Mangaka: Bisco Hatori
Chiyuki dreams of seeing a thousand years of snowfalls, all the while knowing that she’ll probably never live to even see her eighteenth because of a congenital heart condition. When she meets eighteen-year-old Toya, a handsome vampire whose bite would give her a thousand years of life by his side, it might seem that Chiyuki has found the ideal solution. The only problem is that Toya is too nice to doom anyone to living that long–and that he hides that niceness under a bristly, snappy exterior. Add to the mix happy-go-lucky, flirtatious werewolf Satsuki and impudent bat-servant Yamimaru, and mayhem, conflict, and all-around fun are bound to follow.
For being Hatori’s first serialized work, Millennium Snow is quite nice. I know some of the plot elements sound like a Twilight rip-off, but the two stories are actually quite different. The outstanding feature of Millennium Snow is the characters: Toya’s almost-tsundere-ness is charming, and the Chiyuki-Yamimaru pair’s impudently picking on him is hilarious. Personally, I’m a big fan of Satsuki, probably because he reminds me a lot of Tamaki from Hostbu. The art style is also very similar to the earlier sections of Hostbu–a little immature, but pretty, expressive, and very Hatori-san. I’m very sad that this story is currently incomplete (only 2 volumes), but still hopeful that it will someday be finished. (Hatori mentions intending to complete it in one of the side panels in Hostbu.) The part of Millennium Snow that is available is quite fun and comes with my recommendations.
Super-Exciting Update, June 2014: I just finished volume 3 of Millennium Snow. It’s officially back after a 10-year hiatus. I think it’s benefited from the time and experienced gained from Hatori’s work on Hostbu, although there’s a definite style-gap between the new volume and the first two. It’s cool though to see these great characters in Hatori’s pretty, updated style. I’m really looking forward to the conclusion of this manga!
Note 5/17/15: As this manga has now (yay!) been completed, I have updated and finalized the review. You can find the updated version here.