"Auuugh!" is all you serious fans are going to say when you're done devouring this tiny morsel Matsuri sama threw our way after taking Zero (and Kaname?) away from us after 9 long years spent loving and obsessing over their fate.
The story starts out from the POV of Yuuki's sweet and demure roommate Yori chan. It explores their first meeting, the depth of their friendship and her perspective on the love triangle and its origins. It goes on to describe how she cheers Zero on after the events of the finale and about her own little happy ending with a certain blue eyed Idol from
Cross Academy. Along the way, we're treated to certain charismatic scenes involving Kaname's fate and the dere part of Zero's tsundere treatment towards Yuuki, albeit a very very little. Not too many plot holes are addressed and the amount of closure you'll derive from this after thirsting for more after the manga finale is questionable. If anything, it leaves you feeling more wistful and ennui-ridden than ever!
Art is of course Hino Matsuri's strong suit and this chapter does not disappoint. No doki doki or Moe moments, but my dead-inside heart was moved enough to weep by the ending pages with the haunting beauty of Zero's (never ending) anguish and Kaname's intended future.
Character development happens a LOT for some of our satellite characters, but for the main characters, all you're treated to is the "Finally!" moment when Zero admits that maybe he shouldn't have been such a pig about Yuuki being a pureblood and his regrets over opportunities lost and the road not taken.
Overall, you're sort of bullied into feeling that yes, you've been provided closure for the epic adventure you vicariously undertook with these three heartbreaking characters, but there's not much that this particular chapter reveals that the ardent reader could not have fathomed on their own. I know I couldn't have not read this chapter given my devotion to the series, but if you're longing for your Zero fix and feeling particularly raw and left torn asunder from the finale ending, consider rewatching the anime instead and spare yourself the agony that this chapter will definitely bring forth. On the other hand, Kaname fans and YuMe shippers will possibly cherish this one a lot more.
I have appreciated this anime/manga since it first came out. From Vampire Knight to Vampire Knight Guilty. To picking up the first volume of Vampire Knight to now Vampire Knight Memories. This Manga has given me a roller coaster so far, and have me waiting for more moments, more chapters. However, it seems the characters are a bit forced in the chapters concerning Zero/Yuki/and Kaname. In a sense that Yuki seems to force herself to Zero's side when in reality we know our main heroine hasn't had the proper time to move on yet.
And suddenly our cold knight Zero, pressures Yuki with his feelings even
though she looses the man she loves. The journey between the two seem.. poorly written and could be written better by the author. It doesn't show much in key moments. Such as Yukis death in the last chapters in the main manga. Or the effects it leaves her children and the other characters.
And even some characters, seem forced as well outside the main trio. Such as showing random characters into the main plot. Like Shiki and Rima. It didnt add to the story and we should have more focus on Kaname as a character with his past. Which seem to be lacking, and not what Hino is giving to the fans. As she said so herself. She didn't give Kaname justice in the main manga. And therefore I believe she should give him more of a spotlight.
Vampire Knight: Memories is a free sequel to the events depicted in original VK manga. After Kaname´s wake up, Yuuki´s children tell him about what everything has changed since his own death. The manga is notably different from the original not only because it finally focuses on developing the relationship between Zero and Yuuki, but also because of new characters and reccurence of the old one (Maria, Yori, Hanabusa etc.).
The art is outstanding, very pleasant and clean. There doesn´t seem some big plot evolving so far, so it´s unsure what will the story bring in the future. But overall I like this manga very
much and for me it counts as solid 9/10.