Vassalord

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Vassalord
Vassalord Vol 1.jpg
The first volume of Vassalord, published by Tokyopop on July 15, 2008
ヴァッサロード
(Bassarōdō)
Genre Action, Supernatural, Yaoi
Manga
Written by Nanae Chrono
Published by Mag Garden
English publisher
Demographic Josei
Magazine Comic Blade Avarus
Original run March 30, 2006March 15, 2013
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed by Kazuto Nakazawa
Music by Yukio Nagasaki
Studio Production I.G
Released March 15, 2013
Runtime 28 minutes
Episodes 1
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Vassalord (ヴァッサロード Vassarōdo?) is a josei manga series written and illustrated by Nanae Chrono. It was serialized in Comic Blade Avarus from March 30, 2006 until its conclusion in February 15, 2013. The individual chapters were collected and published in 7 bound volumes by Mag Garden, with the first volume released on May 10, 2006 and the final volume released on March 15, 2013.

It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop. The manga was licensed in French by Kami for the first two volumes, before Soleil Productions picked up the title and republished the series. The manga is also licensed in Germany by Tokyopop Germany, in Poland by Studio JG and in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing. The manga series was adapted into a series of four drama CDs by Frontier Works. An OVA was also adapted from the manga by Production I.G, which was released with the last volume of the manga on March 15, 2013. Reviews have been mixed about the series with reviewers praising or panning the characters relationship with each other.

Plot[edit]

Vampires Charles J. Chrishunds (Charley) and Johnny Rayflo have a strange relationship. Charley is a cyborg vampire mix, and a vampire hunter for the Vatican, while his master Johnny enjoys a playboy lifestyle. While fighting crimes involving vampires, Charley struggles to control his lust for blood and for Johnny, while Johnny (previously known as Addie before becoming a vampire) delights in seducing his servant and attempts to deal with issues from his own past. Johnny cares about Charley (also known as Cherry and Chris), and the feelings don't seem to be one-sided.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Vassalord is a josei manga series written and illustrated by Nanae Chrono. It was serialized in Comic Blade Avarus from March 30, 2006 until its conclusion in February 15, 2013.[1] The individual chapters were collected and published in 7 bound volumes by Mag Garden, with the first volume released on May 10, 2006 and the final volume released on March 15, 2013.[2][3]

It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop.[4] The manga was licensed in French by Kami for the first two volumes,[5] before Soleil Productions picked up the title and republished the series.[6] The manga is also licensed in Germany by Tokyopop Germany,[7] in Poland by Studio JG and in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing.[8][9]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 May 10, 2006[2] ISBN 4861272483 July 15, 2008[10] ISBN 978-1-4278-0614-7
2 May 30, 2007[11] ISBN 4861273714 November 11, 2008[12] ISBN 978-1-4278-0928-5
3 March 10, 2009[13] ISBN 4861276063 September 1, 2009 ISBN 978-1-4278-1716-7
4 March 19, 2010[14] ISBN 4861277140 Nov 30, 2010[12] ISBN 978-1-4278-1867-6
5 March 15, 2011[15] ISBN 4861278422 N/A ISBN N/A
6 March 15, 2012[16] ISBN 4861279569 N/A ISBN N/A
7 March 15, 2013[3] ISBN 4800001145 N/A ISBN N/A

Drama CDs[edit]

Frontier Works released a series of four drama CDs based on Vassalord. The first, Vassalord: Drama CD Act I was released in Japan on August 8, 2006.[17] Act II was released March 21, 2007,[18] Act III on October 24, 2007,[19] and the final CD, Act IV, was released on May 23, 2008.[20] Charley is voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu and Rayflo is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara.

OVA[edit]

An original video animation was adapted by Production I.G from the first "Kakurinomiya no Heliogabalus" chapter of the manga.[21] Directed by Kazuto Nakazawa, with Nariyuki Takahashi and Chieko Miyakawa as character designers and Yukio Nagasaki as sound director, the OVA was released on March 15, 2013 with the seventh volume of the manga.[21] Charley was voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu, whilst Johnny Rayflo was voiced by Keiji Fujiwara.[21] Ryōko Ono was originally cast to play the child version of Charley, but French-Japanese voice actress Christelle Ciari replaced her due to the need to speak her entire part in a foreign language natively.[21]

Reception[edit]

About.com's Deb Aoki commended Vassalord for its "fast-paced action", "plot twists", and the characters' complex chemistry with one another.[22] Mania.com's Danielle Van Gorder criticizes the manga for its "over-the-top love-hate relationship between the protagonists" but she also commends the manga for its character designs.[10] A reviewer at Pop Shock Culture criticizes the manga for being clichéd.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nanae Chrono to End Vampire Manga Vassalord in February". Anime News Network. 2013-01-14. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07 ,. 
  2. ^ a b "Vassalord. 1" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Vassalord. 7" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Nanae Chrono's Vassalord Vampire Manga Previewed". Anime News Network. 2008-06-29. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Vassalord, Tome 2 : [Broché]" (in French). Amazon.fr. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Vassalord" (in French). Soleil Productions. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Vassalord." (in German). Tokyopop Germany. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Vassalord #1" (in Polish). Studio JG. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  9. ^ "血咒聖痕 1" (in Chinese). books.com.tw. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  10. ^ a b Van Gorder, Danielle (September 8, 2008). "Vassalord Vol. #01". Mania.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  11. ^ "Vassalord. 2" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  12. ^ a b "Vassalord. 4". Tokyopop. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Vassalord. 3" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  14. ^ "Vassalord. 4" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Vassalord. 5" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Vassalord. 6" (in Japanese). Mag Garden. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  17. ^ "Vassalord. Drama CD Act.I 白亜のコキュートス" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on December 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  18. ^ "ドラマCD「Vassalord」Act.II" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on December 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  19. ^ "Vassalord.Act.III" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on December 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  20. ^ "ドラマCD「Vassalord.」Act.IV" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on December 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Nanae Chrono's Vassalord Vampire Manga Previewed in Video". Anime News Network. 2013-01-22. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  22. ^ Aoki, Deb. "Vassalord Volume 1". About.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  23. ^ Ferguson, Chloe (July 28, 2008). "Vassalord, Vol. 1". Pop Shock Culture. Archived from the original on July 7, 2010. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 

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