Review Call of the night #1 by MassLunar

The Ballad of Nocturnal Creatures

Usually, as evidenced by some fantastic shojo, it is often the female character, the human being, who finds himself seduced by the character of the handsome vampire kid who is totally obsessed with the quality of the young woman’s blood.

Here, with call of the night, it is the opposite that occurs with a schoolboy without history but a little dark all the same, Kô Yamori who, during a night outing because of severe insomnia, meets a vampire Nazuna Nanakusa who invites you to doze off at his place. The latter then discovers the exceptional quality of the schoolboy’s blood. From there, it is the beginning of a series of nocturnal appointments since the schoolboy, Kô Yamori is determined to become a vampire himself but for that, he must fall in love with Nanasuka, the beautiful and sassy vampire guided by the exceptional quality of Yamori’s blood.

Between them, a real relationship of complicity will take shape that the mangaka Kotoyama takes care to expose in a first volume that is a little slow but quite attractive overall.

First of all, the main characters of this title are well done. The mangaka does not enjoy creating unnecessary drama around these protagonists. Rather, it depicts their meeting and their complicity through a natural and friendly tone reinforced by funny and slightly mischievous exchanges. The human and the vampire are really presented here as friends going for a beer and a coffee, looking for each other and turning around before the vampiric act. The two characters also have a very compatible character between the dark Kô Yamori, who is a rather modest and discreet character and the vampire Nanasuka, more sassy and extroverted with a little ferocious air (which does not prevent her from blushing when you talk about love!). In short, a relationship that immediately hits the mark in Call of the night, between playfulness and provocation and which contrasts with the grandiloquent relationship between a distraught human and a noble vampire that we have already seen in the manga. The designer places the two characters on the same level which gives rise to good passages of complicity such as the night flight (very pretty plate) or the discussions by means of a walkie-talkie. We will also note the mischievous and light style of the mangaka who does not copy her drawing on yet another fantastic shojo all in majestic features. The characters here are very expressive and the nocturnal atmosphere is well enhanced by humor and a touch of sensuality without it being too winded.

The night is of course an important element in call of the night whose plot will, a priori, concentrate during his nocturnal meetings. The mangaka therefore takes a certain care in cultivating this universe with necessarily dark frames and a very present urban environment for this anonymous city. The mangaka makes you want to discover this city further at night and we wonder what surprises she will have in store for us. The intervention of a third protagonist at the end of the volume suggests that the manga will not focus solely on this future love duo either.

We can criticize this first volume for being a little repetitive, in particular through abstruse discussions on the definition of the vampire, but that in no way spoils the potential of call of the night who manages to embark us quietly on this nocturnal ballad, a nocturnal ballad that has proven itself since the series has 14 volumes in Japan.

Review Call of the night #1 by MassLunar