As a direct continuation of the first season, Zero comes back after his disappearance from the academy. Despite her relief, Yuuki, whose past is still shrouded in mystery, wonders what exactly happened to Zero during the separation. As Zero continues having the strange vision that appeared since the day he drank Kaname's blood, he visits the now awakened Maria Kurenai in an attempt to find answers. She only provides him with a cryptic answer that suggests who the true enemy really might be.
In the meantime, vampires from the Supreme Vampire Council arrive at the academy in order to punish Zero with death for his sin of killing a pureblood. However, Kaname intervenes with the council's decision with not only the intention of saving Zero but with another purpose unbeknown to everyone around him.
First and foremost, I write from the perspective of a dissatisfied audience of Vampire Knight Guilty. It was due to my positive opinion of Vampire Knight that led to me to Vampire Knight Guilty and hence my judgement cannot make dichotomies of the two (so I hope you don't mind me making reference to Vampire Knight).
As you'll probably know, VKG continues right where VK left off, retaining much of VK's good qualities at first. The characters from VK/VKG are very well-built and generally three-dimensional enough for me as an audience to relate to and hence enjoy, with the exception of Kaname-kun, who was so perfect in his prestige, power and popularity that there was no room for him to be anything but an admirable and incomprehensible figure.
The artwork itself was generally quite well-done, although I felt the quality didn't follow through towards the end of VKG. In terms of sound, nothing stood out as being special but nevertheless, it complimented the plot and character developments.
The one thing that I really want to talk about is the storyline. The reason why VK was excellent in my opinion was its plot. The flow of the story introduces audience to a very different and intriguing world of vampires, and as you journey through the plot progression, mysteries of the world and its creatures unravels itself through introduction of new characters, philosophies and events, that spices up and quenches curiosity of the world whilst requiting the audience a greater interest in knowledge of vampires and their existence.
And so VKG begins with this highly anticipated and built-up plot where most branches of side and main plots from VK was left wide open. However, as the story progresses in VKG, the pace of the story really dies down. Excluding a few snippets of fair back stories to some of the supporting characters, the main plot really felt mundane and hard to trudge through.
Due to an overly pretentious overemphasis on subtle foreshadowing, the climax of VKG comes about in a very poor, but surprising way, which in its own was interesting. VKG was on a road to revival, bringing back the essences that made its preceder a success. Inevitably, due to lack of pacing in the story, VKG ran out of time to wrap up properly, failing to arrive at the respectable conclusion that VKG's climax opened up for. In all honesty, the conclusion simply felt rushed, as if the writers just ran out of time and whipped up a mediocre ending and forgot about all these other things.
Having enjoyed VK, it really was a pity that VKG did not follow through. VK felt like it created so much potential for VKG, who grabbed a single point of interest and neglected the rest of VK's successful elements. To sum VKG up, it centralises on one element of a good script, then patched a drawn-out and repetitive build up to its front and a short and undermined continuity to its back.
It was not bad, but the fact that it was a mere shadow of its former annoys me, and so I give it a 6/10 (it's simply my opinion).
Nevertheless, if you have seen VK, watch VKG with an open mind. (I don't take into account that I wasn't in it for a fanciful, mystical tale about pretty boys, which was part of what VK/VKG was marketed to be.)read more
Better than season 1, but still dismal. I liked Yuki's post-traumatic stress behavior, which was the reason I gave this season a try. It was a relief having her emotions at the forefront, instead of the previous season where she was constantly consoling the suicidal Zero. I usually enjoy heroines in torment, but they didn't do much with it. She continued obsessing over Zero and repeating the phrase, "I cannot hurt Zero any more than this" in her monotonous internal dialogues. She also kept on chasing after Kaname, begging him to tell her about her past. This dragged on WAY too long. I can take only so many scenes of Yuki crying and pounding her fists against his chest while he goes, "Yuuki," in his sad voice. Unlike season 1, there was some buildup to the final events, the villain was decent, and there was some resolution. However, the story was so boring and the characters' behavior so repetitive that by the climax, I just didn't care.
The art was similar to season 1. Decent, nothing special. I was disappointed but not surprised by the cheesiness of the monsters and the lameness of the fight scenes. One treat was how cute Chairman Kaien was once he let down his hair and took off his glasses.
Another excellent soundtrack. Just for the music, suffering through the two seasons was worthwhile. I hate the intro, but the ending theme makes up for it.
Yuki was unbearable. She was as weak as ever, but much more intent on protecting everyone, even though she had ABSOLUTELY no capacity for doing so. Watching her chase after the villain and put herself in danger was really irritating, especially because she endangered a lot of Kaname's lackeys in the process. Kaname did improve somewhat; he was less opaque and we finally understood his attachment to Yuki. Zero and Ichirou also gained some depth. The twins may have been the most powerful, compelling plot element in the entire show.
They shouldn't have raised our expectations that Yuki would become strong if they weren't going to deliver. They did nothing with her being the guardian. If the main focus was the love triangle, then they should have put WAY more attention on developing the two relationships. Yuki spent a lot of time with Kaname and Zero, but she didn't connect with Kaname until the end, and her scenes with Zero were just angsty melodrama. I can't remember a single romantic scene in either season that I would rewatch, and I'm usually pretty enthusiastic about corny shoujo moments.
I'm truly shocked by this show's popularity. read more
Note: Vampire Knight Guilty is a direct continuation of Vampire Knight more so than a sequel, so it is necessary to watch Vampire Knight first to truly understand Vampire Knight Guilty. This review is only based on Vampire Knight Guilty.
Story: Vampire Knight Guilty is very much a traditional shoujo series about forbidden love. However, through the inclusion of vampires, the series takes on a bit more of a gothic feel which is heavily relied on to hold the viewer's interest. The story is mainly told from the point of view from the female protagonist, Yuuki, and her inner turmoil about her past and her feelings about the two male main characters, a vampire Kaname and a vampire hunter Zero, are the main driving forces behind the story. The story is also sometimes told from a third-person perspective, allowing the viewer to know details that Yuuki does not. While the story in itself is quite good and probably one of the best gothic romance animes out there, due to the switching of perspectives, the plot pacing can sometimes feel excruciatingly slow and often very repetitive. Yuuki continuously tries to tackle the same issues internally episode after episode to the point where it becomes very redundant; the actual story moves along much better when it is not dwelling on Yuuki's thoughts. This also creates a conflict in the main point of the story, since it sometimes emphasizes the mystery shrouding Yuuki and the other main characters and other times seems to try to hold the viewer solely by building up (almost uneccessary) romantic tension to keep the viewer watching to see which character Yuuki will end up with.
Short version: The story is conflicted in a way that it sometimes tries to be a mystery/suspense anime and other times simply a gothic shoujo/romance. 7/10
Art: The main character designs are lovely for shoujo and done very well' some character features are a bit too over-exaggerated (Yuuki's eyes being one example), but this kind of character design is fairly normal for the shoujo genre. The background is also illustrated nicely and gives off a bit of an eerie feeling to lend to the gothic mood the anime is trying to create. However, sometimes there are inconsistencies in the animation, many still frames, and skimping out on the details of background characters. For the most part, this can be overlooked because the actual art direction is done very well, showing the right images at the right times. Someone with a scruitinizing eye will definitely pick up on the flaws, but a casual viewer probably won't. One flaw of sorts that almost any viewer would immediately pick out is the rather boring ending sequence that looks like it was thrown together in five minutes.
Shore version: Nice shoujo character designs and animation, but definitely not the best out there. 8/10
Sound: This is where Vampire Knight Guilty excels. Although the opening song is nice, but nothing to rave over, the ending song by Wakeshima Kanon is excellent and really gives the series an extra nudge into the gothic genre. The sound effects are also nicely done, as well as the background music which also gives the anime a rather eerie feeling, reminding you that you are watching something a bit darker than your average shoujo romance. The voice acting overall is great, but it is Miyano Mamoru (Best Actor in the Seiyuu Awards of 2008 for Setsuna from Gundam 00) that really does an outstanding job by voicing two charcters, twins, and giving them their own distinct nuances. Really excellent work. 10/10
Character: The main characters are all round, very well-developed characters (although their development severely slows the plot). The anime almost forces you to get into the heads and try to exerience and feel the emotions of certain characters, particularly in Yuuki's case, while leavin other characters in an air of mystery. You wouldn't be able to miss an instant of what Yuuki's thoughts and emotions are even if you tried. On the other hand, not everything is given to you on a silver platter, other characters remain much more mysterious and it is up to the viewer to try to unravel the mystery behind those characters themselves. It's a very stark contrast, but it works very well for the series. 10/10
Enjoyment: If you are looking for a shoujo anime overflowing with romance, this show will definitely hook you. It is filled with forbidden love, love-triangles, anguish, angst, unrequited love... just about any element you can think of that fits into the genre. However it is unique in its dark atmosphere. If you are looking for a shoujo anime and like the added bonus of a gothic edge and a bit of mystery, this is definitely the show to watch and would get a 10/10 in that regard. On the other hand, if you are looking for something that is more solely along the lines of suspense or supernatural without all the angsty romantic flare, give this one a pass.
Overall: An enjoyable, well-animated and produced show that definitely stands out in the shoujo genre as something a bit more unique than others. The added gothic edge and use of mystery will hook the lovers of the shoujo genre even more and probably pick up other casual viewers as well, since overall the show is better than your run-of-the-mill anime love story. 9/10 But, if you aren't a fan of the shoujo genre in the slightest and not interested in romance animes, you will want to give this one a pass. Although the show does contain a bit of mystery, suspense, and vampires, the main emphasis is undoubtedly romance, and there is no way to disregard that shoujo romantic factor in this anime to just enjoy it for the mystery and suspense it contains.read more
If you enjoyed Vampire Knight, you'll enjoy Vampire Knight Guilty. Mostly because it is the continuation of Vampire Knight, but also because it's more developed than Vampire Knight and contains a better story. It's not that I didn't like the story to Vampire Knight, but that I like the story to Vampire Knight Guilty better.
Story: You know, the story here it's good. And I have told you that I liked the VKG (Vampire Knight Guilty) better than VK (Vampire Knight) It's, I find, very well thought-out. Like any other anime that is based on a manga, it follows the manga, though not always the same. (It is in this case, but anyways.) The main subject really is about a love that can't happen; in this case between humans and vampires, friend and friend's enemy. Well, really, it's Zero and Yuuki, or Yuuki and Kaname, as the way I see it. It doesn't drag on like some of the animes I've watched, which usually makes the viewer get bored of the series and looses interest in the anime/manga. That has happened to me millions of times, but because this one gets to the point, or, just a lot of things happen in just a short while, and everytime we get to a better and better plot. That is one of the things you'll definitely like about VKG.
Art: I find the guys have a bit of a feminine feature to them; particularly their eyes, which are basically just a smaller version of a female's, and the small curve when they wear their uniforms. Their faces are very.. pointy, may I say, at the end and actually just gives me a feminine vibe. Their hair is usually long, though some of them are shorter but is long, like most of manga guys. Most, not all, because some of them actually have short hair, like Naruto. But in this case, Zero, Kaname, Shiki, Ichijou, and a lot of other people have longer hair than usual. I find the eyes to the girls, which are what I find an enlarged version of the males', are a bit haunting. They have that weird impression, and it gives you the feeling that there really are vampires in this world. It just suits the main subject of this story; vampires.
Sound: It's good, I guess. I'm not one to judge about sound; but I find the openings and endings do fit the series, however. Also about the voices, it's okay. I don't really care about the voices, as long as they actually make sense, but I doubt someone will make an anime with voices that don't make sense.
Character: This is where I'll rant. I don't like Yuuki's character. She's too innocent. And every guy seems to just want to flirt with her or something. Kaname loves her, in some way, and Zero; and if you notice, in one point of the story, Hanabusa is quite the flirt, too. It just seems that it's unfair to the other girls in the Night Class, plus the Day Class students. (But I don't really care about the Day Class students because they aren't REALLY critical to the story,) I'm not saying that they all love her the way Kaname and Zero like her, but everyone in the Night Class, males I mean, have a particular liking to her. They either want something to do with her, or regularly talk to her. Like, I'm not saying Akatsuki Kain wants to get married with her. I'm just saying that they have a particular liking to her. I'm glad Shiki isn't really, or actually not at all, having a liking to Yuuki. The girls in the Night Class are pretty well-made, too. Rima's character is my particular favourite, since she's mysterious and she's cute at the same time. Ruka is a strong girl, I know it, even though I dislike her... but only a bit.
Enjoyment: I enjoy everything I see, really. If I don't like it, I'm not really going to watch it. That's the kind of person I am. Don't like it, don't care about it. I'm not going to review, or something else.
Other than that, I enjoy watching this anime 'cause it keeps catching my attention. It doesn't drag on, like I have said before, and keeps my interest in place.
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