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Janny-Cats' Vampire Knight Tv Review

Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight tv Review

Yuuki Cross has no memory of her life before the age of five, when she was attacked by a vampire and strangely enough saved by another vampire called Kaname Kuran. Ten years later she now lives with her adoptive father, Kaien Cross, the headmaster of Cross Academy - a prestigious private school with an unusual class structure. The student body is divided into two classes: the Day Class, which is made up of ordinary students, and the Night Class, an elite group of 'beautiful people'.

Along with Zero Kiryuu, who was also a victim of a vampire attack that killed his whole family, Yuuki plays the role of a guardian at Cross Academy. They are the guardians of the school for the purpose of the Night Class's secret: the Night Class is made up of vampires!

What should happen if the Day Class discovered the Night class' secret? And what dark secret is Zero hiding from Yuuki? And the ultimate question: Who will win Yuuki's heart? Kaname or Zero?

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-Two TV Anime: "Vampire Knight" and "Vampire Knight Guilty" produced by Studio Deen, 13 episodes each.
-Three light novels: "Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin", "Vampire Knight: Noir's Trap" and "Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams", written by Ayuna Fujisaki.

Story & Characters

At first Vampire Knight looks like an average shojo anime with a soap opera vibe and other elements that repel guys. But it seems that it goes beyond that and explores a little bit of other things seen in shonen comics, such as betrayal, loyalty, friendship and trust. Vampire Knight was the first shojo anime I saw and, to be completely honest, I had no idea it was intended as a show for girls.

-Story-

I found it helpful that the anime slowly sinks you into its universe and takes the time to let you familiarize with the characters. Unlike the manga, the show seems to try and explain everything more detailed and keep most of the confusing parts at bay.

The events unravel themselves at a steady pace and, although it's sometimes slow, the story doesn't get boring. There is also a nice dose of mystery inserted at the end of each episode in order to keep the viewer interested. What I enjoyed the most is that the story doesn't rush to reveal the cheesy love story, but takes a nice detour in order to show off other elements such as the loyalty between two friends or the decent rivalry between others. The story isn't based on a silly crush where the girl embarrasses herself, but tries to develop the female protagonist into a strong person with responsibilities.

The characters' important past events are also unraveled a little bit at a time, so finding out about Yuki's life as a child may answer a lot of questions about the way she behaves around certain people. But the frequent flashbacks can be dull if you're only interested in one character and dislike the others.

The anime focuses on the main plot, but also leaves room for a few side-stories. I personally found them boring, but I suppose they are necessary in order to keep the main story fresh and interesting. Though I enjoyed the first season, the second one seemed to rush the ending and lost a little bit of its shine. I got the impression that the story got derailed somehow and hurried to the finish line.

-Characters-

Yuki Cross - the female protagonist and one of the members of the school's disciplinary committee. Though her past life is wrapped in mystery, Yuki tries to be cheerful and keep everyone around her in good spirits.

Zero Kiryu - Yuki's mysterious friend who harbors a deep dislike for vampires. Often moody and somewhat resentful of almost everything and everyone around him, Zero sticks close to Yuki in order to protect her from the students of the Night Class

Kaname Kuran - the class president of the Night Class who never passes up a chance to take care of Yuki. He is often feared by others and seen as high authority.

Rating: 8

Art

The visuals represent a more stylized version of the mangaka's original art. The characters look a little more real and not as ridiculously skinny as in the Japanese comic, but the overall style is basically the same. I really enjoyed seeing the characters' deep and dead-looking eyes - it's a very unique and creative element that had me staring in wonder at first.

What I found interesting was the color pallet that always seems to revolve around the colors red and black. This element sets the mood and it ties up nicely with the overall vampire theme of the anime. The artists have chosen to emphasize what requires attention (e.g roses, a character's outfit), but still keep the rest of the environment a little colorful so it wouldn't feel dull.

The male character's girlish features seem bizarre and I had a hard time getting used to them, but it's not surprising seeing as this is a shojo anime.

Rating: 7

Sound

The voice acting is decent and captures each characters' emotions. Yuki's voice particularly was chosen really well as it fits her strong yet indecisive personality traits. No character voice is out of place, so the result is brilliant.

The music is wonderfully picked for this anime - most of the pieces contain organ, flute and violin sounds which go really well with the overall sad tone of the show. You feel a certain sense of greatness when you hear the main character themes that are brilliantly accompanied by choirs. For example, Kaname's theme contains a male choir in the beginning that emphasizes the feel of uncertainty and mystery that Yuki may have for this character.

The soundtrack is more than worth the buy even if you dislike the anime, the songs are simply brilliant, incredibly atmospheric and can soften up anyone, even if only for a few minutes.

Rating: 10

Presentation

-Humor-

Though it is meant to be a serious and sad anime, the show does have a few humorous scenes. These mostly revolve around Chairman Kaien's over-motherly attitude towards Yuki or Zero's hate of almost anything on campus. The humor is inserted cleverly between less-serious scenes so the process doesn't seem brutal.

The most memorable humorous scenes that come to mind are the ones present in the first episodes where Yuki and the other school prefects attempt to hold back a sea of overly-hyper girls from the Night Class boys.

-Enjoyability-

Even if the events can seem a bit over the top sometimes, Vampire Knight is an enjoyable anime with an interesting story. It certainly brings a new idea to the table, that being a vampire isn't really that easy or glamorous. I often try to stay neutral, but this is the only show that made me give in and actually start rooting for a pairing, so some of the characters are easy to get attached to.

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

8.17 (good)

Reviewed by Janny-Cats, Apr 16, 2009

Comments

  1. ChiekoKawabe Apr 20, 2009

    I think this is a really good review. <3
    I really love Vampire Knight. <333

  2. chumbariwap123 Apr 24, 2009

    woo, youre right about the review :D

  3. arifffahdlanbinamin Apr 24, 2009

    nice review...

    merged: 04-24-2009 ~ 07:10pm
    yuki is cute!

  4. rukasu04 Mute Member Apr 28, 2009

    Nice review

  5. duelme2 Apr 30, 2009

    The art is amazing, but I got a bit tired of the show during the second season. I only read the manga now, which is really great.

  6. epsilon86 May 02, 2009

    I think you write a very good review of Vampire Knight. The part regarding the story and characters is really what i feel about it.

  7. lululily May 27, 2009

    nice review

    i like yuki and zero ^^

  8. setenay May 29, 2009

    great review..!

  9. pigmypuff Jun 03, 2009

    vampire night so adorable

  10. yuyuppi Jun 07, 2009

    yuki made me jealous..

  11. pappo1 Jun 09, 2009

    Excellent review

  12. yuyuppi Jun 23, 2009

    soo interestingg

  13. pmgbapm Jun 23, 2009

    I will download and see it , thank you very much!

  14. hewie Jun 29, 2009

    INTERESTING...

  15. Jeddy Jul 12, 2009

    interesting review even though I've never seen the show

  16. K-A-W-A-I-I Jul 18, 2009

    Wow! Amazing review! I agree with you about the graphics! I loved how they drew the eyes~

  17. lordryo Jul 21, 2009

    I've read the manga, it's very good. Good review too.

  18. ResonantSoul Jul 22, 2009

    ending makes me mad. -w-

  19. yuyuppi Jul 23, 2009

    uaaa..so sweet

  20. Fanatik007 Jul 30, 2009

    luv that

  21. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  22. emina07 Mute Member Aug 24, 2009

    i totally love this anime... and i really love zero-kun...

  23. ShadowNeo Aug 26, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  24. sakuyami Aug 31, 2009

    the sotry good?thanks u for review?

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