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Poe no Ichizoku (ポーの一族 Pō no Ichizoku?, lit. "The Poe Family") is a Japanese shōjo historical manga by Moto Hagio that depicts a family of vampires from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The two main characters, Edgar Portsnell and Allan Twilight, as well as the family are named after Edgar Allan Poe. It was serialized by Shogakukan in Flower Comics from 1972 to 1976 and collected in nine bound volumes. Poe was the first shōjo manga to be released in this format.[1] Poe no Ichizoku received the 1976 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga along with Hagio's They Were Eleven.[2] In 1974, the first print run of the first volume (30,000 copies_ sold out in one day, which permitted Hagio to continue with more stories set in the Poe universe.[1] It was inspired by Shotaro Ishimori's story "Mist, Roses and Stars".[3]

Plot

Edgar was born as an illegitimate child to Earl Evans. After the birth of Edgar's sister, Marybell, 4 years later, his step mother ordered the nurse to kill Edgar and Marybell. The nurse did not kill them but abandoned Marybell and Edgar in the woods, expecting them to die of starvation, where they were discovered by Hannah Poe. She took them to her mansion near the village of Scotty. Hannah looked after the siblings. When Edgar was eleven, he got to know the secret that Hannah and people in the mansion were Vampanellas. He was forced to promise he would turn into a Vampanella, a member of Poe family, when he became an adult. Marybell was adopted by Baron Art due to Edgar's request. When he was 14 years of age, Hannah was killed by a villager and the villagers got to know the secret of the mansion. Edgar was turned into a vampire by King Poe, effectively forcing him to join the Poe family, before the family escaped from the villagers.

Three years later, Earl Evans' eldest son, Oswald, met Marybell and Edgar. Marybell attempted to kill Edgar because he is a vampire. However, she changed her mind when Edgar kept being nice and loving her very much. Edgar took her into the family of Poe. Edgar is adopted by a baron and his wife, Sheila Portsnell, who is also a vampire. The Portsnells who owns the port. However, Edgar and Marybell could not stay under the care of the baron for long because they remained 14 and 13, respectively.

Character

  • Edgar Portsnell (エドガー·ポーツネル Edogā Pōtsuneru?) is the protagonist of the series. He was born on March 12, 1740, as an illegitimate first child, to an aristocrat, Earl Evans, and his mistress, Maryweather. He became a vampire at the age of 14.
  • Marybell Portsnell (メリベル·ポーツネル Meriberu Pōtsuneru?) is the sister of Edgar. She is also an illegitimate child of Earl Evans. She became a vampire at the age of 13.

Media

Manga

Poe no Ichizoku was written and illustrated by Moto Hagio and serialized by Shogakukan in Flower Comics from March 1972 to June 1976. The individual chapters were collected in nine tankōbon volumes under the Flower Comics imprint, with the first volume published on March 28, 1974 and the final volume on January 25, 1978. Shogakukan later re-released the entire series in three bunkoban volumes on July 17, 1998,[4][5][6] and then again in two wide-ban volumes on November 26, 2007 and December 21, 2007, respectively.[7][8]

Volume listing

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th style="width: 48%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 48%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> March 28, 1974[9]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-130001-4</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> June 24, 1974[10]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-130002-2</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> July 20, 1974[11]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-130003-0</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> January 17, 1976[12]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-130004-9</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> August 11, 1976[13]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-130005-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> October 25, 1977[14]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-178006-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> November 21, 1977[15]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-178007-5</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol8">8</td></td><td> December 20, 1977[16]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-178008-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol9">9</td></td><td> January 25, 1978[17]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-178009-1</td></tr> </table>

Radio drama

Poe no Ichizoku was adapted as radio drama broadcast by NHK-FM between January 1 and January 6, 1980. It was directed by Tokio Ootani from a script by Sunao Takata, with sound effects by Masakazu Haraguti and Akira Iwai. It starred Kouji Ishitobi as the Baron and Haruka Kurara as the Baron's wife.

Drama CDs

Poe no Ichizoku was later adapted as a series of six drama CDs from scripts written by Moto Hagio. They were released monthly by Shogakukan between December 2007 and May 2008. Each volume covered a different generation of the Poe Family.

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