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Midnight Secretary Vol. #05 Manga Review

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Midnight Secretary Vol. #5
Midnight Secretary Vol. #5

Kyohei has to decide what’s more important to him, love or appearances.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Tomu Ohmi
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions

What They Say
After Kaya’s contract with Erde ended, Kyohei hired her to be his executive secretary at his new company, LVC. Working openly day and night with the man she loves is a dream come true for Kaya, but the honeymoon is short-lived. Mariko, the daughter of one of the LVC executives, has a long history with Kyohei and is determined to renew their special friendship. Can love conquer family ties and vampire politics?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Kaya, after volumes of being the most devoted woman in the world in the face of good employment and better men, finally gets through to Kyohei.  The vampire boss admits to her that he doesn’t care about whatever title Kaya has, he just wants her.  Victory comes with a weird cost though, both to Kyohei’s health and to Kaya being left out of the loop once again.

Mariko flits about this volume as the phantom specter of all the woman Kyohei has been with.  She’s different from those one night stands because she is also something of a black sheep of the vampire clans.  She sees Kaya as both an annoyance and as competition for Kyohei’s attentions.  Kaya figures that no matter what she does she’s never going to be able to match the vampire woman’s special place in Kyohei’s life.

Kyohei might spend time to Mariko, but he doesn’t seem interested in anything she says or does.  Even Mariko’s father is convinced the relationship isn’t sexual, but it’s still rubbing Kaya the wrong way.  It turns out that while Kyohei was constantly making excuses and lying about using Kaya, it’s more likely that Mariko was the one being used.

While Kaya doesn’t react to her jealous thoughts about the other woman, Mariko is certainly not happy about Kaya.  Mariko is too brash and tactless to hold her tongue about what she really thinks.  She ends up making a bet with Kyohei to test his feelings about Kaya, and Kyohei wins the bet easily, even if it leaves Kaya in the dark about what’s going on.  In the end even Mariko has to admit defeat in the face of Kaya’s amazingly determined affections.

Yup, even with the love confessions and daring rescues, Kyohei still didn’t bother to trust Kaya with the truth about a vampires needs and about the bet.  She finds about about the deception, but it doesn’t change her opinion on her man at this point, she knows he’s horribly flawed.  In the end Kaya is able to put to rest her fears about being second place in Kyohei’s heart.  Now maybe the relationship can move forward in a healthy manner from this point forward.

In Summary
Kaya is slowly winning her long game of love with Kyohei, as her stubborn lover finally starts to drop his jerk routine.  His admittance to a bunch of low ranking vampires that he loves Kaya is about as big a victory for the secretary as she could hope for.  It’s about time that he started getting his priorities in order, because vampire or not if he doesn’t he’s going to find himself more alone than he could imagine if he kept brushing off Kaya.  The society stuff would be more interesting if we actually got more than just a glimpse of what life is like for a vampire.   I do have to admit Kaya is one determined woman to keep pursuing her man, even if he doesn’t deserve her affection or loyalty.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
MSRP: $9.99

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