious intrigue and two hot guys with the hots for each other, and you have Vassalord. You want erotically-charged bloodsucking? Need some religious conspiracies? Adore stories about twisted relationships? Vassalord delivers on the basic tenets of vampire manga and gives readers a lot of guy-on-guy eye candy too.
It's a little sloppy around the edges and it crams in a lot of plot without much explanation. Still, Vassalord, like its rakish lead vampire Johnny Rayflo, is confident that you'll be so charmed by its looks and style that you'll overlook its flaws.
- Chock-full of hot sexy guys with bedroom eyes... for each other
- Packed with fast-paced action, plot twists and perverse relationships
- Appealing characters that have complex chemistry with each other
- Includes some flashes of good-natured, goofy humor
- Has all the romantic and religious intrigue that makes vampire manga irresistable
- Story flies by quickly, sometimes sacrificing clarity for speed
- Includes a fair amount of bloody violence, including dismemberment
- The sexually-charged relationship between two male leads makes this unsuitable for younger readers
- Original Title: Bassaroodo (Japan)
- Author & Artist: Nanae Chrono
MAG Garden Corporation (Japan)
- ISBN: 978-1-4278-0614-7
- Cover Price: $9.99 US / $10.99 CANADA / £ 6.99 UK
- Age Rating:
OT – Older Teens, Age 16+
for strong language, violence and sensuality
More about content ratings.
- Manga Genres:
- Yaoi (Boys Love) Manga
- Action / Adventure
- Paranormal / Supernatural
- Vampires / Gothic
- US Publication Date: July 2008
Japan Publication Date: 2006
- Book Description: 192 pages, black and white illustrations
- More Manga by Nanae Chrono:
- Peace Maker
- Momo Tama
Guide Review - Vassalord Volume 1
In manga, having two hot guys with the hots for each other is pretty standard stuff – heck, it's its own genre with its own clan of devoted fans. But while Vassalord is focused on the combustible chemistry between its two male leads, it's not a boys love title. Vassalord is a vampire manga with sci-fi, humor, drama and some delightfully perverse relationships that teeters on the edge of being too explicit for an OT – Older Teen rating.
Meet Johnny Rayflo, a handsome, devil-may-care vampire with just-got-out-of-bed hair and sly bedroom eyes. He's rich, he lives in a big house and he's got a staff of robot maids who serve and protect him. When cybernetic vampire hunter Charley Chrishunds comes to visit, it's not just to borrow a cup of sugar – Charley unleashes an arsenal of swords and explosives upon the Rayflo household. At the end of the bloody melee, Charley is impaled with a dozen swords, but the two still kiss and make up, or more accurately, make out.
Confused? It took me a few readings of Vassalord Volume 1 to sort it out, but Charley is vampire who is also a globe-trotting vampire hunter employed by the Vatican. He needs regular infusions of blood from Rayflo to quell his hunger that would otherwise compel him to seek out human blood donors.
The action and plot twists fly fast and furiously in this first volume of Vassalord –which means things are rarely dull, but they're also sometimes hard to figure out. There are numerous death scenes, but it's unclear why the dead don't always stay dead. Characters are introduced haphazardly and their relationships are rarely fully explained.
Still, like Rayflo himself, Vassalord is a story that's absolutely confident that it can win over readers with its looks, humor, sensuality and charisma. Sure, it's a little sloppy and confusing, but when it smiles at you, how can you resist?