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Manga: Dracula Everlasting

Dracula Everlasting is an original English language manga by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir (creators of Amazing Agent Luna), with art by Rhea Silvan. It tells the story of teen-aged Nicholas Harker, who after losing his parents to a car accident, learns he’s the heir to a vast family fortune. But this comes with a price as he learns the hard way that Dracula was based on a true story, and he’s descended from the Harkers of the story.

The series spans three volumes. Thought it can be read here.

Dracula Everlasting contains examples of:

  • Amazon Brigade: Late in the story, Dracula begins making brides including Hecate's mother.
  • Anyone Can Die: Poor Detective McAllister.
  • Bad Boss: Surprisingly subverted, Dracula gives the Reinfields more then enough chances on their servitude before ultimately offing them (save Mason) when they prove unreliable and is shown showing concern for his brides.
  • Bishōnen: Nicholas and Mason definitely qualify.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Cate has one at the beginning of Volume 2.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Vanessa, a hooker who became the first of the modern day brides. She becomes a bit defensive when more women are turned to serve Dracula.
  • Cute Witch: Hecate, or Cate for short.
  • Deadline News: A reporter investigating the murders picks a wrong night to do a report in front of Dracula's house. She's later seen among Dracula's recent brides (the girl on the right in the fourth panel. The scarf she wore as a human being a giveaway).
  • Grand Theft Me: The curse functions by having Dracula attempting to take over Nicholas.
  • Gypsy Curse: Dracula’s gypsy allies bound his defeated spirit to the family lines of those who defeated him.
  • Hippie Parents: Rayne Ambrose
  • I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Cate has to do this to her vamprizied mother. She manages to get through and she turns on Dracula and the Renfields.
  • Last-Second Chance: In the climax, Cate offers this to Manson as he dangling from a second story window. He refuses and winds up falling to his death while trying to shoot her.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: Bran Stoker based the book on ‘actual events’, but had to change the ending at the behest of his publisher, leaving out the Gypsy Curse.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: For a teenager, Cate sure seems to have a wide range of spells for every occasion that comes up.
  • The Renfield: Karl Renfield is the direct descendent of the original, along with his sons. Compared to the older three boys, Karl is almost normal looking. His youngest son, though, is a handsome young man, for which he gets harassed for by his brothers.
  • Shoujo Demographic: Has a definite shojo look, though it does get Darker and Edgier than most examples.
  • Staking the Loved One: Cate to her mother, though it's helped that she's not in Dracula's control and content with dying. Even telling her daughter she loves her.
  • Spirit Advisor: McAllister becomes one for Cate after his death. Even after he's unbound from her. He decides to stick around to see the case through to the end.
  • You Have Failed Me: After one blunder too many. Dracula ultimately kills Karl and he and his brides feed on the sons save Mason who turns out to be the most trustworthy.
  • White Sheep: How the Renfields view the youngest brother, Mason, who is normal looking. On the other hand, ‘the runt’ may be the darkest and most devious of the boys.

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