02 dezembro 2013

Review: Midnight Secretary, Vol. 1 (Tomu Ohmi)

Midnight Secretary, Vol. 1 by Tomu Ohmi
Publisher: VIZ Media (2013)
Format: Paperback | 192 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Josei, Manga
Description: "Mad Men meets Vampire Diaries. Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the office of her company’s difficult director, Kyohei Touma. He’s as prickly—and hot—as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed…until she discovers that he’s a vampire!!
Kaya quickly accustoms herself to scheduling his “dinner dates” and working odd hours, but can she handle it when Kyohei’s smoldering gaze starts turning her way?!
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for mature audiences."
First impressions: I actually liked this one better this time around. Ok, so the story is pretty typical, but Kaya is cute and she isn't a wimp either. And this Manga is sexy.

Kaya Satozuka is the perfect secretary, right down to her appearance. She works at a major Japanese corporation.

One day she is promoted to executive secretary of the playboy of Touma Corp, director Kyohei Touma! He's handsome, he's cool and he's got a string of girlfriends! But what Kaya discovers about her new boss is even more surprising... he is a vampire! Kaya will have to prove herself a great secretary if she wants to keep her position... even if it means scheduling her boss's meals.

"Midnight Secretary" is a piece of fluffy Josei that you just know how it's going to end as soon as you open volume 1. Kaya is a plain-ish woman who prides herself on being professional... so professional she tries to do her best even after discovering her boss is a vampire.

Kyohei is your typical handsome playboy, who has as many assignations scheduled as other executives have meetings. Of course, as Kaya soon discovers, many of these "dates" are actually feedings.

It's pretty predictable really. There's nothing special about the story and the characters don't evolve (at least in volume 1) to more than mere clichés. I did like the fact that Kaya stands up for herself a bit, but otherwise, everything was pretty predictable.

Still, I enjoyed it anyway. I'm not any kind of specialist on artwork, but it seemed clean enough. I guess it's a good read if you're not expecting much. It's fluffy, romantic (sort of, since the hero is kind of - predictably - childish) and even cute.

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