Vampire Knight, Vol. 1

Vampire Knight, Vol. 1

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 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 dor...

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Title:Vampire Knight, Vol. 1
Author:Matsuri Hino
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ISBN:1421508222
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:192 pages

Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Susan
    Nov 30, 2008

    Stop me if you've heard this one before...there's a school that has a day school and a night school. The night school students are just a little bit different than everyone else...because they're vampires! Okay, so the general concept has been turning up quite a bit in manga (and likely to turn up even more with Nightschool on its way to us from the lovely author of DramaCon). Still, this particular series seems to have more emotional tension and more engrossing characters than some of the vamp

    Stop me if you've heard this one before...there's a school that has a day school and a night school. The night school students are just a little bit different than everyone else...because they're vampires! Okay, so the general concept has been turning up quite a bit in manga (and likely to turn up even more with Nightschool on its way to us from the lovely author of DramaCon). Still, this particular series seems to have more emotional tension and more engrossing characters than some of the vamp manga with a central triangle that's far more sexy than silly.

    Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the designated Guardians and eternal odd kids out at the school at the heart of this series. Neither has a family of their own and both have been taken under the wing of the eccentric head of the academy. In return they must stick to a grueling schedule balancing their life as normal students with their professional duties guarding the school's secrets and maintaining the peace. Not quite brother and sister but more than friends, their complicated relationship is up for some major tests. Yuki's growing friendship with Kaname, a pureblood vampire who once saved her life causes a lot of tension with the vampire-hating Zero. Then Zero's discovery that he himself was "turned" immediately sets the series up for even more drama.

    Viz rates this series for older teens--most likely for violence (in one scene a bad vampire is literally split in two by a sword). While these scenes can be a little shocking, there's not all that many of them: the majority of the story is really dedicated more to the personal growth of the characters and the developing relationships rather than battle scenes (based on volumes 1-4 at least).Recommended for 14+...and for Twi-hards this could be an enjoyable crossover read.

  • Joyzi
    Feb 03, 2009
  • Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
    Oct 20, 2010

    It's so ANNOYING and it DRAGS. It's confusing, more things pop up just to keep the story going, it's long and boring, the girl can't make up her mind, the guy can't decide if he's evil or not, the other guy (who I actually like) should go find someone better, the heroine and her brother can die for all I care. I only want Zero to be alive at the ending. A tragedy sounds GREAT!Anyways, I'll come back in 2013 or 2014 to finish this. It should be done by then. All the people I dislike should be dea

    It's so ANNOYING and it DRAGS. It's confusing, more things pop up just to keep the story going, it's long and boring, the girl can't make up her mind, the guy can't decide if he's evil or not, the other guy (who I actually like) should go find someone better, the heroine and her brother can die for all I care. I only want Zero to be alive at the ending. A tragedy sounds GREAT!Anyways, I'll come back in 2013 or 2014 to finish this. It should be done by then. All the people I dislike should be dead by then and the stupid thing should be done by then.

    2.4/5 stars

    When I first began this manga it was a no-kidding: 5 stars manga.

    Then it became 4 then 3 then 2 then 1 then 'if only I could give it a zero' then 2 then 2.4/5 and now, years after it became a 2 star and shredded and killed off all of my excitement, obsession, intrigue, addiction, and love, hype, fascination, and support, it's back to a three. I've been intrigued again. It's been a long time coming since Vampire Knight has been able to deliver and I like what it's finally giving me. Bloodshed is something to look forward to, definitely, in the upcoming chapters.. and an End. I even feel my excitement stirring, that last chapter Matsuri Hino? Was a good one. Good play, caught my interest.

  • Ronyell
    Nov 18, 2010

    I have been reading manga ever since I was in high school, the first manga I ever read being “Ranma .” Well, just recently, I have stumbled upon another manga series called “Vampire Knight” (not to be confused with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series) which is created by Matsuri Hino and it is about how a young high school girl named Yuki realizes about the existence of vampires at the private school, Cross Academy, while attending to her duties as one of the Guardians of the academy. “Vampir

    I have been reading manga ever since I was in high school, the first manga I ever read being “Ranma ½.” Well, just recently, I have stumbled upon another manga series called “Vampire Knight” (not to be confused with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series) which is created by Matsuri Hino and it is about how a young high school girl named Yuki realizes about the existence of vampires at the private school, Cross Academy, while attending to her duties as one of the Guardians of the academy. “Vampire Knight Volume 1” is a truly awesome volume for vampire and manga lovers everywhere!

    Oh my goodness! I would have never thought that I would read a manga about vampires and get totally hooked into the story and the characters! Matsuri Hino sure knows how to make the characters in this volume both interesting and full of “wow” entertainment! I think that all the characters in this volume are awesome, but my favorite characters would have to be Yuki Cross, Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran. Let us start with Yuki Cross first. Yuki Cross is a truly spirited and innocent character that has the bubbly personality of most of the anime heroines you see on TV. What I really loved about Yuki’s personality is that she is one devoted girl who takes pure pride with her work as one of the Guardians of the academy and I also loved the fact that she is a true believer of pacifism as she wants vampires and humans to live in harmony. But Yuki is not the only character who makes this volume truly worth reading as Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran are also awesome characters as they are polar opposites from each other. Kaname is the polite yet mysterious elite vampire who seems to have romantic feelings for Yuki, even though we do not know why exactly which fits his mysterious personality. Zero on the other hand, is your typical bad boy and kick butt guardian that anyone who love bad boys would love! I also loved the relationship between Yuki and Zero as they have the typical love/hate relationship that seems hilarious to me! Matsuri Hino’s illustrations truly define what “beautiful” as every character, especially the elite vampire students look hot and beautiful at the same time and yet have mysterious looks on their faces, especially of the image of Kaname who has spiky black hair and an extremely mysterious look on his face that will make you wonder what he is really planning behind our little backs.

    For fans who do not like seeing blood in books, this volume contains some bloody images, especially of the images of the vampires sucking the people’s blood (making this volume receive the infamous “older teen” rating).

    Overall, “Vampire Knight Volume One” is definitely a manga that any vampire or manga fan will cherish for many, many years and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of the “Vampire Knight” series after this volume! To see who this book is recommended for, I will just recite what the rating for this volume said at the end:

  • Desiree
    Mar 12, 2011

    :Review Updated:

    Vampire Knight -

    So this manga's about: A boarding school is divided into two classes, Day Class and Night Class.

    Zero and Yuuki are best friends, childhood friends are guardians protect the Night Class' identity: they are actually vampires.

    Kaname Kuran is their leader and Yuuki's madly in love with him since he saved her life from a vicious vampire and Yuki thinks he's(Kaname) is the beginning of her life.

    Zero is always b

    :Review Updated:

    Vampire Knight -

    So this manga's about: A boarding school is divided into two classes, Day Class and Night Class.

    Zero and Yuuki are best friends, childhood friends are guardians protect the Night Class' identity: they are actually vampires.

    Kaname Kuran is their leader and Yuuki's madly in love with him since he saved her life from a vicious vampire and Yuki thinks he's(Kaname) is the beginning of her life.

    Zero is always by Yuuki's side. He's serious, he never smiles and he has a sad, tragic life. Yuki's also there to protect him.

    Zero and Kaname hate each other.

    and Dun.Dun.Dun theres a love triangle in the story.

    and a HUGE one.

    So the three main characters are all likeable, I guess.

    I never thought that I would ever read a manga about vampires.EVER.

    But ya know its true that unexpected things do intend to happen.

    This manga's definitely worth a try. The story's better than you will expect it to be. The plot is excellent and I think this manga about vampires is one of the best mangas yet.

    "The world is dyed with the color of blood. It will never be able to go back to the way it was before"

    "The next time you open your eyes the world might have already changed"

    "I will cover and hide the part of my heart that wants to cry and scream"

    "Being like this makes me feel like we've returned to the old days somewhat. Yeah. Zero is Zero. Even if you are a vampire now."

    "I didn't understand anything. Zero suffered and suffered for four years. What were you thinking, all by yourself? He loathes vampires so much, he wants to kill them all. All this time, Zero wanted to kill himself too."

    "I long for him.... but I understand. There's a line that vampires and humans can't cross."

    "I want these gentle hands and this kind smile, even though I should not want such a thing"

    "Her very existence means the world to me"

    "Because Yuuki was there, I might have been able to live on..."

    "But you thought it would be okay to become a vampire, right...? I will never let you turn into something like that. Even if it means I have to make Kaname Kuran my enemy...and even if it means you will hate me..."

    "Thats why for you, you have the right to be cruel to me.

    No matter how much you make me worry or how much danger you put me in, just as much as you like, but these are not enough compensation even I have to sacrifice my leftover life for you. I'd not utter a word of complaint"

    "Humans should never be turned into vampires. But in the old days, hidden from history, when the war between vampires and vampire hunters was at its peak, vampires turned many humans into vampires to use in battle. And now the aristocrats have the duty to manage those survivors. Sometimes we have to kill them off..."

    "It's all right. You be just the way you are, Yuuki. You're different from the Night Class students who wait on me... You're a warm-hearted girl, Yuki. That's more than enough."

    "Zero, you're suppose to be the one that hates vampires more than anyone else... but you need blood more than anyone else. I think you're more vampire like than any other vampire."

    "I'll show you a sweet dream next night"

    - in the anime. <3

  • Majanka
    Nov 14, 2011

    Vampire Knight is the manga that actually got me addicted to…manga. And anime. Not only is this a successful, still ongoing manga series in Japan and the rest of the world, it also served as the base for an intriguing anime series existed of two seasons: Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight: Guilty. Each season has thirteen episodes of anime goodness. If you’re a fan of vampires you definitely shouldn’t miss out on this series. Even if you’ve never read manga before or if you’re not generally an an

    Vampire Knight is the manga that actually got me addicted to…manga. And anime. Not only is this a successful, still ongoing manga series in Japan and the rest of the world, it also served as the base for an intriguing anime series existed of two seasons: Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight: Guilty. Each season has thirteen episodes of anime goodness. If you’re a fan of vampires you definitely shouldn’t miss out on this series. Even if you’ve never read manga before or if you’re not generally an anime fan, this story definitely has all the goodies vampire fans will swoon over.

    The setting is Cross Academy boarding school, a school for both regular teenagers and vampire teenagers. The school is divided into two separate classes: the Day Class existing of regular teenagers who occasionally swoon over their vampire counterparts and the Night Class where said vampires reside. Like in any self-respecting vampire series, the vampires are all equally gorgeous, Kuran Kaname the most handsome one of them all. That’s because, as is revealed quite early in the story, he is actually a pureblood vampire, whereas the other students of Cross Academy are only nobles. Although this faintly reminded me of Harry Potter and the entire pureblood drama, it can’t really be compared. In the universe of Vampire Knight there are only a handful of purebloods left and since they’re supposed to be the rulers of the vampire world, this naturally causes a lot of trouble.

    The story starts with a young girl who’s standing outside on a snowy night and who is suddenly attacked by a vicious vampire. Luckily enough, the evil vampire is stopped by…yet another vampire. This time a more gorgeous one, local pureblood vampire Kuran Kaname. He saves the little girl and brings her to Cross Academy. This little girl is actually a younger version of our current fifteen year old heroine, Yuki Cross, prefect and school guardian. It’s her job to keep the Day Class students as far away as possible from the Night Class students. This gets extremely hard around the time the Day and Night Classes switch, since all teenage girls keep on swooning over the vampires and would do everything humanly possible to touch them. It’s actually more serious than it sounds. But whereas none of those unfortunate girls even get the chance to come remotely close to any of the vampires present, we see Kaname asking Yuki if she’s alright after she is thrown on the ground by the over-enthusiastic teens. It’s revealed practically right away that Yuki has a huge crush on Kaname, since she blushes feverishly when he talks to her.

    So now we got to know one part of this epic love triangle, in walks the second part of the love triangle, Kiriyu Zero. He is the other school prefect and the only other person apart from Yuki and the headmaster who know about the existence of vampires and their presence at Cross Academy. A flashback teaches us that Yuki was raised by the headmaster of Cross Academy after she was brought there by Kaname on the faithful night he saved her from the vicious vampire that tried to kill her. A couple of years later, Zero is brought to Cross Academy as well after he witnessed his entire family getting slaughtered by a vampire. Needless to say, Zero is not a big fan of vampires. On the contrary, he hates them.

    As the basis is set for the most epic love triangle you will ever come across. Most love triangle immediately point out one of the potential love interests as their favorite, but Vampire Knight refrains from doing so, pointing out both Zero’s and Kaname’s strong points. Yuki Cross is obviously stuck in the middle, except that she’s clueless about most of the things going on around her. Even though she’s madly in love with Kaname she has not the faintest clue that he likes her as well. And although she occasionally stresses the fact how much Zero means to her, she doesn’t realize the depth of her own feelings let alone Zero’s feelings for her. This obvious lack of insight could make Yuki an annoying character who makes the reader want to bump their head on the keyboard, but this isn’t the case here. Her innocence actually has a disarming effect, making the reader – at least, this happened to me – like her instantly. It’s not that Yuki’s a complete moron, it’s that she has two troubles. Lack of self-confidence leads her to believe that Kaname couldn’t possibly care about her in the slightest, and the fact that Zero is a master at hiding his feelings causes her not to see past the facade her fellow prefect has put up.

    The supportive cast of this novel is impressive as well. The vampires, although hard to distinguish at first – some of the male vampires look remarkably alike – each seem to have different personalities, some of them well-developed, others still enhanced in mystery. Of course, this is still the initial setting so I suspect to learn more about the supportive cast as well, even if only gradually. There were some additional scenes in this manga that made me want to jump up and down in excitement. For instance, there is a racy exchange between Yuki and Aido Hanabusa, Cross Academy’s resident bad boy vampire, that hints at an erotic subtext missing from the rest of this volume. The flashbacks to the night when Yuki and Zero met are haunting and touching. Yuki’s interactions with her best friend indicate that there is more to this supposedly innocent and blatantly kindhearted protagonist than what meets the eye. She can be stubborn and resolved as well, and she’s obviously not afraid to fight for what she loves.

    As a side note, the volumes are broken into Nights, rather than chapters. Chapter One is conveniently called Night One. I thought it was definitely an original thought. Secondly, the artwork for Vampire Knight is simply amazing. I read in other reviews that some people don’t like the artwork, or that it takes some time to get used to, but from all mangas I’ve read after reading this one, I still have to say I liked Vampire Knight’s art the best. The glassy eyes of some characters give this book a supernatural and ethereal appearance whereas the occasional cute chibi form adds a hint of humor to a manga that doesn’t shy away from dark themes and angst.

    Each of the main characters has an interesting back story that explains why they display certain personality traits. For instance, we understand quickly why Zero is hateful towards all vampires in general, and we instantly feel for him when one of his darkest secrets is revealed in chapter four. On the other hand, we learn that Kaname cares for Yuki, but we’re still in the dark as to why exactly. The secrets and mysteries pile up and suck you right into the story. The characters were complex and enthralling enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, thanking God and all saints in heaven that I bought more than one volume of this manga. If you like reading about vampires, don’t dare to pass out on Vampire Knight. Although the first volume serves mostly as a way to set the mood and introduce us to the characters, it already holds a fair share of suspense, reveals some devastating secrets and some surprising plot twists, and makes the reader yearn for more.

  • Nina ♥
    Jan 25, 2012

    Okay, so I watch plenty of anime, but this is actually the first manga I've ever read. I liked it very much, BUT

    ...some parts

    ticked me off, like:

    -The lack of action.

    -Yuki. She was

    a bit of a goody-two-shoes. Which

    -The story tended to get a bit melodramatic.

    -The mystery parts could've been done

    better.

    -The cheesy dialogue.

    -Blood drinking being depicted as "erotic."

    Okay, so I watch plenty of anime, but this is actually the first manga I've ever read. I liked it very much, BUT

    ...some parts

    ticked me off, like:

    -The lack of action.

    -Yuki. She was

    a bit of a goody-two-shoes. Which

    -The story tended to get a bit melodramatic.

    -The mystery parts could've been done

    better.

    -The cheesy dialogue.

    -Blood drinking being depicted as "erotic."

    Basically, the plot didn't impress me and I wasn't exactly blown away by the dialogue. What intrigued me more than anything was the dynamic between Zero, Yuuki, and Kaname. I also LOVED the artwork, I think I enjoyed looking at Zero and Kaname more than anything, really. xD

    That said, I'm willing to read the next one, since I've heard so many great things about this series, and I have a feeling it will turn out to be

    .

    PS, the Chairman reminded me a lot of Shigure from

    . I love him!! <3

  • Lu (Sugar & Snark)
    Mar 18, 2013

    I heard this was a "Twilight" Manga, and in a way it was, but I was really happy that there were tons of differences! At Cross Academy you can find both humans and vampires. The vampires go to class at night and are called the Night Class, however the humans (Day Class) don't know that the Night Class are vampires, they just know that they are extremely pretty.

    Yuki Cross who can be seen as the main character was strangely not my favorite - she was a bit irritating. I like the brooding Zero Kiry

    I heard this was a "Twilight" Manga, and in a way it was, but I was really happy that there were tons of differences! At Cross Academy you can find both humans and vampires. The vampires go to class at night and are called the Night Class, however the humans (Day Class) don't know that the Night Class are vampires, they just know that they are extremely pretty.

    Yuki Cross who can be seen as the main character was strangely not my favorite - she was a bit irritating. I like the brooding Zero Kiryu, but I am dreading the love-triangle that I see forming! Although I didn't love it to death, I would give the next volume a try, just because I hear great things about where this series is going!

    Note on my review copy: There was a "For review purposes only" watermark right in the middle of every single page, and when there was a text bubble on that section 50% of the time I couldn't make out what it said. At least I could figure out what was going on from the panes I could see.

    Illustrations: 3 stars

    Story: 3.5 stars

    Overall: 3 stars

  • Melissa (Ever So Mela)
    Jan 28, 2015

    Since I'm fairly new to Manga I'm not sure if they're all like this.

    The dialogue was awkward and stoic. The characters all fell flat, except for Zero. I think he's the only one I liked.

    As for Kaname and Yuuki, GOD! Those two are boring as heck. Every time they have a conversation I can't help but cringe. I'm not really sure where this is going but all the reviews I see are telling me to quit while I'm ahead, so I'm not sure what to do.

  • Jenn *The Crimson Dark Lord Scribe, House of Slytheread*
    Jun 09, 2015

    Again... Found this series by Netflix... The bane of my existence.

    Even with all of the...

    as well as the

    .