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Vampire Knight  
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Description
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!

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Associated Names
Рыцарь-вампир
ヴァンパイアナイト
ヴァンパイア騎士
吸血鬼騎士
뱀파이어 기사
Caballero Vampiro
Hiệp sĩ Vampire

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Latest Release(s)
c.Extra 5 by Amethyst eyes forum (125d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Complete)
10 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 46

User Reviews
Vampire Knight by superalex
Vampire Knight by octoberangel
Vampire Knight by sakirol

Forum
79 topics, 1776 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (2795 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 20th 2016, 9:17am PST


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Year
2005

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Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)
LaLa DX (Hakusensha)
LaLa Fantasy (Hakusensha)
LaLa Special (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (19 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #649 decreased(-84)
Monthly Pos #704 increased(+110)
3 Month Pos #940 decreased(-20)
6 Month Pos #979 decreased(-162)

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Hope it gets interesting soon...   
Rating: N/A
by albeitalways
November 15th, 2008, 3:03am
Honestly, the only reason I read Vampire Knight was for all the hype surrounding it, and the fact that it's got vampires. I admit, I'm a sucker for these kinds of romance *cough* Twilight *cough*.

VK was quite boring at the start though, and I thought it was your typical girl-has-2-boys-after-her situation. Yuki as a character is quite lame. No offense, but she doesn't strike me as something remarkable as a heroine. And the fact that Zero is far too angsty and emo-ish for my liking was getting on my nerves. Kaname's calculating personality appealed to me a lot better.

However, things started picking up, especially the part where they explained Zero's past with vampires (sorry, fangirls, he's still far too emo for me to like him) and this whole Rido saga hyped up my interest as well.

The latest chapters, I dunno... I was like WTF? is going on. As much as I like the recent changes
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Yuki being a vampire and Zero having new powers of his own and more KY moments
there are some things that are getting far incomprehensible. Like, why did Yuki's weapon transform itself into an über scythe? And I thought it was vampire-resistant?

Hopefully, before this manga ends, Matsuri Hino would be able to tie off all the loose ends in this series. It'd be shame if VK ended in a hyper convoluted chapter with tons of open plot holes and unnecessary, unexplained plot twists as well.

... Last updated on November 15th, 2008, 3:04am
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Truly Disappointed   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by sujinj523
January 18th, 2013, 7:18am
I used to love this manga, really. It's the manga that started me getting into reading more shoujo. Now it's been a really~ long time since it first started and honestly, it's just fallen straight down. It used to be a really interesting, exciting manga that kept you wanting for more but now it's just overly complex, cliche-ridden, and stupidly mysterious. I kept thinking the story will pick up even after the plot got all emo and sappy but I was let down. I just couldn't bring myself to read anymore of this after around chapter 50. I am so disappointed at how the author has let Vampire Knight fall so far below standards. Maybe i am being a bit harsh on VK, but that's because it used to be my favorite shoujo of all time. I might try to read it from chapter 1 when it's completed but before then, I'm not going to even look at this manga anymore. Ugh, disgusted.

... Last updated on January 18th, 2013, 7:19am
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Overrated   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
February 9th, 2008, 9:44pm
After reading all the rave reviews and hearing about all the hype, I had to try this one out. I guess I had gotten my hopes too high up. I can see why so many shoujo-fans would love this one, what with the incredible art and bishies. The art is really something worth looking at, and the idea is somewhat original. There is always something happening, a lot of twists and never dull.

However, this is not one that would appeal to everyone's (other genre-lovers) tastes. In comparison for example, to Skip Beat or Nodame Cantabile, VK is still lacking in some respects. Of course, those two titles (also shoujo/josei) are oriented to a more general public due to the comedic content, but that is not to say that drama is nonexistant. I personally find them much more balanced and rich in terms of content compared to VK.

I must agree with Dubby here, and say that this series is nothing to be "OMGGGG" about. It has its merits, obviously, and also its faults. I will admit it is an interesting and above average manga, but there is definitely better out there.
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Ending and misunderstood Kaname   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
December 4th, 2013, 4:41am
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I knew the girl was Kaname's daughter even before reading the epilogue. I find it befitting actually; since chapter 89, I just knew the author would end with a 3-some-esque scenario. So there, Yuuki consummated with both guys, bore children for both, lived with one while died for the other.

This epilogue pretty much confirms who she ultimately loves more: Kaname.
Who is THE vampire knight? Kaname.

The author loves Kaname a lot. Both the last chapter and the epilogue end with him (being happy). I can understand why Zero's fans are so mad though, his appearance in the last chapter and the epilogue does make him seem like only a substitute while Yuuki is waiting for Kaname.
I'm not mad because even though I love Zero and Kaname, I do love Kaname more. From the first chapter, I just knew there was something behind his pensiveness and angsty aura. That something was eternal loneliness and selflessness shrouded behind a stoic face. He is so misunderstood, both by characters in the story and a lot of readers.


... Last updated on December 4th, 2013, 4:47am
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WTF Ending   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by TheAries
June 1st, 2013, 8:14am
VK used to be my favorite manga. I actually started reading it when the very first chapter came out and followed it religiously until the end. And now Hino throws this convulted idiocy at me and calls it the end? I'm so mad right now I could spit flames.
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Unfulfilled Promise   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by airichan
May 25th, 2013, 1:07am
This series started out with such potential, but quickly lost its way.

In my eyes, there are two major flaws.

The first problem is the sudden and inexplicable change in the direction of plot.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
A few chapters in and the mangaka throws us a curveball regarding Yuuki's true identity and the story derails, never to right itself again. Where the plot had, up to that point, been intriguing and well thought out, after that it falls apart. It turns into a convoluted mess of barely understandable politics and dispassionate relationships.

I'm not sure what prompted Hino to do the old bait and switch routine (dangling one type of story under our noses, just to replace it with something else) but it was the death of this series.

The second problem I had with VK was the lack of heart. I felt the beginning had a lot of it and I really connected to the characters and their plights. But along with the change in plot direction also came a change in focus. Where the characters used to shine and take center stage, the meandering, hole-filled plot took over. If the story had even been merely decent and executed well, this could be forgivable. But that is not the case.
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Instead it feels like Hino just came up with random scenarios to play with the hearts of Zeki and Yume fans. The characters became but a shell of themselves, just soul-less vehicles for the pitiful excuse of a love triangle. None of the main characters stay true to the roles the mangaka originally gave them, but not because of development or growth, which would have been acceptable even if it was for the worse.

No, the tragedy of it is that Hino removed much of made these characters inherently them and turned them into boring, blank slates - one dimensional generic caricatures no longer able to touch their audience.

It grieves me to see how this series turned out, with so much wasted potential coupled with an unfulfilling ending. I can only hope, since previously she had been one of my favorite mangaka, that Hino's next series will be handled better.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2013, 9:58am
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Too bad.   
Rating: 2.5 / 10.0
by mizaki2100
September 21st, 2011, 6:03am
The plot used to be good but after they left the school, it got so boring I couldn't stand it.

Somehow it's dragging on and on and on and on and on and on... And the story now is just 'bleh' I don't even bother with it anymore.

Characters are flat.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
After Yuuki turned into a vampire, everything went downhill. She lost whatever it is that made her likable. Zero lost his appeal. And Kaname...I don't want to get started with him. They became extremely annoying.


Hopefully it gets better for the readers who'll continue reading this manga.

... Last updated on September 21st, 2011, 6:11am
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Uggghhhhhhhh   
Rating: N/A
by smily_lois
September 12th, 2014, 8:39pm
Yea, UGH.

One thing: The f**king Melodrama I can't stand it. PERIOD. I've seen so many melodramas before, despite my general distaste for them. But by god, Vampire Knight is a cut above all the rest. Most of the emotional conflicts never made sense to me, and the way the characters dealt with these conflicts even more so.

Also, I am very disappointed because I actually liked it in the beginning and saw that it had so much potential for a decent soap opera story. But no, it spiraled down into a convoluted mess that made ill use of its extensive cast.

Oh yeah, the Love Triangle is flat out ridiculous. The dynamics of their relationship felt so weird to me. Also, at least choose a goddamn man Yuki! Who the hell would be in love with two men at the same time?! (You could love, yes, but NOT be IN LOVE with both). Jesus, at least Bella Swan chose ONE guy. Yuki didn't, and that really disgusted me to an extent. Despite being boring characters IMO, I actually fell some sort of pity for both Kaname and Zero.


On the flip side though, this manga has some good qualities, although these didn't raise my opinion of the series at all.

Art is gorgeous:: simply put, Vampire Knight has one of the most aesthetically pleasing art I have ever seen in shoujo manga. I could just shut my brain off, miss all the annoying plot going on and only admire the beauty of the pages.

Dark portrayal of Vampires:: Well yeah, in my own opinion, the manga's portrayal of the vampire is quite dark and twisted: the way I like. But of course, this wasn't as consistent as it should've been.



OKay, enough of my rant. All in all, Vampire Knight was a glaring disappointment. Although I disliked it very much, it wasn't a total failure. It may be turned me off but of course it's understandable that others would like it.
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It started out strong...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by aiish
January 9th, 2014, 4:32am
Let's all agree it went downhill after
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
she found out she was a vampire...

I mean, Yuki was a really strong character through out the whole thing but her wishy washy love for both guys get ANNOYING!!! First she'll be like "I believe in Kaname!" and then she's like "I'll kill Kaname for you Zero!" Then she's like "Let's get this straight Zero, I belong to Kaname! let's look for him together!" The heck girl? There'll also be a chapter where she finds out she loves Zero, then the next she sleeping with Kaname? Like seriously girl? I mean wtf? Are you just doing to for play?! Even before that we can see that she only has eyes for Kaname but then why would she even admit that she loves Zero and kiss him and such? I HATE the yo-yo type of girls. She's obviously playing around with them in her hands and the puppets are going along with it too.

Then there's the sequence where whatever Kaname starts, never had a true meaning behind it. First, I'm guessing he killed the pure blood to turn her back into a human but then suddenly he decides he wasn't doing it anymore and wanted to become a parent. I mean I can see why, but all those pure-bloods' lives were just wasted away. Even Ichijou's lover, Sara. And when did he ever find out how to turn pure-bloods into vampire anyways? It was never mentioned or exaggerated until that last bit. Unless I missed something. But the whole plot is a little confusing and hard to keep up with too.

Next, we understand that Zero is obviously in love with Yuki but he say he'd kill her the next time he meets her and then suddenly they went to the ball together and he suddenly bust out his dancing moves. Which is totally out of character. I mean there's nothing wrong with getting out of character but ease us into it, just don't throw it out of no where. And plus that whole memory loss thing was VERY unnecessary. It didn't have any point to the storyline whatsoever. Still Zero is a yummy character to look at. he also never got revenged and his whole emo character just didn't have a resolution in the end.

Then I'm also curious about the ending section, where all the vampires are out to get Kaname. It's like all the vicious and hardcore vampire hunter and ice-making and fire-breathing vampire suddenly becomes so powerless. No one was using their power to fight and all Yuki was doing was running around with her spare. Then suddenly Zero just blossoms out of nowhere and the fight is over? Wahhh?!?! Confused.

I guess it's safe to say that the storyline just lost track somewhere along the way and the main climax was just that Yuki was Kaname's sister. Then towards the end, it was rushed and undeveloped.
Even so I do gotta say I LOVE the anime and the first half of the manga. I waited so long and it was disappointing but I can't really bring myself to hate it too. Anyways this is my review of it.
BTW
Why'd Zero died? Does half breeds not live forever? What happened to Aido? And something that spark my interest is, was Yuki's children also in a incest relationship? Non of them had a 'partner' next to them even though they been living for a thousand years. O.o Many things felt unresolved.


... Last updated on January 9th, 2014, 5:19am
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...OMFG   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Silent Moon
May 23rd, 2013, 7:15pm
The ending...it was horrible!!! Everything just came to an abrupt end, all the previous chapters were just wasted. I think the author herself didn't know how to end it either, the mood was completely different than what I had thought this manga was about...the plot changed...I really hated the ending, just ruined the whole entire manga for me. I'm grateful for it being scanlated...but..wow, the author really disappointed me, I expected something better than this.
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