Rosario+Vampire: Season II Volume 13
By Leroy Douresseaux
November 21, 2014 - 18:25
Publisher(s): Viz Media
Writer(s): Akihisa Ikeda, Tetsuichiro Miyaki, Annette Roman
Penciller(s): Akihisa Ikeda
Letterer(s): Stephen Dutro
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK, 220pp, B&W, paperback
Rating: T+ (Teen Plus)
Rosario+Vampire Season II Volume 13 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.
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Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
Unable to gain admission into any other high school, 15-year-old Tsukune Aono enrolled at Yokai Academy. He did not know that it was a boarding school for monsters. The first friend he made at his new school was Moka Akashiya, a teen vampire who has an unquenchable thirst for his blood. With the help of his friends in the “News Club,” Tsukune survived a first year of fighting off monster gangs. Now, Tsukune and his friends are sophomores and their battle is with the mysterious group, Fairy Tale.
Fairy Tale, the organization determined to destroy the world, kidnapped Moka in order to awaken the monstrous Alucard, the True Ancestor of vampires. As Rosario+Vampire: Season II, Vol. 13 (entitled Alter Ego, Chapters 60 to 65) opens, Tsukune releases the seals on his spirit lock, which prevent him from turning into a ghoul... forever. He needs the power to fight Fairy Tale's leader, Gyokuro Shuzen.
The News Club joins the fight, but this may be a fight only Moka can handle. Meanwhile, Fairy Tale's airborne fortress is aimed at the human world, in order for it to crash, kill millions, and start a war. Also, Kahlua, Moka's older sister and an assassin for Fairy Tale, joins the battle, but Moka's friends want to handle this battle. And what is the true face of Alucard?
THE LOWDOWN: The Rosario+Vampire: Season II manga is a battle manga featuring titanic clashes between monstrous beings. Rosario+Vampire: Season II Volume 13 looks like fellow “Shonen Jump Advanced” monster-mash manga, Claymore.
However, creator Akihisa Ikeda hints at returning to the monster high school comedy and teen romance that defined the first Rosario+Vampire series. I wonder if it can go back to its early school-based humor. Still, I have been enjoying this Fairy Tale build-a-creature throw-down, and Vol. 13's cliffhanger ending is captivating enough to make me come back for the next volume.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for fight, fantasy, and sexy will like the Shonen Jump Advanced title, Rosario+Vampire: Season II.
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