Black Rose 3 continues the story of Alice and the vampires but focuses more on the tragedy aspects than the horror or harem of the previous volumes. The writing is just as solid and Mizushiro’s artwork continues to get stronger. There is a definitely arc in volume 3 and hints that Leo has set into place plans that will affect the group in interesting ways in the future.
Story: Leo has always been the front runner to mate with Alice but she still feels she needs more time to understand her own feelings. Unfortunately for both, what she doesn’t know is that Leo’s lifespan is coming to an end and time is the luxury he doesn’t have.
This is the Leo book – and judging from the end, it looks like the next will be about Reiji with some jealous Kai thrown in for good measure. It was nice to see Dmitri open up more to Alice and I am hoping the series won’t be Alice going through one guy to the next until she ends up with Dmitri. I am definitely looking for more development in the Dmitri affair.
I’m still on the fence on this series – it is moody and atmospheric as well as beautifully drawn. Mizushiro does a great job of pulling us into the story but I’m worried it will begin to sag in the middle if the focus stays on the harem aspect. So for now, definitely 4 stars.
Reviewed from an ARC.