I started this series originally in my first year of university, and since then I have become a shameless fangirl.
It's pretty disgusting really. Thou...moreI started this series originally in my first year of university, and since then I have become a shameless fangirl.
It's pretty disgusting really. Though I at least have the sense not to like the anime.
That should serve as a fair warning to the credibility of this review, especially since I've read and re-read this series so many times over I could probably recite dialogue passages from it.
Anyway, the story of the entire series really revolves around two/three main characters: Yuki, a young girl with no memories of her past, Zero, an orphan from a family of vampire hunters and (I don't have a huge fondness let's say for) Kaname, the vampire who saved Yuki, who I don't really count as a protagonist, because I think his role is something else. (view spoiler)[I personal think he's the antagonist to the whole she-bang (hide spoiler)]. Anyway, politics, love, and everything else mix as the series goes on, creating a nice angsty atmosphere for the teenagers at the center of this manga.
This first volume is really an introduction to that, and really in my opinion doesn't give you the full picture of where and how the series is going to go. From my standpoint, I can easily see the importance within the volume and the small details Hino is letting slide by, but for a newcomer it's much better to read at least the second volume before considering actually continuing the series.
Critically, the series and this first volume has a bit of filler/redundant/emotion-filled moments that don't exactly move the plot along, and while technically are for characterization even if we've already seen Yuki become overwhelm with emotion for her past like 3 chapters previously. Yuki is also a terrible heroine who pisses me off greatly, and is kind of submissive, and even though there are moments where she tries to become strong and dominant, they kind of just fall flat on her face.
The art is probably one of my favorite things about Hino's work in general, and Vampire Knight really does showcase that well with it's play of both beauty and a hint of sharpness and danger in the strong lines Hino uses in this series that contrast the more softer side of her art style in her more comedic works.
All in all, I've found Vampire Knight to be a series full of romance, inner discovery, and political intrigue. While it's not perfect, it's still amazingly addictive, and I can't help but long, long, long after the newest volume even if it is SEVEN FREAKING MONTHS AWAY. 3.5-4/5 ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The 12th Volume in the Vampire Knight manga series continues off from the events from the last volume. 1 year after the battle with Rido, Yuki and Zer...moreThe 12th Volume in the Vampire Knight manga series continues off from the events from the last volume. 1 year after the battle with Rido, Yuki and Zero find themselves at the same vampire soiree. When a pureblood vampire turns up dead, and hunter apparently commits suicide after doing the deed, things start to move as the new arc of the series appears. This volume of Vampire Knight was a bit of a disappointment. Most of it was set-up for the evolving arc, and while I know set-up is important it's KILLING me to wait to read the next installment. Yuki is slowly getting stronger as a heroine, and I'm hoping she'll end up being much more kick ass by the end of the series. Zero is Zero, and I love his angsty angsty self. Kaname is slowly becoming much more of a villain the way he controls Yuki and her actions. I love the hints Hino is giving us about his past, and can't wait to find out just exactly what he's up to and who he's been. The art, as always, is absolutely stunning. 4.5/5(less)
One of the better ones of this season, Volume 4 wraps up the small plotline established in the previous volume while leaving us with clues of a furthe...moreOne of the better ones of this season, Volume 4 wraps up the small plotline established in the previous volume while leaving us with clues of a further conspiracy to come in the near future. The rest of the novel is basically training for Tsukune as he learns to control his ghoul powers through the ehrm 'help' of Ruby, and Inner Moka. The jokes are still hilarious, but the tone is getting to be much more serious. Beautiful! 5/5 (less)