Posted by Izzy G. on Thursday, January 27, 2011
I've heard a lot of mixed things about it, especially with one of my friends loving it and another hating it with such loathing that she ranted about it for about, oh, I'd say six years. So with some trepidation, I started the first volume. And yeah, it's about vampires, but it's quite different from Twilight or any other vampire book I've ever read.
Basically, there's a school with two parts - the Day Class and Night Class. Yuki and Zero are guardians, which means they protect the Night Class (a class secretly composed of vampires) from the Day Class (normal people). Like Twilight, all vampires are beautiful, so every time the Night Class emerges, all the girls in the Day Class go nuts. Yuki thinks that vampires and humans can get along okay, but Zero feels differently, and she starts to find out disturbing things that make it seem like Zero's more right.
And I know what you're thinking: girl on the weak side? Love triangles? Vampires? It sounds like it's shaping up to be the stereotypical paranormal romance. While, yeah, the plot isn't the most original, the way Vampire Knight is executed makes it different.
Because this manga? Majorly disturbing, although I still can't tell if that's in a good way or a bad way. Some scenes definitely made me cringe while others had me at the edge of my seat. I don't know a lot about illustrations, but the drawings were generally quite dark, which added to the atmosphere.
Still, other, less squeamish people might enjoy this if they're fans of creepy thrillers!