Mini Reviews: Case Study of Vanitas Vol. 1 & Bride of the Water God Vol. 2

Mini Reviews: Case Study of Vanitas Vol. 1 & Bride of the Water God Vol. 2The Case Study of Vanitas, Vol. 1 by Jun Mochizuki
Series: The Case Study of Vanitas #1
Published: 20 December, 2016 by Yen Press
Genres: Manga
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Case Study of Vanitas is a steampunk vampire manga set in Paris. The plot revolves around a magical book that can change the essence of a vampire, cursing them to become a monster, or curing them and making them whole again. The protagonist is a vampire named Noe who encounters Vanitas, a self-proclaimed vampire doctor who has the book and is using it to heal vampires who have lost their minds. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is intriguing. I have the next volume on my shelf and am hoping to continue it soon!

Mini Reviews: Case Study of Vanitas Vol. 1 & Bride of the Water God Vol. 2Bride of the Water God, Volume 2 by Mi-Kyung Yun
Series: Bride of the Water God #2
Published: 19 February, 2008 by Dark Horse Books
Genres: Manga
Pages: 182
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Bride of the Water God Vol. 2 was way better than Vol. 1. I really appreciated getting to see more of Habaek’s back story, and to learn about his first love that ended in tragedy. It gives him a lot more emotional vulnerability now that he’s going to be falling in love with Soah, because we know what happens when a god loves a mortal with a limited lifespan. I appreciated getting to learn more about the characters, and to see more of Soah’s scary mother-in-law. But Habaek needs to tell Soah about his dual identity. She’s coming really close to figuring it out and suspects that something’s up, but until he tells her, it makes me feel as if he’s treating her like a new toy rather than a person.

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