Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate, isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects of the academy, and attempt to keep order between the students as classes rotate in the evenings. As the Night Class is full of utterly gorgeous elites, this can sometimes prove to be a bit difficult. It is completely necessary, however, as those "elites" are actually vampires. Yuuki and Zero act as guardians, protecting the secrets of the Night Class and the safety of their ignorant morning counterparts.
As the adopted daughter of the academy's chairman, Yuuki takes her job with a serious and energetic attitude. It also allows her to interact with her secret crush and savior, the president of the Night students' dorm, Kaname Kuran. Zero, on the other hand, has a deep-rooted hatred against vampires, and at times, does not hesitate to kill.
Can vampires and humans co-exist, even in the strict setup of the Cross Academy? Only time will tell.
Vampire Knight was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from January 2, 2007 to October 14, 2014. Two boxed sets were released: one includes the first 10 volumes of the manga, a planner, and a case and was released on November 16, 2010, while the other set includes the last 9 volumes released on November 4, 2014. It also had an official fanbook which was released in English by VIZ Media on October 19, 2010. The series was also published in Spanish as El Caballero Vampiro by Panini Comics from May 2008 to November 2014.
The manga also received multiple drama CD adaptations, three novel adaptations, a fanbook (2008), a Japanese dating simulator titled Vampire Knight DS (2009), and a live action musical adaptation shown from January 21 to January 25, 2015.
VK is not a manga to be taken seriously. After 93 chapters of devotion: hoping that characters would evolve, that you would get some satisfaction or at least closure, you get absolutely nothing - only the bitter taste of disappointment.
There’s a great sense of mystery in the beginning, and the relationship between Yuki, Kaname and Zero is so deliciously mysterious and drama-filled that it’s easy to get hooked. You have the basic ingredients for a love triangle and lots of angst. You have the taboo vampire/human relationship and the beauty of longing for something out of reach. There was a sort of self-deprecating
love/frustration going on with the characters that made you bounce back-and-forth between your feelings for them. So there's initially a lot going on for the story. With that being said, the beginning relied a lot on unknown factors of each character – so their past and motivations – but once that gets cleared (to a certain point) the intrigue drops significantly.
The premise is a no brainer and isn’t too convoluted: vampire school and the stigma between vampire/human relationships; perhaps that’s why it worked. As the story progressed it feels as though the author tried to take her story a little too seriously and added way too many subplots. It became too messy and a lot of characters were lost along the way (no closure) because Hino tried to have too many things happen at once.
After the first arc ends (so approximately after the first 10-12 volumes) that’s when things go completely downhill. The plot begins to become inconsistent with too many plot holes, things are introduced and never fully explained. There are too many scenes that seem to have deeper meaning but they really don’t – they’re for pure ascetic reasons or simply ‘filler’. The last arc until the very end is a complete waste of time. It just became boring and the sense of the mysterious forbidden was practically non-existence, becoming simply ‘a race against time story’. There was too much re-hashing and it became all too glaringly obvious (or confusing since Hino DOESN’T explain). A lot of things took place that seemed to have no impact or significance to the story as a whole.
For anyone who was a fan of the manga, many feel disappointed and angry (such as me) because we invested in the story only to be left with utter BS. So many questions are not solved and there are a lot of things you are left to presume.
It had potential and it started off well enough; however, it feels as though Hino gave up after the first arc ended and didn’t know what to do with the second part. It’s a bit of a mess, but the beginning is worth a look.
This is where disappointment hits you the hardest. I can initially accept characters’ faults in the beginning, so Yuki is a naïve and helpless girl that seems to be a little too clueless. She has a contradicting mix of selflessness and selfishness that sometimes leaves you mind boggled at her daftness. Initially it works for the story; however, when the story progress and the plot ‘thickens’ there has to be some character development, so some maturity on Yuki’s part. Well there’s little to none that happens. Instead I would say Yuki becomes even more transparent, selfish and desperate, to the point that you forget that she’s even the main protagonist and not a crutch for the main male leads to fight over or protect.
The focus turns to the only decent character in the story, Kaname, and you wonder if VK is truly about Yuki. Kaname is a redeeming quality of the manga; he’s vastly superior because he’s such a complex and contradicting character. His manipulation, intelligence, obsession, selflessness and mystery, is what drives the story. He’s really the only character that is never fully predictable and every decision he makes impacts the story and all the other characters. The other male characters are not as engaging or interesting as Kaname. Zero constantly remains the broody, revenge-driven emo that remains very much pathetic until the very end. Everyone else remain the same predictable stock characters, they’re there for exposition sake.
Art 10/10: It is a truly beautiful manga, perhaps it’s one of the reason why I stuck around reading the story until the end (without counting Kaname). All the characters are beautifully drawn and there's a lot attention to detail. The scenery and the character design is a real treat.
Enjoyment 5/10: Beginning is all good but the second part is pure rubbish. It will leave you ripping your hair in frustration and end with great regret or disappointment.
Overall 6/10: The first arc is worth the read but the enjoyment drops significantly that once it ended, it left me feeling sad and frustrated. There’s little closure, the character development is poor and it leaves you hating the manga more then you should.
When I was much, much younger I actually was a fan of this series, but as I grew older I started to dislike it and I'll try to explain why.
First of all, the artwork is beautiful. The characters are well-drawn and the whole drawings are wonderful. But I think that's the best I can say about Vampire Knight.
At first the story started quite mediocre. The idea of a Night Class seems as a kinda desperate attempt to integrate Vampires in the Story. I do not agree with the concept of Vampires going to school even though they don't have to. But that's just my
preference. Despite that it was easy to get in the story but however, as it went on a lot of themes appeared that are just similiar with this kind of genre. Long lost family, love-triangle, the family situations in general, the "fanservice" with all the pretty boys. A setting outside of a school would have been better in my opinion.
I can't be the only one who just dislikes Yuki. She is a Mary Sue and most of the time useless and even a crybaby. Throughout the story Yuki loses her personality and what made her in the beginning. She can't choose between two characters and this it was really bothers me. Her background story wasn't surprising at all and even so her relation to a certain vampire. The only character I really liked was Hanabusa and I appreciate the fact, that the Manga-ka gave further consideration to other vampires besides Kaname later on in the manga.
It may have just been me but I found this manga hard to enjoy when the character stories and characters were all so similar. This left me bored and also disappointed. The ending was really ... I actually don't know how to describe it. I hated it. It was kinda obvious in the first place but I really hoped that it wouldn't happen. I'm really wondering why Hino-sensei thought that this would be a good idea in the first place. But maybe that's just my opinion.
I think that younger reader could actually enjoy Vampire Knight but I don't recommend it to anyone. If you are seeking for a dark vampire romance or a fluffy cute vampire romance - Vampire Knight is neither.
I could write lots of good and bad things about this manga. It had its own downhills and uphills, but have finally finished with a - in my opinion - beautiful ending.
Let's face it, the story wasn't that original to start with and the characters were stereotypes or idealized men and women. Although Yuuki - our heroine - is like that too, she was my favourite character in the beggining, but that changed when an important incident occurred(don't want to spoiler it for you, although it's quite obvious). She is cheerful, hard-working, always trying to do her best. Kaname and Zero are typical male characters:
the sexy, elegant, kind man and the sexy, stubborn, hard-working bad guy. They're not anything special, but you may start liking them if you're into massive shoujo stuff. :)
If you want to read an awesome review about this manga, there are a lot of honest and true writings out there. The only reason why I wrote this, is because I've just finished reading VK, and I really liked the ending, which was IMHO far better than the last, like 30 chapters. It was a human ending, many people who loved this manga and its characters probably shed tears over it. Of course, when you get to the, for instance, 15th chapter, you can already guess the story will be a bit gloomy and without a true happy ending. That couldn't happen, who has read the first few chapters should be able to figure that out.
Anyway, it leaves me with no sorrow, no grieving for another volume, not even a side story – although that is really likely to happen. Overall, I give it an 8. I’m really glad I didn’t stop reading it halfway through, its end lived up to my expectations – far more, it was much better than I first thought it would be. I recommend you to read it even after you’ve watched the anime.
Hello there, everyone. Britt here, reviewing one of the worst manga I've ever read. Well, worst manga endings I've read at least. And that manga is called: Vampire Knight. Now, let's just jump right into it, shall we?
Story: "Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate, isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects of the academy, and attempt to keep order between the students as classes rotate in the evenings. As the Night Class is full of utterly gorgeous elites, this can sometimes prove to be a bit difficult. It is
completely necessary, however, as those "elites" are actually vampires. Yuuki and Zero act as guardians, protecting the secrets of the Night Class and the safety of their ignorant morning counterparts. As the adopted daughter of the academy's chairman, Yuuki takes her job with a serious and energetic attitude. It also allows her to interact with her secret crush and savior, the president of the Night students' dorm, Kaname Kuran. Zero, on the other hand, has a deep-rooted hatred against vampires, and at times, does not hesitate to kill. Can vampires and humans co-exist, even in the strict setup of the Cross Academy? Only time will tell."
Really ya know, Myanimelist didn't get the whole premise of it, to avoid spoilers, but this was just the first half of the story. The part where Yuuki remains a human being. Oh, SPOILER ALERT but hey, you can leave at any time. Yuuki turns into a vampire, but it turns out that she was actually born a vampire, but her mother took her memories and "vampirism" away from her so she'd have a peaceful normal life or whatever. This to me, is where it started to suck. Hard. After Yuuki became a vampire, like literally maybe 2 pages afterwards she became one of my most hated fictional characters ever. And I'll get onto that in a second. After her little "transformation" the story stops focusing on the struggles of vampires and humans trying to coexist, and instead focuses on the stupid "love triangle" between Yuuki, Zero, and Kaname. Yuuki's "awakening" and getting her memories back is where the story takes a complete 180 for me and doesn't even feel like the same manga anymore. It just got...really really bad. I don't know why fans of this manga claim things like "this is what Twilight should've been" when in all honesty, this manga was horrible. I only watched the first Twilight movie, and read none of the books, but most people say it's bad. And in reality, if Twilight is so bad, then VK is no better, and people who say it is are either in denial, or just distracted by how pretty Hino's art is. So the first half with human Yuuki get's an 8/10 for me, while the half with vampire Yuuki onward was trash and get's a 4/10 for me. Moving on!
Well, there's the "heroine" known as Yuuki. when she was human, she took her adopted father, Kaien Cross's last name. When she turned back into a pureblood (a term used for vampires with literally NO HUMAN genes in their lineage, and they live for eternity) vampire, she resumed her family name, which was Kuran. Now, I'm going to consider Cross Yuuki and Kuran Yuuki to be 2 different entities, since they literally felt like 2 different people sharing a body. Let's start with Cross: At the start of the series, I actually really liked Yuuki (ya know, when she was still human) I thought she was the typical shoujo heroine. Always wanting to help people, having a big appetite, and being too dense to realize the guy (Zero) likes her. I did think her crush on Kaname was a bit annoying, but hey, if some hot guy saved me from being mauled by a vampire when I was little, I'd probably have wet dreams about him every night, too. Buuuut, I digress. Yuuki had no memories prior to Kaname saving her. Her mother (Juri Kuran) sacrificed her life to make Yuuki human (but was adopted by Kaien) and she lost everything she knew in the process. Over time this actually started to really bother her (not knowing anything about her past, I mean) and she begged Kaname to help her remember. This in turn caused Kaname to turn her into a vampire so she'd get her memories back. Noooow, this is where everything starts going downhill, but I'll get back to Kuran Yuuki after I finish the other 2. Zero Kiryu is a sexy emo who despises vampires (since his parents were vampire hunters, and his family was murdered by a pureblood, I'm sure you can understand why) but guess what? The same vampire who killed his family, turned him into one, sooooo he began hating himself. Yuuki was a bit too dense to realize he was hiding this for what, 4 years? When she did find out, she literally became his fuel tank. She offered her blood to him whenever he needed it, and I'm just sitting here wondering how she was so full of that (she never ran dry) Then there's Kaname Kuran (ye, same last name. I'm getting to that, hold up) I hated Kaname at first. Thought he was a manipulative, lying, bastard, but after the "Yuuki turning vampire" incident, I kinda started feeling bad for him. Lemme explain why while getting back to Kuran Yuuki. I absolutely DESPISED her transformation, and here's why (I'm literally copying this from another post I did awhile back) *ahem*:
"Now before you fan-girls and guys start ripping my limbs off let me explain why I hate these 2 things (these 2 things being Yuuki and the ending to this manga) so strongly. 1 The way Yuki acted after she got her memory back. Now I loved Yuki when she was human. She was nice, pretty, funny and just such an enjoyable character, but once she got turned into a vampire all of my love for her was replaced with anger and annoyance. I mean for 1 the way she talked to Zero when she got her memories back was so mean and out of character for her. She knows Zero hates vampires because he was raised by vampire hunters, his parents were killed by a pureblood, and that same pureblood took his humanity and forced him to eat the remains of his younger brother yet she purposely went to his room and said "I'm sorry Zero, but the Yuki you know is gone, because the vampire Yuki completely devoured her". Why would she say that to him? Like really Yuki, you know he loves you and hates vampires so why would she say something so cruel to him? She could of had a nicer approach to the situation like "I'm sorry that I'm a vampire and I've been one this whole time. I didn't know about it and I don't want you to hate me. So can we talk this out?" That would have been so much better. Another thing that bugs me is after she said that to him she left it at that and went to live with Kaname for 2 years. 2 friggin years she hadn't spoken to Zero, and when she did finally see him again he kissed her and confessed his love yet she still cruelly abandoned him for incest. Oh I can't forget the time she found out about Kaname's true motives in life which broke her heart and sent her running back to Zero for help saying she wanted to be friends again. Nah b*tch, that's not how it works. Oh don't even get me started on the ending. Turns out Yuki threatened to kill Kaname along side Zero, got rid of the only thing I liked about her which was her long pretty hair that she didn't deserve. INSTEAD of killing Kaname with Zero like she said she would, she has sex with him, leaving Zero alone AGAIN. Then Kaname sacrifices himself and goes into a deep sleep for 1 thousand years after he reveals that he wanted Yuki to be with Zero all along. Kaname goes into his sleep, Yuki cries like a b*tch then runs off like a b*tch, Zero confesses his love AGAIN and says he'll wait for whenever she decides to be with him. It takes her awhile but her pretty hair grows back and she's holding Kaname's baby. She gets with Zero, has a baby with him then a thousand years later after Zero's long dead she sacrifices herself to wake Kaname up and so she could be with Zero in the afterlife leaving her kids with a man that had no memory of anything (Kaname) therefore he doesn't remember knocking Yuki up so he does not know either of these kids nor do they know him since they were BOTH RAISED BY ZERO SO THEY CONSIDER ZERO TO BE THEIR FATHER NOT KANAME. Then the story ends. I hate the ending because Yuki deserves neither Zero or Kaname ESPECIALLY not Zero. She should have died alone and Zero shoulda got with Maria instead and Kaname could still be sleep. That would have made a better ending in my opinion. This ending and Yuki were horrible, the decisions Yuki makes are awful. Look, I know the Creator (Matsuri Hino-sensei) was probably just trying to please all her fans by having the protagonist get with both guys, but making her a useless b*tchy whore is NOT the way to go. I hope her next story will be a lot better because I love her art style so much and I want to see it get put to good use. Not on something like Vampire Knight; Something that started off good but ended poorly. And that's the end of my rant"
Well, that's pretty much it. Of course when I wrote this, I didn't really plan on reviewing it, but now that I'm a bit of a better writer, let me explain this to you more professional-like. Yuuki's personality took a nosedive when she became a vampire (and literally the only thing likable about her WAS indeed her hair, which was too pretty for her to have) She seriously felt like a split personality from Cross Yuuki. She was mean to Zero. Like. Damn. She tells Zero "goodbye" and then..leaves the school with Kaname. She lived with that crazy vampire for 2 years, and guess what? She was miserable almost the entire time. I know she loved Kaname, but she didn't have to leave Zero the way she did, or even at all. While living with Kaname, she was depressed, and usually jealous whenever seeing another woman touch him. She was starving for Zero (even though, like I said she should've never left him in the first place) too. Oh right, when she got her memories back she found out that Kaname was actually "her older brother". Oh right! did I forget to mention that their family resorted to incest to keep their lineage going? Even their parents were siblings (ugh) "But wait, Britt! Yuuki eventually finds out that her older brother actually died, and that Kaname is really her ancestor inside her brother's body!" Ok, and that makes it better hooow? It's still incest, and if anything it's WORSE that he's her ancestor and not her brother. She literally slept and made out with her freaking 10000 year old grandpa! That's freaking disgusting! Also, Yuuki had a baby with Kaname. Don't care what anyone says, but Ai Kuran is Kaname's baby. It doesn't make any sense for it to be someone else's (Zero) and she got pregnant in one night. Kaname popped her cherry, and she literally got pregnant in one night. What the hell, Matsuri Hino?? Care to explain how she got pregnant the day she lost her virginity? How does that work?? Is that just vampire logic? Cause you never explained that part. Yeah, and apparently there's this thing that like, all the vampire hunter weapons were created from the remains of a dead vampire (WTF?) and that well, um...I don't even remember. I think like, Kaname sacrificed his heart into a furnace soooo he could be the next line of vampire hunter weapons? I don't...I don't understand. And, while he was dying ya know, he held Yuuki AND Zero close and told them "hey...since I'm dying, I want you two to be together instead. Ya know, since I won't be available anymore" Hahahahahahahaha, sorry, that's not EXACTLY what he said, but it went pretty much like that. Kaname (apparently) wanted Yuuki to be with Zero this whole time. Ok, sooo, why did you make her suffer for 2 years you ass? This ship could've sailed so far earlier on in the series! And guess what? Since Kaname gave them his blessing, Yuuki um....runs away since she still can't decide which guy she actually wants? Bullsh*t, Hino! I call bullsh*t! So yeah, Yuuki ends up getting with Zero, after Kaname gave her PERMISSION to do so, and after Zero begged her-wait a minute, Zero BEGGED her to stay with him? The hell?? Zero would never BEG her for anything! Not even her blood! Yet all of a sudden he decided "hey, Kaname's gone. Now's my chance!" What? NO! That's not character development! That's character downgrading! That line felt so out of place for him, that I can't even. And you know what? Yuuki ends up living with him and having his child. Because, Kaname wanted her to. Jesus Christ, even in death this dude still has control over her! I don't care what anyone says, Yuuki clearly loved Kaname more than Zero, and only used Zero as a replacement. Had Kaname still been alive, she would've STILL been living with him! Sure, the ending states that Yuuki was happy with him, but there was literally an 1000 year time skip. I'm sorry, but for all we know, she could've been thinking of Kaname the whole time while being with him, just like how she was thinking of Zero almost the entire time she was living with Kaname. Since ya know, "I love them both, and can't choose who I want" is always a great excuse. Soooo yeah, Kaname's in a deep sleep or whatever, Yuuki was living with Zero, and Zero was raising his enemies child, Ai. Oh yeah, Zero and Kaname hated each other. Mostly cause they were fighting over Yuuki's affections. No way in the world am I gonna raise the child of someone I despise. Kaname indirectly killed Zero's family, yet he's ok to raise his child? Uuuuuum, how about no. So yeah, uh Yuuki lives with Zero, and has a baby with him. (she had a baby with both guys) and then ya know, Zero dies of old age or something, and Yuuki goes up to Kaname and resurrects him as a human, the way her mother did for her. Sacrificing her life, and literally leaving her children with him. Do you guys see a problem with this? I sure do. A few actually. Why in the world would Yuuki leave her children with a man who literally woke up with amnesia? These kids grew up with Zero being their father, and Yuuki just EXPECTED them to start calling Kaname father or some crap like that? And to top it all off, Kaname's alive again, 'cept these few problems. Ya know, kinda gotta raise these kids even though you don't know them, and you'll most likely end up the way Yuuki did. Wishing you remembered your past, and suffering because of it. I know Yuuki gave him a second chance at happiness, but really? He lived long enough, and actually wanted to die because living forever was too painful for him. Why the HELL would you bring him back? He would've been happier dead! Ugh! The ending was God awful. Yuuki (in the end) was worse than Katniss Everdeen in terms of picking who she wanted to be with. Cause in the end, she STILL did not choose. Why would anyone want to be with a girl as indecisive as her? Zero deserved better, and Yuuki deserved to die. I would've been SO MUCH HAPPIER had Zero ended up with a girl who actually loved him for him, and not as a replacement for someone else. and considering Zero's my favorite character, he seriously deserved better than what she gave him. Matsuri Hino's favorite character is Kaname, but that doesn't mean she had to push Zero into the dirt and break his character like that. I'm glad he was happy, which is what really mattered to me. I just wish some other girl could've made him happy instead of Yuuki. Sorry for going on this little rant, but the other characters really aren't worth mentioning, since they kinda got forgotten and pushed to the side to make more room for Yuuki's stupid indecisiveness. In all honesty, I kinda wish Hino would've focused more on the background characters (specifically Rima Toya and Senri Shiki) instead of that broken love triangle. Not much else to say except that Sayori (Yuuki's best friend) and Aido (Kaname's b*tch) started liking each other in the side stories (their love literally came out of nowhere since they gave 2 sh*ts about each other beforehand) and apparently there's a "cure" for vampires to make them human. Which has a giant question mark slapped at the end of it since it also came out of nowhere, and I had no idea being a vampire was a freaking disease now. Anyway, sorry for spending so much time on this but, the characters (when Yuuki was human) get's a 7/10. Afterwards, it get's a 3/10
Art: Well damn. Not much to say except Matsuri Hino has some of the best art I've ever seen from a manga artist. Her art is very different from what other manga artists do (IMO). It's very beautiful, and she puts so much detail into everything she does. The hair? Well jeez, it actually looks like hair! She takes her time with each freaking strand! And she is one artist who inspires me greatly with my own works. Heck, if KyoAni animated the anime for VK, it probably would've been the prettiest thing I've ever seen. Combining Matsuri Hino with KyoAni might result in brilliance. Just wish she could've put this gorgeous art to good use. So, the art get's a 10/10 for me. It's just that freaking good to me.
Overall enjoyment. Well, first half (human Yuuki) get's an 8, while the second half (vampire Yuuki) get's a 4. Sooo, would I suggest this manga? Well, no. I mean, I'd suggest the first half, but if you hate idiotic, useless, indecisive, main leads then this isn't the manga for you. I've read some of Matsuri's other works, such as "Meru Peri", "Captive Hearts", and some of her latest manga "Shuriken to Pleats" and I gotta say that Meru Peri is currently the best manga I've read from her. It's better than VK, so I suggest reading that instead. I think the author just wanted to please both sides of the debate in this VK fandom. The Zeki (YuukiXZero) fans, and the Yume (KanameXYuuki) fans. But really, if it was possible to split their bodies and minds in half (since apparently there's a "cure" for vampires, this wouldn't have surprised me) I'd think human Yuuki should be with Zero and vampire Yuuki should die-*ahem* I mean, be with Kaname (Yuuki would look like less of a whore, then). But since that did not happen, I think Zero would've been better off with someone else. I think he's been through enough heartache, don't you?
This is Britt signing off, and please don't chop off my head VK fans!
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