First Impressions: Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu aka Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut

Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve done a First Impression but I figured I’d cover an interesting anime that takes place in the snow, how fitting for this winter season.

Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut |Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu
Watch the trailer here!

So I want to start off by saying this Anime had me feeling a certain way. I was stressing out, laughing, crying the whole mess. Mostly because this had some cultural signifigance to it.

So this anime slow to start but is a fictional retelling for the race to space but told from the Soviet point of view. Instead of risking the precious lives of the soldiers they asked a village of Vampires (who are the marginalized minority of their country) for a volunteer. One young vampire named Irina found herself going through intense training alongside a (this universe’s) European soilder who mentored her along the way.

This is a budding romance as the soilder gets to know the Vampire and finds himself defending her against the racism she faces in her training. Ultimately, the symbolism behind the Vampire motif reflects the genocides and injusties that the Vampires have faced in their time. They were killed, tortured, treated like animals or lower than and no one would ever know that they were the first in space.

I found it touching. This also means, I feel we are in for a world of hurt. As much as there is a race to space amongst countries I think the two of them will end the series as they race to find each other in space. If this anime finishes the plot, it may be one of my favorites of the year and possibly more. I can’t wait to see how this will end.




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