Manga Reviews

The swirling nothingness: Shuzo Oshimi’s vampire manga Happiness

Shuzo Oshimi’s Happiness is a beautiful clusterfuck that I can’t get enough of, but let’s get one thing clear: there’s absolutely nothing happy about Happiness.

It all begins when high-schooler Okazaki is bitten by the vampire Nora. She grants him two choices: either live like her, or die.

Really, he has no choice.

Anime Reviews

There Will Be Blood

Blood+ landed amidst a resurgence of the vampire genre.  It came two years after the conclusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 3 days after the release of the first book in the Twilight series.  It was beautifully animated and had a decent storyline, even if the pacing crawled at times.  Today, almost 5 years after the show finished, CLAMP has re-imaged the story with Blood-C.  The new version has character designs and a mood that will appeal to Clamp fans, even if Blood+ loyalists won’t be able to stomach more than a few episodes.