English: Vampire Knight
Published: Nov 24, 2004 to May 24, 2013
Authors: Hino, Matsuri (Story & Art)
Score: 7.841 (scored by 29747 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsdrama fantasy romance shoujo supernatural vampire
Nov 27, 2008
It's boring. I'll admit at first I thought I was curious and found it interesting. But over time, the repitiveness becomes annoying and irritating. It seems as if the same three main characters of this manga receive too much attention while all the others, who are probably even better than the main protagonists, receives a very minimum screentime. (Or linetime, w/e)
Yuuki, the main protagonists whom apparently the whole world revolves around, is your typical girl in a romantic story. There's nothing special about her whatsoever.
As for enjoyment... the odd love triangles in this story are appalling. There is much... incest and the story itself is confusing at points. I also think that the author, Matsuri Hino, is merely beating around the bush and isn't getting straight forward to the important parts in the story. I think in her attempts to lengthen the manga, she is just adding in bits of boring panels.
Apr 24, 2013
- So... this Shoujo manga actually has a plot of some sort. Though, I can't really explain it w/o saying some major spoilers here and there. Though the plot itself seems like a 'go with the flow' type, it's not b/c everything is somehow tied together in some sense or another. Let's see... Kuroso Yuki is a day class student who is part of the disciplinary club that is in charge of hiding the night classes' secret. If you read the synopsis, the night class students are vampires. If you didn't, well now you know. It starts out like that until *MINOR 'spoiler'* you find out that Zero is a vampire. I honestly feel that there were a lot of plot twists here and their in the story and the vibe was just right. However, that pace is inconsistent as more secrets are being revealed. I honestly can't explain the plot well... esp. with mangas where literally every other chapter or so has a spoiler of some sort. So I apologize for that. -
= Art =
- Matsuri Hino's art style is... wow. If you've read her previous works, then go to Vampire Knight, you can see that she has a distinct style. However, as you progress through the series, her art becomes even better than it was. I literally have no words to describe how she draws her characters and her art style except, wow. -
= Character =
- The character development stared out very well. We got some insight into Zero's past, then Yuki's half way through and then Kaname's shortly after that.
Yuki = main protagonist
Zero = main protagonist
Kaname = main protagonist/antagonist
Everyone else = supporting
Yuki and Zero are childhood friends and it's quite obvious that Zero loves Yuki, but Yuki adores Kaname who loves her b/c he saved her from a vampire 10 years prior to that. Kaname is also a pureblood and Zero absolutely HATES them. Why? Read it and find out. There is also a lot of tension in this 'love triangle' if you can call it that. Yuki can't decide mentally so she just physically decides... She's not really my favorite character in the series. Zero is definitely my all time favorite and Kaname... the douche... He's just to hallow. He has a justification for all that he does, but they make no sense. They're cheesy and just empty with promises and stuff a vampire/human wouldn't really care much for. Again, development is nice in the beginning and just... is lacking now. -
= Enjoyment/Overall =
- The series used to be quite enjoying, but I'm only still reading it b/c I want to see what happens with Zero and Yuki... if anything interesting were to happen. I would recommend it for any Shoujo readers or just manga readers who need a decent Shoujo manga to read. It's not cheesy everywhere, but when it gets cheesy, it's cheesy. - read more
May 25, 2012
There are plenty of reasons that one should read it, yet the drawbacks to this series, in my opinion, outweigh the good.
The artwork was simply wonderful, some of the best I've seen. Everything is done in careful detail, and it's clear that a lot of time and effort went into crafting every scene. If only just for the beautiful drawings, I feel that this manga should be, at the very least, skimmed through. I did have issues differentiating some minor characters, as their depictions were very similar, but that doesn't take away from the fact that they were all done extremely well.
The characters are charming and funny, though most weren't as fully developed as I would have liked. However, as the storyline progressives, characters begin to become muddled and confusing. Still, they were at least explained well enough and don't all have the same dull backgrounds.
And here's where my opinion took a nosedive. In the beginning, I was interested in the plot, already choosing my favorite characters and trying to figure out what was happening. However, as twists began to appear, I found myself more and more distanced from the plot. For one thing, some of the twists made questionable character backgrounds and relationships, and I found myself less and less willing to continue reading something. It got to the point where I no longer knew what was going one, and I finally made the decision to drop the series, something I've never done before.
I wanted to like the series, I really did, because it was so nice to look at and I like the characters. However, the storyline really killed it for me, and eventually forced me to drop the series entirely. So it wouldn't be my preferred read, nor would I waste my time trying to convince someone else to read it. However, I know that many would enjoy it, and as a result, I feel that if one has downtime, they should at least sample it, because they may find it much more enjoyable than I did. read more
Nov 16, 2009
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Let's start off by complimenting the art style. Wonderful and absolutely gorgeous. The emotions of the characters have been so perfectly portrayed - a look of sadness and despair blended into a seemingly innocent smile; anger mixed with desperation; as well as the intricate details and huge amount of effort put into the illustration. Characters are highly proportionate and classy. I also love how the art style of the author has improved tremendously as the chapters go by, thereby showing her growth (which is something I am proud of!).
Next, the characters. I have seen some of the reviews around about essentially how the characters are simple-minded and one dimensional. I beg to differ. These characters have their fair share of struggles and shortcomings. Let's raise some examples. Yuuki, a naive girl from the beginning and still a naive person to the end, strives albeit with difficulty to grow up and fit into society to prove her worth. She is happy and cheerful, yet at the same time pained by the amount of hurt she has brought to the people around her. She tried hard to be strong, and stumbles along the way. Kaname is another character that has gone through too many losses that he has almost given up, and yet he is driven to protect the people precious to him. He is cruel, he does terrible, hurting things to get his way, yet he is a kind-hearted and fragile emotional being who shoulders massive amount of guilt and blame because he is tired from seeing his loved ones getting hurt. Zero, calm, composed and hateful on the outside, is another emotionally fragile being who is conflicted between choosing the girl he loves and his loyalty to duty. He is pained, he is disgusted with himself, and he is depressed. Such complicated emotions have been injected into the characters, and they are what keeps the story alive. The writer portrays every side of the characters that I can't help but support both sides of the love triangle, because no one is right nor wrong.
Lastly, the story. As I have said, the romance in the story is cheesy and yet refreshing. It portrays the emotional battles faced by the main characters as they struggle in the name of love. They are lost, conflicted, desperate and disappointed. And oh yes, the ending. Any love triangle plot will unfortunately have its ending disappointing to part of the fans. I however, find the ending bittersweet. It is well-woven. It is a satisfying and peaceful conclusion to the struggles faced by each of the main characters. It is the calm after the storm - everything is tattered, but every battle has finally ended and won. Overall the story has me tugging at every strand of my hair. It has left me so frustrated, frustrated at the fact that everyone is suffering for the sake of another. It has left me in tears and wanting to tear my heart out. And yet I love it.
Vampire Knight has its share of positive and negative reviews. It is controversial, some may disagree on my high ratings for this while some may not. It is not everyone's cup of tea, you may find your reading experience wholly different from mine. Read it, savour it, it is something to be examined and enjoyed at an appropriate pace, neither too fast nor too slow. Whether you like it or not — it is up to you to find out. read more
Jun 6, 2008
The story itsself is captivating from the very beginning. The whole time I kept wondering what was going to happen next. There were things I would have never expected- excellent plot twists- and even a smidge of humor for good measure. It's got the right balance of everything: Horror, Angst, Romance, Drama, Comedy. It has it all.
The art was beautifully executed. Each major plot scene gave just enough imagery to make it not too gory or not enough. Again, it had just the right balance. Also, there were some different angles thrown in there to make it that much more interesting.
Characterization was amazing. I kept thinking I knew these characters' motives inside and out, and then they'd surprise me completely. There were so many twists and hidden agendas you just couldn't help but want to know what they're going to do.
How could I not enjoy this manga? It's absolutely amazing in every way. It's one of those mangas that you just can't put down and has you begging for the next installment. It's very thrilling to watch it all unfold.
And as far as I've seen, the anime is just as well executed. read more
Jul 19, 2012
The story starts off with the cool idea of vampires and humans coexisting, and the first two or three books aren't bad. Sorry, this spoiler is unavoidable but I have to say that from the time Yuki gets her memories back and onward, the manga sucks so badly I wondered why I was even reading it. As of the plot twists and such, they are so predictable that I could just stamp a "thank you for that, captain obvious" sticker half way through the first book, not even, more like one third into it. That was let down, but at least it's better than Twilight, which has no storyline at all except for an angsty teenager and her vampire boyfriend (hey, I swear I've heard this somewhere before). :P Sorry for that, I really dislike Twilight. Anyway, to reiterate, the father you read in, the more demented and hard to follow the plot becomes. Books eight through thirteen were full of so much pointless fluff that it could have been condensed into one book.
Like all shoujo mangas, guys tend to look like girls, and the eyes are way to huge. Not just like regular manga big, I mean flipping ENORMOUS. Also, apparently the vampires' eyes glow red when they desire blood. the artist didn't manage to get that point across at all. The author had to point it out before I actually noticed it. I like the creativity for the uniforms though. That was basically the only thing I was impressed with. The backgrounds are good when there are any, and though I have said I don't really pay attention to backgrounds, I have felt more confused about where characters are in Vampire Knight than in basically every other manga that I've read. To me, all shoujo art looks the same, so there isn't really any uniqueness to it.
Zero is the tortured teen with the bad past. Haven't we all heard this before? "Yuki I wanted you to stay away from me because I didn't want to hurt you." It's nothing new. Isn't that like every single Vampire romance thing out now? The guy is mysterious and emo, and the girl is the ray of light for his salvation, but he had it ripped away from him because she's torn between two loves, and of course she's only considered her childhood friend and friend. This isn't the mild, appealing cliché that's mixed with new ideas, it's basically a lack of creativity. The only one who has any kind of depth is...actually wait, I can't think of anyone. As you've probably noticed, this review contains 100x more bias than all my other ones. Oops, but I can't help venting because Vampire Knight showed at least some promise, but now it's just assing around. Disappointment. D:
Vampire Knight really let me down, and I probably would have been better off not reading it. It would have spared me and extra week of my life I could have used to do other things, but I was basically only reading it because I thought Zero was kind of cool, and then the author turns around and goes LOL nope! DX He's an emo! Anyway, it didn't hold my attention.
It is far from the best manga I've read, but, if you love the tortured vampire and his love who doesn't love him back type shit, then trust me, you will drool over Vampire Knight.
Jul 11, 2012
I will start off with the negative simply because I feel as though this must be said, or expressed:
What it boils down to is that Vampire Knight is a highly, highly confusing manga. In the beginning, as many people have experienced, Vampire Knight was rather simple in terms of plot and scenarios. As time went on, however, questions were being answered but - in the process - more questions were being asked. However, as time went on the facts and situations started to become more confusing, more jumbled and less organized.
The further into the manga I went the less I started to understand - it got to the point where I actually needed to look up the volume summaries after I read them, simply to understand what it was that I had just read.
It is very hard to understand who is speaking and to whom, and where they are, and what is going on. I found that the lines between arcs were blurred to the point where I thought that the first arc was 9 volumes long when in reality apparently several arcs had occurred in that time.
I think that this confusion stems from the fact that the art, while beautiful (graceful, lovely, etc.), is drawn in such a way that oftentimes completely obscures the characters' actions, especially in intense fight scenes where you can't tell who hit whom or who did the hitting, or anything of the ilk. It skips to scenes without explaining where you are and, admittedly, a few of the characters look similar and so it's hard to tell the difference between them. Even on volume 13 I have a hard time telling several of the characters apart.
Finally, I find that the output of information is slow, as I touched upon earlier. More questions are asked than answered, and it takes a very long time for most questions to be answered, if they are answered at all. I believe the manga could be improved tenfold only if we aren't made to wait so long just to receive information that could invest us a little more. Suspense is nice but if you have to wait too long to figure something out, oftentimes the wait can sever your interest rather than enhance it.
Having said all of that, I do believe I've made the manga sound AWFUL and I didn't mean to do that. I don't think it's an awful manga at all - I think it's good; iit's a good manga if you want to read something to turn your mind off. Yes, it's confusing and it will make you think but it isn't terrible.
The characters are all different, even though I wouldn't say that any of them are particularly wonderful (I see a lot of Sue-ish things going on, especially in the character of Yuuki). However, the art is wonderful, the story was good (not great), and I would suggest it for people who are wanting a quick read. read more
Jun 28, 2013
In a second word, it's random crap thrown up by a drunk pony. VK is the initials of this crap? VK sounds like a vodka company. A vodka company that's about to get a very horrible review from a customer who threw up on their stale crappy excuse for vodka. VK means fvckin Vampire Knight.
Yuuki is a slut.
Pretty much all the girls in it are sluts.
The guys except that guy named Zero, are all pedos who have fvckin incest. Kaname wants to basically rape Yuuki. That's what happens when you go tooooooooooooooo deep in this manga. Anime leaves onto Manga on fvxkin volume 10 in chapter 47 or 46[forgot]. It was good at first, now what. The mangaka or whats her anme decides to make Vampire Knight in Hentai Rape a thon land. Because Kaname rapes Yuuki and Zero and Yuuki bang each other in the farm. When they have fvckin children out of the ex machima. Yuuki is a slut, my point is proven. She just wants Kaname's lust stickin out into her stick deus ex machima crappin Kaname's throat up her throat from Kaname's forking stick machima while it gets sticky and everything.
When they have their shit done, Yuuki starts to cheat on Zero and Kaname. Wheras she can keep having babies.
Fuck VK, it is basically Hentai. read more