Vampire Knight, Paperback

Vampire Knight Paperback

Part of the Vampire Knight series

4 out of 5 (7 ratings)


Cross Academy 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!

Outside the safe boundary of the academy, Yuki is attacked by a vampire.

Injured and unable to defend herself, two Night Class students come to her aid and kill the vampire.

When Yuki asks them why they killed their own kind, they tell her to come to the Moon Dormitory at midnight to learn the answer...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, chiefly Illustrations
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421511306



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Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino has been sitting on my nightstand for a long time. I read some of it in Shojo Beat and knew I'd like it so I was making myself finish some other series before I got into yet another one! Needless to say, I did enjoy volumes 1 & 2 of Vampire Knight. The art is full of pretty boys, most of whom are vampires, but no cute animals. The art can be a little confusing at times and there's a bit TOO much dripping blood - I like to think that vampires are a little neater in their bloodsucking than what's shown. Anyway, it's mystery, some romance, of course some horror. The idea is that there are 2 classes that attend Cross Academy - the Day Class, of normal people, and the Night Class made up of vampires. Two of the leads - Zero and Yuki - serve as the guardians of the school keeping the vampires and humans apart, coordinating and supervising contact between the two. I don't know quite when they get to sleep as they have to attend Day Class classes but guarding the rest all night. I'm anxiously awaiting volume 3 which just came out.

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Now that Yuki knows Zero's secret things are even more complicated in the realm of Cross Academy. This is the kind of manga that totally builds on the mysteries of the last so giving much more of a description wouldn't really work. However, I am really enjoying this series so far. The character relatioships are pretty interesting, the artwork is creepier than what I'm used to and it is kind of violent. But, since this is a manga about vampires I think that's pretty much to be expected. A couple things I didn't like so much, and it's probably more a personal preference than anything, is that I get easily confused when a number of characters are introduced, especially when they look similar. One thing I really did enjoy is at the end the author (manga-ka?) kind of went back to her more comedic roots and did some additional light-hearted scenes. The best one was a play on the serious scene between Kaname and Yuki about how only one thing has changed about her in the 10 years since he met her. It completely caught me off guard and had me laughing out loud. This is most definitely a manga series I'll be following along with. Now if the volumes just came out faster!!

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i'm really liking this series a lot - the writer, with all her little notes about her own uncertainties, is genuinely charming, and so is her work. hard to be sure yet to what extent she's drawing on western tropes, but she's at least adding in a sensibility, a setting, and some tortured characters that feel like they derive from pure Japan. the series is set in a daytime/nighttime academy, in which the night students are vampires (sure, been there, seen that), and i'd love to know if she's familiar with Buffy Summers and her work: between the vampire slayers (guardians) and (some) vampires, there is a sympathy, her dark antiheroes strive to become more than they are, and her heroine has the duty to protect the human world. but her heroine is brave, the world she inhabits is complex, and instinct may turn out to be a better guide than the Slayer's Handbook after all - though just as easily it could get a novice eaten. so i'm still in: the origin stories are shaping up as fairly compelling, there are ethical and practical issues arising, i already care about the main characters, and the recurring characters promise to be worth following as well. and the artwork's got its pleasures too: the artist really flows the work, and even takes some compelling liberties with the panelling that i like a lot., so i'm always intrigued to see how she frames the story.

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There's some interesting stuff hinted at, but I don't think I'm exactly the audience that this book targets. I might pick up volume three if I run across it in a library, but I'm not hunting it down like I'd do with some series.

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The second volume is just as good as the first, with a tense atmosphere. The idea of a human struggling against the need for blood as their body transforms into vampire is not new by any measures, but Zero's struggle still finds a way into your heart nonetheless. Yuri's character is also developed, while still retaining her naiveté. The artwork is still great as well. Overall, I'm looking forward to more.

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