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Chibi Vampire is a Japanese manga series; manga is translated as “comics/cartoons” in Japanese. The modern style of manga appeared following World War II, and has a global fan base with readers also in the US and Australia.
The manga is in the genres of supernatural and romantic comedy. This vampire manga was written by Yuna Kagesaki. Other titles used for Chibi Vampire include Cheeky Vampire in English markets; Karin, which is the original Japanese title for the manga; and Wampirzyca Karin in Polish.
The story is based on a vampire girl who has a special circumstance. The setting of the story is in a fictionalized Japan that is run rampant with vampires who coexist among humans; the vampires are endangered of becoming extinct because of a lack of reproduction.
The protagonist of the story is Karin Maaka who is a vampire. She lives with her family; her mother and father are Calera Marker and Henry, and she has an older brother named Rena and baby sister named Anju. They are descendants of a line of purebred vampires that immigrated to Japan 200 years ago.
Karin is not a typical vampire as she does not drink blood; her body overproduces blood. In order to survive she has to inject her blood once a month via biting into people. Her blood does not hurt others or cause them to transform into a vampire. Instead it rejuvenates them, giving them a burst of energy. Whenever she does not have the opportunity to release the excess blood it comes out through her nose in the form of a serious nosebleed.
As an aside, in the anime version of Chibi Vampire, when Karin cannot get rid of her extra blood, she goes berserk and attacks the first person she sees. Also, whenever Karin is around someone who is suffering from a misfortune, it stimulates her blood flow. As a result of her type of vampirism, Karin is not affected by the same issues as other vampires. She is able to live an ordinary life including attending day school as she is able to withstand daylight.
Unfortunately, she also lacks the power and talents that other vampires are given. Her strange case, and her lack of vampire traits, causes a division between her and her family members, as they are not awake during the same time as Karin. Her sister Anju has yet to be transformed into a full-fledged vampire, so she is closest to Karin.
It is while at school that Karin meets Kenta Usui, a human who has discovered her strange situation. He is a transfer student that befriends Karin, and ultimately falls in love with her. After discovering that Kenta is keen to Karin’s secret, Anju suggests that their family make Kenta an ally to protect Karin in the day time when the rest of the vampires in the family are asleep. He agrees to care for her.
Meanwhile, Kento, who lives with his single mother in a single room, often goes hungry from lack of food. Karin begins making a bento box to bring for his lunch each day. Eventually he and Karin get a job at Julian Restaurant, of which Kenta often works long hours so to help support his mother. He is a good person with a positive outlook for his future.
Therefore he wants to help his friend Karin if at all possible, so he allows her to bite him whenever she needs to in order to release her excess blood. The two soon begin to have a romantic relationship, which is mired by the fact that she is a vampire and he is a human.
Antagonists Yuriya Tachibana, who is a hybrid human-vampire, and Bridget Brownlick, a vampire, are sent to study Karin by Yuriya’s uncle, Glark. Their goal is to kidnap Karin so they can allow all other vampires to drink some of her blood, as she is deemed the “Spring of Psyche.” Glark and his minions believe Karin’s blood is the key to help save the dying race of vampires.
When Chibi Vampire was first released in 2003 it was published by Fujimi Shobo in the Japanese shōnen magazine Monthly Dragon Age. Shōnen manga, or battle manga, is characterized by action and fighting sequences with an equal mix of comedy.
This coming-of-age manga also focuses on friendships and bonding as a central theme to the plot. During its initial publication, Chibi Vampire was titled Karin. It was published from October 2003 to February 2008. Chibi Vampire was also broken down into chapters that were published individually in 14 collected volumes by Kadokawa Shoten.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Fujimi Shobo specializes in publishing manga, novellas, collectible card games, and role-playing games; this publisher is a subsidiary of Kadokawa Shoten. The publisher Kadokawa Shoten is a popular manga novel and magazine publisher that is based out of Tokyo, Japan. One of Kadokawa’s most well-known manga magazines is Newtype magazine; there is also an English version called Newtype USA magazine. Newtype received its greatest acclaim from serializing the manga The Five Star Stories by Mamoru Nagano.
Chibi Vampire was adapted into an anime in 2005 by J.C. Staff. Shinichiro Kimura directed the 24 episodes that aired in Japan from November 2005 to May 2006. An English version was produced by Geneon USA and released to DVD format under the original title, Karin. Geneon USA, a branch of the Tokyo-based Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan, LLC, is an anime, music, and home theater distribution company.
When Chibi Vampire was initially released in 2003, author Tohru Kai started working on writing a novel series, also titled Chibi Vampire, based on the shōnen manga. Kageskai, the writer and illustrator of the manga series, provided illustrations for Kai’s nine-volume series.
The book series was published by Fujimi Shobo. An English version of both the manga series and novel were published and released by Tokyopop; the novel was renamed to Chibi Vampire: The Novel. Tokyopop, formerly headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is an international English language manga publisher that has moved to Germany in 2011.