Review: Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino


Vampire Knight, Volume 1 (v. 1)
Vampire Knight
Matsuri Hino


Year Published:
Young Adult;
Urban Fantasy
Why Picked:
I wanted to try a Manga and this was on a lot of best of lists.
Number of Pages:
Non- Fiction:
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! 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. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas… (From Shelfari)
I tried; I really, really tried. Apparently, I am a fan of graphic novels but not of Manga. This is a shame because I liked the story here. The idea is interesting and if reading it was not so hard I might have continued the series.First off, reading back to front, left top to right bottom is difficult for someone who has been reading the opposite for years. I spent so much time working out how to read that I couldn’t focus on the story. Because of that and the similarities in how the two male protagonists were drawn, I was constantly confused about characters and plot. I got the second out of the library thinking that I would give Manga another go but I have not looked at it in the 6 weeks it has been in my house. So back it goes and perhaps I will look at others on the list to see if the difficulty is complete in the mechanism or if the story was also part of the issue.