Canon, Series Review

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. I’ve been sick and had a lot going on with school. I have another post about half-written, so I should definitely have something for Tuesday. But if anyone would like to volunteer to write something, that’d be great!

Author: Chika Shiomi
Release Dates: ’07-’08
Genre: Suspense, Vampires
Publisher: CMX Manga

Seven months ago, a classroom of high school kids was found dead. 39 lifeless bodies were found with no visible wounds, and autopsy reports found no cause of death. One student escaped this mysterious fate, Canon Himuro. The man that had killed her classmates had decided to leave her alive, as a vampire. Now Canon lives a life of returning newly created ‘servant’ vampires back into humans, always searching for the man with the silver hair and blue eyes that had slaughtered her friends. She then meets Sakaki, a half-human, half-vampire that appears to share her hatred of the man with silver hair and blue eyes. But the world of vampires is a world of deception. Everyone is telling her that Sakaki is at fault for her fate, but she remembers seeing the silver haired, blue eyed vampire kill her classmates. Who should Canon trust?

A while back, I picked up the first volume of a manga about vampires. I never read it, but after seeing it on my shelf, a friend bought me the rest of the series – a whopping three more volumes – for Christmas. When I began writing a story about vampires a couple months ago, I thought it might be a good idea to give that vampire manga a shot, if only for research. What I didn’t expect was to be drawn into the amazing world of Canon.

Canon is no newbie. Though the series only came out in the US during 2007 and 2008, it was first serialized in Japan from 1994 to 1996. At first, the 90s style of speech and clothes stuck out to me, the way it does when I watch something like Saved by the Bell. By the end of the first volume, though, I was completely sucked in. The older look of the art reminded me of the anime I watched as a kid, and it’s a style you don’t often see anymore. It’s comparable to the Sailor Moon manga, especially in the cover art.

The story isn’t particularly unique. A girl is saved from her terminal illness by a vampire with a weakness for humans, and then another vampire turns her into a vampire to fight for him. Despite how cliche it may sound, the twists and deceptions are what really make Canon a fantastic story. I’m usually pretty good at pacing myself with manga, but it was very, very hard here. I just had to know what was going to happen next. Shiomi-san spaced the story out just about perfectly. It’s on the shorter side at only four volumes, but after finishing the series, I don’t think I’d have wanted it to drag much longer. Honestly, I would have liked if it had moved a little more slowly, because there were times when I couldn’t keep up with all that had happened.

In the end: If you like vampires, check out this manga. Don’t expect it to be filled with romance like Twilight, and it doesn’t have nearly as much plot as does Vampire Knight. This is a short, casual read. If you use a manga rental service, it’s definitely a rental, though I think it is well worth the money to buy. If you’re not into the vampire trend, this won’t hold much for you, as very, very little takes place that doesn’t involve vampires.


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