Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 (Vampire Knight, #1)
Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 (Vampire Knight, #1) Details

TitleVampire Knight, Vol. 1 (Vampire Knight, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2007
PublisherVIZ Media
ISBN-139781421508221
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Comics, Media Tie In, Anime, Supernatural

Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 (Vampire Knight, #1) Review

  • Joyzi
    January 1, 1970
    Random babbling...Beautiful love/suspense/horror/action story, lots of plot twists, a very very good vampire story. Very addictive, kick ass action! If you're interested in vampires you'll definitely love it!I'M TEAM ZERO BTW!!!
  • Nina ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Who needs Yuki?Okay, so I watch plenty of anime, but this is actually the first manga I've ever read. I liked it very much, BUT here it comes...some parts really ticked me off, like:-The lack of action.-Yuki. She was such a a bit of a goody-two-shoes. Which annoyed the hell out of me.-The story tended to get a bit melodramatic.-The mystery parts could've been done so much better.-The cheesy dialogue.-Blood drinking being depicted as "erotic." Yeah, try having someone's teeth stuck in your neck Who needs Yuki?Okay, so I watch plenty of anime, but this is actually the first manga I've ever read. I liked it very much, BUT here it comes...some parts really ticked me off, like:-The lack of action.-Yuki. She was such a a bit of a goody-two-shoes. Which annoyed the hell out of me.-The story tended to get a bit melodramatic.-The mystery parts could've been done so much better.-The cheesy dialogue.-Blood drinking being depicted as "erotic." Yeah, try having someone's teeth stuck in your neck.Basically, the plot didn't impress me and I wasn't exactly blown away by the dialogue. What intrigued me more than anything was the dynamic between Zero, Yuuki, and Kaname. I also LOVED the artwork, I think I enjoyed looking at Zero and Kaname more than anything, really. xDThat said, I'm willing to read the next one, since I've heard so many great things about this series, and I have a feeling it will turn out to be kickass.PS, the Chairman reminded me a lot of Shigure from Fruits Basket. I love him!! <3
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  • Desiree
    January 1, 1970
    :Review Updated:Vampire Knight - This is the first manga I have read in my entire life. So this manga's about: A boarding school is divided into two classes, Day Class and Night Class. Zero and Yuuki are best friends, childhood friends are guardians protect the Night Class' identity: they are actually vampires. Kaname Kuran is their leader and Yuuki's madly in love with him since he saved her life from a vicious vampire and Yuki thinks he's(Kaname) is the beginning of her life. Zero is always b :Review Updated:Vampire Knight - This is the first manga I have read in my entire life. So this manga's about: A boarding school is divided into two classes, Day Class and Night Class. Zero and Yuuki are best friends, childhood friends are guardians protect the Night Class' identity: they are actually vampires. Kaname Kuran is their leader and Yuuki's madly in love with him since he saved her life from a vicious vampire and Yuki thinks he's(Kaname) is the beginning of her life. Zero is always by Yuuki's side. He's serious, he never smiles and he has a sad, tragic life. Yuki's also there to protect him.Zero and Kaname hate each other. and Dun.Dun.Dun theres a love triangle in the story. and a HUGE one.So the three main characters are all likeable, I guess.I never thought that I would ever read a manga about vampires.EVER. But ya know its true that unexpected things do intend to happen.This manga's definitely worth a try. The story's better than you will expect it to be. The plot is excellent and I think this manga about vampires is one of the best mangas yet. - Quotes - "The world is dyed with the color of blood. It will never be able to go back to the way it was before" "The next time you open your eyes the world might have already changed""I will cover and hide the part of my heart that wants to cry and scream" "Being like this makes me feel like we've returned to the old days somewhat. Yeah. Zero is Zero. Even if you are a vampire now.""I didn't understand anything. Zero suffered and suffered for four years. What were you thinking, all by yourself? He loathes vampires so much, he wants to kill them all. All this time, Zero wanted to kill himself too.""I long for him.... but I understand. There's a line that vampires and humans can't cross." Yuuki Cross "I want these gentle hands and this kind smile, even though I should not want such a thing" "Her very existence means the world to me" "Because Yuuki was there, I might have been able to live on...""But you thought it would be okay to become a vampire, right...? I will never let you turn into something like that. Even if it means I have to make Kaname Kuran my enemy...and even if it means you will hate me...""Thats why for you, you have the right to be cruel to me.No matter how much you make me worry or how much danger you put me in, just as much as you like, but these are not enough compensation even I have to sacrifice my leftover life for you. I'd not utter a word of complaint" Zero Kiryuu "Humans should never be turned into vampires. But in the old days, hidden from history, when the war between vampires and vampire hunters was at its peak, vampires turned many humans into vampires to use in battle. And now the aristocrats have the duty to manage those survivors. Sometimes we have to kill them off...""It's all right. You be just the way you are, Yuuki. You're different from the Night Class students who wait on me... You're a warm-hearted girl, Yuki. That's more than enough.""Zero, you're suppose to be the one that hates vampires more than anyone else... but you need blood more than anyone else. I think you're more vampire like than any other vampire." Kaname Kuran "I'll show you a sweet dream next night" - in the anime. <3
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  • ♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Again... Found this series by Netflix... The bane of my existence. BUT I LOVE IT ANYWAYS! Even with all of the... sexual tension...as well as the love-triangle.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Stop me if you've heard this one before...there's a school that has a day school and a night school. The night school students are just a little bit different than everyone else...because they're vampires! Okay, so the general concept has been turning up quite a bit in manga (and likely to turn up even more with Nightschool on its way to us from the lovely author of DramaCon). Still, this particular series seems to have more emotional tension and more engrossing characters than some of the vamp Stop me if you've heard this one before...there's a school that has a day school and a night school. The night school students are just a little bit different than everyone else...because they're vampires! Okay, so the general concept has been turning up quite a bit in manga (and likely to turn up even more with Nightschool on its way to us from the lovely author of DramaCon). Still, this particular series seems to have more emotional tension and more engrossing characters than some of the vamp manga with a central triangle that's far more sexy than silly.Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the designated Guardians and eternal odd kids out at the school at the heart of this series. Neither has a family of their own and both have been taken under the wing of the eccentric head of the academy. In return they must stick to a grueling schedule balancing their life as normal students with their professional duties guarding the school's secrets and maintaining the peace. Not quite brother and sister but more than friends, their complicated relationship is up for some major tests. Yuki's growing friendship with Kaname, a pureblood vampire who once saved her life causes a lot of tension with the vampire-hating Zero. Then Zero's discovery that he himself was "turned" immediately sets the series up for even more drama.Viz rates this series for older teens--most likely for violence (in one scene a bad vampire is literally split in two by a sword). While these scenes can be a little shocking, there's not all that many of them: the majority of the story is really dedicated more to the personal growth of the characters and the developing relationships rather than battle scenes (based on volumes 1-4 at least).Recommended for 14+...and for Twi-hards this could be an enjoyable crossover read.
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  • Frankie Lovely
    January 1, 1970
    Well Netflix has ruined me and I'm totally fangirl crushing on this anime ... so of course I had to pick up the manga too <3Um ... I'm obsessedZero is my love 💕❤💕❤💕Ok so I'm by far NOT the authority on the intricacies of manga critique here but um .... I'm obsessed so I'm giving it the 5 star rating because I can dammit! The art is beautiful and I love the storyline and the tension and ... yep I'm addicted 😏
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  • Melissa (Ever So Mela)
    January 1, 1970
    Since I'm fairly new to Manga I'm not sure if they're all like this. The dialogue was awkward and stoic. The characters all fell flat, except for Zero. I think he's the only one I liked. As for Kaname and Yuuki, GOD! Those two are boring as heck. Every time they have a conversation I can't help but cringe. I'm not really sure where this is going but all the reviews I see are telling me to quit while I'm ahead, so I'm not sure what to do.
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  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I've already watched the anime, and I don't usually read manga, but I'm trying to give it a shot since the anime had no ending (which you can bet still makes me salty to this day).This was an interesting experience. The anime is one of my favorites and I'm glad I decided to try the manga.Idk how I'm going to approach rating manga from now on, but I still love the story and the characters in this format so it's a positive for this experience here.
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  • Ronyell
    January 1, 1970
    I have been reading manga ever since I was in high school, the first manga I ever read being “Ranma .” Well, just recently, I have stumbled upon another manga series called “Vampire Knight” (not to be confused with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series) which is created by Matsuri Hino and it is about how a young high school girl named Yuki realizes about the existence of vampires at the private school, Cross Academy, while attending to her duties as one of the Guardians of the academy. “Vampir I have been reading manga ever since I was in high school, the first manga I ever read being “Ranma ½.” Well, just recently, I have stumbled upon another manga series called “Vampire Knight” (not to be confused with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series) which is created by Matsuri Hino and it is about how a young high school girl named Yuki realizes about the existence of vampires at the private school, Cross Academy, while attending to her duties as one of the Guardians of the academy. “Vampire Knight Volume 1” is a truly awesome volume for vampire and manga lovers everywhere!Oh my goodness! I would have never thought that I would read a manga about vampires and get totally hooked into the story and the characters! Matsuri Hino sure knows how to make the characters in this volume both interesting and full of “wow” entertainment! I think that all the characters in this volume are awesome, but my favorite characters would have to be Yuki Cross, Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran. Let us start with Yuki Cross first. Yuki Cross is a truly spirited and innocent character that has the bubbly personality of most of the anime heroines you see on TV. What I really loved about Yuki’s personality is that she is one devoted girl who takes pure pride with her work as one of the Guardians of the academy and I also loved the fact that she is a true believer of pacifism as she wants vampires and humans to live in harmony. But Yuki is not the only character who makes this volume truly worth reading as Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran are also awesome characters as they are polar opposites from each other. Kaname is the polite yet mysterious elite vampire who seems to have romantic feelings for Yuki, even though we do not know why exactly which fits his mysterious personality. Zero on the other hand, is your typical bad boy and kick butt guardian that anyone who love bad boys would love! I also loved the relationship between Yuki and Zero as they have the typical love/hate relationship that seems hilarious to me! Matsuri Hino’s illustrations truly define what “beautiful” as every character, especially the elite vampire students look hot and beautiful at the same time and yet have mysterious looks on their faces, especially of the image of Kaname who has spiky black hair and an extremely mysterious look on his face that will make you wonder what he is really planning behind our little backs.For fans who do not like seeing blood in books, this volume contains some bloody images, especially of the images of the vampires sucking the people’s blood (making this volume receive the infamous “older teen” rating).Overall, “Vampire Knight Volume One” is definitely a manga that any vampire or manga fan will cherish for many, many years and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of the “Vampire Knight” series after this volume! To see who this book is recommended for, I will just recite what the rating for this volume said at the end:“Rated T+ for older teen, ages 16 and up due to sexual themes and violence.”
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  • Lu (Sugar & Snark)
    January 1, 1970
    I heard this was a "Twilight" Manga, and in a way it was, but I was really happy that there were tons of differences! At Cross Academy you can find both humans and vampires. The vampires go to class at night and are called the Night Class, however the humans (Day Class) don't know that the Night Class are vampires, they just know that they are extremely pretty.Yuki Cross who can be seen as the main character was strangely not my favorite - she was a bit irritating. I like the brooding Zero Kiry I heard this was a "Twilight" Manga, and in a way it was, but I was really happy that there were tons of differences! At Cross Academy you can find both humans and vampires. The vampires go to class at night and are called the Night Class, however the humans (Day Class) don't know that the Night Class are vampires, they just know that they are extremely pretty.Yuki Cross who can be seen as the main character was strangely not my favorite - she was a bit irritating. I like the brooding Zero Kiryu, but I am dreading the love-triangle that I see forming! Although I didn't love it to death, I would give the next volume a try, just because I hear great things about where this series is going! Note on my review copy: There was a "For review purposes only" watermark right in the middle of every single page, and when there was a text bubble on that section 50% of the time I couldn't make out what it said. At least I could figure out what was going on from the panes I could see.Illustrations: 3 starsStory: 3.5 starsOverall: 3 stars
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  • Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
    January 1, 1970
    It's so ANNOYING and it DRAGS. It's confusing, more things pop up just to keep the story going, it's long and boring, the girl can't make up her mind, the guy can't decide if he's evil or not, the other guy (who I actually like) should go find someone better, the heroine and her brother can die for all I care. I only want Zero to be alive at the ending. A tragedy sounds GREAT!Anyways, I'll come back in 2013 or 2014 to finish this. It should be done by then. All the people I dislike should be dea It's so ANNOYING and it DRAGS. It's confusing, more things pop up just to keep the story going, it's long and boring, the girl can't make up her mind, the guy can't decide if he's evil or not, the other guy (who I actually like) should go find someone better, the heroine and her brother can die for all I care. I only want Zero to be alive at the ending. A tragedy sounds GREAT!Anyways, I'll come back in 2013 or 2014 to finish this. It should be done by then. All the people I dislike should be dead by then and the stupid thing should be done by then. 2.4/5 starsWhen I first began this manga it was a no-kidding: 5 stars manga.Then it became 4 then 3 then 2 then 1 then 'if only I could give it a zero' then 2 then 2.4/5 and now, years after it became a 2 star and shredded and killed off all of my excitement, obsession, intrigue, addiction, and love, hype, fascination, and support, it's back to a three. I've been intrigued again. It's been a long time coming since Vampire Knight has been able to deliver and I like what it's finally giving me. Bloodshed is something to look forward to, definitely, in the upcoming chapters.. and an End. I even feel my excitement stirring, that last chapter Matsuri Hino? Was a good one. Good play, caught my interest.
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  • Talia
    January 1, 1970
    In the end, after I've read all the chapters of Vampire Knight in existence, I can't really tell whether or not I liked it.On one hand, (view spoiler)[my pairing got together. Team Zero! Woot! (hide spoiler)] And I really did like the idea of the vampires, and the whole world Matsuri Hino built around them.But with that world, I also kinda feel like she didn't explore it enough. We're informed that Level C's make up the majority of the vampire population, but they're barely in there. So, where a In the end, after I've read all the chapters of Vampire Knight in existence, I can't really tell whether or not I liked it.On one hand, (view spoiler)[my pairing got together. Team Zero! Woot! (hide spoiler)] And I really did like the idea of the vampires, and the whole world Matsuri Hino built around them.But with that world, I also kinda feel like she didn't explore it enough. We're informed that Level C's make up the majority of the vampire population, but they're barely in there. So, where are they? What is there place in society? Are they treated little better than humans or Level D's? Or are they almost as good as Level B's? I really wanted to know that. The side characters are likewise only developed enough to serve the story's purpose, that is to say, not very much.I like the series, and I really like Zero, but both Yuki and Kaname fell flat as characters to me. Yuki is all the things no one likes in a heroine: dull, weak, dependent, obsessive, and useless. Kaname is overpossessive, massively sexist and egotistical (he practically imprisons her after she (view spoiler)[becomes a vampire (hide spoiler)]), controlling, manipulative, and creepy. But most of the manga series focuses on the two of them. ...I don't get it.I could do a full-on feminist rant about all the undertones of a controlling, abusive relationship in this series, but I'm tired. So, in conclusion, a good story, interesting premise, but after the anime ended, all feminism went to hell.One more thing: I don't know if it was because I was reading an online version, but some of the plot points were wordy and confusing. I ended up skipping over them.
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  • Majanka
    January 1, 1970
    Vampire Knight is the manga that actually got me addicted to…manga. And anime. Not only is this a successful, still ongoing manga series in Japan and the rest of the world, it also served as the base for an intriguing anime series existed of two seasons: Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight: Guilty. Each season has thirteen episodes of anime goodness. If you’re a fan of vampires you definitely shouldn’t miss out on this series. Even if you’ve never read manga before or if you’re not generally an an Vampire Knight is the manga that actually got me addicted to…manga. And anime. Not only is this a successful, still ongoing manga series in Japan and the rest of the world, it also served as the base for an intriguing anime series existed of two seasons: Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight: Guilty. Each season has thirteen episodes of anime goodness. If you’re a fan of vampires you definitely shouldn’t miss out on this series. Even if you’ve never read manga before or if you’re not generally an anime fan, this story definitely has all the goodies vampire fans will swoon over.The setting is Cross Academy boarding school, a school for both regular teenagers and vampire teenagers. The school is divided into two separate classes: the Day Class existing of regular teenagers who occasionally swoon over their vampire counterparts and the Night Class where said vampires reside. Like in any self-respecting vampire series, the vampires are all equally gorgeous, Kuran Kaname the most handsome one of them all. That’s because, as is revealed quite early in the story, he is actually a pureblood vampire, whereas the other students of Cross Academy are only nobles. Although this faintly reminded me of Harry Potter and the entire pureblood drama, it can’t really be compared. In the universe of Vampire Knight there are only a handful of purebloods left and since they’re supposed to be the rulers of the vampire world, this naturally causes a lot of trouble.The story starts with a young girl who’s standing outside on a snowy night and who is suddenly attacked by a vicious vampire. Luckily enough, the evil vampire is stopped by…yet another vampire. This time a more gorgeous one, local pureblood vampire Kuran Kaname. He saves the little girl and brings her to Cross Academy. This little girl is actually a younger version of our current fifteen year old heroine, Yuki Cross, prefect and school guardian. It’s her job to keep the Day Class students as far away as possible from the Night Class students. This gets extremely hard around the time the Day and Night Classes switch, since all teenage girls keep on swooning over the vampires and would do everything humanly possible to touch them. It’s actually more serious than it sounds. But whereas none of those unfortunate girls even get the chance to come remotely close to any of the vampires present, we see Kaname asking Yuki if she’s alright after she is thrown on the ground by the over-enthusiastic teens. It’s revealed practically right away that Yuki has a huge crush on Kaname, since she blushes feverishly when he talks to her.So now we got to know one part of this epic love triangle, in walks the second part of the love triangle, Kiriyu Zero. He is the other school prefect and the only other person apart from Yuki and the headmaster who know about the existence of vampires and their presence at Cross Academy. A flashback teaches us that Yuki was raised by the headmaster of Cross Academy after she was brought there by Kaname on the faithful night he saved her from the vicious vampire that tried to kill her. A couple of years later, Zero is brought to Cross Academy as well after he witnessed his entire family getting slaughtered by a vampire. Needless to say, Zero is not a big fan of vampires. On the contrary, he hates them.As the basis is set for the most epic love triangle you will ever come across. Most love triangle immediately point out one of the potential love interests as their favorite, but Vampire Knight refrains from doing so, pointing out both Zero’s and Kaname’s strong points. Yuki Cross is obviously stuck in the middle, except that she’s clueless about most of the things going on around her. Even though she’s madly in love with Kaname she has not the faintest clue that he likes her as well. And although she occasionally stresses the fact how much Zero means to her, she doesn’t realize the depth of her own feelings let alone Zero’s feelings for her. This obvious lack of insight could make Yuki an annoying character who makes the reader want to bump their head on the keyboard, but this isn’t the case here. Her innocence actually has a disarming effect, making the reader – at least, this happened to me – like her instantly. It’s not that Yuki’s a complete moron, it’s that she has two troubles. Lack of self-confidence leads her to believe that Kaname couldn’t possibly care about her in the slightest, and the fact that Zero is a master at hiding his feelings causes her not to see past the facade her fellow prefect has put up.The supportive cast of this novel is impressive as well. The vampires, although hard to distinguish at first – some of the male vampires look remarkably alike – each seem to have different personalities, some of them well-developed, others still enhanced in mystery. Of course, this is still the initial setting so I suspect to learn more about the supportive cast as well, even if only gradually. There were some additional scenes in this manga that made me want to jump up and down in excitement. For instance, there is a racy exchange between Yuki and Aido Hanabusa, Cross Academy’s resident bad boy vampire, that hints at an erotic subtext missing from the rest of this volume. The flashbacks to the night when Yuki and Zero met are haunting and touching. Yuki’s interactions with her best friend indicate that there is more to this supposedly innocent and blatantly kindhearted protagonist than what meets the eye. She can be stubborn and resolved as well, and she’s obviously not afraid to fight for what she loves.As a side note, the volumes are broken into Nights, rather than chapters. Chapter One is conveniently called Night One. I thought it was definitely an original thought. Secondly, the artwork for Vampire Knight is simply amazing. I read in other reviews that some people don’t like the artwork, or that it takes some time to get used to, but from all mangas I’ve read after reading this one, I still have to say I liked Vampire Knight’s art the best. The glassy eyes of some characters give this book a supernatural and ethereal appearance whereas the occasional cute chibi form adds a hint of humor to a manga that doesn’t shy away from dark themes and angst.Each of the main characters has an interesting back story that explains why they display certain personality traits. For instance, we understand quickly why Zero is hateful towards all vampires in general, and we instantly feel for him when one of his darkest secrets is revealed in chapter four. On the other hand, we learn that Kaname cares for Yuki, but we’re still in the dark as to why exactly. The secrets and mysteries pile up and suck you right into the story. The characters were complex and enthralling enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, thanking God and all saints in heaven that I bought more than one volume of this manga. If you like reading about vampires, don’t dare to pass out on Vampire Knight. Although the first volume serves mostly as a way to set the mood and introduce us to the characters, it already holds a fair share of suspense, reveals some devastating secrets and some surprising plot twists, and makes the reader yearn for more.
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  • bella ϟ [ bella farren ]
    January 1, 1970
    holy moly, this was my childhood right here. ABC3, all my fellows aussies will know what I'm talking about, but I was obsessed with this show in primary school. I need to get my hands on these graphic novels ASAP 😍
  • Bark
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun vampiric manga set in a school where there are "day students" and "night students". Yuki is a cute heroine and there is what looks like a love triangle (groan, I know) possibly forming between her, the gorgeous and mysterious night school class president who saved her life years earlier and her tormented friend Zero who is keeping many secrets. I'm rooting for Zero but who knows what will happen? It is in black and white and because several of the characters have very similar feat This was a fun vampiric manga set in a school where there are "day students" and "night students". Yuki is a cute heroine and there is what looks like a love triangle (groan, I know) possibly forming between her, the gorgeous and mysterious night school class president who saved her life years earlier and her tormented friend Zero who is keeping many secrets. I'm rooting for Zero but who knows what will happen? It is in black and white and because several of the characters have very similar features I was a bit confused at times who was who but this is pretty common in most of the manga I read.Thanks for sharing this one with us chucklesthescot!
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  • Arlene
    January 1, 1970
    Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino was great! I’ve definitely found a shojo manga series I want to commit too, and I can’t wait to read the next book! I loved the story line, the art work was amazing, and the ending had me driving to the bookstore to pick up the next installment.In Vampire Knight we meet two groups of students who attend Cross Academy. There is the Day Class, where Yuki Cross and Kiryu Zero serve has Guardians, and the Night Class that is full of vampires. Yuki was attacked by a vam Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino was great! I’ve definitely found a shojo manga series I want to commit too, and I can’t wait to read the next book! I loved the story line, the art work was amazing, and the ending had me driving to the bookstore to pick up the next installment.In Vampire Knight we meet two groups of students who attend Cross Academy. There is the Day Class, where Yuki Cross and Kiryu Zero serve has Guardians, and the Night Class that is full of vampires. Yuki was attacked by a vampire ten years prior and has no memory preceding that event. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy and guards the Day Class alongside Zero, who has secrets that haunt him and his existence. Despite her past, Yuki believes that vampires and humans can peacefully coexist, but Zero feels differently.It’s probably too soon to draw my alliances, but if I had to call a team, I’d have to say I’m Team Zero. Don’t get me wrong, Kaname was intriguing, but there’s something about a tortured soul that just gets to me. Great first installment and I have the second manga in this series at the ready.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I saw this popping up on several lists of "must read manga" so I decided to give it a try.At first I thought it would be a typical teenage vampire story. In brief, this is the story of an exclusive private school. Normal students attend the day classes, vampires attend the night classes. The day class does not know vampires exist so they don't know the night class (full of gorgeous, hot guys) is all vampires. They only get a glimpse of them at sundown.Two students from the day class know the sec I saw this popping up on several lists of "must read manga" so I decided to give it a try.At first I thought it would be a typical teenage vampire story. In brief, this is the story of an exclusive private school. Normal students attend the day classes, vampires attend the night classes. The day class does not know vampires exist so they don't know the night class (full of gorgeous, hot guys) is all vampires. They only get a glimpse of them at sundown.Two students from the day class know the secret and they are the guardians of the school, keeping the day and night students separated.Even though I was thinking this theme has been done to death by fangs numerous times, I ended up really liking this book. I'm not a teenage girl but it didn't matter. I really got into the story and I plan to continue on. Zero, Kaname, Yuki - they are good characters. I'm interested, I care.
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  • ✨Skye✨
    January 1, 1970
    A cool story. My manga/graphic novel reviews are always quite short because not that much tends to happen with them, but here's a little ramble. I like the night class/day class concept and I'm enjoying the characters. Zero and Kaname are great, Yuki is a little bland but I do like her. I think I'd connect with this more if it was an anime. The love triangle is good, I'm unsure who I prefer yet. I didn't actually see that big reveal coming, it's added an extra layer of plot to the story that I'm A cool story. My manga/graphic novel reviews are always quite short because not that much tends to happen with them, but here's a little ramble. I like the night class/day class concept and I'm enjoying the characters. Zero and Kaname are great, Yuki is a little bland but I do like her. I think I'd connect with this more if it was an anime. The love triangle is good, I'm unsure who I prefer yet. I didn't actually see that big reveal coming, it's added an extra layer of plot to the story that I'm excited to see more of. Mainly, my issues lie in how I feel about most manga/graphic novels-I don't get that attached or invested.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    This delightfully trashy manga wallows in all sorts of vampire cliches (see: gorgeous and mysteriously broody vampires, bloodsucking as sexual innuendo). I was spoiled for one plot point before reading this, and I was amused to find it in chapter 2 or 3; normally you'd have to slog through volumes of a series for something so emo-tastic. Seriously, this is perhaps the least subtle work of fiction I have read in ages. I will definitely have to read more of this.
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  • Eleni (OverThePlace)
    January 1, 1970
    Poetic. Every line is a story itself. It could take pages and pages to describe just one picture and yet wouldnt be enough. So little to be said, so many to be thought. Each character has a backround and each act hides a reason combining the perfect dark and diisrupted world that this manga conveys. A work of Art.
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  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific art, interesting plot, but slow-moving.There are two schools within a school: during the day, human kids attend class; during the night, the vampires sit in the schoolrooms. Some of the kids know, but most do not. Yuki Cross is a security guardian who protects day students from the night students. Zero Kiryu is a guardian as well, but he hates vampires, unlike Yuki. However, Zero’s life will take an unexpected turn!
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  • Sue Moro
    January 1, 1970
    Vampire Knight vol. 1As the story opens, a young girl named Yuki is attacked by a vampire. Before she is bitten she is saved by another vampire named Kanami Kuran.Fast forward ten years, and Yuki is a young student at Cross Academy. The student body is divided into a day class, which Yuki attends, and a night class attended by the best looking students. Kanami Is a member of the night class and Yuki has never forgotten how he saved her life that day.Yuki is a member of the disciplinary committee Vampire Knight vol. 1As the story opens, a young girl named Yuki is attacked by a vampire. Before she is bitten she is saved by another vampire named Kanami Kuran.Fast forward ten years, and Yuki is a young student at Cross Academy. The student body is divided into a day class, which Yuki attends, and a night class attended by the best looking students. Kanami Is a member of the night class and Yuki has never forgotten how he saved her life that day.Yuki is a member of the disciplinary committee along with a young man named Zero Kiryu. Unlike the rest of the students, Yuki and Zero know that the night class is made up entirely of vampires and it is their job as the only security force at the school, to keep the secret of the night class and help maintain the peace between the two species.The dynamic between Yuki and Zero is very interesting. Zero has nothing but hatred for the vampires whose secret he protects. Many years ago, before he came to live at Cross Academy under the care of the headmaster, his family was killed by a bad vampire. He has sworn to someday take revenge on vampires in human form. Yuki, on the other hand, has no memory of her past before Kanami saved her ten years earlier. Unlike Zero, she does not hate vampires. Regardless of their feelings, they must work together under the direction of the headmaster who hopes this "experiment" will one day allow humans and vampires to co-exist peacefully.Zero, however, is harboring a secret that once revealed will not only endanger Yuki but may also break the fragile balance of peace.I was instantly pulled into this story from page one. I love a good vampire story, and the idea of a school of both humans and vampires in hiding was fascinating. I liked both Yuki and Zero and the background story for each of them was well developed. The inclusion of Kanami adds a sort of romantic triangle which works very well at adding additional tension to the plot. There are other side characters the reader is introduced to that I feel will make a larger presence in future volumes. My one and only problem was with the headmaster. I felt the character looked too young for his position and as a guardian to both Yuki and Zero. He seemed the same age as the rest of the student body.The really liked the artwork. All of the characters had a very distinct look to them. The details in the school uniforms and the distinction between night and day students was very nicely done. I will definitely be continuing this series and I highly recommend it!
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  • Ginger Woods
    January 1, 1970
    Well I didn't see that coming.I picked this up for very cheap at a used bookstore, and I am so happy I did!I have recently got into manga & again, so happy that I did!This was a great first volume! I am so interested in getting into this world!I enjoy the day & night classes, I enjoy the idea that it is very top secret.I can see the future problems manifesting (view spoiler)[seeing as two people already fed off one of our main characters. (hide spoiler)]I'm also very interested to see wh Well I didn't see that coming.I picked this up for very cheap at a used bookstore, and I am so happy I did!I have recently got into manga & again, so happy that I did!This was a great first volume! I am so interested in getting into this world!I enjoy the day & night classes, I enjoy the idea that it is very top secret.I can see the future problems manifesting (view spoiler)[seeing as two people already fed off one of our main characters. (hide spoiler)]I'm also very interested to see what happens to Zero (view spoiler)[since he is now turning into a vampire! (hide spoiler)]I'm getting the rest from the library very soon! :)
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    So. I don't particularly like love triangles, or vampire romances, or heroines that are supposed to be competent but aren't really. But it's very popular, and the art is incredibly stylish (though I don't really like the way the eyes are drawn) so I gave it a shot. Twice. It isn't badly done, but it just hits too many dislikes for me to get really into it. And after two tries, I think I can leave it be now.
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  • Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one! I never tried to enjoy a manga before, I know my sister loves a couple of them. I picked this up from the library by chance because I needed a light read that wouldn't take much time to finish and found myself in the lovely world of manga :)
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  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    January 1, 1970
    Note to self: stop reading books about love triangles.
  • Okuta Otherside
    January 1, 1970
    Another manga that i know from my friend recommendation! It's the first manga from Hino Matsuri Sensei that i read and i love her artwork! I love how the story in this volume goes. The story is about Yuuki, a girl from Day Class, and Zero, her classmate and also a guy who brought up as her sibling after saved from vampire attack, also Kaname, Yuuki's crush and a guy from Night Class. Night Class has a secret that Yuuki and Zero should protect from another classmates in Day Class. Night Class is Another manga that i know from my friend recommendation! It's the first manga from Hino Matsuri Sensei that i read and i love her artwork! I love how the story in this volume goes. The story is about Yuuki, a girl from Day Class, and Zero, her classmate and also a guy who brought up as her sibling after saved from vampire attack, also Kaname, Yuuki's crush and a guy from Night Class. Night Class has a secret that Yuuki and Zero should protect from another classmates in Day Class. Night Class is the class full with vampires!My favorite character is Zero. And he also has a secret! If you love vampire story, you should check out this manga or watch the anime though i prefer the manga!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Loooooooved this
  • ⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
    January 1, 1970
    I usually read through manga from start to finish right before I write a review, but Vampire Knight is something of an exception for me because I feel like I remember the story pretty well and because I felt somewhat betrayed by this manga, so I don't have much inclination for a reread and instead will be presenting my opinion based off memory, rather than do so based off having read it and experienced it again as a twenty-something-year-old.This manga came out in the mid 2000s and clocking in a I usually read through manga from start to finish right before I write a review, but Vampire Knight is something of an exception for me because I feel like I remember the story pretty well and because I felt somewhat betrayed by this manga, so I don't have much inclination for a reread and instead will be presenting my opinion based off memory, rather than do so based off having read it and experienced it again as a twenty-something-year-old.This manga came out in the mid 2000s and clocking in at 19 volumes with a two-season long anime adaptation, it was very successful and really suited the swelling popularity of the paranormal genre amongst young female readers at the time, merging fangs with gothic vibes and an academy setting.I will firstly hand out my praise for the art and aesthetic of Vampire Knight; while Matsuri Hino's art was rather rough in the first few volumes, she does refine her style throughout this series and by the end of the series, her fine-lines and high attention to detail suit the atmosphere of her story impeccably. I enjoyed the uniform designs, the more historic vibes of the buildings, and how the author didn't shy away from blood and violence amongst the lace and beauty.Vampire Knight follows a young girl named Yuki who with a bright personality acts as a prefect at the academy run by her adoptive father alongside Zero, who's she's grown up with and is something of a friend/brother figure despite his aloofness. While on the surface her job seems like any prefect job at a boarding school, an important responsibility she has is to keep the peace between the two classes, day and night, because the night students are all vampires. Although human, Yuki is well aware of the existence of vampires and has a special position amongst them as Kaname Kuran, a pureblood vampire who is extremely powerful, has a long past with Yuki, whom he rescued from vampires when she was small, and who remains fond of and protective of her despite the distance she's put between them as she's grown up. A major part of the plot revolves around Yuki having a gap of her memory of her early childhood and how that past connects her with the world of vampires.Because I got into this manga during its publication, I read this series chapter by chapter as they were released each month, so I put in a lot of time to this series over the course of my teen years. I think I binged like the first 40 chapters that were available and then read the read one by one as they were translated and uploaded by fan groups. That is perhaps why this series stings so much: I put in all this time and love and then the plot kept taking bad turns that I didn't like at all the farther into things we got. Though hindsight did change this for me: the things I really loved about this series, like Kaname and Yuki's relationship, are things I know see more clearly as extremely problematic. In that regard, me being pissy about Yuki and Zero ending up together was very unwarranted and I do apologize to the series for that.Instead, I'll be pissed off that we spent WAY too much time focusing on Yuki being with Kaname and framing it like they were definitely ending up together and not nearly devoting the same amount of effort into the relationship between Zero and Yuki. Like if that was how things were going down they should have had a much more clear romantic conflict. For most of the series Yuki is enamored with Kaname and Zero isn't an issue so much because Yuki was legitimately in love with him but because she was loyal to him as a friend who had shared much of past and she couldn't justify forsaking him.Anyway.Right off the bat, we can assign this series with a lot of trigger warnings and content warnings. While one might think vampire stories inherently come with warnings for blood and violence and what not, this manga requires a few additional because it's from Japan and one thing to know about Japan that I wish wasn't true is that the people are waaaaaaaaay too comfortable with incest and also usually with like creepy age-gap stuff, too.A big reveal of the plot concerns Kaname and Yuki's relationship, which isn't completely clear cut but I'll try to explain. In this universe, pure-blood vampires are powerful and rare, so they tend to marry within families to maintain the bloodline, which often means siblings marrying and procreating with siblings. The author makes a point to state that for vampires this is totally acceptable and normal behavior, since Yuki, who has been human, reacts much the same as the audience to the idea of an incest. In the Kuran family, siblings Haruka and Juri have two children, Kaname and Yuki. Kaname, however, was killed as an infant and was used by his uncle, Rido, to resurrect another Kuran vampire who, upon seeing what had befallen his descendant's child, reverts his own body into that of an infant and places himself at the mercy of Haruka and Juri as penance for the tragedy, who decide to raise him up as their own in place of the infant son they lost (I do not recall if we're ever told his name before he takes the place of the infant Kaname). As a result, this descendant takes on the identity of Kaname Kuran and later on becomes the brother in the family dynamic of Yuki, who is born several years later. Immediately, Kaname and Yuki have a close relationship and it's very clearly on its way to eventually becoming romantic since it's expected they'll marry someday anyway, much like how Juri was always intended to be with one of her brothers. Since Kaname knows and remembers his past life even as a child, he's undoubtedly more worldly and mature than Yuki and his interest in her starts out when she's still very young and continues with him sort of creepily waiting for her to grow up and mature so she's better capable of handling the big reveal of his feelings, their past, and her true identity as a pureblood vampire who was turned mortal to protect her from the cruelty of the vampire world. Throughout much of the series, we see Kaname make little advances towards Yuki, who usually draws away, and how he laments about her not being quite ready.To say is shortly, the way Kaname regards Yuki has a lot of creepy, predatory vibes because there's a power imbalance across like 10 different sectors and we constantly hear him describe waiting for her to be ready like he's grooming her. He's more mature, he's more informed, he has vampire powers while she does not, he's her older brother figure, he's literally an ancient vampire, and he has the patience and desire to manipulate Yuki into being involved with him whenever he can, ultimately culminating things in a romantic, intimate relationship where he cuts her off from basically everyone else and controls everything because he has many emotional problems.I will admit, scenes in the manga and anime of Kaname forlornly longing for his lost love and a variety of his gestures and feelings are pretty hot and romantic. The anime often nailed the tone and I think the voice actor they chose (the Japanese one) did a fantastic job at capturing the vibe and emotion of it. But I also am an adult now seeing how creepy it is for this older vampire (so when Yuki is like 6 Kaname is already quite grown, probably age like 12 or 13? Maybe a little less, but like he's much more grown up than Yuki is. She can't even dress herself and he's like taking care of vampire politics. So there's a considerable age gap and then he is also still mentally an ancient ass vampire so the fact that he's been watching this girl since the age of 6 and then starts kicking his romantic advances into high gear when she hits 16 is just... yeet.) Like yeah, we tend to play sort of fast and loose with the rules when it comes to vampires as love interests but like still. At the start it was easier to overlook because Kaname was just a few years older but then we get the reveal that he's actually the like rebirthed Kuran family ancestor who just like physically reverted to a baby and then let himself grow up again and retained all that knowledge and those memories just made it too weird that I can't be okay with it.Clearly Zero is the only rational choice because he's the same age as Yuki. He literally showed up when they're both like 12 and has lived with her the last like 4 years and he's not secretly an old ass vampire he was human, was changed, and now lives life with Yuki as a 16 year old and he also has the added benefit of not existing in a "this is my brother" situation. Like yeah the relationship is somewhat like that in the sense that Zero looks out for Yuki and they exist in a little family unit with the chairman, but Yuki is never under the impression that Zero is her blood and their relationship is not defined by the constraints of a sibling relationship because they've only coexisted together for four years and in no definite terms were they meant to regard each other under strict sibling guidelines, they're also friends and classmates and they both end up with crushes on each other, so there's no incest taboo because there's no perversion or violation of the sibling relationship. Kaname is still literally her blood and acted as her older brother and she always believed he WAS her older brother, so that's the incest taboo in all its twofold glory.Now, even if I go along with what the author says and we forgive the incest angle because it's vampires and she can make up whatever weird rules she wants about them, Kaname and Yuki's relationship is also ultimately problematic regardless because of the power imbalance and because Kaname is prone to wanting to keep Yuki locked up for her own safety, watching her, etc. (think Edward watching her sleep sort of vibes but way amped up) and isn't against isolating her from others in the name of protection or whatever. I am someone who does very much hate heroines who, for example, will freak out if they're locked in a room when shit is hitting the fan because they can't perceive danger and think that breaking out of the room and getting into harm's way is superior to just sitting tight for a little bit because freedom and choice and blah blah you know the whole spiel it's "I need to go get myself in trouble because listening to someone tell me what to do is the worst thing ever", but I will admit that Kaname often oversteps the line of "you need to be locked up alone in a safe location because you're in danger right now and it's the only way to protect you while I go take care of the danger real quick and it's just better than you wandering around to be in harm's way" into more "I'm overly paranoid about your safety and underestimate your ability to stay safe anywhere else so to soothe my own anxieties I will insist you meekly remained isolated in my mansion and never go outside and just wait there for me and also I'd be like super happy if you never expressed any desire to leave or do anything besides happily live in this locked basement where I can visit you and know right where you are at all times" sort of territory.There are times where you see him conflicted so it's not like he's an absolute monster and I think in the end he realizes that at some point he let his love for Yuki and his desire to keep her safe get distorted into something bad and dangerous, hence why he has the ending that he does, which I do like and respect more than him never having greater self awareness for his actions, but like, he also spends most of the series acting in an unhealthy way so it's not like the romance was suddenly forgivable or he's entirely redeemed, but it's something.Within the series we also face a variety of other moral quandries and existential crises and plot threads, but I feel like these always played into the central theme of: Yuki is a pureblood and everyone wants her or wants to kill her and Kaname is going to fuck shit up trying to prevent that because vampire society sucks and also Zero will die for Yuki if he has to but he'll go about protecting her and enforcing his beliefs in different way and then Yuki is torn between the two of them because of a long complicated history and relationship with both. As a teenager, I wasn't as much of a fan of Zero's as I was of Kaname and to this day I do generally prefer Kaname's cool, elegant, controlled personality and his long dark hair and what not compared to Zero's more aloof, crude teen delinquent with short silver hair thing that he's got going on because good god do elegant, elite men with long hair just do something to me as a woman, but I do ultimately recognize how problematic Kaname was and that Zero overall is a much healthier romantic partner choice.For me, I think at the end the plot started to suffer a bit because popularity was waning and the author was trying to both wrap things up and drag them out and I did personally lose a good deal of interest in the story after about volumes 15 or so, but for what we were presented, I was engaged by the storytelling and characters and world building to the point that I loyally followed each new chapter's release for many, many years and watched the anime and, to this day, still listen to the opening theme song for season two, Rinne Rondo.It's just that the manga not doing what I wanted as a teenager after all that time spent and then later my broadened awareness as an adult made me have a bone to pick with something relatively major throughout the course of my interaction with this work (ironically for very different reasons too, lol, but that's the power of growing up and learning things!).I think I'll cut this review off here because I feel like I'm starting to get a little repetitive.Someday I probably will reread all 19 volumes and make a much more encompassing review with better details, but for now, this 5:00 a.m. rehashing from the depths of my memory should suffice.
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  • Whatchyareading
    January 1, 1970
    This review is for volumes 1 through 10.I want to preface this by saying I’m not a big manga reader or anime watcher. I’ve only done both a few times and the majority of it has been concentrated on Fullmetal Alchemist. So when someone recommended Vampire Knight to me I was a little skeptical, especially since the vampire thing has been done a LOT and I’m tired of it. But I decided, why not? My local library carries the series so at least it’ll be free.Ten volumes and the two seasons of the anime This review is for volumes 1 through 10.I want to preface this by saying I’m not a big manga reader or anime watcher. I’ve only done both a few times and the majority of it has been concentrated on Fullmetal Alchemist. So when someone recommended Vampire Knight to me I was a little skeptical, especially since the vampire thing has been done a LOT and I’m tired of it. But I decided, why not? My local library carries the series so at least it’ll be free.Ten volumes and the two seasons of the anime later, I’m OBSESSED, people. I love it like a bag of Sour Patch Kids after only eating chocolate for the past year.Here’s why:Yuki doesn’t remember her past. Her life just started at age 5 when a vampire, Kuran Kaname, saved her from being eaten by another vampire who had lost all sense of his humanity (they call this Level E). Kuran brought her to a friend, Headmaster Cross of the Cross Academy, to be raised and cared for. Since then Kaname has held a special place in Yuki’s life and heart. Zero came to live with the Headmaster and Yuki at age 11 when his family was killed by a vampire.The Night Class was established a little while after that with Kaname heading the pacifist front. He has the clout to do so because he’s a rare pureblood vampire, kind of like a prince among them.The back and forth between Kaname and Yuki and Zero are angst-ridden, tense, and hold multiple layers, and I love every one of them! Kaname obviously cares for Yuki, although you don’t learn why until volume 8 or so. Zero also cares for Yuki. And Yuki cares for them both. I think Matsuri Hino has created a great love triangle. (And I’m tired of them! But I love this one! That should tell you something.)Now that I’ve basically given away the entire first volume, I have to tell you the twists (the TWISTS) in this story completely caught me by surprise. There are two big ones that I know of so far. One happens pretty early on and that drives the story for a while until the second one happens and it’s madness! I can’t believe I have to wait for the 11th volume (it comes out stateside in December). And after that I’ll have to wait for volume 12! The agony! The impatient clawing need for closure!I told you, I’m obsessed.And since it’s manga, I can’t overlook the illustrations. They’re pretty, pretty, pretty, while still maintaining a manga feel. Hino did a great job with Kaname and Zero. I do not envy Yuki in having to choose between the two. It is a little confusing when it comes to the headmaster (at least to me it is). I didn’t realize he was a guy for half of the first volume. He’s always covered in blankets, has his hair pulled back, cries at the drop of a hat and then goes on emotional tirades about Yuki calling him Father (<– that’s when I realized he was a guy). I guess it doesn’t help that since I’m a girl everyone has girl voices in my head. But it works well in the anime because it’s clearly a male saying those things, which makes it funny.If you haven’t read this series and you enjoy reading manga, comics or graphic novels, or even want to start, read them! They’re great fun and quick reads (I usually go through a volume in 30 – 45 minutes).Reviewed on WhatchYAreading on October 17, 2010.
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