Synopses & Reviews
Dimitri Lewandoski is a celebrated tenor in early 1900s Vienna. When he is killed in an accident, his corpse is colonized by the seeds of a vampire master. At first, Dimitri denies that anything has changed, but as the people around him start dying, he is forced to accept the ghastly truth.
Flash-forward to 2008. In Tokyo, Azusa Kikukawa’s troubled love life comes to an end with a fatal accident. Dimitri appears in her dying dreams with a diabolic proposal he will save her lover if she agrees to become the breeding ground for the next generation of vampire seeds...
"Writer-illustrator Mizushiro, best known for her Eisner Award nominated After School Nightmare, pens another tale of youth, loss, and emotional self-destruction via vampires. Dimitri Lewandoski, an up-and-coming Venetian singer in the early 1900s , is caught up in a love square that involves aristocrat Agnieszka, the object of his love since childhood; her fiancee Theodor, who happens to be his best friend; and Dimitri's lover/patron, the middle-aged Duchess Lorenz. However, following a carriage accident, Dimitri is reanimated as a vampire by a floating seed that reanimates his corpse. The prerequisite 'in the know' people show up and inform Dimitri of the consequences: sleep with the love of his life just once, and he, too, will go to seed and perish. As Dimitri grapples with his budding powers and desires, the story shifts between past and present, presumably setting up a long tale of obsession with purity. This dual narrative lacks focus. The art is simple but full, with lovely costuming and styling, though the expressions worn by the characters' faces are, at times, a bit flat. Overall, the book reads well but attempts a classical manga feel without quite delivering it. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Setona Mizushiro’s professional debut, Fuyu ga, Owarou Toshiteita (Winter Was Ending), won the 1993 Shogakukan Manga New Author Award. Her series After School Nightmare was nominated for an Eisner Award and recognized by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens in 2007.