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Light Novel: Vamp

The island of Growerth in northern Germany is home to Viscount Gerhardt von Waldstein, a vampire who rules the island as the Master of the Night. His accepting and merciful character has naturally attracted many nonhumans to the island in search of a place of call home. All sorts of colorful characters, from fellow vampires to witches, werewolves, and even Eldritch Abominations, inhabit Waldstein Castle. Chief among its residents, however, are the viscount's family—his twin children Relic and Ferret.

Only a slight distance from the castle is the city of Rukram, whose mayor is a trash-talking Dhampyr with a bone to pick against the viscount. Oh, there also seems to be a young woman with a taste for vampires' flesh, a shapeshifter with a complex about his true form, and a Salaryman with a knack for magic tricks.

And then there's the mysterious Organization—a group of vampires plotting... something. No one quite knows what they're up to, not even the members themselves.

A vampire series by Ryohgo Narita, Vamp is an early installment in Naritaverse, along with Baccano! and Durarara!!. The series is currently running at five volumes, and has not received an anime adaptation. It was briefly licensed by Seven Seas but was abandoned. A fan translation can be read here.

Vamp is part of an overarching Verse of light novels written by Narita Ryohgo that includes Baccano!!, Durarara!!!!, and Etsusa Bridge.


Tropes in Vamp! include:

  • Bad Boss: Watt.
  • Bad Dreams: Rudy has had quite a lot of flashback dreams of when Theo murdered his family, often when he's about to make a kill.
  • Break the Cutie: While not exactly a cutie, Rudy was still pretty young and innocent when he brought Theo home only to result in the slaughter of all his loved ones.
  • Can't Catch Up: Watt suffers from this due to being a half-breed.
  • Cool Shades: Watt.
  • Covered with Scars: Cargilla is described as having a heavily scarred face, to the point where the reader is encouraged to assume that the rest of his body is just as damaged.
  • Creepy Monotone: Shizune is described as speaking with one.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Magic Man lets himself get beaten to a pulp by Watt, but reveals pretty early on that he's actually perfectly capable of beating the shit out of him if he chooses to.
  • Determinator: Watt.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Watt's reaction after being shown up by his underlings. Granted, he keeps it to himself, instead venting to Gerhardt's coffin.
  • Expy - Arguably, Watt's personality, hair-trigger temper, and taste for violence bears some resemblance to Ladd of Baccano!, complete with similar names.
  • Funny Foreigner: Despite the book being Japanese, the Japanese Magic Man (among various European characters), initially comes off as this. He's soon revealed to be a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, though.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: The vampires seem to take a lot of unnecessary damage.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Watt will consider some of the most minor offenses as slights...and usually responds with violence.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Watt, whose father was a human and his mother was a vampire.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Otherworld Welfare Inc. Branch 666 has a website that sells garlic spray, stake kits, and talismans, in addition to exterminating vampires themselves.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Cargilla's reaction upon arriving on the island of Waldstein Castle.
  • The Jester: A character is literally called "the jester" during the prologue, and is explicitly said to where a jester outfit.
  • Keigo - Interestingly, a European version of the Japanese trope is provided in the Japanese book. Relic often complains about his sister's overly formal speech patterns, used to distinguish herself from humans.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: The Voluntary Shapeshifter reveals its true form by pointing to its reflection in the window. It then destroys all the mirrors.
  • No Export for You: The novels? No translation (not even fan ones until recently). Anime adaptation? None (yet). Still wanna read it? Sucks to be you!
  • Number of the Beast: Invoked by the Vampire Hunters are known as "Otherworld Welfare Inc. Branch 666", using the number so that the general public won't take them seriously enough to get in their way.
  • Offhand Backhand: Watt delivers one to his sidekick in the prologue.
  • One Degree of Separation: The viscount seems to know and be acquainted with the majority of the main cast, though it's justified since vampires live for a loooong time, so there's enough time for the viscount to make some life long acquaintances.
  • Our Vampires Are Different - Cargilla explains it best in the first chapter, that vampires' powers vary from person to person.
    "Every country and region has a different vampire myth, and that's how things are in reality. Some of 'em can fly through the air, and others are slower than humans. Some can transform into bats, breathe fire, or hypnotize people by making eye contact. But I've never seen a single vampire who could do all of those things, like the ones in movies. I don't understand why, but just think of each vampire as being an entirely different species from another. That goes for their weaknesses, too. Some of 'em can cross running water just fine, and others are immune to crucifixes but scared of garlic, and so on. Staking 'em through the heart usually works, but some vampires are even immune to that. [...] One thing most of them have in common, though. They can't stand daylight. Some of 'em turn to ash before you can blink, and others are just weakened by the sun."
  • Parental Abandonment: It's revealed in the 3rd volume that Watt's parents were so in love with each other that they neglected their child; which is what lead to Watt being the man he is today
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Watt is this in spades.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Watt in the prologue.
    Watt: And. Why. Did. I. Not. Hear. About. This?
  • Salaryman: "Magic Man" is described as being one.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Watt delivers the novel's first Precision F-Strike, and the rest of his dialogue is littered with them.
  • Super Smoke: The Jester in particular is skilled in this, but it's shown to be a power of most vampires.
  • Take Me Instead: Mihail to Rudy after the latter has cornered Ferret and mercilessly beats her down
  • Vampire Hunter
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Briefly referenced by Cargilla as existing in South America and being mistaken for aliens.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter

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