Rosario + Vampire (Season One)
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural, School, Romance, Harem, Ecchi, Vampire
First Aired: Winter 2008, 13 episodes.
Summary: Tsukune Aono is a seemingly normal human boy about to start high school. The only problem is he failed his entrance exams. Luckily for Tsukune, a mysterious priest dropped high school entrance papers that were found by Tsukune’s father. The high school, Yokai Academy, a school exclusively for monsters. Anime, right? After the first day of school Tsukune is convinced the school is not for him, especially since there is a strict “No Humans” policy at the academy. As he is trying to flee the school grounds he is encountered by a fellow student, an angry monster of sorts. Once again Tsukune catches a lucky break when he is saved by Moka, a vampire with unmatched power. Moka and Tsukune immediately share a bond that is difficult to explain. Everything gets increasingly complicated as new characters get involved, from a succubus to a witch.
Rosario + Vampire is a fun story full of classic anime tropes, throwing twists and turns into the mix. It is clear that the main focus of the series is comedy, as is witnessed by the breaking of the fourth wall, the fair amount of fan-service, and Ko, the narrating bat. However, underneath all the comical narration and panty shots are a core group of characters that have a diverse history and unique set of personalities. The harem aspect is definitely present throughout the series, but the characters are more than just potential love interests for Tsukune.
The animation is interesting in the differences between monsters. While the main characters exhibit smooth and human-like characteristics, the lesser characters appear more like actual monsters with rougher animation, reminiscent of an older animation style. Besides that, the animation overall is bright and vibrant, like a color explosion.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready for an anime that does not take itself too seriously. If you enjoyed Highschool of the Dead, Actually I Am, or Sekirei, check out Rosario + Vampire.
You might not like it if: Sexual innuendo is not your thing. From start to finish, Rosario is full of it.
Note to the Viewer: Rosario + Vampire was written and illustrated by Akihisa Ikeda, who was inspired by Tim Burton. He was especially inspired by Edward Scissorhands because he was a monster with a sensitive soul. Ikeda created Moka first, followed by Tsukune and the others.
AMV – Mz Hyde by N3kyo
(Warning, the AMV contains fan service to some extent)