watched 2008 roughly
Karin was possibly my first anime. It was either this Elemental Gelade or Angelic Layer. I loved Karin. Karin was a much better love story than twilight any day. Bare in mind, I watched this in the same year Twilight came out and the hype around it. This manga’s twist on vampires? Well one, they have a preference for emotions. So Karin’s older brother prefers the blood of lust filled women etc. And number two, there is a rare type of vampire who instead of drinking blood, produces blood, injecting it into her victims. Karin is one of these vampire and this fact is incredibly embarrassing for her.
At high school, Karin lives as a normal teenage girl, still able to walk in daylight and eat human foods. Then she meets one Usui Kenta. Kenta has a tough life. He and his mother have very bad luck and they are poor as a result. Kenta’s mother seemingly a magnet for perverts and worse. Kenta discovers Karin’s secret when she has a major nosebleed at school and cleans it up for her.
Que a romantic comedy with an hilarious twist. Kenta spends his time helping Karin keep her secret and slowly they fall madly in love. And discover Karin’s preference as well. Something which comes in handy when the side effects hit. The love rival is a vampire hunter as well to add more spice to this comedy. You also get to watch as Karin’s sister Anju develop from being a child to an adult vampire. Anju who is very protective of her sister.
The anime ending is sweet, though not the same as the manga. I have not read the manga, but I have heard a lot of people complain about it. But as someone who has only watched the anime only, it is a very cute if not slightly clique ending. Its an enjoyable anime and I give it a gold.