Monday, January 17, 2011

Manga Mondays (33): Vampire Knight vol. 3 by Matsuri Hino

Vampire Knight vol. 3 - Matsuri Hino


Kaname, the pureblood vampire, has kept to his room since learning of Yuki and Zero's forbidden act. However, the arrival of Ichijo's grandfather brings the entire Night Class together to greet one of the oldest vampires on the senate. Ichijo's grandfather says he's there merely to visit his grandson, but he's out for Kaname's blood. (Courtesy of Goodreads)


The third volume at Vampire Knight features Kaname and Zero equally. I really do think the Kaname should have gotten full billing in this volume since Volume 2 was primarily about Zero, but hopefully we'll get more Kaname in future volumes.

The book begins with Kaname depressed after learning that Yuki freely gave her blood to ease Zero's pain. We get an idea of just how special Yuki and Kaname are to one another. We already know that Kaname saved Yuki from a vampire when she was a little girl. But now we find out that they kept in contact all throughout Yuki's childhood. She saw Kaname as something between a big brother and a savior worthy of worship. Kaname meanwhile grew to love Yuki as a sweet child and, I think, something more as she grew older.

We learn that Kaname is part of the inaugural class of Night School vampires. Because of his pure blood status, he is highly respected and influential amongst vampires. It was his presence that encouraged other young vampires to join the school.

The volume ends with the introduction of a new character, Maria. She comes off as this sweet innocent vampire who is nervous and excited about starting a new school. But Zero she is something else...


  1. I look forward to this feature every Monday now because you're introducing me to a world of reading I'd never otherwise know. I think that by reading these reviews, you give me a gauge of what I would and wouldn't love when I do finally dip my feet into the Manga waters :)

  2. Oh cool I didn't know anyone else did Manga Mondays ^_^ I love it when I see book bloggers talking about manga :). Nice review I'll make sure to check back for you other manga posts!

  3. I am just starting to really get into manga and I'm glad to see that other bloggers into it as well! I gave you an award on my blog-
    I might just have to start doing Manga Mondays on my blog!

  4. I awarded you the Stylish Blog Award. You can read the details here:

  5. I use to read this series all the time. I love the anime. Great review :)

  6. I've watched the anime but have only read a couple of the books. It's awesome to see bloggers talking about manga when so many people dismiss it.
    Happy reading :)

  7. I have this series and what comes next will BLOW your minds! I wont give it away, but there is much more to come, I am awaiting book #13 which should be out soon. Enjoy the series!

    If you liked this series you may like one called Rosario Vampire. That also briefly came out as an amine but was not finished and differed from the actual manga, but was good none the less.


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