Legendary monsters have been creatively featured on Anime shows like Soul Eater and XXXholic. Another series that does so is Rosario + Vampire – Season One and Rosario + Vampire: CAPU2 (Season 2) (2008-2009).
Meet Tsukune Aono, a high school teenager who is unable to get into any private school. That all changes when his parents get him enrolled in Yokai Academy, which sounds like a nice place. Little did any of them know it’s actually a school for monsters. Since Tsukune is a human, he’s in quite a bind because if any humans were found on campus, they would be killed instantly.
Todd Haberkorn, who I met at MegaCon 2012, voices the role of Tsukune.
Tsukune really feels out of place, but that soon changes when he meets his first monster friend Moka Akashiya a vampire girl. She is the only one who knows that Tsukune is a human and promises to keep it a secret, despite the fact that Moka loves to drink his blood often. I’m a little surprised that Tsukune hasn’t become a vampire himself after all of those neck bites.
Moka appears to be sweet natured, but also has a dark side that only surfaces when the rosary around her neck is removed. This Moka is like the ultimate battle monster. When other monsters step out of line, Moka fights them off, but never kills. What’s really odd is that Moka cannot remove the rosary herself, only Tsukune can. Yet he never does intently. It always happens by accident.
Colleen Clinkenbeard, who I met at MegaCon 2011, voices Moka’s monsterous side.
As the series progresses, Tsukune finds more new friends at the school. They start out as enemies, but turn out to be good thanks to Tsukune’s positive influence and Moka kicking their butts.
The first is Kurumu Korono a busty succubus, who can fly and has very long nails to scratch at her enemies. Although Kurumu has the power to seduce, she actually has a conscience and a good heart, which is rare among other succubae.
Brina Palencia, who I met at MegaCon 2012, voices the role of Kurumu.
Next came Yukari Sendo a young witch, who is both cute and intelligent. She’s very skilled with her magic wand, but her favorite spell is to drop golden washtubs on people’s heads. It’s just as hilarious as it is useful.
Then there was Mizore Shirayuki a snow girl with the power to freeze anything in ice. She has a deadpan persona and loves to stalk. It’s amazing how Mizore pops in every now and then from the oddest locations so unexpectedly. I wonder how long she has had that lollipop in her mouth, or if it’s even the same one.
Together the five of them are all part of the newspaper club, led by Ginei Morioka, who is a werewolf that loves to take pictures of gorgeous girls, in a perverted manner.
It’s nice that Tsukune’s best friends are all girls. Unfortunately, all four of the girls are madly in love with him. Like Archie Andrews, Tsukune cannot make up his mind about which girl to be involved with. On the other hand, it does seem like Moka is Tsukune’s main squeeze, but is she really?
This was an interesting series that’s both exciting and funny. What also adds to the humor is the talking bat that pops in and out as a narrator. You could always depend on him to provide monster info and mention how fast it takes Moka to win a fight.