Monday, 12 October 2015

Manga Review : Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

Title: Vampire Knight
Original Title: Vampire Knight
Author: Matsuri Hino
Artist: Matsuri Hino 

Year of Release: 2005
Genres: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy

Status: Completed 
Chapters (Translated in English): 93.7

Volumes & Chapters: 19 Volumes 

Volume 1 Chapters 1-5.5            Volume 7 Chapters 30-34.5               Volume 13 Chapter 59-63
Volume 2 Chapters 6-9.2             Volume 8 Chapters 35-38                  Volume 14 Chapters 64-68
Volume 3 Chapters 10-14.5         Volume 9 Chapters 39-43                  Volume 15 Chapters 69-73
Volume 4 Chapters 15- 19.5        Volume 10 Chapters 44-48.6             Volume 16 Chapters 74-78
Volume 5 Chapters 20-24.5         Volume 11 Chapters 49-53                Volume 17 Chapters 79-83
Volume 6 Chapters 25-29.5         Volume 12 Chapters 54-58                Volume 18 Chapters 84-88
Volume 19 Chapters 89-93.7


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.

My Thoughts

Review covers 93.7 chapters 

Hi, guys and welcome back to Katie’s Corner! Today I am covering a very popular vampire manga. I remember that when I first started watching animes and reading mangas a lot, meaning about 2 years ago, this particular one was recommended to me a lot by my friends. I remember that I watched the anime (26 episodes) immediately, however, even though I did enjoy it a lot, I didn’t read the manga to find out what happened next. So, I don’t know what happened, but for the last 4 months or so, this manga was appearing everywhere, so in the end I as always lost internal battle and took it up to read. Because, I didn’t remember it completely, I read it from the very beginning.

To say the truth, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the anime. Though as soon as the new stuff started, I got into story pretty fast again. Sometimes the story goes way too fast and sometimes it drags a lot and all that made me a bit confused. It’s very shameful to admit, but I missed the whole: “I wanna be human” talk. But then again it was so randomly brought up, and it became the ending of the story. There’s a lot of action and intrigue plotting and well it somehow killed some of the basics of romance. I would have liked to see more of Yuuki’s and Kaname’s as well as Yuuki’s and Zero’s every day life. We don’t get a complete picture, we get some starts and outcomes, leaving us (okay me) craving for more. The ending is also a bit dark and confusing. I mean Yuuki turned Kaname into human, though I think it was the same way her mother suppressed her vampire side. What I mean by that is, if something happens he might turn into a vampire again. That will be a total bummer. Also, when you read it, please state your opinion, the extra’s last page where Ksname is sitting with a small kid. I have two hypotheses: one – either that is what Yuuki wished to happen with their own kid, or a second one, that’s Yuuki, he tried to bring her back to life, like it was with him. Please, write you thoughts so I know.

Overall, this manga is one of the best vampire mangas, definitely Orange Marmalade does better in some aspects like romance and today’s life, but still this manga is one of those that you should read when starting with whole manga/anime world. What it lacks in some aspects it makes up in action. There’s a lot of it. I hope you’ll find some time to read this story. Enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Also, if you have some recommendations as to what you would like me to review, please write them below as well. Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos. Don’t miss your next favourite book or manga! Happy reading!




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