22 Best Vampire Manga

Tales of Horror and Romance, Plus Some Bloody Good Laughs

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Aoki, Deb. "22 Best Vampire Manga." ThoughtCo, Jul. 23, 2017, thoughtco.com/best-vampire-manga-2283080. Aoki, Deb. (2017, July 23). 22 Best Vampire Manga. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/best-vampire-manga-2283080 Aoki, Deb. "22 Best Vampire Manga." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/best-vampire-manga-2283080 (accessed September 25, 2017).

Ever since Bram Stoker introduced the world to Dracula, bloodthirsty immortals have been the subject of many novels, movies, and now, manga. From gothic romances and gory horror to suspenseful modern mysteries and goofy comedies, these shojo, shonen and seinen manga offer lots of the bats, blood, fangs, and drop-dead gorgeous creatures of the night that make vampire fans swoon.

Vampire Knight Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino, published by Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
Vampire Knight Volume 1. © Matsuri Hino / Hakusensha Inc.

Author & Artist: Matsuri Hino
Publisher: Shojo Beat Manga / VIZ Media
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The Cross Academy offers an unusual curriculum for two very different types of students: day classes for humans and night classes for aristocratic vampires. As the adopted daughter of the headmaster, Yuki Cross is one of the few human students who knows about the secret of the night school classmates.

But as Yuki discovers long-standing blood ties, grudges, romances, and rivalries between the various vampire clans, she soon finds herself in a troubling love triangle that may cost her her humanity. More »

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Hellsing Volume 1 by Kohta Hirano from Dark Horse
Hellsing Volume 1. © Kohta Hirano

Author & Artist: Kohta Hirano
Publisher: Dark Horse

When supernatural forces threaten Queen and Country, the Royal Order of the Protestant Knights, a.k.a. the Hellsing Organization are on the front line. Their secret weapon? Alucard, a powerful, immortal and near invincible vampire who can shoot, kill and maim his enemies with cold-blooded efficiency.

As he fights the Catholic Church, the Nazis, and other vampires, Alucard takes no prisoners as he leaves a trail of carnage in his wake. More »

Author: & Artist Akihisa Ikeda
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced Manga / VIZ Media

Tsukune flunked all of his high school entrance exams, so he ends up at the only school that would accept him, Yokai Academy. The catch is that "Yokai" means "monster" and Yokai Academy is a high school for vampires, demons, and werewolves. Tsukune is the first and only human student enrolled there.

But his luck looks like it's turning around: A pretty classmate falls for Tsukune almost immediately — but mostly because Moka is a vampire and she thinks his blood is positively yummy. But Moka's no pushover. When her cross or rosario is ripped from her choker, Moka's true power and fury is released.

Author and Artist: Yuna Kagesaki
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Karin is the misfit in a family of vampires. While her suave older brother seduces and feeds on the blood of pretty girls, Karin is a vampire in reverse: she gives back blood to anyone she bites. The other odd twist? Karin's transfusions give luck and vitality to her 'victims.' Once a month, Karin has blood to spare — if she doesn't find a victim to give blood to, blood gushes out of her nose, which gets pretty embarrassing.

When her classmate Kenta sees her 'donate' blood to a drunk businessman one night, he immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion. This only gets more complicated when Karin finds herself strangely attracted to Kenta.

Author: Darren Shan
Artist: Takahiro Arai
Publisher: Yen Press
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Darren and Steve are best friends who share a fascination with monsters. Then a visit to an unusual circus and an encounter with a mysterious vampire forces them to make heart-wrenching choices that change their lives in strange and frightening ways.

This manga adaptation of Darren Shan's bestselling supernatural novels was originally published in Japan in Shonen Sunday magazine by Shogakukan. 

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Artist: Young Kim
Publisher: Yen Press

This story of a human girl who falls in love with a handsome classmate who just happens to be a vampire has sold millions of books and movie tickets all over the world. Now Korean manhwa artist Young Kim has brought the tale of Bella and Edward to life as a graphic novel, filled with dark drama, romance and yes, sparkles too.

Author: Sunao Yoshida
Artist: Kiyo Kyujo
Publisher: TokyoPop

When Earth's population grew too great for one planet to manage, humans attempted to colonize Mars. What this event set in motion was the rise of two super-races of vampires and an apocalyptic war between humans and the undead that continues even 900 years later.

On one side is are the Methuselah, a breed of blood-sucking, superstrong alien vampires. On the other side is the Vatican, and its secret weapon, Abel Nightroad, an immortal Crusnik who feeds upon the blood of the Methuselah. As both forces clash, political intrigue combines with sci-fi and fantasy for an epic tale with Byzantine twists and turns.

Author: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Artist: Saiko Takaki
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing

In a world ravaged by a long-ago armageddon, vampires are aristrocrats, scientists, and the rulers of the world. While humans are re-emerging as a force to be reckoned with in this grim world and the rule of the vampires is on the wane, their thirst for human blood remains.

In this bleak, corrupt world is D, a half-vampire, half-human dhampir who belongs to neither world. He has the unique combination of strength, magical power, smarts and elegant, bewitching beauty that make him the ultimate vampire hunter.

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Blood + Volume 1 by Asuka Katsura, published by Dark Horse Manga
Blood + Volume 1. © Asuka Katsura / Production I.G. / Aniplex / MBS / HAKUHODO

Author: Asuka Katsura, Production I.G. / Aniplex
Artist: Asuka Katura
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga

Saya Otonashi seems like an ordinary high school girl. She's athletic, she tends to oversleep and she has a healthy appetite. She's got lots of friends, and an adoptive family who adore her. But Saya can't remember her life beyond a year or two back.

And there's a good reason for that: Saya is near immortal and she has a special gift — her blood can kill chiropterans, a fierce breed of bat-like creatures that feed off human blood, and both the Japanese and U.S. government are very interested in her talents. More »

Millennium Snow Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori, published by Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
Millennium Snow Volume 1. © Bisco Hatori / Hakusensha Inc.

Author and Artist: Bisco Hattori
Publisher: Shojo Beat Manga / VIZ Media

From the creator of Ouran High School Host Club comes an unusual romance between a human girl and a reluctant vampire.

Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with a weak heart, and her doctors say she doesn't have much longer to live. Touya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood, and by refusing to feed upon or partner with a human, Touya is doomed to die as well. But if Touya and Chiyuki exchange blood, both could live for another thousand years. Can a young girl who's dying teach an immortal boy the value and joy of living? More »

Author and Artist: Kazuko Furumiya
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Kiyo is a poor but hard-working high school student who inherits a grand but decrepit mansion from her grandmother, along with two roommates who just happen to be vampires. To make things even more complicated, one of them is determined to make her his bride.

Like that other currently popular teen vampire, Kuroboshi is a sensitive soul who'd rather wilt than suck blood without his girlfriend's permission. But that's where the similarity ends as Bloody Kiss is more like a goofy comedy than a sweeping romance.

The Reformed Volume 1 by Christopher Hart and Anzu from Del Rey Manga
The Reformed Volume 1. © Christopher Hart and Anzu

Author: Christopher Hart
Artist: Anzu
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
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Giancarlo is a handsome and rich recluse, who captivates anyone he meets. But this mysterious nobleman lives in a modern metropolis with his age-old secret: he's a vampire and immortality is his, as long as he continues to feed on human blood.

But when Giancarlo meets Jenny, his heart is stirred, and he tries to reform his vampire ways. This won't be easy when a series of gruesome murders is terrorizing the city, and a detective is convinced that Giancarlo is the prime suspect. More »

Author: Ellen Schrieber
Artist: rem
Publisher: TokyoPop

With her black hair, dark makeup, skull accessories and blacker than black clothing, Raven is your garden variety high school Goth girl. Her classmates at Dullsville High tease her, but little can get Raven down now that she's found her dream guy: Alexander Sterling, a handsome and sensitive guy who just happens to be a vampire.

Other than their purely nocturnal social life, Raven and Alexander's romance seems to be going well — until Alexander's half-human, half-vampire cousin Claude comes to town, and brings a pack of troublemakers to stir things up.

Author & Artist: Nanae Chrono
Publisher: TokyoPop

Meet Johnny Rayflo, a handsome, devil-may-care vampire with just-got-out-of-bed hair and sly bedroom eyes. He's rich, he lives in a big house, and he's got a staff of robot maids who serve and protect him. When cybernetic vampire hunter Charley Chrishunds visits, he unleashes an arsenal of swords and explosives upon the Rayflo household. At the end of the bloody melee, Charley is impaled with a dozen swords, but the two still kiss and make up, or more accurately, make out.

Author & Artist: Kou Sasakura
Based on the video game from Publisher: TokyoPop

Inspired by the Castlevania video game series from Konami, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness centers around Lord Dracula ​and a war between humanity and an army of demons and the evil undead led by the vampire lord of Romania.

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Canon Volume 1 by Chika Shiomi from CMX Manga
Canon Volume 1. © 1994 Chika Shiomi

Author & Artist: Chika Shiomi
Publisher: CMX Manga

From the creator of Yurara and Night of the Beasts comes another tale of shojo-flavored horror and suspense with a touch of romance.

The only survivor of a brutal vampire attack that claimed her entire high school class, Canon herself is now a vampire. With Fuui, a talking vampire crow at her side, Canon is sworn to the cause of vengeance, as she seeks Rodd, the Lord of the Vampires, and the source of her immortal powers. More »

Author and Artist: Lee So-Young
Publisher: TokyoPop

Jae is an aspiring artist from Korea studying her craft in Europe. When her roommate brings home a strange man who she met at a bar, then leaves him with Jae to sleep off his drunkeness, Jae just shrugs it off as one of those things that happens when you're young, carefree, and far from home. As he sleeps, she can't help but be fascinated by his otherworldly looks and starts sketching, with her new guest as her model / muse.

But this bewitchingly beautiful man is more than just a random hottie from a bar - Michael is a vampire. One bite leads to another, and before Jae knows it, she's in deep with this mysterious man and his equally mysterious past.

Author and Artist: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing

From the creator of the yaoi manga classic Yellow comes a gothic tale of two mysterious siblings who are much more than they seem.

Raven-haired Mika is much too impossibly beautiful and elegant to be just another high school girl. Her brother Eru is homebound but is as ethereally eye-catching. To the casual observer, the siblings could pass for angels who have come down from heaven. But this traveling twosome never stay in one place for long for a reason — as immortals who crave human blood, they must hunt and feed in secret, then move when humans suspect their true identities and their ultimate secret.

Author and Artist: Kei Toume
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Since the death of his mother, Kazuna has been living the normal life of a high school student. But when his long-lost sister Chizuna reappears, Kazuna learns about a frightening family secret. He discovers that a disease has been passed down to him and his sister from his mother's side of the family: the two siblings are cursed with a blood disease that makes them crave human blood and flesh; making them in effect vampires.

Author: Kyo Shirodaira
Artist: Yuri Kimura
Publisher: VIZ Media

In a time long past, Vampire King Akabara Rosered Strauss ruled over a kingdom of vampires that co-existed with humans. But when his vampire queen went on a madness-induced rampage, she was sealed away beneath a mystic seal, and since then, Strauss has searched the world in a seemingly endless quest to find his long lost queen.

But his quest quite a bit harder than it seems. To prevent Strauss from finding his queen and reawakening her, the forces opposing Strauss created an ever-reincarnating enemy: The Black Swan. The Black Swan is a warrior woman who is reincarnated over and over again to battle the forlorn king.

Author and Artist: Akira Toriyama
Publisher: Shonen Jump Manga VIZ Media

From the creator of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dr. Slump comes an appealing one-shot story about Paifu, a vampire / were-koala boy, his ghost pal Jose and their life in a village filled with all sorts of suburban monsters, spooks, and demons.

When an epidemic of the Monster Flu hits their hometown, it's up to Paifu and Jose to recruit Mr. Maruyama, a retired wrestler to go on a road trip to get medicine to save their friends and families from this deadly disease.

The Dark Hunters Vol. 1
The Dark Hunters Vol. 1. © Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martins Griffin

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Artist: Claudia Campos
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Based on the best-selling supernatural novels by Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Dark Hunters introduces manga readers to Kyrian, an immortal being who was once a general in ancient Macedonia but now prowls the night as a vampire hunter. Frightfully handsome Kryrian has lived, loved and been betrayed before, but finds himself hopelessly attracted to Amanda Devereaux, an accountant who has the distinction of being the only "normal" member of a clan who dabbles in the supernatural. More »

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Aoki, Deb. "22 Best Vampire Manga." ThoughtCo, Jul. 23, 2017, thoughtco.com/best-vampire-manga-2283080. Aoki, Deb. (2017, July 23). 22 Best Vampire Manga. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/best-vampire-manga-2283080 Aoki, Deb. "22 Best Vampire Manga." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/best-vampire-manga-2283080 (accessed September 25, 2017).