Midnight Secretary

Midnight Secretary is a manga written and drawn by Ohmi Tomu. It was released in the year 2007 and has been classified in the following genres: josei, romance, smut, and supernatural.

Kaya thought she had found the perfect job when she became the private secretary of Kyouhei Touma – the director of a tableware company of the same name. Kyouhei is a capable director, but his arrogance and sluttish behavior are almost legendary. Kaya is doing her best to prove that she is capable in her work, but one night, by accident, she discovers his secret… of him being a vampire!

taken from Mangafox

Right from the beginning, it has been implied that the two characters would end up together. How? Simply by the fact that the synopsis of the manga only states their names. Next, one of the genres is romance, which further strengthens my initial impression. Moreover, this manga has a vampire character and vampires, in a general sense, are characterized to be manipulative and at times, push the plot forward (or romance). The manga screamed cliche to me, but not cliche enough that i’d stray away from it.

Midnight Secretary has art that puts importance on simplicity. The smut scenes are meant to be quick and vague, which is probably used to enhance the reader’s imagination. Moreover, it constantly reminds us about the darkness vampires holds. It doesn’t fail to go all out black whenever possible— especially when highlighting scenes involving Kyohei Touma. I’m a first-timer when it comes to talking about manga art, but I feel like it’s okay. Not too detailed and not too sketchy.

Plot-wise— it wasn’t as cliche as I thought it’d be. The josei vibe was blatant because it does show realistic romance to a certain degree. It only becomes unrealistic because of the supernatural markers— the existence of vampires. I like how the relationship between Kaya & Kyohei develops— the mangaka took her time in developing the bond. It’s not the simple “I have a crush on this person; therefore I must pursue him.” It’s not like that because it shows the struggle in admitting one’s feelings for the other and it happens for both sides. For a manga with 35 chapters, it really showed the difficulties and tensions with loving a vampire. Moreover, it leaves its readers with a huge cliffhanger, which I feel will never be continues. It allows the readers to think of possible scenarios of how they want to continue the story.

Grade: 1.75

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