Vampire Knight Vol. #10 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, August 27, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The dramatic face-off between the three main characters might not be shocking, but it is certainly an effective climax.
Writer/Artist: Matsuri Hino
Translation: Tomo Kimura
Adaptation: Tomo Kimura
What They Say
Rido is gone, but the battle rages on at Cross Academy. The Night Class is still under attack, and Headmaster Cross has joined the war to protect his students. Zero, however, has vowed to get rid of all the Purebloods--including Yuki!
One thing that can be said for Vampire Knight is that it isn't afraid to kill of characters, and this volume picks up shortly after two deaths. Yet when Zero and Yuki are face-to-face, it's abundantly clear that neither of them could stand to kill the other. Sure, when one character cries out that the other ought to kill them, it's terribly melodramatic, but it's also clear that their relationship has reached the breaking point. Introducing Kaname to the stand-off only serves to make matters more tense, but Matsuri Hino does an excellent job in showing what this conflict means for both Yuki and Zero. Kaname's emotions remain hidden in comparison, though I have a hard time sympathizing with and connecting to his character anyways.
The attack on the Academy also continues, away from our main trio of characters, and the Headmaster does a nice bit of rebellion on his own. This larger plot never carries the same sense of urgency to it as the more character-based conflicts, but it does do a nice job of forwarding the plot. And when it's all said and done, Akatsuki, Ruka, and Aido end up on a train on their way to search for Kaname. In traditional Vampire Knight style, it's just an excuse for another trip down memory lane, as Akatsuki reminisces about Ruka's infatuation with Kaname. It's a definite cooling-down period after the tension of the earlier chapters, and a nice peek into another doomed love--again, another Vampire Knight staple.
The most recent installment of Vampire Knight is an interesting case in terms of the plot arcs. The larger, more global (or at least Vampiric Society-wide) plot doesn't live up to Kaname's shocking slaughter of the Senate in the last volume, and the support shown by the Day Class is given only the appropriately minimized amount of time. The reveal that yet another Hunter has betrayed the Society doesn't have the impact it should, either. However, on the more character-based side, the tensions between Zero and Yuki and Kaname come to a head. The problems are, of course, far too complex to be resolved now, but there is at least a sense that Yuki and Zero have come to terms with the major changes in their lives. I can say that I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume, especially as the last chapter, focusing on Akatsuki and Ruka, implies that a little time has elapsed after the previous chapter. Without being too spoilery, the dramatic parting-of-the-ways that two characters experience requires that they spend some time apart to grow on their own before their paths cross again.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translation Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Vampire Knight