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Blood+ Adagio, Vol. 01 (Blood+ Adagio #1)

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On the eve of the Russian Revolution, our favorite Chiropteran-hunting duo masquerades as members of Tsar Nicholas Romanov's royal chamber orchestra. Saya begins to uncover some of the strange secrets of the Romanov royal family and, of course, finds some hideous Chiropteran beasts who are doing a little masquerading of their own. Despite being one of the Chiropteran "orig ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Dark Horse Comics (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 08, 2010 Kris rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Blood+ Anime and I was quite happy with this first book of the Manga series. It covers horror, romance and supernatural adventures during the Romanov dynasty.

I enjoyed the story and I appreciated how it stayed true to the characters of Saya and Hagi.

Can't wait to read the next one!
Laurie Treacy
Feb 03, 2013 Laurie Treacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I adored the Blood+ anime series and ever since viewing it (multiple times), I've sought out whatever manga I could find. When I was able to pick up this book, I was thrilled. The artwork by Kumiko Suekane is wonderful. Delicate lines, expressive eyes, detailed clothing, the artist brings Saya and Hagi to life. Blood+ Adagio is a three book series and the first books--this volume and the second--both explore what Saya and Hagi did during the Russian Revolution. This historic time period was mere ...more
31 March 2013

I absolutely adore the original Blood+ 01 series, and felt that it ended all too soon. So when I heard about Blood+ Adagio, Volume 1, a prequel to the original series, I was overjoyed and couldn't wait to revisit Saya and Hagi again. Perhaps my deep affection for that series makes my expectations of this series too unreasonable, but this series didn't quite hit the spot for me.

The setting in 1916 Russia with the royal family is very intriguing and I feel that so much more could have
Aug 04, 2009 Chip rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the first Blood+ manga, except it was TOO SHORT! (only five issues). There was clearly enough material to make more books - thus my pleasant surprise to find Blood+ Adagio! (To date, only plans for two issues but perhaps, just perhaps...) Same artwork, new storylines, filling in the backstory. The Blood+ series could be a lucrative one for Dark Horse for years to come.

My daughter and I shared a love of the anime (due in part to the amazing music of Mark Mancina). When the series ended,
Daniela López
Feb 08, 2014 Daniela López rated it liked it
Me gusta mucho la dupla de Hagi y Saya, a pesar de que encuentro odioso que esto ocurre mucho antes de lo que está pasando en el anime y Saya sigue con el trato un tanto pesado hacía Hagi y que continua teniendo miedo a luchar y esas cosas.
May 04, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it
The story got a little confusing for me because there were so many side points but I think I get where it was taking me. The artwork was great even in black n gray.
Dony Grayman
Edición argentina. Tomo 1 de 2. Incluye un apéndice a cargo de Seiji Takeda.
Feb 15, 2013 Cdthomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-1-12
Saya and Hagi,two trained assassins, are sent from France to Imperial Russia on a mission to kill the Chiropterans (unnatural creatures that corrupt) that have infected the Royal Court. They infiltrate the Russian Court as musicians in the royal orchestra. Saya is ordered to kill Claudia, a young girl who was eager to befriend her, by their boss. Will she kill the young woman and so question the organization that brought Hagi and her there? Or will she become another killing machine that can't b ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
It felt good to be back in this world, especially in this setting. This series is a prequel to the Blood+ series and takes us back to one of the first missions between Hagi and Saya. The setting is right before the Russian Revolution and takes place in the household of Czar Nicholas II. Saya is the same as the main series and struggles with her missions...but how I love Hagi! Unf! That's a hunk of man right there!
Leila Anani
First of a 2 part prequel to Blood + This has Saya and Hagi in the Russian Revolution on a Chiropteran (vampire) hunting mission. Rasputin is wonderfully evil. Not my favourite style of artwork, but I'm loving the setting and story.
Mar 29, 2013 Patricia marked it as manga-hwa-hua
I don't remember what happened in this one. Just two or three scenes that I actually recall, but I do remember that I didn't like it nearly as much as the other Blood+ manga-series. :/ Shall reread!
J.D. Robinson
Dec 20, 2010 J.D. Robinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Blood + is one of my favorite stories with some of my most favorite characters. So you can imagen my excitement when I found these side stories! I loved it!
Elizabeth Moore
May 16, 2015 Elizabeth Moore rated it it was amazing
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Promising start and a totally new twist on the Romanov family!
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SUEKANE Kumiko: スエカネクミコ

Kumiko Suekane worked at a video game company before becoming a successful mangaka. Besides Afterschool Charisma, her other work includes Blood+ A, Once Upon a Glashma (Hajimari no Gurashuma), and Seijou Koucha–kan no Jijō (The Seijou Teahouse Affair).

Doujinshi circle: Little Garden

Writes doujinshi under: Macho
Other pseudonyms: Cinnamon
Published boys' love under the alias: R
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