Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: My Monster Secret vol. 1


200 pgs
Genre: supernatural, humor
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Rating: 4 stars

Series Description from website: High school student Kuromine Asahi is the kind of guy who literally cannot tell a lie.Whether it’s trying to maintain a poker face in a simple game of cards, or keeping scurrilous gossip to himself, Asahi is a total failure when it comes to the art of deception.
So what happens when he stumbles upon the most shocking secret of his life? When Asahi learns that Shiragami Youko, a beautiful girl of few words, is actually a vampire. Can Asahi possibly keep his lips sealed?

My Review: The Manga Book Club has a challenge called NY Times Best Sellers Manga, so looking at the list I found it on there (can't recall which week though).

Asahi Kuromine is in love with the girl on the cover, Shiragami Youko. He finds out her secret of being a vampire. She is not like the usual vampire, so I like that. When Asahi asks her about sucking blood for meals she says "that's like sexual harrasment". He keeps her secret although he's supposed to be bad at it 'cause he has no poker face. He's called a holey sieve, but sieves already have holes so I'm not sure it's the best term. Expect humor in his attempts to keep Shiragami's secret.

He has to deal with the school newspaper editor, Akemi Mikan. She loves to learn people's secrets and other gossip that people wouldn't want to get exposed. She is supposed to be a childhood friend, but that Asahi even refers to her as such is questionable to me. She's definitely a formidable antagonist. Asahi does have three buddies, Shima, Okada or Oka and don't think the other guy's name was said. Should be interesting to see more of them, particularly Oka. Last, for Asahi to deal with is his class rep, Aizawa Nagisa who has a secret of her own that he'll also have to keep.

Overall it makes for a humorous, potentially torturous setup of a story for Asahi. I look forward to reading more.