Saturday, March 16, 2019
Vampire Knight volume 1 by Matsuri Hino
Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. 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!
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I love reading manga. It's been a hobby of mine ever since I was in middle school about fifteen years ago. Every now and then I like to re-read a favorite manga series of mine to remember why I fell in love with reading manga in the first place. I recently decided to re-read the first volume of Vampire Knight, which was one of my favorites when I was younger. It definitely held up to the test of time.
I've always loved the premise of Vampire Knight. A school just for vampires during the night, and a girl who is one of the only humans to know about both day night and night class has always intrigued me. The manga has some of my favorite tropes, such as a girl trying to decide between the good guy and the bad guy, vampires, and a secret school/secret classes. In fact, the only thing I don't like about the first volume of Vampire Knight is that when it is in black and white, Zero and Kaname are drawn so similarly that it can be hard to tell them apart. After the first few chapters, it gets easier because you can recognize their different personalities. Before that, it can be a little frustrating though.
I've always loved Vampire Knight, but re-reading the first volume as an adult gave me a whole new appreciation for this series. I remembered why I loved it so much in the first place, even though parts of it can be a little frustrating. I plan on reading the rest of the series because I own all of it. After that, I think I will binge watch the anime as well. I've only ever seen the first season all the way through, so that should be a really fun time.
I give Vampire Knight volume 1: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.