My sister and I don’t have much in common. Her entire wardrobe consists of American Eagle and Urban Outfitters, my wardrobe is black, black, and more black (not Hot Topic-style, more Alexander Wang/Ann Demeulemeester-style). She can spend hours watching Scottish Fold videos on Youtube, I can spend hours watching dance videos on Youtube. She has waist-length black hair, I have short, blonde hair.
Most people don’t even recognize us as siblings. She’s friendly and reserved, I sometimes come off as that unapproachable bitch with the potty mouth at the bar. But despite our obvious differences, there is one thing we can see eye-to-eye on, and it’s not the universal subject of females–no, we don’t bond over Robert Pattinson or Joseph Gordon-Levitt. We awaken our sisterly bonds through anime.
It was my dad’s birthday celebration last night, and we went through the normal ritual–go to dinner at the Chinese restaurant we grew up with, go home and eat a cake from Micasa. I don’t really get along with my mom, my dad and I talk about sci-fi movies and superheroes all day (drives my mom crazy), my grandpa’s half-deaf (he’s 92) and my sister is still in college, working part-time at a local boba shop. We endured the entire 7-minute car ride to the restaurant listening to my mom yell at my dad for talking on his cell phone sans earpiece. It’s no secret to me that my sister watches Detective Conan too. She’s not into the violent / horror / sometimes-pervy anime I usually watch (did I ever say that I was a role model????) but she said something that surprised me during dinner.
Me: I’ve been watching Darker Than Black lately, have you seen that?
Sister: No, what’s that about?
Me: It’s a sci-fi series but it’s kind of violent so I’m not sure if you’ll want to watch it.
Sister: …The first episode of Blood+ was so bloody, I didn’t know what was going on, but it’s actually a really good series.
Me: Is it anything like Blood The Last Vampire?
Sister: I haven’t seen it but there are some references throughout.
Me: Hm. Well the movie has a lot of blood.
Sister: How bad is Darker Than Black?
Me: Well it’s not that violent but there’s one guy who uses his blood to kill people. Basically, whatever his blood touches, he just snaps his fingers and it explodes. This dude got destroyed by it.
Sister: Oh. That’s not so bad. In the beginning of Blood+ the girl slices everyone. I was confused. But I kept watching.
Me: Hmmm if there aren’t that many episodes I’ll check it out I’ve heard good things about it.
Sister: You should watch High School of the Dead, too, it’s pretty good.
STOP RIGHT THERE. HOW is it that my sister beat me in finishing HSotD? (Her: It’s only 12 episodes, you should watch it. But it ended really weird…) This obviously erupted into a conversation about zombies during our family dinner–then vampires. Then immediately after the cake was consumed, my sister showed me a clip from Blood+. We could have gone all night but I had to rush off and play Goldeneye on the N64 (I got my ass handed to me on a glittering platter, by the way).
Vampires and zombies. Yes–the topics of 20-some Asian girls during family dinners. Vampires, witches, demons, knights and dinosaurs–more monsters we’ve yet to cover in one of our conversations to come, but all of which are in the new Darkstalkers manga that was released October 18.
It’s obvious that when anyone thinks “Darkstalkers” we all think “Morrigan“. How can we not? I honestly have no recollection of Darkstalkers except for that succubus relation, from those times at Skate Depot playing Marvel v. Capcom.
I’m interested to see how the story is developed in this manga, as we know that oftentimes, too many monsters becomes too ridiculous (and believe me, I usually embrace ridiculous)–for some reason, Twilight came to mind. I haven’t even seen the movies but I don’t care about emo vampires or teenage werewolves. I’m on a completely different team from Jacob and Edward.
Below is an excerpt from the official press release from Udon Entertainment regarding the Darkstalkers/Red Earth manga:
“Written and drawn by Itou Mami(ROBOT, Pilgrim Jäger) Maleficarum is video game manga at its best. This standalone volume includes five short stories from across the monstrous Darkstalkers universe, as well as a four-chapter tale featuring the swords & sorcery world of Red Earth. You’ll see succubus Morrigan fight the wolfman Talbain, the devilish Jedah confront vampire lord Demitri, the heroic lion-man Leo questing to cure his cursed body, and several more fantastic tales. Also included are gag strips and artist commentary.”
One volume? Anyone of us can finish that in a weekend or less. I know absolutely nothing about Red Earth, so I’m ready to get schooled (in the name of research, duh). And gag strips / artist commentary? Yes, please! Monsters are something Megawoman and I might never tire of rambling about, but now that I’ve discovered a new buddy to chat monsters with, I think I can proudly add my sister to my zombie-vampire-survival team.