Monday, May 30, 2011

Manga Mondays (52): Vampire Knight vol. 10 - Matsuri Hino

Vampire Knight vol. 10 - Matsuri Hino


Cross Adademy 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!

Zero contemplates his relationship with Yuki and eventually tells her that he wouldn't have minded if she had killed him. Meanwhile, Maria Kurenai spies on Kaname and witnesses his destruction of the Vampire Senate. She notifies her parents, who informs the rest of vampire society. At the academy, the Headmaster battles the Vampire Hunters and kills the Association President. He is then arrested. At the fallen Senate building, the Pureblood Sara Shirabuki arrives to find an unconscious Takuma Ichijo, and she apprehends him to find out more about Kaname. Meanwhile, Kaname arrives back at the academy and gets into a fight with Zero, but Yuki stops it before Kaname could deliver the final blow to Zero. (courtesy of Goodreads)


*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.

I'm still nonplussed about Vampire Knight, because it keeps getting stranger and stranger. But there are still some nice moments in this volume.

We begin just after Zero kills Rido and Kaname kills the entire Senate. This series certainly doesn't refrain from killing. Zero has pledged to kill all pureblood vampires, including Yuki. He ends volume 9 and starts Volume 10 pointing his gun at Yuki, but he can't do it. Yuki has always been there to protect and love him, even knowing all his flaws. When Kaname comes back and sees Zero about to kill Yuki, he's understandably furious. He would have killed Zero if Yuki hadn't stopped him.

Meanwhile, the Vampire Hunter Society has decided to destroy the entire Night class of the Academy. Headmaster Cross will not stand for that. He kills the president of the Society.

Inside the school, the Day students are no longer in the dark. They know that the Night students are vampires. To their credit, school loyalty prevails on both sides. The Night students pledge to protect the Day students and the Day students remain loyal to the Night students.

Like the last several volumes, Volume 10 is very confusing. A lot of things aren't properly or clearly explained. For example, Zero's body has been surrounded by brambles or the "Bloody Rose" for the last few volumes. There is some reason for this, but I haven't caught it yet. It just looks weird.

I'm curious to see where Vampire Knight goes, but I'm getting more and more frustrated.


  1. Great review, Alison. I agree that Vampire Knight is quite confusing and right now in the Japanese released it's far more confusing than one could have imagined. I'l really looking forward to where Hino is taking us. It's curious and unpredictable.

  2. If you have yet seen the manga in anime format, I highly recommend it! It is a bit different but you differently get some answers for your questions. (And after you get to episode 13, continue on for another 13 episodes in Vampire Knight Guilty so you'll see the full story. :)

  3. Oh, lol forgot to give you the link:

    Duh, terribly sorry.

  4. You should have seen me when I first read this series. I read all 10 volumes in one sitting and my friend was online. I kept stopping to ask her questions and freak out and all she would say is keep reading. Its strange because you're told one thing and you think that's the answer to the mystery but then you find out there is more and then more and it just gets frustrating after a while because you just want to know what the answer is.

    My Manga Monday post

  5. What's funny is that I actually like the complexity and mysterious road that Hino is taking us. That small moment between Zero and Yuki broke my heart. I just love them together. I'm just glad that she actually she's it and acknowledges her feelings toward him too.

  6. I've seen the anime but I haven't read the manga, it sounds a bit different so I'm curious now!

  7. I'm sorry to hear you're getting confused. I'm sure that's tricky, especially when you're trying to grasp the plot. Perhaps it will come together? Great honest review :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by the Wormhole! My favorite May read? I guess I would say Angel Burn. Although I enjoyed them all. Happy reading.

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  10. Sorry to hear you are confused about this volume! I hope you figure out what's happening in the recent volumes.

    Thanks for another great manga review!

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