Review: Vampire Knight Vol 13 by Matsuri Hino

 

Title: Vampire Knight Vol 13

Author: Matsuri Hino

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 978-1421540818

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki is attacked by another pureblood outside a graveyard for meddling in the ways of the vampire society. Injured, she returns home to Kaname, who shares with her his past memories and the truth behind the Kuran family.

Review:

Gah!  Sometimes I get so confused when I read Vampire Knight.  I think that the key to understanding it is right in front of me, but when I sit back and try to analyze the story in more depth, my head starts to spin.  Seriously.  If it wasn’t for the pretty, pretty pictures, I would be so frustrated with this series!

I don’t want to divulge any spoilers, so I’ll keep my discussion of this volume very general, and focus more on how it made me feel, instead getting into the nitty-gritty details of the plot.  Yuki and Aido are attacked by another pureblood, and they are saved by Zero.  Now, I know in the past I have bashed Zero, but in this outing, I actually liked him again.  I think my affection for Zero rises and declines with my feelings for Kaname.  When I am soft on Kaname, I am tough on Zero,  Well, in this volume, I don’t feel as though I know Kaname anymore, and in this confusion, I have gravitated back to Zero.  Zero’s motivations aren’t as difficult to understand, and I don’t feel that he’s selfishly working toward some unknown goals to benefit himself.  I do feel that way about Kaname now, and I don’t like it!  Kaname, I just don’t trust you anymore!  You have become a stranger to me!

So, after having everything that I believed to be true about Kaname blown to itty-bitty bits, I wandered along with Yuki as she treads cautiously through Kaname’s memories.  His past is a lot different from what I thought it would be, and if I were him, I would be running around, tearing out the throats of whatever humans I ran across.  Kaname is made of sterner stuff, so it’s a good thing I don’t have the ability to turn anyone into a hapless vampire slave.  I’d make them clean my bathrooms just for fun, and then make them clean all of the dirty dishes in the sink, too.  Watching his memories with Yuki, it’s no wonder he rarely cracks a smile; those are some grim thoughts to carry around with you for all of that time.

Poor Aido, one of my favorite characters, has found himself a “guest” of the Hunters.  Both Yuki and Kaname ditched him, leaving him at Zero’s not so tender mercies.  At least their exchange made perfect sense, and shed some light on the creation of the Hunter Society. 

Now, I think that if I sat down and reread Vampire Knight, back to back, it would make more sense.  Part of the problem with reading a serial is that it’s easy to forget key elements of the story during the three or four months between volumes.  I read volume 12 back in May, so I’m sure that I have forgotten important plot points.  Despite the fact that I occasionally find the story hard to follow, or just down right unintelligible, I can’t keep myself from reading new volumes when they come out.  I feel the same way about Bride of the Water God.  There are times when it just goes right over my head, but the beautiful art in both of these series is worth the confusing plot lines. 

Grade: B

Review copy purchased from Rightstuf.com