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Chibi Vampire Airmail
by Yuna Kagesaki
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TOKYOPOP, 2010 (2010)
Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

As the name implies, the Chibi Vampire series is very cute especially Yuna Kagesaki's art. Chibi Vampire Airmail is a set of four short stories by Kagesaki, and while two are side stories of Chibi Vampire, the other two are not quite as cute, at least in theme.

Reverse Babysitting is about a young girl who ends up babysitting her older neighbor. It seems he is repressing memories of being abused as a child and will subconsciously revert to being a baby to gain the attention he was never afforded. However, the thought of an elementary school girl putting a college boy in diapers is beyond disturbing.

Searching for My Beloved was definitely the most messed-up of the quartet. The storyline was clear, but very sick and twisted as a girl dresses as a boy to enlist the help of a psychic in finding the boy she is dressed as. I will not give away the ending, but this is not one for the faint of heart.

The Vampire of the West Woods was by far my favorite of the bunch. In it, we get to know Friedrich, second cousin to Karin of Chibi Vampire. A few times a week, Friedrich climbs to the church at the top of hill to deliver manga to Sister Rosary, a bubbly young nun who is all alone. Sister Rosary is part of an order of vampire hunters who believe they have destroyed all of the vampires in the area, not knowing that Friedrich is one himself.

Maki-Chan, the Helping Angel of Love is the only story to involve the main characters of Chibi Vampire directly. This is the story of Karin's friend Maki and her tenuous relationship with Yuuji.

There is no denying that Yuna Kagesaki's style is cute. This makes for an interesting mix with the more disturbing stories in Chibi Vampire Airmail, but it is still a must for Kagesaki fans.

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