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Vampire's Portrait (吸血鬼の肖像 Vampire no Shōzō?) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hiroki Kusumoto. It is licensed in North America by Digital Manga Publishing, which released the manga's first tankōbon volume through its imprint, Juné, on October 7, 2008.[1] The second volume is due to be released on December 2, 2009.[2] Oakla Publishing released the manga's two tankōbon volume between March 13, 2007 and January 12, 2008.[3][4]

Reception

ActiveAnime's Holly Ellingwood commends the manga's art as "dark and seductive". She also commends the manga for its "very funny couple of comic panels and a lovely full color alluring image of Sein on the inside back flap".[5] Anime News Network's Casey Brienza commends the manga for "a distinctive style of illustration and significantly more plot than is typical of the genre" but criticises it for "lukewarm character development and not much in the way of "yaoi scenes," as they say".[6] Coolstreak Comics' Leroy Douresseaux comments on the plot and the art of the manga, saying "beyond the story of passionate love, Vampire’s Portrait offers an exciting pot boiler of a thriller plot that occasionally had me racing through the pages so fast that I missed a “sex scene” or two. That aspect of Hiroki Kusumoto’s story is the kind of melodramatic, pulpy, dark fantasy one might have found in Marvel Comics’ 1970s B&W fantasy magazines. However, Kusumoto’s art is not like Gene Colan’s work on Tomb of Dracula, but instead resembles Saiko Takaki’s art for the Vampire Hunter D manga.[7] Mania.com's Danielle van Gorder commends the manga as "an unexpectedly compelling story that was fast moving and plot-dense, full of action and violence and suspense".[8]

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References

  1. "Vampire's Portrait Vol. 1". Digital Manga Publishing. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  2. "Vampire's Portrait Vol. 2". Digital Manga Publishing. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
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  5. Ellingwood, Holly (November 18, 2008). "Vampire's Portrait Vol. 1". ActiveAnime. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  6. Brienza, Casey (February 26, 2009). "Vampire's Portrait GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  7. Douresseaux, Leroy (January 21, 2009). "Vampire's Portrait: Volume 1 (Yaoi)". Coolstreak Comics. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  8. Van Gorder, Danielle (December 30, 2008). "Vampire's Portrait Vol. #01". Mania.com. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 

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