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Manga / DRCL Midnight Children

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A new work by Shinichi Sakamoto, #DRCL Midnight Children is a seinen manga that is an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, beginning serialization with its first chapter in January 2021.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Quincey calls Jo "Kodak Jo" in Chapter 2.
  • Alien Kudzu: The plants that are connected to Dracula are able to grow after being fed blood, and its roots immediately attack and enter the ship's crew members.
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  • Ambiguous Gender: So far, Luke/Lucy's gender identity is up in the air, as by day, they present themselves as a man, while at night, they present themself to Mina as a young woman.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Mina writes—or rather types—in her diary that Lucy, by daytime, doesn't recall anything that happened the previous night.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The captain's logs in chapters 1 and 2, while he notes the strange behaviors of his crew members.
  • Boarding School: Mina, Luke (Lucy), Jo Sewa, Arthur and Quincey all attend a boarding school in Whitby, England.
  • Body Horror: On the Demeter ship, the crew members who become vampires all have Meat Moss growing on their backs.
  • Camera Fiend: Downplayed. Jo mentions how hard he worked to get his own Kodak camera, and attends the picnic so he can get a shot of the Demeter ship entering the shores of Whitby.
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  • Catch Wrestling: Mina. She even says "C.A.C.C." or the phrase "catch as catch can" at times.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Mina has a gap between her two front teeth.
  • Creepy Cemetery: The Whitby academy is situated near a cemetery, where Luke/Lucy and Mina's "ceremony", as well as the boys' picnic, take place.
  • Dunce Cap: In the prologue chapter, Mina is forced to wear it as punishment for harming another student. According to a comment made by Luke/Lucy, this isn't the first time that this happened.
  • Fiery Redhead: Wilhemina Murray is portrayed as a young girl with red pigtails and the angry temper to match.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mina these à la Pippi Longstocking.
  • High School A.U.: Mina, Luke/Lucy, Arthur, Quincey and Jo in Shinichi's version are teenagers that attend a boarding school in late 19th century England.
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  • Modesty Shorts: Mina switches out her skirt for a pair of bloomers in Chapter 2, which is commented on by Quincey and Arthur. A translator note on the page mentions that bloomers were controversial for their association with first wave feminism in the 1890s.
  • Pit Trap: Happens to Mina in Chapter 2. As she sees Luke, Quincey, Jo and Arthur while running in the graveyard for the appointed picnic, Mina realizes that the note didn't come from the student who bullied her earlier. Before she can give them a verbal lashing, she immediately falls into this trap, much to the joy of Arthur and Quincey.
  • Race Lift: Quincey Morris and John Seward, here Jo Sewa, are African American and of East Asian descent respectively in this version.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Mina is introduced in the prologue typing up her notes and diary entries on a typewriter at break-neck speed.
  • Sleepwalking: Luke/Lucy has this habit, and according to Mina, this has been worsening.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Justified, as Mina is the only girl in the entire student body of Whitby.
  • Standing in the Hall: In the prologue chapter, Mina is forced to do this, and wear a dunce cap for punishment.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Like their respective characters in the novels, Mina is the Tomboy to Luke/Lucy's Girly Girl.
  • Token Minority: Quincey and Jo are the only characters in the group who are of different ethnicities.
  • Vampire Hickey: At the end of the "prologue" chapter, Mina is surprised to see Luke/Lucy having this.
  • Youthful Freckles: Mina has freckles scattered all over her face.