Monday, January 3, 2011

Manga Mondays (31): Vampire Knight vol. 2 - Matsuri Hino

Vampire Knight vol. 2 - Matsuri Hino

Summary

Yuki and Zero go into town to do some shopping for the Headmaster, and they are attacked by a fiendish vampire called a "Level E". Two Night Class students, Takuma Ichijo and Senri Shiki, come just on time and slay it, and invite Yuki and Zero to their dormitory at midnight to find out why they killed one of their own kind... (courtesy of Goodreads)

Review

Volume 2 of Vampire Knight is really Zero's story. He is a truly tragic figure. We learn at the end of volume 1 that when vampires attacked his family, Zero was bitten and is slowly becoming a vampire. Poor Zero. No one hates vampires more than him. Yuki promised to someday kill Zero if he gets out of control. Now we learn just how bad Zero really has it. He is a "Class E" vampire and will slowly lose all sense of himself. Yuki and Zero encounter such a vampire and it is truly terrifying.

Yuki sacrifices herself for Zero, in more ways than one. She isn't in love with him - or actually, I think she is, but she doesn't know it. I'm guessing that Yuki sees him as a quasi-brother and best friend. She will do anything to help him, even if it means killing him. Creative, giving Yuki comes up with some other solutions to save Zero's sanity, at least temporarily.

The Kaname/Yuki relationship is somewhat on the back burner in this volume. We still get a few moments where we realize how much Kaname cares for Yuki. She idolizes him and she is obviously very special to him. It's not entirely clear to me just how "in love" he is with Yuki. I think this will become clear as the volumes continue.

Another great volume that left me wanting more...

6 comments :

  1. I <3 Zero! He is my favorite character in the manga series and just wait..he's got more troubles on the way. *Sigh* So glad that you're enjoying this manga series as much as I am! I now have someone to discuss the series with. :)

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  2. I've heard this series is incredibly addictive. I really like it from your review anyway :)

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  3. I really want to start this series, I need to go on a search for it.

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  4. I also love Zero and he's my favorite character from the anime and manga!

    Glad that you are enjoying this series as much as I do!

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  5. I understand your intrigue with Kaname. I am too, only because I can't pin point his motives, especially when it comes to Yuki.

    As for how many are there in the series, I'm not sure. I do know that Japan is two volumes ahead of us. I'm only up to volume 8. Have you seen the anime? It's very well done and very close adaptation to the manga. The first season "Vampire Knight" covers Vol 1-5 and the second season "Vampire Knight Guilty" covers 6-10, I believe. I've only seen the first season but I love it!

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  6. Poor Zero. I'm a Kaname fan, but I was terribly sorry for Zero's burdens in this volume.

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