Vampire of the east [1st Impression]

Vampire Of The East is a really interesting, with a vampire story set in an ancient Korea. The art is pretty darn good, too, but the story has a comic book artstyle.

Alt TitlesBameur Geonneun Seonbi, Scholar of the Night, Scholar Walking at Night, Scholar Who Walks the Night, The Vampire of the East, Thư Sinh Bóng Đêm, Vampire in the Darkness, Учёный, гулящий ночью, 夜行书生, 夜行儒士, 밤을 걷는 선비
CreatorsJo Joo-Hee, CHO Ju-Hee, ЧО Джухи, 조주희 (Author)
HAN Seung Hee, Хан Сынхи, 한승희 (Artist)
LicensedYes, Pocket Comics,  LezhinNetcomicsTappytoon
Release2012
AdaptedKdrama available(?)
GenreDramaFantasyGender BenderHistorical, Mature Warning: Gore/bloodMurder / Attempted MurderRape / Mentions of RapeRomance, Supernatural

Vampire Of The East Summary

Seong Yeol is a vampire scholar, hiding from people for many years, letting them believe that he is an old man with leprosy.

The only person he lets enter his place is a smart bookseller, Yang Sun. Together they will try to fight against a conspiracy.

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Vampire Of The East is definitely an interesting story, both with gender bender and vampires.

Our female lead has a tragic past, making her quite aware of how she’s both lucky and unlucky. This makes it feel quite real, which is not something I often find in these stories.

She loves books and studying, but due to her gender she’s not allowed to study in any academic places.

However, despite the unlucky nature of her gender she’s still lucky. Had she been born a boy, she would have been killed like her brothers. So it’s quite good she’s a girl, despite the lack of general equality in the country.

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As for the male lead, it seems he doesn’t love drinking blood.

He avoids drinking blood from humans, almost to the point of starving himself. He has some blood sources, but it’s not like he goes hunting every day.

We also have some hunters, which are allegedly hunting “tigers” but we all know it’s not tigers they’re hunting, but vampires.

The manhwa is quite older, which is being reflected with the comic book style. If you’re used to flowing panels, all connecting, you’re going to be disappointed.

Instead we have a style more akin to traditional western comic books. I still enjoy the quality of the manhwa and I definitely don’t find the art bad.

Final thoughts: Definitely give it a go and see if you like it!

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