Monday, December 17, 2012

Manga Mondays #133: Vampire Knight vol. 15 by Matsuri Hino

Manga Mondays Meme!

I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 2 and a half years ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

The linky will be below my review.

Vampire Knight vol. 15 by Matsuri Hino


Summary

Cross Academy 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! With Kaname missing, Yuki must now step in as acting head of her clan to maintain the fragile peace between the human and vampire societies. Will she be able to regain the trust of the vampire aristocrats, much less Aido? (courtesy of Goodreads)

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.

Vampire Knight finally turned a corner. The series is by far the most confusing of any that I've read. I still don't know where it's going or how long it's going to take to get there, but at least it finally feels like it's going somewhere.


After too many volumes where Yuki sat weak and useless while Kaname either manipulated her or wreaked havoc on the vampire world, our leading lady is actually doing something! Kaname is missing and Yuki steps in to assume a leadership role. She is determined to renew the positive relationship between vampires and humans that Kaname had forged with Headmaster Cross. The Night class reappears.

Kaname is largely, although not entirely, absent from this volume. I still don't know what to make out of him. I can't say that I like him anymore, but I also don't think he's as bad as he appears to be. I keep thinking that some explanation is going to come that will excuse his murderous behavior.

Best of all, Zero is back! He and Yuki have more interraction than they've had in many volumes. It's not like old times, but there's hints of the friendship they used to share. Even though Zero professes to hate Yuki, I think some of the "more than friendly" feelings he had for her are still there. As always, Hino-san's art conveys volumes of emotion.

The confusion of this series continues to frustrate me, but after this volume, I'm in for the long haul. I have to see what's going to happen.

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7 comments:

  1. I know about Vampire Knight but I never stuck with it. I don't know why since the drawings are cute and the plot is promising. I guess I had enough of vampires. One thing I know for sure is I find Kaname hot =))) Yes, minority, I know!

    Thanks for sharing :D

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  2. I also reviewed this one today. It was nice to see Yuki stand up for herself and for her group. Still wondering where Kaname really is and what plan he is cooking. And poor Zero..I really hope there's a way to make him better.

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  3. I have not read the manga series for Vampire Knight but I did watch the entire anime series and I loved it! I hope you enjoy :)

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