Posted by: Teeif | 21 April, 2008

Vampire Knight 02: where is my bloodsucking scene?

Did you not read your student Handbook?” Yuki (19:09).
Serious? Who actually, ever, reads their school or college handbook!? You could print Loli manga in it and no one would notice…

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Vampire Knight: The 2nd Night
Memories of Blood

As much as I want some frilly dresses, vampires and sucking of bodily fluids, I get Shojo mediocracy interspersed with precious moments of plot. In between did hide a story about the white haired reclusive human, Zero, and the mysterious mark on his neck. His abrasive dislike for vampires and occasion lust for Yuki’s neck apparently owing to a brush with vampires, not just an excess of manliness. I should have known; bishes don’t exactly look the manly type.

There’s not actually much new here but I did say not to expect too much. Bishie vampires getting swamped by fangirls on White Day (Oh Wow!), Yuki abashly making and giving chocolate (Never seen that before!) and stillborn animation. I’ve seen this all before, in just a every other Shojo! It’s also quite weird how reminiscent the story is to a certain short lived American TV series aimed at teens.

Even beyond copycats, copyninjas, and photocopiers, Vampire Knight really makes a good copy of Vampire High. So good, you could probably swap the Vampire Knight synopsis for the Vampire High one!

Vampire Knight?

The series is set at Mansbridge Manor, an isolated boarding school that is the last-stop haven for privileged teenagers of the wealthy and influential. That’s the Day School…but it’s the Night School that is the real focus of the show – a Night School that secretly houses a daring experiment to civilize vampire teenagers.

Vampire High?

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, there to protect the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires.

So many similarities: School, Night class, Day class, secrets, vampires, rich and elite, forbidden romance and saving the world! As I have said before though, the Japanese have proven to be good at taking western things and making them much better. I can only hope this becomes like Sony Blu-Ray rather than Sony Betamax.

Thank you to Garten for sharing the PV for the ending theme of Vampire Knight, Still Doll by Kanon Wakeshima. That, with the OP theme, the ED for Kurenai and are emerging as my favourites this season.

~ Teeif

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  1. I can’t stand that the artwork has changed! First episode the artwork was okay, but now Yuki just looks so weird, and Zero as well!


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