Sunday, July 8, 2012

Manga Review: Vampire Knight, Vol. 14 [Paperback]

Manga Review

I've finished "Vampire Knight Vol. 14" by Matsuri Hino.

Product Description

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.

About the Author

Matsuri Hino burst onto the manga scene with her title Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), which was published in LaLa DX magazine. Hino was a manga artist a mere nine months after she decided to become one. With the success of her popular series Captive Hearts and MeruPuri, Hino has established herself as a major player in the world of shojo manga. Vampire Knight is currently serialized in LaLa magazine.

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421542188
ISBN-13: 978-1421542188

My Review:
This volume opens with Yuki in Kaname's past life with the mysterious women.  Kaname actually saw Yuki in this memory and when it ends he apologies for forcing his memory onto her.  She realizes maybe she is jealous and only wants to start a fresh new life with Kaname.  He tells her he needs to leave and run some errands.

Meanwhile The Vampire Hunter Society are interrogating Aido about Kaname's involvement with Sara  Shirabuki.  They are surprised he has let her make a harem of willing vampire followers within the girl's dormitory.  She has Ichijo do her dirty work which he isn't too keen about.  Aido maintains that he doesn't know what Kaname plans are and even if he did why would he tell them.

Yuki meanwhile is waiting with Aido's dad for news and still recovering from what she has learned from Kaname about her real brother at the mansion.  She is worried about her friend Aido and what he is going through.

Zero actually tortures Aido for any information that will prove Kaname's involvement with Sara and to take him down.  Kaname believes the Society won't touch Aido because he's not the one they want.

Kaname returns home and has a meeting with Ruka and Hanabusa where they inform him nothing much has happened.  They leave and meet Yuki in the hallway where Yuki tries to talk to them.  Ruka is rude and says she doesn't have time to talk to Yuki and they both leave.  Yuki searches for Kaname and asks him about Ruka but he brushes her off and tells her he needs to go.  He leaves.

Yuki goes out looking for Kaname and we see her in the woods.  When suddenly her foster father Kaien Cross grabs her and she goes berserk.  She starts thrashing around and actually cuts Kaien and he is trying to calm her down.  When she finally does she questions herself, "did I really do that?"   Kaien tells Yuki he needs to take her into custody because she is associated with Kaname and he has been added temporarily to the Hunter's List. 

Then we see Zero studying when Kaito enters the room.  He tells Zero that Yuki has been taken into custody because the Kuran's have temporarily been placed on the Hunter's List.  We see a close up of Zero's face (you can tell he is conflicted) and he replies he will do anything he is required to do!

Then we see Yuki and Aido in the back of a Hunter's truck unharmed.  When Yuki and Aido arrive back at the mansion they witness Kaname beheading Aido's father.  They are both shocked by what happened and wondering why he would do this?


Manga in series:

1.   Vampire Knight Vol. 1
2.   Vampire Knight Vol. 2
3.   Vampire Knight Vol. 3
4.   Vampire Knight Vol. 4
5.   Vampire Knight Vol. 5
6.   Vampire Knight Vol. 6
7.   Vampire Knight Vol. 7
8.   Vampire Knight Vol. 8
9.   Vampire Knight Vol. 9
10. Vampire Knight Vol. 10
11. Vampire Knight Vol. 11
12. Vampire Knight Vol. 12
13. Vampire Knight Vol. 13
14.  Vampire Knight Vol. 16
15.  Vampire Knight Vol. 15 -  November 6, 2012
16.  Vampire Knight Official Fanbook
17.  The Art of Vampire Knight: Matsuri Hino Illustrations

Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

1 comment:

Alison Can Read said...

I didn't realize volume 14 was out. Yay!!! Zero torturing Aido? That's so sad. I love Aido. Glad he's okay.

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