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Rosario+Vampire, Volume 2

Tsukune’s going to have one heck of a hickey when he gets home from Monster High!

All-around average teenager Tsukune can’t get accepted to any high school save one…but on his first day he finds the rest of the student body doesn’t appear average at all. Best of all, the cutest girl on campus can’t wait to fling her arms around his neck! Wait a sec’–are those her teeth around his neck too…? Tsukune’s going to have one heck of a hickey when he gets home from Monster High! But does he have a chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks of raising his grades at a school where the turf war isn’t between the jocks and the nerds but the vampires and the werewolves?

Lesson Two: Witches
HAVING A WITCH FOR A CLASSMATE CAN CREATE A VEXING HEXING SITUATION IF SHE…
a. casts spells stirring up all manner of mischief just to get attention.
b. has no qualms about using magic to break up you and your girlfriend.
c. becomes the target of a reptilian witchphobic hate group.
d. all of the above.

Review

The first chapter in this volume really grated on me. I struggled to enjoy it and feared that the rest of the volume was going to be like that. It wasn’t the content, as much as the content. The occurrence that bothered me was the introduction of an 11 year old witch. Now, I know that the characters are all around 15 (one of the chapter’s deals with Tsukune’s 16th birthday) and they’re all too sexually obsessed but introducing an 11 year old and having her be just as obsessed seems too wrong. Too wrong for me to accept easily. With much unease, I carried on but thankfully it eases off a lot with the youngster and goes back to the general theme that ran throughout the first volume.

It’s solely for that first chapter that I had to drop a star off, it would have been just two stars but towards the end of the volume there was a new theme thrown in that stopped this volume feeling like a rinse and repeat of the previous one. The story started to go somewhere and that was enough to save this volume from being significantly more disappointing than the first.

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