Tuesday, June 7, 2011

VAMPIRE KNIGHT by Matsuri Hino

MANGA (mahng-guh): A Japanese comic book or graphic novel.

So obviously, this isn't a book review.  Vampire Knight was actually one of the first mangas I read, and I decided to do a post about it because, well, it deserves its own post J  Great characters aren't only found in books after all, and a great story is a great story no matter what medium is used to tell it.

The plot is simple yet intriguing.  Two groups attend Cross Academy, the Day Class and the Night Class.  They don't attend classes together, aren't supposed to interact (and for a very good reason).  There's even a disciplinary committee to keep the two student groups apart.  When day changes to night, Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are there to ensure everything flows smoothly.  While the Day Class fawns over the Night Class, clamoring for attention like a pack of rowdy fan girls--totally ignorant of the danger which lies behind those beautiful faces and the cool air of sophistication--Yuki and Zero remain vigilant, guardians of their unsuspecting peers.

They know the truth, the deep dark secret that must be kept from the Day Class at all costs: The Night Class is entirely made up of vampires.

What made this story so interesting (besides the awesome plot and beautiful artwork) and worth the time it took to figure out the format (Tip: Mangas are read from back cover to front, right to left, a detail which threw this ninja for quite a loop;)) was the Yuki/Zero/Kaname dynamic.

Kaname Kuran, head of the Night Class, saved Yuki's life when she was nearly attacked by a Level E vamp back when she was a little girl.  The Vampire Knight mythos might be a little too heavy for this post, so let's just say, Level E = Crazy/Insane vamp mad with bloodlust.

Zero's parents, well-known vampire hunters, were slaughtered in a vampire attack which left Zero scarred and an orphan.  As a young boy, he was taken in by the headmaster of Cross Academy and raised alongside Yuki.

Kaname = class, status and restrained emotion.

Zero = sarcasm, rash decisions and a tortured soul.

Now, can you guess who I was rooting for??? J

There's so much more to say about this one, but I'd recommend it for all the reasons I just listed.  The triangle was one of the best I've read (mainly b/c I was so sure she was going to pick Kaname, but I desperately wanted her to pick Zero.  Hmmm, is anyone sensing a trend??).  If you aren't into manga, you might want to check out the anime.  It only ran for two seasons (and ended in a pretty craptastic way if you ask me), but it's worth a look.  Here's hoping you enjoy the Yuki/Zero/Kaname love triangle as much as I did.

Truth: Yuki + Zero = <3

Ninja Girl


  1. Hey Ninja Girl, I was missing your posting! :)
    I'm soooo happy you started reading Vampire Knight! It's my fave Manga!! :D Yuki/Kaname/Zero is one of the best triangle ever! I'm a Kaname girl but there's no volume in which I don't think Zero is cool and "ok, maybe I could be Team Zero"... LOL I'm waiting for the 12th volume (the wait is gonna kill me :P). I'm sure you'll fall in love even more and more... You'll see! ;)

    Since I know you liked my review about "Starcrossed", I thought maybe you could find interesting my interview with the author, Josephine Angelini! ;) http://darkestsins.blogspot.com/2011/06/interview-with-josephine-angelini.html


  2. i really missed the Manga phase when i was in highschool. To be fair, i think it hit a few years after i was out, but i'm sure i would have been all over it since my friends and I were the first people to ever start watching anime in our school, back when you had to get imports with no subtitles
    ahhh, good times.

  3. Ive never read a 'Manga' and until yr review - never wanted to either! But it does sound intriguing. Im a huge xmen comic fan though so i do appreciate the graphic art story.Thanks for the insight into another kind of good read N.G!

  4. I don't know Ninja Girl...but you usually steer me in the right direction :)

  5. @Silvia Aw thanks, and you're sweet to say that :)

    I only read up to vol 2 so far, but it really is an interesting love triangle. And even if vampires have been done to death by now, I think it's one of the more innovative plots. Hope everyone likes it!

  6. Great post about Vampire Knight. I need to read more manga and manga reviews. Even though this wasn't really a review, it certainly made the story sound supremely interesting. I will have to check it out.

  7. Happy you liked my interview with Josie! ;)

    I nominated you for "The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award"! :) http://darkestsins.blogspot.com/2011/06/irresistibly-sweet-blog-award.html

  8. Hey there Ninja Girl!

    I followed you back and I'm really glad I did. I'm always browsing the Manga and never know where to start but with this review, I think I'll be off to a great start. Your blog's awesome and I look forward to seeing what you're reading and how the writing is coming along.


  9. I've been wanting to read manga for a long time now thanks to Azumanga Daioh-its one of the best shows ever! Watch it on youtube, its hilarious :-)

    The artwork looks really good and I love vampires so...its been added to my tbr list.