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Vampire Knight- The Complete Series DVD Review

“Vampire Knight” is for the “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries” crowd.

The premise: The Cross Academy private school is no ordinary private school as it consists of two separate classes. The Day Class contains the average human students while the Night Class contains vampire students. You don’t need me to tell you that the two classes don’t exactly belong together. The bulk of the story revolves around a human teen girl named Yuki and mysterious vampire hunter Zero. The two help protect the Day Class from the Night Class. Another main character is a vampire named Kaname whom Yuki has romantic feelings for.

Episode plots involve a Valentine’s Day celebration, revelations about Zero, vampire attacks, a mysterious new teacher, Yuki and Kaname’s relationship, a ball, Zero’s twin brother Ichiru, a mysterious vampire named Maria, a vampire named Shizuka, and interesting character connections. This set contains the first 13 episodes.

For those expecting “Vampire Knight” to be a dark, edgy vampire anime series in the vein of “Vampire Hunter D,” you should look elsewhere. ‘Knight’ is very much in the vein of teeny bopper favorites “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries” only with more cartoony humor thrown in here and there. That’s not to say that ‘Knight’ doesn’t have its serious moments. In fact, the end of the season is surprisingly darker in tone as the story and action begins to heat up and wrap up. Unfortunately those darker moments can’t make up for the silly premise and bland characters. It’s a real shame the characters weren’t more enagaging as the character revelations (namely about Zero) and character history is rather intriguing storywise. However, these elements don’t make the actual characters any more interesting.

Summary: “Vampire Knights” will appeal to certain fanbases, but I personally can’t give it a recommendation.

Note: Disc one (but not disc 2) is double sided. I thought this fad was phased out? At least I hoped it was.

Video/Audio:

The widescreen picture quality is solid. The colors looked crisp and clean which is all you can really ask for.

This set includes English and Japanese Stereo audio tracks. The English dub is goofy   and full of eye-rolling overacting. The Japanese track is far better voice acting wise and is the only track worth playing in my opinion.

Extras:
* 16 page “Vampire Knight” manga sample.
* Trailers for “Honey And Clover,” “Nana,” “Vampire Knight: Guilty”
* “Vampire Knight” manga/book ads.

* Relationship charts for Yuki, Zero, and Kaname.

April 16, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review |

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