Happily ever after is a work in progress.
Story/Art: Tomu Ohmi
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions
What They Say
Kyohei has been banished from his clan because he refuses to renounce his love for Kaya. But a lone vampire is a dangerous thing to be, and Kyohei finds himself cut off from the vampires’ power and protection. He doesn’t even have access to blood substitutes anymore! Kaya wants to support him through this crisis, but arranging “dinner dates” for him again might be more than her heart can take!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Kaya has her man, and that should be enough to make her happy. Yet there are still lingering issues regarding their increasingly complex lives. The vampire clan has banished Kyohei, which means no more fake blood pills and no outside help. They even go so far as to cut all their business ties, which causes yet another wrinkle in everyday life for the two.
Kaya offers to feed Kyohei more often, but that’s not a realistic solution to the problem at hand. The solution is for Kyohei to take matters into his own hands and pay for his own research into a blood substitute. Of course he doesn’t tell Kaya this and makes her think she’s helping him find more women to feed on. It’s one thing to tease your lover, but that’s just mean spirited.
Suddenly, quite out of nowhere, Kyohei asks Kaya to marry him. Kaya had balked at moving in with Kyohei and leaving her mother alone so he felt marriage was the solution. With no fanfare, no ring, no dropping to one knee, Kaya feels more than a little sideswiped. To complicate matters her mother discovers Kyohei’s secret and refuses to let Kaya marry a vampire.
Kyohei proves that he can act like a gentleman and does end up asking for permission, putting himself at harm in a church to prove to Kaya’s mother his honest intentions. What follows is a lapse in judgement which leads into final chapter of the story.
Kaya finds one day that she doesn’t want to be intimate with Kyohei anymore, and he discover’s that her blood has been tainted somehow. Their minds instantly jump to clan meddling, but the answer is far simpler and world’s more complicated. Kaya is pregnant with a child who is likely a vampire.
The clan descends to remind the couple that their child would become the clan’s property, but Kyohei and Kaya stand firm. The child might be a vampire, but their it’s parents and will raise the child with love. The strength of the couple and their bonds together are unbreakable. Nothing the world tosses at them is going to stop them, no matter how hard it tries. It’s not quite the happily ever after most people would expect from a romance, but it’s a realistic one.
The volume closes out with a short story showing that the unflappable vampire Marika is just as prone to falling for a human as Kyohei was. In her case her human crush ends up working hard to earn her favor, and luckily for her he’s a better catch than Kyohei. I don’t think she deserves him, but it’s good to see her have to admit she’s no better.
Thus ends Midnight Secretary. I’m still not fond of Kyohei, he’s still controlling and selfish and those communications issues between Kaya and him don’t seem to have ever sorted out. Still, I appreciate that the story didn’t try to tie everything up with a nice little bow. It’s that added layer of depth that marks a more mature love story, and if a reader is looking for a more adult supernatural romance then you could do far worse. The imperfect leads are not going to lead perfect lives, but the outcome of their courtship feels logical and Kaya knew what she wanted and managed to achieve it on her own merits. Good for her, and good on Viz for releasing more josei manga.
Content Grade: B +
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014