Plot Summary:Yuki's earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, wherein she was attacked by a vampire... And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her savior, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Is Kaname's infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death. - ANN
It seems I've fallen into a pattern lately of getting into anime that haven't been fully released in the U.S. yet. First Gundam 00 and now this. It's quite annoying. So, a while back I read a piece of fanfiction, and I left the authoress a review. In turn she left me a review and I apologized to her because pretty much every other fandom she's written for I haven't seen the corresponding anime yet. Vampire Knight happened to be one of them, so I decided to see if Netflix had it (at the time) and they didn't. Just recently though I looked again and saw they had the first DVD so I added it to my list right away.
I've looked around at other reviews, and I remember seeing at least one that said VK is fairly typical story wise. I wouldn't know because, oddly enough, the only vampire anime I recall seeing is Karin, Lunar Legend Tsukihime (which I'm not entirely sure was a true vampire anime to begin with), and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, the latter many years ago.
I have to admit, I can see why it's so popular among fangirls. Every one of the male lead vampires are, well, yummy (pun slightly intended). I actually tried to watch VK, first at ANN, then fan subbed, but I got rather frustrated because I just can't switch between subtitles and the actual animation and still understand what's going on. I mean, it's just such a shame when you can't take advantage of such lovely character designs. Anyway, I've noticed people aren't crazy about the dub actors, except for Vic Mignogna who voices Zero. I think he does a pretty good job, but then again I've liked everything he's voiced in the past too. I also recognize the voice actress that plays Yuki as Shinku from Rozen Maiden. I really liked her in that, but I'm not crazy about her in Vampire Knight. Her characterization seems to waver from strong and likable to flat and uninteresting. The other performances as a whole are a bit flat as well, in my opinion, but not terrible either. Of course, the first volume of the series only has four episodes, and we all know that dubs are usually a little stiff at the beginning of any given anime at first.
I really like the character interactions so far. There's a nice amount of humor in this volume to break up the Gothic, dark, "emo" feel of it all. Not to mention that, (and I'm not sure if this was a liberty taken with some ofthe translation) there's that definite vampire sex appeal in certain parts of the dialogue. I know that element has been a staple in any medium with vampires as the main focus for quite a long time. I can't quite remember what movie or book started that trend though.
Over all, I'd say Vampire Knight is really something to look forward to. As far as extra features on this particular disc, there really aren't any. Hopefully that will change in the future though.
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