My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress Volume 1 is an action harem manga. Tied with it are charming moments between the two main characters as they get to know each other. Their instant connection reminds me of Elfen Lied, so perhaps their pasts intertwine more than they know. Thanks to Isuzu Osaka’s relationship with Baroque and learning about vampires in their world, My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress Volume 1 is a humorous story packed with conflict.
Created by Chisaki Kanai, translated by Giuseppe di Martino, and lettered by Anthony Quintessenza, My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress delivers laughs and cheers. Serialized in English from Yen Press, the story starts with Isuzu sharing a tale with his comrades as they head to a vampire sighting. The story is about a vampire named Baroque who killed vampires to protect people. Despite the good deed, people’s fear led them to lock her away. An additional spin is Baroque’s beauty is so out of this world people harm themselves.
My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress Volume 1 Starts As Things Kick Off
Though I thought of the high-octane action flick, The Raid, briefly, their opponent is nigh unbeatable. The vampire is ferocious and deadly, but thanks to Isuzu’s heroics, the vampire flees after losing an arm. After the encounter, Isuzu soon meets and rescues Baroque from the prison she resided in for the past twenty years. Together, they destroy the vampire with the missing arm.
Isuzu and Baroque’s Relationship is Sweet
Isuzu’s kindness toward Baroque cements them as a unit in the government’s mind. Not because they’re good people, but because Baroque’s never spoken. But when it comes to Isuzu, Baroque is vocal and protective. It reminds me of other series with an overpowered, supernatural girl with an ordinary man like Chobits or DearS. Though Baroque is older than Isuzu, Baroque has a childlike innocence when it comes to relationships. Still, there’s the concern that Baroque latches on to Isuzu because he is the first person who is kind to her. Hopefully, the series shows more depth, but regardless their interactions make you go “aww” every time.
Other Vampire Girls and Special Blood
Two new arrivals show up toward the end of My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress Volume 1 and could even be rivals for Baroque. The original plan of the vampire duo, Ruby and Tsukuyomi, was to get Baroque, but Isuzu takes center stage. When Ruby drops down to kiss Baroque, she misses her and kisses Isuzu instead. So I expect more J-drama, anime harem hijinks to ensue.
Baroque feeds on Isuzu at one point, but later when he’s at the mercy of Tsukuyomi, it’s clear his blood is special. So Ruby kissed him, and Tsukuyomi fed on him. If they die in the next volume, especially Tsukuyomi, that will surprise me. But Isuzu’s blood, combined with his telling Baroque he has no memory of his past, there’s something more in store for readers.
My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress Volume 1 has sweet, comical moments plus action. Though it does not stand out as a series, there is potential depending on how the characters develop along with this fascinating world of curfews to protect people from vampires. It reminds you of the other world in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer after Cordelia made her wish. If harems with a vampire spin, action, and magic are your passion, My Dear, Curse-Casting Vampiress Volume 1 is worth reading on Baroque’s cute factor alone.