Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 8, by Kotoyama

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Ko and Nazuna go to Nazuna’s old school in order to learn more about her forgotten past. When there, they meet Nazuna’s former teacher, Niko. Niko gets Nazuna to remember her old friend, Kyoko, who may have more answers if she can get in touch with her. Meanwhile, a current student; Rila, sets her sights on making Ko her boyfriend.

The bulk of this volume is a flashback to when Nazuna toyed with the idea of attending school like a human girl. Since we spend so much time on this backstory, we don’t get to more forward. I like learning about Nazuna but again, I want to know about the hunter and how she will get involved further. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 7, by Kotoyama

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In order to keep Detective Uguisu from hurting them, Ko and Nazuna search for items important to Nazuna’s past which brings them to Kabura, who has a major piece of the puzzle.

There are some big revelations in this volume that I won’t spoil but it gives this series a unique take on vampires. There’s also some humor here with Midori and her geeky boyfriend looking for her item to keep her safe but I would have liked if we had more about Uguisu and her mission to destroy vampires. I just want to know this character better and I’m sure it will come to light but I’m impatient for it. This series has been pretty lighthearted so far and I can tell this character is going to make it darker. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 6, by Kotoyama

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With a vampire hunter on the loose, Ko and Nazuna go looking for a way to keep Nazuna safe while wondering what it would mean for them to be in love; as that is the only way for Ko to achieve his dream of Nazuna turning him into a vampire.

I like the way this series establishes a vampire’s weakness being connected to a personal object in their past. It’s original and a way to find out more about our main characters. It’s really interesting and I look forward to more. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 4, by Kotoyama

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While Nazuna and Midori have some maid café shenanigans, there is also the looming threat of a vampire killer using their pasts to kill them. Ko is determined to save Nazuna so she can eventually turn him as he’s been hoping for since the beginning.

There’s a big theme of putting on a face to the public to appear normal and what it means to lose your humanity in this volume but it seems the focus should have been more on the vampire hunter after the more lighthearted story with the maid café. But hey, it makes me wanna grab the next one so, it did it’s job! 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 2, by Kotoyama

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Ko is still roaming about at night and feeding his vampire friend, Nazuna in hopes of eventually being turned into a vampire himself. When a schoolmate of his, Akira Asai, also happens upon Nazuna, she makes Ko give more thought into his mission to fall in love so he can become a vampire. We also learn how Nazuna makes her money; as a professional cuddler.

For me it makes total sense for Nazuna to be a professional cuddler. She’s a go with the flow type person so it makes sense she would have a job where she can make money on her own terms without set hours and her clients wouldn’t want people to know they see her. And we also get to meet one of her clients; who has much the same feelings about being out at night and just being able to be alone with your thoughts. I like that Nazuna being a vampire isn’t really the main focus; it’s the freedom of being out at night with out the pressures of the day. It’s interesting. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” vol 1, by Kotoyama

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Ko Yamori is a 14-year-old boy with insomnia that spends his nights walking around the neighborhood. One night he runs into a strange girl; Nazuna Nanakusa. Nazuna offers to help Ko get some sleep in an unconventional way.

This is a funny and interesting start to a series. Ko is a relatable kid, Nazuna is fun and entertaining, and their dynamic is cute. Nothing super unique – aside for Nazuna’s little secret that I won’t spoil but will mention when I review volume 2 – but this is just getting started. 3 out of 5.

 

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