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Vampires is a manga by Osamu Tezuka about a man named Toppei and his little brother Chippei. They have the ability to turn into wolves, which is called being a vampire.

Vampires provides examples of:

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one scene, Tezuka tries to escape from Rokuro, yelling that he can't be killed, since he's the artist of the series.
  • Big Bad: Rokuro Mabe.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": The word "vampires" is used as a name for all the humans who can turn into animals. It's never explained why, although it's lampshaded by Tezuka, who notices that Toppei is more akin of a werewolf.
  • Creator Cameo: Osamu Tezuka himself is a main character.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Rokuro's Villain Song.
  • Genre Savvy: When his wife confess to have a "strange feeling" about a boy that Osamu Tezuka just hired, he become wary and thinks to himself "(I)Can't ignore a woman's intuition...".
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  • Henpecked Husband: Poor Mr. Tezuka!
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Every vampire turns into some animal when subjected to some certain stimulus, which varies from vampire to vampire.
  • Reused Character Design: Look, it's Shusaku Ban! And Geta!
  • Self-Deprecation: Once Ruriko, another wolf-person, has left Toppei and Chippei, this exchange occurs:
    Chippei: And why does she look like a fox and not a wolf?
    Toppei: That's because Osamu Tezuka's a bad artist, Chippei.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Discussed as a plot point. with a vampire who turns into a mouse retaining the same weight from his human form.
  • Shout-Out: Rokuro Mabe consults the services of three witches to give him advice. They tell him that he's going to become a great ruler. Anyone who knows Macbeth will recognize them.
  • Take Over the World: Rokuro Mabe's final goal, as well as most of the vampires'.
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  • The Masquerade
  • Villain Song: Rokuro's got one.


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