Item description for Until the Full Moon Volume 1 (Until the Full Moon) by Sanami Matoh...
Marlo has a problem. On the night of the full moon, this half-werewolf, half-vampire undergoes a mysterious and terrifying transformation: He turns into a girl. Desperate for a cure, his parents call on Doctor Vincent, a long time family friend. But Marlo wants to keep his condition secret from Vincent's son, the vampire playboy David. Unfortunately, the secret gets out, and a new problem surfaces: David is interested in Marlo's female form! If a remedy can't be found, their parents believe the next best solution is marriage - a marriage between Marlo and David!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 9, 2005
Publisher Broccoli Books
ISBN 1932480889 ISBN13 9781932480887
Reviews - What do customers think about Until the Full Moon Volume 1 (Until the Full Moon)?
Dissapointing Oct 25, 2007
I guess this is a fair manga on its own, but I, like most others who read this, came looking for more like /FAKE/ and met with (pardon the pun) a total cop-out. Simply put, Matoh-sensei didn't have the guts to do what she did with /FAKE/, i.e. establish a believable homosexual relationship between the two main characters. Most of their romantic moments take place while Marlo is in his female form, and I see this as the manga-ka wimping out on us. Granted, there are kisses (scant) and declarations of love since childhood (unconvincing) while Marlo remains male, but these just failed to move me the way /FAKE/ did. And the characters didn't help. Marlo was depressingly effeminate, even when he was still a guy, and obviously unable to take care of himself; a traditional Gothic heroine. David was unconvincing in his declarations of eternal love, which I found interesting that they only came after he found out that Marlo turns into a girl once a month. One thing I will say for Sanami Matoh: she can write fantasy. But honestly, she should've just taken out the yaoi element altogether, and left this a straight fantasy (no pun intended, this time).
Highly enjoyable! Oct 4, 2006
Yes, this is a little light on the Yaoi side of things. Marlo spends a lot of time as a female in the book, and there is no sex. However, there story is witty, well developed and the love story IS there. Also, there is angst in abundance as Marlo struggles for his feelings for David which began as a young man and which he still has. I enjoyed this enough to check out the Mangaka's other work.
If you've already read through most of the hard Yaoi available in English (like I have), and are looking for something fun, with a Yaoi theme, this is definitely worth picking up.
A decent read, but not up to her normal standards... Apr 28, 2006
Quick Summary ------------- David, an aristocratic womanizing vampire, and Marlo, the son of a werewolf and vampire, are best friends. They haven't seen each other for years, but when Marlo's parents bring him to David's father, a renknown doctor, for a 'special problem' Marlo seems strangely cold to David.
The reason for this is revealed when the reader discovers that, due to his strange genetic background, Marlo turns into a woman during the full moon!
The parents decide that the solution to Marlo's 'little problem' is to engage him to David. David is thrilled about the situation, proclaiming his love for Marlo at every opportunity, but Marlo isn't sure what he feels.
The two then have the standard romantic hijinks that result in most shojo manga, with fantasy twists.
Pros ---- Fans of comic fantasy will get a kick out of this short series. It's a cute, funny, and, as always, beautifully drawn romp that involves werewolves, vampires, witches, and gender switching. Throw in a dash of romantic complication and you've got a fun little two volume series
Cons ---- Fans of romance or Boy's Love will find themselves disappointed. Matoh tries to do too much within just two volumes, and not enough of it focuses on the deeper aspects of David and Marlo's relationship.
A part of the reason for this might be that the series was cancelled in the Boy's Love magazine it originally ran in and another of Matoh's publishers allowed her to finish out the seies quickly in another (non BL) magazine. As a result it feels rushed.
The Bottom Line ---------------- "Until the Full Moon" is cute, funny, and beautifully drawn. Just don't expect any sort of deep emotion or meaning. Fans of Matoh's other works may be disappointed, but new fans or those simply interested in the fantasy elements will be happy enough.
Think of it like sorbet. It's pleasureable, and a nice palate cleanser, but doesn't have enough substance to make a meal. It does, however, make a decent dessert.
THIS IS NOT YAOI, PEOPLE !!! Nov 18, 2005
I'm surprised that people are comparing this to Fake...it IS by the same author but it is NOT yaoi!!!! I would say it's just a story (it doesn't fit into yaoi or shoujo)... It is about Vincent, a vampire and a lady's man, and Marlo, who turns into a woman on a full moon! The story is about how Vincent loves Marlo either way and doesn't care about what other people say. When their parents find out, they decide to let Vincent and Marlo get married -- and that's where all the humor and drama starts :) The story is very cute and the artwork is super...as usual! But it's WORLDS away from Fake -- so don't compare them, please!!!
I never saw FAKE so maybe.... Aug 22, 2005
I never saw the series FAKE so maybe that's why I absolutely love this manga! Vampires plus werewolves! And it's a funny series which helps out a lot! I throughly enjoyed the 2 books and I suggest them to anyone interested by boy on boy love/comedy! ^.^