Title: Trinity Blood # 1
Series: Trinity Blood
Author: Sunao Yoshida
Artist: Kiyo Kyujyo
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
Publisher: Tokyopop, 2006
Format: Paperback, 176 pgs
Buy Links: AMZ/BN/TBD
Blurb from Amazon:
In a dark and distant future, Armageddon has giving rise to the fabled Second Moon–and a perpetual war between the vampires and the humans! Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan. When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the two form a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats: Gyula, the leader of the vampires. In this gorgeous, gothic-action series–part of the super-popular Trinity Blood franchise–the very survival of the human race is at stake!
Case File # 1- Vampires/ Sympathetic Villain/ Adorkable Android/ Hot Priests/ Uniforms
Rating: 4 out of 5
Vampires and Religion, always a good combination. Add in a stoic robot, it’s even better. Trinity Blood deals with a war between Methuselah (vampires) and the humans (or Terrans as the Methuselah labels them).
Father Nightroad is a priest who is adorkable because he is clumsy yet well-meaning but he is a special being which is reveal early on. He is the goofball that is a badass when the situation calls for. Sister Esther Blanchett is a young nun who is waging a war against the Methuselah because they are vampires (and killed her family). She is a weak character that needs to be save…repeatedly. Hopefully, she grows into herself because she has an interesting quest ahead of her. Dietrich, a German teenage boy who is more than he appears. Father Tres Iqus, the adorable android priest who is hilarious because his “search reveals no definitions” for the nicknames that Nightroad throws at him and he is an amazing gunslinging fighter. Between them and most scenes Father Nightroad is involved in, there is comedic gold. There is a Lord Gyula, the Methuselah, who is in charge of Hungary and is planning on destroying humanity with the “Star of Sorrow.”
The plot is to stop Lord Gyula from destroying humanity, specifically Vatican City because they are the representation of humanity, Lord Gyula is a sympathetic villain because his reasons for wanting to destroy humanity are driven from heartache. He is tragically human in his behavior and his desire to use the “Star of Sorrow” (a weaponize satellite) is understandable. Yet the war complicates the use of “Star of Sorrow” because of its origins as a sign of lost technology, love, and hatred and it is so entwined with the backstory of Lord Gyula that the name of the satellite makes sense. As you can see, I kinda really like Lord Gyula and the villain speeches he gives are amazing.
It has an interesting world-building setting in that there is a hierarchy of feeding. The Crusniks feed on Methuselah who feed on the humans. The Crusnik appear to be rare form of vampires and almost godlike is Lord Gyula’s reaction is accurate. There was a small view to a rival faction to the Vatican who want to destroy Vatican City and humanity, they remain unnamed but maybe next volume will reveal more. They look like quite the evil mastermind if the puppeteer was a glimpse into their power. The puppeteer, a little sadistic but intriguing. There was not a lot of religious discussion going on for priests being involved.
The artwork is amazing. The architectural details are really great, especially the close shots of the churches and crosses. It tends to be dark and heavy with a gothic feel but there are beautiful drawn scenes with light gray. Father Tres Iqus is a great drawn character because it is amazing how a hat can change a person’s appearance. What I really love about the art is how it uses shading and light/dark scenes to portray ambiguous scenes of morality like Lord Gyula’s introduction is in black shade but the last scene he is in there is hardly any darkness in it, very light shading which shows Lord Gyula’s character growth in the book.
In the end, it was a good manga. Very similar to the anime . It has very serious moments but it is also has comedic undertones, it is funny. Looking forward to the next volume.