Vampire Miyu, New (Manga)
The original manga translations appear to be held by a company no longer interested in them, but these newer stories are from Studio Ironcat who seem dedicated to the title. The story involves the invasion of the Japanese spirit realm by a group of tough and aggressive Western Shinma. These Shinma are also the original allies of Larva, Miyu's Companion, and are keen to steal him from her control. Of course the story is as much a foundation for scene, action and atmosphere as an important element in its own right. This is the first hard-core shoujo (girls) title I had seen, and it explains both the strengths and weaknesses of the entire Miyu family. The pages are sparse, but stylish, focusing on atmosphere, gesture and environment rather than story. Indeed several readings may be needed to decode what is happening, and even then much is hinted at rather than stated. This leads to a great interest in the characters, pleasant suprise when you realise that there are multiple interpretations of some actions or statements but comes at a cost of story progression in both pace and depth. Given that some of the scenes are quite intense, with Miyu being quite capable of dealing sadness and violence in her role as a powerful vampire and guardian of the Japanese spirit realm. On the other hand the western vampire who oppose her are equally powerful and brutal, and Miyu is damaged both physically and emotionally during the story. I certainly like this enough that I want more.
yuck, looks like ironcat are running a fair number of pervy titles...oh well.