Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino

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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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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Jennymort *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

    .


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