Monday 17 January 2011

Book Review - Vampire Knight vol.1

Title: Vampire Knight Vol.1
Author: Matsuri Hino
Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc; Shojo Beat Manga Ed edition
ISBN: 978-1421508221

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... 

My Review
To be honest I am not a big reader of Manga, but this was on the list for our 'Book Day' at work so i picked up a copy. 
Vampire Knight is set at Cross Academy, There are two classes: the Day and Night. The only difference between them is a bog one, the Day class is filled with ordinary kids, the Night Class is filled with Vampires. The Day Class has no idea who they share the school with and two students are selected as Guardians to help guard the secret. Yuki & Zero patrol the school as the Night class takes over making sure no students are left wandering about where they could get hurt.
This, like all mangas took me about 30 minutes to read, just a case of scanning the pictures and reading the few bits of writing. I must admit i don't really get into the stories, as there isn't enough to get me hooked, but i can appreciate the skill that goes in to them and i can follow the basic story. 
This book feels like it has potential, i like the idea of the story and am intrigued to see where it goes, but yet saying tht, i don't think i will bother with the rest. I like Kanami as a character, he has the mysterious handsome type thing going on. Zero is too moody and depressed for me, and Yuki is a bit too upbeat - overly perky. Even when she gets attacked by vampires she seems to be smiling.
I can't really say much more about it, I'm not used to reviewing Manga. I think Manga fans would enjoy it, as i say it has a good storyline, it's just that i am not a massive manga fan, i would rather watch the Anime series when it comes out for a lot of Manga's.

My Rating
I would give this book 6/10. Has potential.   

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