Review of Karin (2005)

Moving picture

A typical couple of European vampires have settled for a quiet life in modern Japan. They have three children: A wicked womanizer, a stone-faced Gothic Lolita, and the eldest daughter, Karin. Each of them is drawn to victims with some special character trait, which evaporates when the vampire feeds. Karin is abnormal: she produces blood and has no problems with sunlight.

Romantic vampire comedy. Humour arises mainly through interference with anime semiology. A nosebleed means lust and is typically applied to boys, hence its application to a girl in grotesque amounts is a joke, and the purpose of the supernatural premise. Karin’s freeze-framed flowering catchphrase scream of “Iyaaa” (Nooo!) draws on a considerable array of such conventions, and her love interest’s response to her attacks—“Kokoro no junbi wa mada...”—is another reversed gender stereotype. Unfortunately, such “smart” premises are almost the only interesting thing about the series.

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