call of the night was a somewhat edgy and super fun summer 2022 season rom-com anime, starring the sleepless male lead Yamori Ko who yearns to become a bona fide vampire. This boy has given up mainstream Japanese society and started wandering the nighttime streets, but that’s not enough – he wants to completely reject his humanity.
The vampires within call of the night are looking not only for blood, but also for true love — which is what brought Ko together with his new vampire friend, Nanakusa Nazuna. The two soon embarked on a bizarre but healthy overnight journey together, and Ko was in for some wild surprises along the way. These vampires aren’t quite what Ko expected, though, and he may be up to his ears, as Season 1’s remarkable plot twists suggest.
People have to fall in love with a vampire to become one
Most vampire stories obey the rule that they can sire more of their kind by converting a human with their bite. Only in a few works of fiction can vampires give birth alive. call of the nightVampires like Nazuna take the “convert a bitten human” approach, which Ko himself expected, but with a big twist. It’s not enough to sink into those canines; the vampire and the human must have an emotional connection — and the human must first be in love with that vampire.
Nazuna explained all this to Ko early on, leading him on a personal quest to develop real feelings for Nazuna as his love interest. But as Ko found, that’s much easier said than done; true love cannot just be forced or rushed.
When the Vampire Coven gave Ko a time limit
Ko eventually met a small coven of Nazuna’s vampire friends, including the pantsuit-wearing Niko, who acted like their leader. She explained to Ko a rule Nazuna had forgotten to mention: the one-year term. If a vampire bites a certain human, that human has a year to fall in love and convert – otherwise vampirism becomes impossible.
Ko has already been bitten, so he has just under a year to fall in love with Nazuna before the opportunity closes forever. That revelation drove him to fall in love with Nazuna more quickly as he pondered the true meaning of love, but again, it’s not that easy — and Ko felt that precious time slip away.
When Seri broke the vampire tradition and made a friend
call of the nightThe Vampire Coven has strict rules about how vampires interact with humans. They should see a particular human only as a potential convert or as food—and nothing else—but vampires like Nazuna and her blond friend Seri thought it was appropriate to break those rules. In one episode, Seri struggled with her confused feelings towards her human male friend Akiyama, who was clearly so in love with her that she acted like a male yandere.
After a tense confrontation — and with the help of Nazuna — Seri came to terms with Akiyama and embraced the sweet heresy of friendship with a human, which ultimately made them both truly happy. It was a personal first for Seri and suggested that the coven’s rules can be easily broken without consequences. In fact, other vampires will soon abandon tradition and follow the example of Nazuna and Seri. It’s a whole new era for vampires and forbidden friendship.
When Anko arrived to kill vampires
later episodes of call of the night saw a bona fide vampire slayer coming: Anko Uguisu, who had no patience for Ko’s seemingly ridiculous quest to become a vampire. She sternly discouraged Ko from seeking vampireship and made a much stronger case than his friend Akira ever did.
Anko became the first external obstacle to Ko’s quest for true love with Nazuna, and her anti-vampire antics didn’t end there. She sneaked into Ko’s school and killed a male vampire hiding there, and Ko watched Anko poison that vampire before burning it to ashes in the morning sun. She even warned Ko that if he becomes a vampire, she will personally hunt and destroy him. call of the night‘s stakes reached an all-time high.
When Nazuna started her own romantic quest
Despite the many obstacles to their potential romance in call of the night, Ko and Nazuna never gave up on each other completely. Ko was still determined to become a vampire after speaking to Hatsuka, and he caught up with Nazuna in the nighttime streets to tell her not to give up on her, no matter the risks. Nazuna had almost completely rejected Ko, but changed his mind and kissed him, finally confirming their friendship.
Nazuna also explained that in exchange for peace with the coven, she was ordered to fall in love with Ko quickly, meaning they could meet in the middle when it comes to potential romance. She had once pushed him away as a potential lover, but she can now take a more active role in making the romance between her and Ko a reality.