Title: Trinity Blood vol 1
UK Distributor: VIZ Media
Created by: Sunao
Yoshida (story) & Kiyo Kyujyo (art)
Suggested Retail Price (SRP):
Number of Pages: 192
Reviewed: 28th May
The story of Trinity Blood begins 900 years after
Armageddon, which was a war between vampires and humans. Our main hero
Abel Nightroad is a priest who in one respect seems perfectly normal and works
loyally for the Vatican. However, he has a completely different identity
as he is able to transform into a Crusnik, a powerful creature which drinks the
blood of vampires. The story was originally written by Sunao Yoshida, and
was so popular that it was then made into both a manga and an anime.
The first volume of the manga shows how Abel first meets Sister Esther in the
city of Istavan. The sister is filled with hatred and revenge towards
vampires after her mentor Bishop Laura was murdered. However, what she
doesn't realise is that she is being used as a pawn in a game which will set
vampires against humans in yet another war against each other. It is Abel
who helps Esther to see that revenge is not the correct course.
The artwork of the manga seems to split me in two ways, the male characters and
backgrounds are drawn quite well and are detailed. I particularly like the
panel in which Abel is fully transformed into a Crusnik. However, when it
comes to the artwork of female characters it is poor, particularly in the case
of Esther who looks permanently stoned or goofy (take your pick).
The problem with this manga is that when you compare it with anime it just
doesn't seem to stand up the same. The manga seems holey (no pun intended
~_^), missing out important information for you to understand the storyline.
Normally, a manga has an introductory chapter in order for you to understand the
settings and characters. However, Trinity Blood jumps straight into
a story arc which in some cases would work but in this instance fails and leaves
the reader confused. It is only the fact that I have watched the anime
before reading this that I am able to follow the storyline.
Overall, if you have the choice on spending six pounds on a manga or saving up
for a little bit longer to buy the anime I would recommend the latter as it
offers far more when it comes to story and artwork.
The first manga has the prologue and the
beginning of the first chapter of the novels in which the manga is based from.
Its a nice extra to have as you can see what the anime and manga is based off.