Bloody Good: Moon and Blood vol 1 by Nao Yazawa
Sayaka’s life is about to change. One morning she comes down to breakfast and discovers a strange young man is sitting at their breakfast table. It seems Dad is friends with this Kai fellow’s father and arranged for him to stay while the family goes through “stuff”. Sayaka’s brother is unconvinced however, as something is a bit off about the whole thing. Who is Kai, and why does Sayaka seem drawn to him?
I really liked the story. It was interesting; the characters were unique though they did not not stray too far from typical shoujo types. Kai is pretty cool. He seems cold and disinterested, but he is actually very skilled in everything from fighting to maths and possibly more things we have not seen yet. It seems he simply pays attention to only what he thinks is important, and feigns disinterest in the rest though he seems to know what is going on. Sayaka is pretty, sweet, and open hearted but it’s her curiosity that’s going to make real trouble for her. Toss in her meddlesome brother and his intuition, Dad’s vagueness, and a classmate with the hots for Sayaka, and you get a lot of laughs. The smiles are not all friendly though, as Kai’s “cat” has a rather dark hidden persona that just may have deadly designs on the lot of them.
Sensei’s art is pretty to look at. Kai is one good looking guy, and I really like how he actually looks Japanese instead of Western. The clothes are the characters wear are all well thought out, with non school uniforms showing personal taste, from jeans and t-shirts worn with a neck chain to goth loli and things in between. She uses clean lines, without too much detail cluttering the frame and her layout is simple and easy to follow. This seems to be a trademark of hers, as it is evident in her other works I have read and enjoyed, Wedding Peach and Mizuki. It makes reading her stories easy as you don’t have to stop and think, losing the flow of the story as you do so.
If you like vampire romance stories and cool looking guys, as well as a bit of a laugh, then you’ll like this. I certainly did and can’t wait to read the next one. It made me even more of a fan of this mangaka!