Rosario+Vampire – Morphing From Zero to Hero
One thing I always like about Rosario + Vampire manga, it’s how Tsukune had evolved. Tsukune is a human and if you would compare his existence to the other monsters in the academy which are regarded as “normal”, his existence is something human, something abnormal. An abomination.
I usually find that human characters in a supernatural series stood out a lot from the series. At most times, the “human” protagonist have lots of contradicting powers along the series as they get stronger, which makes something more of a human, and also something less of a human. Ichigo from Bleach is a good example, he is a human, but he is a Shinigami, however, he is also somewhat of a Hollow, and had then became a Vizard; a contradictory existence to no end.
However, I always find Tsukune to be remarkable. He kept on using these monstrous powers which puts a toll on his body continuously, to protect his friends in danger. These powers are the ones which make Tsukune forsake his humanhood little by little every day. He started off as human, then somehow turns into a semi-vampire. After some more blood infusions by Moka, he lose his self-control and became a ghoul, though he was able to somewhat keep his ghoul-form in check. Just recently, he had also been “human modified” to wield Youjutsu powers.
In the end, is it worth it? I would say yes. Undergoing huge body changes and through diligent training to reinforce those inhumane powers, he is now able to stand side by side by Moka, and is even able to fight Akua on even grounds. It was unlike before when he practically needed help, and even protection from Moka and the rest to fend off their foes.
Obviously, what he had achieved is not without sacrifice. Will he be able to return to the human world like this? Most people who noticed his abnormal powers will certainly see his existence as an abomination, a heresy, an unwanted creature not allowed to be existed in the first place. Due to this, he will most probably be stuck in the Youkai world for the rest of his life.
How much Tsukune had changed, both from the inside and outside is one of the reasons why I liked this manga so much, and these kinds of character growth, is something the anime was never able to achieve. At the end, will Tsukune finally disregard his humanhood and turns into a complete demon? Only time will tell.