Monday, November 28, 2011

Manga Mondays (78): Vampire Knight vol. 13 - Matsuri Hino

Kekkaishi vol. 8 - Yellow Tanabe


Summary

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!

Yuki is attacked by another pureblood outside a graveyard for meddling in the ways of the vampire society. Injured, she returns home to Kaname, who shares with her his past memories and the truth behind the Kuran family.(courtesy of Amazon)

Review

*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.

Volume 13 of Vampire Knight is the most confusing volume to date. I had to read it twice to even begin to understand it. By the end of my second go round, I was quite fond of the story and the characters.

We learn a lot more about Kaname in this volume. He shares his memories with Yuki and she essentially lives his past. I am not the rabid Team Kaname fan that I was at the beginning of the series, but I don't hate him either. This volume shows that he is a much more complicated character than I realized. It was nice to see him doing something other than trying to clip Yuki's wings. Plus, he has had a very sad and lonely life.

The themes of this volume appear to be loneliness and loss. Because that's what you see with Zero as well as Kaname. Zero visits his brother's grave for the first time. He's despondent over the loss of his brother and is also worried that he will lose every shred of his humanity.

Turns out Zero was in the right place at the right time - Yuki and Aido happen to be in the same cemetery and run into a dangerous vampire who attacks Yuki. Zero saves Yuki's life. There are no romantic moments between them, but there are some great passionate drawings showcasing the chemistry between the characters.

The only light moments in this volume (and in the series in general) comes from Aido. Even in serious moments, it's hard to take Aido seriously. He's a loyal lapdog for whom things never go quite right. It's nice to have a bit of levity.

I'm curious to see where the next volume takes us. While I like the sophistication of the series, I wish Hino could structure it so that it was easier to comprehend.

9 comments:

  1. Oh Vampire Knight! I remember when I started reading it. I had to stop though because it eventually became too confusing for me to follow. Maybe I'll give it another go though.

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  2. Wait. You've switched manga series haven't you? This series isn't the same as the one you discussed last week right? I'm so easily confused on Monday mornings, and I think Manga in general is beyond my comprehension:)

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  3. I was curious as to your thoughts about this volume of the book. I agree that I find Kaname intriguing, but also manipulative and controlling. I can't wait to see what Yuki thinks and how she responds to his memories. I really feel badly for her, being kept in the dark about virtually everything. Also, I don't like this side of Zero very much and I'm worried he's going to do something reckless. I guess we'll find out in the next volume, huh?

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  4. The mangaka does love to only give you partial truths and reveal things in bits and pieces. The creator of Bride of the Water God loves to do that too and it get a little tiring being confused all the time. You have now reached where I've read up to in this series and it sounds like it will just get darker and darker which kind of hard to believe xD. Always love the art though.

    Sandy
    My Manga Monday is an OEL

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  5. I've seen the anime version of this and it's pretty good. I read your review because I don't mind getting spoilers. I'm probably not going to read the manga. I like Zero the best for Yuuki! For some reason Kaname bothered me a little. One of my other faves was Ichijou.

    It's so hard to review manga volumes, isn't it? You have no choice but to write major spoilers!

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  6. Your right, after Yuuki leaves with Kaname the chapters just keep getting more and more confusing in my opinion. I'm definitely still all for Zero though! :)

    P.S. I loved the Avatar: The Last Airbender show, but really disliked the movie in everyway it was a very poor portrayal of the show and I hope they won't be doing another one.

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