Friday, November 11, 2011
Vampire Knight Volume One by Matsuri Hino
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!
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. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas...
Summary taken from Goodreads.com
I went into this book with low expectations. Since I had a bad experience with Chibi Vampire I thought that Vampire Knight would follow the same fluffy pattern. Thankfully I liked this one more than Chibi Vampire.
I really admired the hardwork Matsuri Hino put into the artwork of this volume. It was stunning (despite the Sailor Moon skirt on Yuki can we get anymore stereotypical?). It was wonderfully done. It was nice to see that there was a connection between the art and the story. I also like how the author added in little side bars explaining how the book came to be.
I really like Yuki but I don't like Zero and I feel wary when it comes to the Vampire Kaname and the Headmaster of Cross Academy. I was surprised about what happened to Zero and I can honestly say I was no expecting that. It made for a good twist. I hope Yuki is more of the focus in the next volume.
I will be continuing this series and I hope that it gets even better. I enjoyed this volume and so I'm giving it ★ ★ ★ 1/2 My hopes are that the story will get a little stronger. Though I enjoyed this volume I found some areas of the plot to be a little weak/flat. I recommend this to Manga lovers who want something a little less fluffy to read.