Rosario plus Vampire
is, well, one of those
series. It's a straight-up Harem, complete with Comedic Sociopathy
, Wish Fulfillment
, and of course, mountains upon mountains of nugget-filled Fan Service
. Only this time, all the girls are Cute Monster Girls
, the winning girl is chosen immediately and adhered to throughout, and the protagonist eventually stops being a wimpy Everyman and starts kicking ass.
Unless you're talking about the anime.
The story begins with Tsukune, a completely average student, enrolling in the last high school he can get into. Unfortunately, said school is for teaching monsters how to blend in with humans, and if Tsukune is found out, he will be killed. Shortly after arriving, he meets Moka, a dim-witted vampire addicted to his blood, and becomes a virtually-unstoppable badass when her rosary is removed. From there, his harem expands to include Kurumu (a succubus), Yukari (a loli witch), Ruby (an older witch), and Mizore (a snow woman). The second season adds Kokoa, Moka's slightly psychotic
younger sister. Unless you're talking about the anime.
So, what is it that really separates Rosario
from the thousands of other such series? The plot. The series quickly dumps the harem structure in favor of long, character-driven story arcs. The girls are not just window dressing; they actually grow and develop as characters, and unlike so many similar manga, are all equally sympathetic. The only problem I had with this approach is the MASSIVE Arc Fatigue
at the end of Season One. Fortunately, Season Two greatly improved on just about everything. Especially
the Mizore arc. Unless you're talking about the anime.
Yeah, there was a two-season anime. It sucks. The writers took the first two chapters, threw out everything that came after, and instead turned it into one of the most fanservicey anime in recent memory. Where the manga dropped the "hiding your humanity" point pretty early, the anime keeps it through the whole run. The only two story arcs it does adapt suffer from massive Adaptation Decay
. The second season adds Kokoa... and proceeds to fuck her character up beyond recognition. It's like a reversion to the late 1990s.
In closing: try the manga, stay away from the anime.