ANIME & MANGA REVIEW: Vampire Knight

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 5.45.36 PMAuthor: Hino Matsuri
Genre: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural & Tragedy
Themes: Love, Betrayal, Vampires, Family, Revenge & Loss

Format: Anime & Manga

Yuuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, where she was attacked by a vampire… And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Cross Yuuki, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her childhood crush, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Kiryuu Zero, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.

Vampire Knight is a title that I have followed from start to finish and has had me captivated for it’s entirety. I found the whole series quite well thought out and intriguing, there was never a dull moment for me as a reader as there was always at least one question we sought answers to – who is Kaname? What happened in Yuuki’s past? What’s her connection to Kaname? What is Kaname’s true objective? I loved the idea of Kaname and Yuuki together even though is a relationship that is frowned upon.

I recommend this title if you are looking for something that has a ‘true love never dies’ element to it with a supernatural twist. To me this is the ultimate story of sacrifice and true love – The kind by of family and lovers.

Rating: 9/10


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