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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Vampire Knight Vol. 4 by Hino Matsuri 
27th-Mar-2008 11:59 pm
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Hino, Matsuri. Vampire Knight. Vol. 4. Trans. Tomo Kimura. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2008.
          Summary: Maria Kurenai turns out to be Shizuka Hio, the Pureblood who made Zero into a vampire. And it turns out that her assistant is Zero's twin brother Ichiru. What exactly she's doing at Cross Academy is unclear, but Kaname may well eliminate her before we can find out...
          Comments: After the eyecandy idiocy by the tankoubon-full that was MeruPuri, I decided to stay far, far away from anything with the name "Hino Matsuri" on it. But it seems that I have trouble taking my own advice, and after noting that Vampire Knight is currently one of the bestselling shoujo series in the US (and, tellingly, VIZ Media had packaged volume four with a branded pencil case that was a LaLa furoku in another life), I decided to hold my nose and give it a good, multi-volume look.
          And. Well. It did start out a bit slow, but what a one hundred and eighty degree difference! The decadent artwork, which was so incongruous in a romantic comedy, works perfectly with a world of vampires in the oversexed, androgynous, Anne Rice tradition. Moreover, the plot is a bit better-managed, and I find myself vaguely intrigued by its ongoing mysteries. Like, what exactly is Kaname up to, anyway, and how does it involve Yuki? How is Zero's descent into vampirish insanity going to be resolved? Will Yuki ever start being a real heroine? (Sorry, snark attack.) All in all, it's not a bad choice by any means for a bit of mindless diversion.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Hakusensha in 2006
          Rating: 6.5/10 - It could easily spiral out of control if Hino lets it, but for now this series holds its own as a solid shoujo series.

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