He’s My Only Vampire, Volumes 1-4

He’s My Only Vampire, Volumes 1-4He's My Only Vampire, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto, Su Mon Han
Series: He's My Only Vampire #1
Published: December 16th 2014 by Yen Press
Genres: Manga
Pages: 172
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Vampire manga is my latest big weakness. I want to read all of it. So when I saw He’s My Only Vampire sitting on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, I just had to pick it up and binge read four volumes. And trust me, I’ll be reading the rest of this series once my budget recovers enough from the rest of my recent manga purchases. The artwork is gorgeous, the story is engaging, and I am a little bit obsessed.

The basic premise is this: a schoolgirl named Kana sees her childhood friend Aki in a crowd, and is startled and thrown off by it (she thought he was dead). Kana is so thrown off, in fact, that she gets hit by a bus and dies. Then she wakes up in Aki’s arms. Aki is a vampire, and to save Kana, he has made her his thrall.

Kana doesn’t seem particularly concerned that she’s now a vampire’s servant. She’s more worried about high school. Aki moves into Kana’s house and starts going to school with her, because he doesn’t want to leave her alone. He’s also got his own challenges. He’s a pureblood vampire, and is currently in the middle of a competition to collect seven stigmas. If he wins, he has the chance to save his brother Eriya, who has met some mysterious and somewhat dubious fate.

He’s My Only Vampire, Volumes 1-4He's My Only Vampire, Vol. 2 by Aya Shouoto
Series: He's My Only Vampire #2
Published: March 24th 2015 by Yen Press
Genres: Manga
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
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In He’s My Only Vampire Volume 2, we start getting to the meat of the story. This wouldn’t be a shojo vampire manga without a love triangle (that isn’t really a love triangle, but rather pretends to be one, because there’s already so much sexual tension between Aki and Kana that it’s ridiculous). But every Edward needs his Jacob, and so we are introduced to Jin, one of Kana’s classmates. And Jin is a lycanthrope. He’s also involved with the Stigma competition, but Aki easily overpowers him, and they end up as uneasy allies held together by their feelings for Kana.

Meanwhile, back at school… This is one of the things I find hilarious about this series. We jump from serious supernatural grimdark plotlines to light fluffy scenes from high school. If I were a vampire, werewolf, or servant of one of the above (or any other immortal magical creature, for that matter), I’d forget about high school, use my powers to build myself some kind of library lair, and read all the books there.

Kana’s school is really into clubs. And Kana was always a pushover, because she liked pleasing people and didn’t know how to say no. But now Aki is pushing Kana into not letting herself get taken advantage of by mean girls. And so Kana ropes Aki and Jin into starting their own club that does good deeds, which she convinces them might somehow kinda sorta connect to finding more Stigmas.

He’s My Only Vampire, Volumes 1-4He's My Only Vampire, Vol. 3 by Aya Shouoto
Series: He's My Only Vampire #3
Published: June 23rd 2015 by Yen Press
Genres: Manga
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
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In general, I prefer the romantic vampire scenes in He’s My Only Vampire to the high school shenanigans. That’s why Volume 3 is one of my favorites in the series. Aki gets invited to the Soiree, a vampire celebration full of danger and intrigue. Dark vampire things go on there, and so he warns Kana and Jin to stay far away. So what does Kana do? Runs straight into danger, obviously.

In the first two books, Aki gets to see Kana’s world, and learn about her day-to-day life. In this one, it’s the opposite. Aki has been trying to shield Kana from the darker side of vampire life, and even from the expectations that vampire society has now that she is his thrall. And vampire thralls do play an important role in vampire society. When Kana was originally turned into Aki’s thrall, he didn’t give her a choice, because it was either that, or let her die, and he wasn’t about to do that. But now Kana is finally in a position where she must choose between embracing the full role of the thrall or continuing as she has thus far. It’s cheesy and wonderful, and just what I was hoping for.

He’s My Only Vampire, Volumes 1-4He's My Only Vampire, Vol. 4 by Aya Shouoto
Series: He's My Only Vampire #4
Published: September 22nd 2015 by Yen Press
Genres: Manga
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
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He’s My Only Vampire Volume 4 features a major action sequence. Two angels attack Aki, feeling as if it is their duty to rid the world of a pureblood vampire. But Aki isn’t alone in this fight. Being Aki’s thrall gives her magical girl powers, and she’s finally learning how to use them.

After a dramatic fight, we jump back to school (naturally). It’s time for the school play, featuring our heroes (and some crossdressing).

I am in love with this series. He’s My Only Vampire is just what I was looking for–romance, creatures of the night, adventure, and humor. I love seeing Aki and Kana deepen their relationship, and am so curious to see if Aki will be able to collect all of the Stigmas. I want to learn what happened to his little brother. I want to learn more about what happened when they were kids to leave Kana so traumatized. I am totally immersed in this world, and that’s exactly what a good series should do.

4 thoughts on “He’s My Only Vampire, Volumes 1-4

    1. 😀

      I went from barely reading any manga to bingeing it like people binge Netflix. It’s addictive.

  1. I only read your thoughts on the first volume because it sounds like a series I could really get into and I didn’t want to spoil myself! It sounds really cute, and judging from the covers, the art looks divine. I am such an art snob when it comes to manga, oops.

    I’m guessing you have read Vampire Knight if you’re into vampire manga? It’s really good, and the art is super pretty in that one, too.

    I wish manga was cheaper! I understand the cost, but we have to save to buy one volume and I read one volume in under an hour. Such pain!

    Thanks for giving this series a shout out – I’m excited for it 😀

    1. I haven’t read Vampire Knight yet! I’ll def have to keep an eye out for it.

      I wish manga was cheaper too. Or that the series that I get into were old enough to find cheap used copies on Better World Books. 😀

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