Vampire Knight Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Translated by:Tomo Kimura
Adapted by:Tomo Kimura
What They Say
Outside the safe boundary of the academy, Yuki is attacked by a vampire. Injured and unable to defend herself, two Night Class students come to her aid and kill the vampire. When Yuki asks them why they killed their own kind, they tell her to come to the Moon Dormitory at midnight to learn the answer...
Vampire Knight edges out the competition with a refreshing take on our favorite denizens of the night.
The opening volume concluded with Yuki vowing to kill Zero herself if he loses his sanity and what's left of his humanity. Tortured with the knowledge that it's not a matter of "if" but "when," Zero realizes that the only way to protect Yuki is to stay away. The message really hits home when the two are running an errand off-campus and encounter a former human vampire (like Zero) on a rampage. Before the vampire can hurt Yuki, two Night Class students - vice president Takuma Ichijo and Senri Shiki - intervene ripping the rogue vampire apart. Ichijo promises the truth to Yuki if she comes to the Moon Dorm at midnight. That night, her curiosity compels her to walk into enemy territory.
In the midst of (unexpected) birthday celebrations, Ichijo explains that there is a pyramidal scheme for categorizing vampires, from the pureblood elite (Kaname) to the aristocrats (the Night Class) to the Level E vampires - former human vampires overcome by bloodlust. But aristocratic vampires aren't the only ones who exterminate Level Es: there are just as many human hunters. Enter Toga Yagari - Zero's former master, a family friend and a hunter. Catching Zero in the act of piercing Yuki, Yagari shoots his former pupil promising to execute him should he ever become Level E. But Yuki stands in his way, determined to save Zero, even if she must commit the most forbidden sin of all...
All the elements that made the first volume so engaging - the heart-pounding drama, the distinctive characters and the excellent twists - have been carried over to lay the foundation for even more surprises. As a transition volume, ample hints have been dropped accordingly that people from Zero's past will soon resurface. Not to be outdone by Zero's riveting self-loathing, Yuki wracks up more and more points from me by the page for her take-action attitude and genuine compassion. What's even better is that Yuki's appeal doesn't come from a special power, but from just being ordinary. Here's a girl I can honestly see as being attractive to both brooding vampire Kaname and tortured bishie Zero.
And just in case someone managed to forget how gorgeous they are, Viz presents a glossy cover of these two exceedingly pretty pretty-boys. Now, if only the back - with a gothic portrait of Yuki - weren't still so cluttered. Inside, Matsuri's signature artwork remains absolutely consistent throughout, accentuated by gritty backgrounds. It's a shame she rarely remembers to do backgrounds as her attention to detail, especially in the uniforms, is meticulous. Lastly, SFX is translated, though it tends to be somewhat distracting. Similarly, the dialogue doesn't manage to hit as many high notes (especially in the sparser comedic moments) or contain as much personality and mannerisms as the first volume.
Vampire Knight promised us a gripping tale of mystery, love and betrayal and it fully delivers on every count.
Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Vampire Knight