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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
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  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight Guilty Episode #06

Vampire Knight Guilty Episode #06 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     January 12, 2011
Release Date: November 09, 2008


Vampire Knight
© Viz Media

Everyone walks around the school a lot and acts moody. Yes, it's a girl oriented vampire series.

What They Say:
Kaname asks Yuki to be his lover. The Night Class guards begin accompanying her everywhere, and Yuki cannot hide her embarrassment. Why does Kaname go to such great lengths to protect Yuki?

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Changes are definitely afoot in the school now that Kaname has made his play with Yuki, which is the kind of stress she didn't need on top of her blood filled visions she's had as of late. Kaname's move hasn't sat exactly well with some of the others that are managing things, but there isn't all that much that can really be done about it. The Cursed Twins themselves add a whole lot of uncertainty to the situation, especially now that Ichiru has come to the school and adds another air of uncertainty to everything that's going on. Combining all of this on top of the already complicated dual nature of the school and Yuki finds herself pressured from several different directions.

Kaname's taking on Yuki as his lover has certainly made a whole lot of people uncertain about what's going on. With her being treated differently now, Kaname is also getting uncertain looks from those that look up to him as they can't understand why he'd do that. But they also can't grasp why he's protected other people like Ichiru who is discovered to be in a position where it looks like he's about to kill Yuki. Kaname's refrain of not dealing with him directly or personally is certainly curious, and it leaves him a lot of wiggle room, but the statements and actions he's making have others wondering exactly what's going on in his head. All of it points to an approach they're not used to seeing their favored lord take.

The time with both of them together under the trees is incredibly awkward, even for Kaname as he tries to play it cool. With what Kaname seemingly knows about what's to come for Yuki, keeping her close makes sense but all he seems to do is to make her more uncertain and potentially push her away more. The coming together like this has a very unnatural feel to it. Seeing them sitting there as the sun goes down, the way they look or don't look at each other, and grapple with social niceties that Yuki doesn't feel comfortable going through only adds to it. Having Zero standing off to the side watching it as a bodyguard brings the surreal aspect up just another notch. Kaname's plans may be somewhat clear in a sense, but his method of it is leaving a bit to be desired.

In Summary:
At the halfway mark of the first season, I'm still really unsure of what to make of this series. The first four episodes offered some promise but the middle arc of it feels like it's pretty much wandering aimlessly. There's some dramatic moments, but they're mostly in Yuki's head as she copes with everything going on and the way so many people are treating her now. What I find with the show at this point, and this episode and the last especially, is that it's trying to be cool and mysterious but ends up too aloof and is straddling the line of becoming boring because of the glacial way it's moving. There's a whole lot of atmosphere here but it's more frustrating than intriguing right now.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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