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Vampire Knight Anime Review: Action & Romance


Vampire Knight Anime Review: Action & Romance

So after hearing some of my friends ramble on and on and on about the various anime that they watch, I decided that enough was enough and I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. If you really want to know why I picked Vampire Knight as my first anime, it’s because I won a round of pictionary when the person was depicting Vampire Knight. I was extremely surprised and proud of myself to have guessed it correctly despite the fact that I’d never ever watched it and there was an extreme anime fanatic in the room. The second reason was because it had the word ‘vampire’ in it and I’m a massive supernatural fan and the final reason being that I really couldn’t be bothered to embark on the long and tiresome journey of trying to catch up on all 331 episodes of Bleach, so I chose something considerably shorter (26 episodes in total, each episode is around 22 minutes long).

I was actually very surpised by Vampire Knight; I expected it to have a lot more action or horror or gore since the two boys who recommended it to me are… shall we say, very masculine, and the last thing I expected was for Vampire Knight to be a romance. But indeed there is quite a strong romantic theme throughout the two seasons.

Two boys, one girl, typical love triangle? I think not. Kaname is a ‘pure-blood’, one of the most powerful vampires in town. So, I hear you ask, what the hell is he doing at Cross Academy, going to school, when he clearly has better things to do? Why, also, is he so interested in Yuki Cross, adopted daughter of the Chairman (headmaster) when she is a mere human whose life he saved many moons ago? He is probably any anime fan girls dream, tall, dark, handsome AND the most powerful, but kind, pure-blooded vampire. He is always immaculately dressed and has a strange aura of mystery around him. All the vampires want to be his friend and he always receives the most chocolates on Valentine’s Day (that’s how they roll in Japan, girls openly give their crushes hand-made chocolates). Anyways, you get the point, Kaname is the envy of every boy and the dream of every girl, vampire or human. Moving on to boy number two…

Initially, Zero is even more mysterious than Kaname, but his dark secret is soon revealed as he struggles in his battle against the raging force rapidly growing inside of him. Zero is the Chairman’s adopted son, and Yuki’s ‘brother’, but it is clear from the beginning that Zero has stronger feelings for Yuki. Zero’s character develops and changes the most throughout the series, but there’s something Edward Cullen-esque about him with his tortured air and his desperation to separate himself from Yuki, because ‘it’s for her own good’. What’s Zero’s secret?

Yuki is the cute, loveable, loyal ‘guardian’ and prefect of all the human students from the ‘Day class’ (the vampire students attend ‘Night Class’). She takes her job very seriously and it’s not an easy job pushing hoards of screaming girls away from the gorgeous Night Class students. Yuki keeps her emotions under wraps as I could never figure out which guy she was gunning for, right until the very end. Who will she choose?

In total there are two seasons: Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty, the first season is focussed on finding out more about the characters and their lives but things really come two a heat in Vampire Knight Guilty and this is where the main action happens. There are lots of unanswered questions from season 1 but all the secrets are revealed in season 2. There is definitely more mystery in season 2 and the atmosphere is noticeably darker whereas season 1 seemed to be a lot calmer and there was more focus on the romantic aspects.

I think that what appeals most to people about this series is the sense of mystery. I could never quite figure out who was feeling what, when and why. The ending is a shocker. I have to say I was extremely surprised and it is one of the most unexpected twists that I have ever encountered. I literally had to pause the DVD so that I could run around the garden a couple of times screaming ‘WHAT?! WHY, GOD, WHY?!’ before returning to my seat and finishing the series.

Overall this is a fantastic series that will appeal to both boys and girls, girls for the romance, boys for the mystery and action. If you’re looking to start watching anime, personally I think that Vampire Knight is a great place to start. The animation itself looks excellent as a screenshot; however, the movements of the characters can be a little jerky and awkward at times and this lessens the effect of the action sequences considerably. However, from the vague glimpses of anime that I’ve seen in the past, no anime character has completely fluid and normal movements, that’s just the style. I became addicted to the opening theme tune as soon as I heard it, even though I didn’t have a clue what the lyrics meant because it’s in Japanese it is a very catchy song that fits well with the series.

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Nenehfer
    22nd September 2011 / 8:04 PM

    hm lol mada kono anime o miru koto ga dekinakatta ne.. ~(a_a~)

  2. Reclusive Fox
    23rd March 2016 / 2:07 PM

    Ooh I’m going to give this a watch, sounds like my cup of tea. Love the art work too.

  3. Georgia Lynn
    23rd March 2016 / 2:13 PM

    Oh man. I miss watching Anime, this one sounds great!

  4. Ami Rose
    23rd March 2016 / 2:25 PM

    Anime has never really been my thing but I’ve shared this with a friend. Thank you for sharing.

    Ami xxx

  5. 23rd March 2016 / 3:08 PM

    I have never seen a lot of Anime – and the amount I see or get exposed to seems to lessen the older I get. I used to love Inuyasha, though! You should check it out!

  6. Rhian Westbury
    23rd March 2016 / 3:54 PM

    I’ve never watched any anime but I really think i’d enjoy it. I just wouldn’t know where to begin x

  7. Amy Scott
    23rd March 2016 / 5:05 PM

    I’ve never watched or had anything to do with anime! Thanks for sharing some insight into the series 🙂

  8. 23rd March 2016 / 5:18 PM

    Ohh might have to give this one a watch – we are watching Bleach at the moment which is the other halfs favourite one, nearly finished what is on Netflix though so that means switching to crunchy roll and I’m not looking forward to that >.<

  9. Melanie Edjourian
    23rd March 2016 / 6:38 PM

    I’ve not seen this but it sounds great. Might need to find it later.

  10. 23rd March 2016 / 6:45 PM

    I’ve never managed to get into anime, I’m not really a fan of animated things in general. Maybe I should give it another go!

  11. 23rd March 2016 / 9:12 PM

    It’s nice that you get a season to meet and learn more about the characters. That’s what happened with LOST and it made the action in later seasons much more gripping.

  12. Bex Smith
    23rd March 2016 / 9:29 PM

    This sounds like a really interesting series, might have to try it

  13. 23rd March 2016 / 10:19 PM

    I have watched one anime film before which was quite good but have never watched an anime series before. Well done for your pictionary guess!

  14. 23rd March 2016 / 11:05 PM

    My Daughter love anime, not this though, she is very into drawing anime at the moment

  15. 23rd March 2016 / 11:58 PM

    This sounds interesting. More like what my brother would like to watch x

  16. Daniella
    24th March 2016 / 10:41 AM

    I’ve never watched an Anime film or read a graphic novel before but the story does sound interesting and something I would like to watch

  17. 24th March 2016 / 11:35 AM

    I have never watched an anime film before. I only played some computer games based on anime books, but it didn’t really attract me to watch anime movies or read anime books. I used to have a friend that would love them and she thought me how you read the anime books upside down.

  18. Denni Engelen
    24th March 2016 / 12:59 PM

    woow love your article , such an intense read . Put it on my watch list

  19. Klaudias Corner
    24th March 2016 / 4:11 PM

    Wow , great post ! I never knew anything about anime films or cartoons . Now and again I use to stumble upon these images by mistakes , when I am looking for ‘animated’ gifs and images . Now , this post has left me curious , really enjoyed reading . Might become a fan of anime soon , who knows 😉 Thanks for sharing !

  20. Nayna Kanabar
    24th March 2016 / 5:20 PM

    I too have not watched an anime film before, Look like its about time I did from your review.

  21. Natasha Mairs
    24th March 2016 / 6:03 PM

    I am not into anime films at all, but I have a friend who absolutely loves them, so I will let her know about this one

  22. tp keane
    24th March 2016 / 7:18 PM

    lol, love the fact that the “masculine” men reccommended a romance to you .

  23. Cătălina-Iuliana Nini
    25th March 2016 / 8:23 PM

    I am not into anime films…but a have a friend who will enjoy reading this 😀

  24. AnchorsandHoney
    26th March 2016 / 8:54 AM

    This is cool! The only anime I ever watched was Sailor Moon lol. But this looks interesting!

  25. Ming Ming
    26th March 2016 / 8:05 PM

    I love animes! I would like to watch this one… but time constricts. Is there a manga available for this one so I couls read it instead? This seems to be a good one since I’m into mysterious types of movie/show/series/books lol.

  26. Gecca Francisco
    27th March 2016 / 8:57 AM

    I haven’t watched anime for quite some time now and I can’t even remember the last time I watched anime! This sounds promising.. might as well check this one out. 😀 Thanks!

  27. Laura x Loves
    29th March 2016 / 12:09 PM

    Have never watched an Anime movie/series, but have a few friends who love them. I feel like I’m missing out on something now and should start watching a few haha x

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