Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Manga review: Vampire Knight, Vol. 14

Vampire Knight, Vol. 14 (Vampire Knight #14) by Matsuri Hino 
Paperback, 200 pages 
Published July 3rd 2012 by VIZ Media LLC (first published June 3rd 2011)

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen plus. 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!

The Vampire Hunter Society has imprisoned Aido in order to interrogate him about Kaname’s connection to Sara Shirabuki. Meanwhile, Yuki wants a fresh start with Kaname, but circumstances arise that may force them apart.

Volume 14 begins with back story concerning the Progenitor as Kaname remembers his days with this mysterious creator of vampires. The inhumanity of both man and vampire is questioned. Who is crueler? This woman 'created' but she also gave man a weapon to destroy the very beings she nurtured. Interesting history but I still found some of this volume confusing. From there the scene shifts to Aido being taken in by the Hunters for questioning and then Yuki seeing Kaname who asks her who she is as he handles Artemis (flashback, I suppose).

Those heavy doors and memories are prevalent with Kaname as his brooding turns surreal. What is he really doing? What are his plans? At times the series doesn't seem to have direction, jumping from present to past to something which may be a dream. 

Sara's plotting continues while Zero tells Aido to stop forcing Yuki on him in the only way he can--threatening. That's what I like about Zero, he's a brooding badass who still has feelings for Yuki but doesn't want to admit it (sounds a bit like the old Kaname--I'm not sure who the 'new' Kaname is anymore). Lord Aido infers a past sin to Kaname and the mystery deepens. 

Games. Strength. Power. Pure bloods. Devouring. Pills. Army. Death. I had to read this volume a few times to understand exactly what was going on. Once I do figure things out it becomes hard to remember everything due to the time span between the availability of the next volume. I'm so invested in Vampire Knight's convoluted and melodramatic stories that no matter how many times I find my patience tested, I keep coming back to read the next saga. After finishing this book I feel like one of Sara's girls hooked on becoming a vampire, except in my case the blood tablets are the pages of Matsuri Hino's manga.

Rating: 3.5

Cover comment:
Whenever I see I cover sporting this trio I expect to see them interact together but didn't find that here.

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