You know what sucks? Checking out three volumes of a manga you’ve never heard of before from your library, falling in love with them, and then having to wait until Monday to go get the rest. I’m really disappointed in myself. I fell off my manga games for a couple year [a lot of years] and I completely missed out on this gem when it came to fruition. Bloody Cross by Shiwo Komeyama and was originally published in 2009. It didn’t get a translation until 2013 which means the US was sleeping on this series too.
As always I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers and even though I could have done an individual post for each one of these volumes because there’s so much to unpack but I won’t. Instead I’ll give you as breif of an overview as possible and hope I’ve intriged you enough to go and read the series yourself.
The synopsis for this series is as follows via thevagrants.org. Half angels: Individuals cursed because of their impure lineage. Tsukimiya is a Vampire Half Angel, and with her companion-of-convenience Hinata, with whom she shares a strained relationship at best, and an antagonistic one at worst, are on a search for the “God’s Book of Prophecy”. The book harbors immense power, and is supposedly the only thing capable of removing the half-blood curse that Tsukimiya and Hinata share. The problem is that nobody knows if the book’s power is enough to save two people, and neither is willing to share with the other.
I thought based off the synopsis that this was going to be a supernatural romance manga. So far this series is anything but. The synopsis for the series is resolved in the first volume and you know what I wasn’t mad about that. What the synopsis doesn’t tell you but should is that there’s a war taking place that Tsukimiya is practically shoved into. The war revolves around angels, demons, fallen angels, the arcana which is basically a gang. Everybody’s fighting to become the next god. I don’t know about you but I love a good supernatural manga with a few bibical references and a dark plot. It’s not all dark though. There’s a few moments in every volume that the author lightens things up with a bit of humor which I actually thought was funny.
I want to touch on the heirarchy of the series but a lot of pieces haven’t fallen into place yet so it’s a bit incomplete. From what I gather so far mixed angels are lowest on the food chain, then there’s demons that switched sides and are devoted to the angels followed by demons and topped by prue blood angels. I don’t know where the arcana or fallens angels fit in yet because they just came on the scene and I’m still trying to figure them out.
As for the characters which also made me love this series [so far] they’re personalities aren’t what they should be given the roles they’re meant to play. Tsukimiya is basically anti hero but not really because she’s not trying to save anyone just herself. Hinita I don’t know where to start with him. His charaters is a bit complicated right now. You can’t tell who’s side he’s on or what’s a truth or lie. Though by the cliff hanger in volume three he’s quickly becoming one of my least favorite characters [despite the fact that he’s attractive as hell and super funny]. Tsuzuki is an angel who’s personality is anything but angelic. He grew on me though. Satsuki is a fallen angel who just so happens to be Tsuzuki’s older brother and honestly I was shocked by that one. Not only is he a attracive fallen angel but he’s also completely insane and sleeps with his cat demon. I’m not even touching that right now I just can’t.
There are obviously other characters like Tsuzuki demon servant and the members of arcana but I just don’t know enough yet so they’ll be in my next post.
I’m letting you know now this is not a quick read. Although actioned packed you’ll really want to follow along with the dialogue because shit gets said. It’s rated older teen as it should be. Overall if I ever updated my goodreads I would give this a four out of five stars. If I had to describe this manga with one word it would be BETRAYAL. Everyone double crosses eachother so there’s no way to even guess who’s going to win the war.
Until Next Time XoXo -Sunday