Review: Vampire Knight Vol 12 by Matsuri Hino

 

Title: Vampire Knight Vol 12

Author: Matsuri Hino

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 978-1421539386

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Yuki and Zero lock eyes, but they turn away from each other. Yori wanders around the ballroom, and Sara Shirabuki finds and talks to her. She tries to lure Yori away, but is stopped by Zero, who grabs her wrist. Yuki squeezes through the throng to get to the fracas, and she convinces Zero to let go of Sara. Zero takes Yori away, while Sara asks Yuki if she wants to be her friend. Kaname arranges for Yuki to meet privately with Yori and Zero, but Zero declines. At the party, Sara Shirabuki’s Pureblood fiance, Ouri, goes missing, as well as a vampire hunter. A scent of blood suddenly fills the air, and Yuki goes to investigate while Kain finds the remains of the dead Pureblood hidden underneath a tablecloth. Yuki finds Zero and Kaien investigating the body of the dead hunter, who committed suicide after becoming a vampire.

Review:

Gah!  It seems that whenever I read a new volume of Vampire Knight, the first thing I do after I finish it is run to Amazon and see when the next one will be released.  Volume 13 won’t be in stores until October.  OCTOBER!  This is a series that I should accumulate a few volumes of before I dive into new material, but I can’t help myself!  Worse yet, I don’t know what keeps drawing me back to the title, again and again.  I occasionally find it confusing, and Yuki and Kaname’s relationship is icky when I really stop and think about it!

The revelation that Kaname and Yuki are brother and sister just freaks me out.  OK, so they aren’t human, but that’s still a relationship that makes me pause.  I don’t know that I can give Kaname my unwavering support now.  I don’t see him as having pure motivations anymore, especially not after this installment of the series.  He’s plotting something, something big, and something that I’m not sure I’m going to like.  And he’s treating Yuki like a cherished possession, like something to be coveted and hidden from others.  I have always thought him to be controlling, but now he’s bordering on overbearing.  Which really sucks because I do like him better than Zero, even if Zero does have a suitably intriguing and tragic past.  Ah!  This is so hard for me! In addition to the whole forbidden vibe to their relationship, I am seriously starting to wonder about Kaname and his morals.  I don’t think he’s a such a nice guy anymore, and this has got me wondering what the heck is going to happen next?

One concept that I love is the introduction of the jaded vampires.  They live practically forever, and after the centuries keep rolling by, life would get a trifle boring.  Add a few more hundred years to that, and it even starts to make sense that the older purebloods would start contemplating an end to their lives.  What would it be like to live forever?  To never have to worry about not having enough time to do everything that you wanted to do? At what point does that become a curse instead of a blessing?

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher

5 thoughts on “Review: Vampire Knight Vol 12 by Matsuri Hino

  • July 22, 2011 at 8:26 am
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    I agree … that is actually an interesting theme … about how living forever ends up being something of a curse. But I had a different reaction to the Yuki, Kaname and Zero relationship. I like Zero more than Kaname but recent events actually make me think that it’s going to turn out that everyone misunderstood Kaname, that he was pretending to be evil and so on … Still I wish Yuki would choose Zero and be done with it :-)

  • July 22, 2011 at 8:35 am
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    @Kah Woei – I think you are right about Kaname just being misunderstood. Good heroes pretending to be evil are kind of a mixed bag with me, so I hope he really IS evil :)

  • July 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm
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    The Vampire Knight series is one of my favorites… LOVE that beautiful artwork, for one thing. I’ve read up to volume 12, also… I think, but I’m not certain because I read it in a serialized manga magazine rather than published volumes.

    I hope you won’t consider this a spoiler (more like a semi-spoiler since it was actually hinted at in the tenth volume ;), but Kaname is actually Yuki’s ancestor, a kind of progenitor of the pureblood Kuran family. It’s weird how that works, but also reassuring that they’re not technically brother and sister, just very distantly related. Although Yuki’s parents *were* siblings, so, yep, the creepy factor is still there.

    Hope you enjoy the 13th volume when it is released– I can’t wait, either! :)

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  • July 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm
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    @Kat – Kanami and Yuki’s relationship is so weird and so convoluted! If the art wasn’t as beautiful as it is, I don’t know that I would have kept reading it for so long. Now I am kind of hooked – lol

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