I belive I'm the first one to give this a lower review.
I'm going to go through this bit by bit, please bear with me and do not give me any trouble if you're a fan, this is my right of speech.
At first I quite liked the story, it was easy to get into. However as it went on I think that the writer has one to many themes that are just way to smiliar to have in this type of story. Long lost family, family stituations in general, unriquited love (and lots of it), 'incest', almost yaoi. While this can sometimes mean a good story,
there are almost to many morals being portrayed at once and many lose their way. After a while it felt reptitive and I really just couldn't be bothered reading anymore.
Art and Charater:
I'm going to do these together because they really have backfired on eachother. The only character that stands out is the chairman to me. The rest all seem dark and gloomy and depressed. All of them have some deep past and aching heart. It's a love octagon or something. The art style dosn't help. Well the characters are 'pretty', they all have the same dull look in their eyes. The design in the faces is very un-devoloped and the only difference is again, in the chairman. This was very dissapointing
It may have been just me but I found this hard to enjoy when the sub stories and characters were all so similar. Again, this left me bored and dissapointed
Overall I think Vampire Knight is very very overrated, and I know I'm not the only one.
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.
The drawings are gorgeous, that's a given. It's a lot better than those silly flowery scenes in typical shoujo manga. I first started reading Vampire Knight yesterday, and it was really interesting enough for me to pull through all of the fifty-nine chapters (as of this writing), so I can not deny its appeal. However, there are some points that I feel need significant improvements.
For me, Vampire Knight is a guilty read. Why? Certainly not because of Twilight (okay, maybe so). But it's because of the tension in this manga. For me, the character interactions between all characters were appealing, even though their actual development
was lacking in a way. For instance, the love triangle between Yuuki, Zero, and Kaname. I can see how that would appeal to the fans, but there are other undertones such as boy love and incest. There's enough subtext that could appeal to any type of love.
The worst part about Vampire Knight, even though I enjoyed the beginning, was Yuuki herself. Initially, she can be described as a cheery person, a bit idealistic and pacifistic like her "father" but she really means her best. In the beginning, the story starts out simple and nice: Yuuki and Zero are assigned extremely important jobs as the "guardians" to prevent the truth of vampires at Night Class from being revealed to the Day Class. However, as the story progresses, Yuuki descends into darkness and loses her personality. This bothered me a lot, and I'm sure it also bothered other fans as well. It seemed like Yuuki lost her personality that had made her in the beginning.
Come to think of it, there is not a wide variety of personalities in this manga. I hope the mangaka can remedy this. Her manga's tone is getting darker, which is appropriate for a vampire manga even though it can make some characters annoying to the readers. All have a dark past, but then again, they're involved with or are vampires. I like Hanabusa, and I really appreciated the fact that the mangaka gave further consideration to other vampires besides Kaname later on in the manga.
The plot is decent, though I definitely was a bit confused about Rido and Shizuka at first (I had to read Wikipedia to make sure). It's more about power struggles and romance conflict. Arcs are not as obvious, which can be pleasing, because sometimes arcs give you expectations for the next and follow the simple formula: sudden conflict arises! characters realize! characters fight! conflict ends! all is well! But they're there.
I felt that the time skip was needed but alas, it did not show any character development, except for maybe Yori. Yori seems to be a device needed to advance the plot, but I would rather think of her as a friend who genuinely cares for Yuuki. Even if this means putting herself at risk of danger.
I'm probably ranting a bit, so might as well wrap this up. Read Vampire Knight if you're looking for a romance to fantasize about and if you're interested in vampires in general. Also read it if you want to know what is the heck that makes it so popular. It's definitely a good manga to appeal to the romance fans, even guilty pleasure ones, but for those who are highly critical of characters and dark atmospheres, this would not be it. Especially Yuuki at the point in time when her past is revealed. So don't expect the manga to be light-hearted and fluffy; it's actually angst (for Yuuki).
i first got into vampire knight after stealing a classmate's manga in our free period, i've been hooked ever since.
there are a few key elements that i think, make this a very decent manga.
the first, and probably most important, is the interpretation hino give us of vampires. i'm be blatantly honest, i truly believed i would hate this manga just from the title. in my experience vampire/horror manga all contain the same basic element which make the storylines very predictable. what i love about vampire knight is that they don't stick to vampiric rules.
there is no aversion to sunlight, no fear of garlic or stakes,
these vampires could just as easily be human... which i think makes them more accessable as characters.
the other element i really enjoyed in this manga was the characterisation. i will admit that not all of the characters (infact very few of them) have been properly fleshed out, but if anything this adds to the appeal of the story. alot of the mystery would be lost if you could completely understand the characters and their motives.
overall this is a very well exacuted manga, one which asked many questions. you'll have to read to the end to find the answers.
A friend of mine on a forum was raving about this manga and for good reason. It has a very captivating story, great (and attractive) characters, and good realistic conversation and story.
Some thing that bugs me about what people always rave about this manga (though this does not ditract from the enjoyment of the manga) is that the manga isn't as Vampire ground breaking as everyone claims. There are several, less know, stories of vampires who can go out in day light, take pills instead of drink blood, or vampires attending a boarding school in the night class while 'normal' humans attend the
The GREAT thing is though, is that Vampire Knight uses all these things very well. They have there classifications of vampires, the hot troubled main characters, older characters who know more than they lead on, etc.
Vmapire Knight also does something that is perfect to keep readers interested in a manga:
1) A possible love triangle
2) Adults in the story who know things the other main characters don't
3) A main character whose life is possibly in danger
and 4) Side characters who are interesting but you know little about (very vampire)
Vampire Knight takes you basic vampire/human-love story and perfects it with great story lines and believable characters. Highly Recommend.
Matsuri Hino is a great artist, but unfortunately the story of ‘Vampire Knight’ is sorely lacking when it comes to story elements.
The main three of the story are completely unequal when it comes to development:
Hino writes such a complete and compelling story for one male character, and get fans on his side, only to have things go to h*** in a handbasket for him.
The other male character is left completely in shadow, yet is ultimately the one who makes *All* of the pivotal plot decisions. Readers don’t know about his personality during any of these decisions, though, and this leaves
only his looks to make him a likeable character. This lack of development is not the yummy “Ohhh ♥ , who is that?” kind, but rather it comes off as a “Ohhh, he’s hot... Wait, what did he just do?! Who does he think he is?! @$%#!”
It is not ‘tragic,’ it is overdone.
Vampire Knight would be a tragedy if readers could identify with the leading lady, Yuuki, which was impossible from the very beginning. It is a fundamental part of the shojo genre to have a main female character that is likeable. Yuuki is just a dip from the beginning, and after the events/choices of chapters 40+ unfolded, fans dropped the manga. Calling Yuuki, the *Main Female Character* of the manga, whom you are supposed to be kindred to, "ruined," "unworthy," and "dirty."
Other minor characters have valiant attempts at background stories, but these are ultimately left undeveloped or quickly killed-off (literally, killed) before details can be explained.
Readers are left frustrated and unsatisfied.
I've read up to the current chapter and have decided to review the series.
In the beginning, it was quite easy to understand. It wasn't complicated. It was just a simple beginning. Then, after the death of one of the antagonists, it slowly grew more complicated. There were a lot of twists and a lot of scenarios that did not make a lot of sense. A majority of the aspects slowly meld together. At the beginning, it was interesting, but, 66 chapters later, it's dull. It feels dragged on. If it wasn't so dull and repetative,
it would probably still be interesting. Sadly, it has lost almost all of its interesting aspects.
The character designs are absolutely gorgeous. I adore how the hair is so detailed because not many people seem like they spend a lot of time just on the hair. A few of the hair designs are quite similiar. The only character who's drawn quite different than the rest is Kaien Cross, the Headmaster. In all the other characters, you can see bits and pieces of someone else who is NOT related to them in them. On the upside, the character designs do fit the character's personality. In the beginning, the eyes were quite detailed, but, now Matsuri does not give certain characters eyes at times. For quite a few of the later chapters, Aido's eyes were never finished or he just didn't have them. The average person won't notice that, but my friend did and she told me so I looked at the chapter again and agreed with her.
At the beginning, all the characters had some sort of development a majority of the time they appeared. Less than 30 chapters in, only the main trio were getting developed. Now it seems like its' just Yuki and Kaname who are getting developed (Yuki more so than Kaname). In all honesty, I am getting quite tired of Yuki and Kaname becoming more developed. I think that Matusri should develop another character for awhile or at least stop focusing on those two for at least one or two chapters. The other characters seem pretty undeveloped now-a-days.
Since this is a shojo and generall shojos have main female characters you can relate to, this is one where it is NOT easy to relate to Yuki and her situation. I don't believe anyone's forgotten everything since before the age of five nor has everyone been in a love triangle. It's almost impossible to relate to Yuki. Honestly, it is easier to relate to secondary character Ruka's situation. She loves someone who doesn't love her. That's pretty relatable since the average girl has been in that situation before.
The dialogue is really cheesy at times and only parts of it are interesting. The characters sometimes repeat things they've said earlier in the manga or on a previous page of a chapter. Sometimes the dialogue is hard to follow. At times, they say things that are confusing. During those lines, you have to re-read them at least once for them to make sense. Other times, they say something that contradicts what they said earlier and/or their personality.
It was quite enjoyable until the main villain's death in the school arc, which is when I believe it should've ended, then it slowly got dull.
If you do plan on dealing with Vampire Knight, I suggest you watch the anime adaptations, Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty. The anime is far less confusing and is easier to deal with. If you choose to watch the anime, I suggest you stick with the english subtitles since the dub is not the greatest.
Vampire Knights is the typical Vampire story with all blood stained love and unexpected crazy turns. well this is all my personal opinions as i am i pure shojo fan; here goes~
Personally i feel Vampire Knights is a really good vampire story to start with. It has a sweet atmosphere and a good concept of creating a school where Vampires and Humans study in different time periods.. Coexistence of Vampires and Humans is a good thought, really nice one but as you go deep and deep into the story it getts totally messed up!!!! Its quite complicated. once you get an analogy (or you
can say history or past of a character) right you are lost in cracking another one!! The recent chapters (which follow after the anime) are complicated to understand! At least for me it is!
SUGOIII!!! thats WONDEFULL!
The art is very sweet and royal ,drawn by Matsuri Hino. Zero is really sexy and i mean it, super sexy! All the vampire hunks look kinda similar but never fail to look impressive. Hanabusa, Akatsuki ,Cross-san, Rima, Ichiru and the great boss- kaname are few characters i really like in art. a Some scenes are really sweet, but her narration on the story needs to improve for all dumb readers (like me!^0^) The blood thirsty scenes are drawn quite nice and the fights are impressive. No complains in drawings^^
As far as the question of justice done to the roles is concerned, VK is in a good par. Many of the characters have significant roles unlike 'hero' oriented works. Yuuki is really irritating sometimes (personal thought ;O ) and recently Kaname is starting to get TOO complicated. Already a messed up story, some parts still don't strike me. Others are very nice parts, though! the sizzling Zero is getting much more SIZZLING!
hum...... Personally i am reading VK to see the outcome of this super-complicated-vampire-love-triangle. But if u are a try beast with fangs (VAMPIRE) lover, its a good entertainment. But if you are finding the typical SHOUJO content in this story, sorry but thats just a part of the large scale vampire twist.
VK gets an overall 6/10 from me. Its a good start but if Hino-san works on the style of narration, and tries to make the story anti-complicated then, the scores can go up! VK is not for hard-core shoujo lovers, as some points can disappoint you.Even though the twist-n-turns are great, the heart of a manga is the story. so my verdit is:~
ALL the BEAST-WITH-FANGS, GRAB THE KNIGHTS, OR ELSE JUST ADMIRE HINO'S ART AND STYLE!
To be quite honest, I think the only really good part of this manga is the art. However even so the talking bubbles can be confusing and all the characters are too "undeniably beautiful". It's a beautiful style but just having good art isn't enough.
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.
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.
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
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.
This was my first shoujo in quite a long and boy did I get lucky. It's fantastic! The world of beautiful vampires and school, what a combo. It wasn't too surprising that everyone in the series was drawn to be breathtakingly beautiful. The humor is well placed as well is the drama and action. It's a little bit of everything, so if you want to cross over from shoujo and shounen or vise a versa, this is a great series for it, doesn't matter which direction you want to go. Yuki's sweetness may get on your nerves, nobody's that pure especially a vampire and Kaname's
undying loyality and self sacrificing is a bit over the top but if you can get past that, its story is well done and entertaining.
Although I'm gonna criticize the parts I didn’t like about this manga, I rate Vampire Knight with a well-deserved 10! A total master piece!
It is said (well, at least I say it....) that the things you're more judgmental about are the ones you like the most. That applies in this case.
If you like manga about vampires, intrigue, with a thousand and one stories intertwined, past-present-future, fights, blood, love, hate, secrets, and so on YOU SHOULD DEFINATELY READ VAMPIRE KNIGHT! All characters are thoroughly designed and the drawings are spectacular. You get hooked from page 1.
Why I'm gonna criticize it? Well, for once I do not
like Kaname AT ALL! What's his deal? Why can't he leave Yuki alone? He has to cause a row between her and Zero. LET THEM BE HAPPY you moron!!
And I hate the ending too. I mean, Yuki gets to be with both Kaname and Zero. First she sleeps with Kaname, gets pregnant, Kaname sacrifices himself (and here it's me thinking badly about him throughout all the manga...) and, when she sees herself ending alone she chooses Zero. ¬¬ Zero with has no complains about raising his nemesis child and, moreover, he gets Yuki pregnant too. WTF?
Then, at the very end, Zero is dead, their sons are all grown up, the cure of vampirism (more explanation needed) has been found, so Yuki sacrifices herself to bring Kaname back to life. Kaname who is going to wake up WITHOUT ANY MEMORY OF HIS PAST LIFE and, the very first thing he's going to know is that he has two unknown and grown up children with some kind of weird message from his “girlfriend/wife/partner/sister”? O_o
Let's try this: leaving Kaname at peace with his chosen fate and Yuki deeply in love with Zero forever. Now this would be the right ending for me. But, what can I do? I guess it's better the way it is. ^^
Manyyyyy people seem to not like this manga. Is it cuz it reminds them of that so-called vampire movie that every girl fangirls over? but let me get started on one of the most amazing reviews you'll ever read. leeetttsss not forget its by yours truly, dats right TOBI9790!!!! :D ..........if you die from the awesomeness of dis review please dont sue me. now shall we begin?
dis story is good for a shojo its about a girl dat attends dis academy which seems normal but their is a huge secret. nope not like the dirty magazines under your big (dats not even a big
secret anyway and you got bad taste duuuude) its liek BIIIG. only the disciplinary committee knows about dat secret and the headmaster and dont tell anyone but i know the secret too cause im awesome. you see there is a night class and day class obviously one attends in morning other attends at night. im sure you can guess what species attends the night class :p yeah it seems like a typical vampire anime but listen here you little **** the story picks up and gets real interesting theres plot twists and stuff you never expect. i see dem reviewers saying the story is confusing. aww dayum did you read the series a long time ago and just now decide to write a review?!?!?! theres lots of dialogue so pay attention is all i gotta say.
OHHHHHHHHHH YEEEEEESSSSSSSS I CANT CONTAIN MYSELF ANYMORE THE ART YEEEEESSSSSS ITS HIGH CLASS THE EYES ARE DRAWN WITH ELEGANCE, SCENERY IS FULL OF DETAILS even the small stuff that most dont pay attention too. i think dis is fine art bro its top class if you dont agree with me then you get executed in 645 days you ungrateful son of a- okayyyy next part!!!
They were made wonderfully to the point where you will have feelings for them and worry about the outcomes of their lives. Its possible the main character Yuuki Cross will get on your nerves at a few points or not. Theres always dat character that someone hates to death i think she is a nice character. Character development (I HATE SPELLING THAT WORD ITS HARD TO SPELL SON OF A POTATO!!!!!) happens throughout series i think its slight development at the end the personalities are pretty much the same.
dis had my attention from start to finish i used to read it in class and the teacher was yelling at me to stahp until i made them read it too then they were liek "OH BOY DIS IS GOOD YOU GET A+" :D seriously i enjoyed, i got a little bored sometimes but not enough to quit if you get really into it youll read it fast
The manga vampire Knight is worth the read if you love shojo, if you're a fan of vampires or need some hot boys to fangirl over. I am a dude btw (yes im a rare species that was created in a secret facility that escaped one day and hid in the streets of London) Now heed my words little girl or boy. Get off your a$$ get to dat library and checkout every volume.
if you read this manga due to my review and dont like it, immediately change your name and move far away. jk the worst i will do is ring your doorbell and hide in a bush. oh you dont have a bush? then grow one while you're at it.
-end of the worst review in history, quickly kill this with fire-
To be completely honest, I never finished this manga.
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.
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!
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 really like this manga, and the art is particularly compelling to me, but somehow i really feel like the story is repeating itself. something horrible happens, there's like 4 pages of meaningless dialogue, and yuuki and kaname have some sort of 'steamy' conversation. throw in a few shots of zero being miserable, and kaien being silly, and you've got all 54 chapters. i've been watching and reading for about a month now, and i really hope with all my heart that Hino-Sensei makes a bit of a turnaround for this manga, because it's rather promising.
Mod note: This review was originally written for Watashi to Fukigen na Panya-san but the entry on MAL has since been merged into Vampire Knight.
Ah I'm not good with reviews but there's none on this page, so I figured why not..
Story - 9. Just a simple 13 page story about a girl who reminisces about her favorite bread shop and how it helped her throughout her life. Matsuri Hino went back to her comedic ways in this one-shot and it made this story a really cute one.
Art - 8. There wasn't so much detail in the art in Watashi to Fukigen na
Panya-san when compared to some of the volumes of Vampire Knight. None the less, the art was still good.
Character - 8. The only reason I'm giving this a 8 is because the story was only 13 pages long. You can't really do any character development with such a short manga, but considering how short it was, she did a very good job.
Enjoyment - 9. I really thought this was an adorable manga and I really wish that it would have been a bit longer. Then again, I really enjoy Matsuri Hino's work.