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Vampire Knight, Vol. 02 by Matsuri Hino
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Feb 11, 12

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Read on February 11, 2012

Vampire Knight, Vol. 2 continues on with the consequences of Zero's secret from Vampire Knight, Vol. 1. Two volumes in, the series overall is starting to find its depth, but is still somewhat plagued by an uneven balance between drama and comedy personified primarily by the character of Headmaster Cross. It takes a skilled author to add moments of levity within a drama heavy story. Or else, instead of lightening a mood, it ends up giving the literary equivalent of a record scratch. Unfortunately, Hino seems to lack that delicate touch (so far).

Another thing that seems to come in heavy doses, is the goth romanticism that oozes every pages to the point that seems cloying. However, nitpicking a vampire story over saccharine romance aimed for teenagers is like complaining that vanilla doesn't taste like chocolate. Basically, 'it's not you, it's me'.

One thing that still needs explaining are the 'rules' these vampires follow. So far the only thing that seems to be a given is the fact that they survive on blood (something which Yuki conveniently provides from scrapes, literally). We still don't know whether they age or are immortal, or how they became vampires in the first place. Based on the target demographic, it might be easier to assume they're like the Twilight vampires (without the sparkle), than Bela Lugosi. But one gets the feeling that everything is explained on the fly as long as the author finds it convenient.

Overall though, Vampire Knight, Vol. 2 does succeed in adding depth to the characters by the time the volume ends, especially as the comedy stops halfway through. It's enough to make me want to try Vampire Knight, Vol. 3.
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