Friday, July 24, 2009

Review: Vampire Gigolo

Also known as Vampire Host, this 2004 Japanese drama is based off a one-shot by one of my favorite mangaka, Kaori Yuki.

The series begins by introducing us to one of the main characters, Rion. She is a sharp high school student that is diligently trying to find the whereabouts of her missing friend Shiho. The little clues that she finds ultimately lead her to a host club called "Kranken Haus" which is German for hospital. Though the German spelling would not have the two words separated it made me think she might have been playing with the English translation which would be "sick house." Somewhere my high school German teacher is beaming with pride that I actually remembered that :)

It is there that Rion runs into Kranken Haus' #2 host Suou. Though the other hosts masquerade around the club as vampires Suou is actually one. After Rion's interrogations and accusations lead her to nowhere she purposefully smashes an expensive bottle of Don Perignon. She uses it as a ploy to gain a part time position in the club to help pay off her debt.

Though the series is only 12 episodes long they managed to tell 6 different tales involving witches, shinigami, werewolves, and a creepy invisible stalker.

I wouldn't throw this into the horror genre mainly because of the silliness at times and the cheesy transformations Suou had throughout the series. Even Rion at times would think it was annoying which would add some comic relief during the seldom serious moments.

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