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Vampire Knight (ヴァンパイア騎士, Vanpaia Naito?) is a shoujo manga by Matsuri Hino. In Japan, Vampire Knight entered serialization in January 2005 in LaLa magazine, and entered serialization in North America in the June 2006 issue of Shojo Beat magazine. In recent issues of LaLa magazine, it has been announced that the manga will be adapted into an anime series. It will premier on the 7th of April, 2008 and will use the voice cast from the drama CD.
Plot
Yuki's earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, when she was attacked by a vampire, she was saved by another vampire, Kaname Kuran. 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian for the school, Cross Academy, with 2 purposes. That is to protect the Day class (humans) from the Night class (vampires)'s fang and protect the true identity of the Night class students from being discovered by the Day class students. Kaname Kuran, Yuki's saviour, leads the group of night class, with the help of Takuma Ichijo. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who was born into a family of vampire hunters and whose hatred for the vampires that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined to kill them all and never trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but the question remains, have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions? Is Kaname's infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her? Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.

Characters

Day Class

Yuki Cross (黒主優姫, Kurosu Yūki?) later revealed to be Yuki Kuran (玖蘭優姫, Kuran Yūki?)
Yuki Kuran, is the adoptive daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, and is a member of the school's disciplinary committee, which is a Guardian for Cross Academy. Ten years prior to the events of Vampire Knight, the Kuran family was attacked by Rido Kuran, so Yuki's mother Juuri, wanting Yuki to live as a normal human, sealed Yuki's memories, powers and pure vampire blood with the cost of her own life, and Headmaster Cross took her in. She has lost all memory of her life before the attack, but since Kaname rescued her when she was attacked by a vampire, she has been harboring deep feelings for him. She loves Kaname since she was small till now. Yuki is usually a cheerful and carefree girl. She has also let Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend, drink her blood, hoping to save him from insanity. She cares deeply about Zero, and has strongs feelings for him. She thinks Zero as her little brother. It was revealed in chapter 35 that she is the daughter of the Kuran family, which is primarily pure blood-vampires. She and Kaname are engaged; it is normal for pureblood siblings to marry. She does have vampire powers as well, this was witnessed in chapter 36 when she was getting over the shock of her parents deaths to save her she accidentaly made large cracks in the wall
Her weapon is the "Artemis Rod," an extendable staff she received from Headmaster Cross.

Zero Kiryu (錐生 零, Kiryū Zero?)
Yuki's childhood friend. Zero is also a Cross Academy Guardian and likewise on the disciplinary committee. Yuki has cared about him as a close friend ever since he was brought into their home (the Headmaster's). His family, one of vampire hunters, was murdered by the pure blood vampire Shizuka Hio when he was young. He harbors a deep hatred for vampires and claims to have taken on the role of Guardian to learn to hunt them better. In truth, Zero was bitten during the attack on his family and therefore turned into a vampire, something that has been kept secret even from Yuki until his vampiric urges began to surface and became uncontrollable. As Zero's body rejects the blood tablets that most vampires take to control their hunger, Yuki began letting him drink her own blood, which helps his thirst for blood, but he is ultimately to become a Level E vampire. In chapter 35, he discovers Yuki is a vampire, and in chapter 37 he aims his gun at her, which leads to Yuki telling him her vampire side "ate" her other side.
Zero's weapon is the gun "Bloody Rose," given to him by Chairman Cross. He made Yuki promise that if he becomes a Level E vampire, she will kill him with the "Bloody Rose".

Sayori Wakaba (若葉沙頼, Wakaba Sayori?)
Yuki's dorm-mate and best friend since junior high, Yuki often refers to her as Yori-Chan. One of the few girls who is not interested in the night class. She finds them a bit scary and would prefer someone from the day class. Yori is also very observant.

Ichiru Kiryu (錐生壱縷, Kiryū Ichiru?)
Zero's younger twin brother. When they were younger, they were both taught by Toga Yagari to become a vampire hunter. Ichiru however did not seem to share Zero's natural ability and was often ill. Zero and Ichiru were very close as children, although later Ichiru claims to have hated Zero after overhearing that his parents preferred Zero over himself.
Shizuka let Ichiru drink her blood to strengthen him and cure his chronic ill health, although she did not turn him into a vampire and he remains a human. He now attends Cross Academy as a Day Class student by the orders of Shiki's father, Rido Kuran. It appears Rido has promised Ichiru that he will kill those whom killed Shizuka Hio, which is probably the main reason Ichiru is working for Rido Kuran.
Ichiru has also warned Zero to stay away from Yuki and stating "Your taste has gone bad".

Night Class

Kaname Kuran (玖蘭枢, Kuran Kaname?)
A pure blood vampire. He saved Yuki from an attack by another vampire when she was 5 years old. Kaname is the class president of the Night Class, both feared and respected by the other Night Class students.
While he is cold and authoritative towards his contemporaries in the Night Class, he is always kind and sweet to Yuki. He has shown that he cares deeply for Yuki ever since he saved her, and loves her in a romantic sense (He allows Zero to live because he knows his death would sadden Yuki). Kaname also asked Yuki to become a vampire and live with him for all eternity by his side, but manages to stop himself from biting her. He is both jealous and angry with Zero for biting Yuki and endangering her life.
He also seems to know the pure blood who bit Zero, Shizuka Hio, and later kills her before drinking her blood to protect Yuki, in spite of it being a terrible taboo. He was raised as Yuki's brother by Yuki's parents and he and Yuki were engaged. Kaname was the ancestor of Kuran and was resurrected by Rido (the master) from the grave, thus making him unable to kill Rido.

Takuma Ichijou (一条拓麻, Ichijōu Takuma?)
The vice-president of the Night Class, he is a noble-class vampire nearly as powerful as Kaname, whom he is close to and respects. He seems kind and lacks the dark atmosphere that surrounds most vampires, making him appear more like a human. His favorite reading material is manga; in one chapter, it seems he forced Aido into reading a vampire manga series.
Takuma appears to be aware of Kaname and Yuki's relationship, and has asked Yuki why her current relationship with Kaname no longer is the same as the one they had when she was a child. Takuma's grandfather, who is a member of the council and very powerful, educated him and has high expectations of him. The reason Takuma's grandfather allowed him to come to Cross Academy was to spy on Kaname. However, Takuma does not want to hurt Kaname because they are good friends.
Takuma is ordered to bring Senri Shiki (possessed by Rido Kuran) back to the academy where Rido will look for 'that child' (referring to Yuki). Though Takuma does not want to hurt Kaname by bringing Rido to the academy, he cannot refuse because he has been commanded by his grandfather to do so. He saves Rima Tohya from being killed by Rido when she confronts him to try and free Shiki and stops the fight between Rido and Kaname so that Shiki, whose body was being used by Rido, would not be hurt.

Hanabusa Aido (藍堂英, Aidō Hanabusa?)
Nicknamed "Idol" by the Day Class girls. Along with his cousin Akatsuki Kain, Hanabusa Aido is known among the Night Class as "Kaname-sama's right hand," and he has a fierce admiration for Kaname. Aido is a noble-class vampire and possesses the ability to control ice. Though he appears cheerful and friendly one moment, he can quickly become vindictive and cruel the next. Though loyal to Kaname, he has a tendency to overstep his boundaries, which results in Kaname punishing him if discovered. He has also been aware that Zero is a vampire, though he did not reveal it to anyone else because he felt it would not benefit himself in anyway and that he was not the sort of person who revealed such secrets. While Yuki is dealing with the girls(one with a bleeding) who violate the curfew (no day class must go out at night) he and Kain suddenly appears and Yuki became alert. Yuki afraid of what they might do to those girls threaten them but Aido tells her that they came especially to see her. It is because when Yuki swung down the tree she was wounded and that time he bite the hands of Yuki revealing that he is a vampire. Luckily, the two girls collapse and will be taken to the chairman to modify their memories.
Aido is not overtly fond of Yuki and dislikes the attention that Kaname gives her, but tolerates her presence because Kaname loves her. He has difficulty showing her respect, often calling her "Yuki Cross" or just "Hey, you", but becomes willing to protect her for Kaname's sake when Kaname announces that she is to be his lover. Aido eventually develops an understanding of Yuki when she claims that she will remain loyal to Kaname, regardless of what he says or does. When Yuki is revealed to be a pureblood vampire of the Kuran line, Aido has difficulty adjusting himself to referring to her in a formal manner and frequently corrects himself.
While Aido is the only one to witness Kaname kill Shizuka Hio, he remains loyal to Kaname and willing to lend Kaname his power in order to help find the killers of Kaname's parents. Though Kaname declines Aido's help in order to prevent Aido from putting himself in danger, Aido continues to investigate behind Kaname's back in order to discover possible enemies of the Kuran family and secrets that Kaname has hidden.

Akatsuki Kain (架院暁, Kain Akatsuki?)
Aido's cousin and another one of "Kaname-sama's right hand". His carefree attitude gets both him and Aido in trouble at times. His nickname is "Wild," despite the fact he is actually mellower than Aido. He tends to get blamed for the actions of other vampires, especially Aido, despite not being involved and ends up getting punished as a result. In a bonus story at the end of Volume 2 ("I Must've Been Born Under the "Victim of Circumstances" Star...") he also refers to Kaname as their "gang leader". He is incredibly perceptive and is frequently sensitive to others' feelings, most particularly with Aido and Ruka's. He first suspected Zero of killing Shizuka, but almost instantly realized that was not what had happened. Kain seems to have feelings for Ruka.

Ruka Souen (早園瑠佳, Sōen Ruka?)
A beautiful female vampire popular with the Day Class students and one of those who are the most faithful and protective of Kaname. She seems to dislike Yuki because Kaname loves her. It was expressed in a flashback that even before she met Kaname, she had always had feelings for him to the extent of wanting to give him her blood. Although Ruka has strong feelings for Kaname, he does not reciprocate them. He only drank her blood one time to protect Yuki from his urge to bite her, and has since politely refused to drink it. She becomes upset with the fact that Kaname choose Yuki to be his lover, but finally accepts Yuki when she discovers Yuki is Kaname's pureblood sister. She even gave Aido shoes to give to Yuki to wear.

Senri Shiki (支葵千里, Shiki Senri?)
One of the youngest Night Class members. He works as a model with Rima Tohya. When the Night Class is given orders to hunt down a level E vampire, Shiki is usually the one we see out hunting the level E vampires. He has a whip-like weapon which develops from his blood. His father is Rido Kuran (Kaname's uncle), thus making Shiki Kaname and Yuki's cousin, and his mother's uncle is part of the council. His mother was also a former actress, making the Shiki family well known. Shiki's body is currently being possessed by his father's soul, who is supposed to be dead. Though possessed by Rido, Rido claims that having Shiki regain conscious is easier then he let on. During his fight with Rima, who tries to convince Shiki to fight against Rido and to "Stop being an idiot", Shiki is seen trying to regain control, while Rido is telling him otherwise.

Rima Tohya (遠矢莉磨, Tōya Rima?)
One of the youngest night class students. She works as a model alongside Senri Shiki. Her exact relationship with Shiki is unknown, though they are almost always seen together, signifying a close relationship. She also cares deeply for Shiki and possesses a personality quite similar to his.
After suspecting Shiki has changed upon his return to school, she confronts Rido (who is in Shiki's body) and tells him to leave Shiki's body since she thinks that he is not Shiki. During her fight with Rido, it is revealed that she has an unspecified special ability. She is wounded by Rido, but is saved by Ichijo, who steps in on the fight to save her. She tries to convince Shiki to snap out of his state and calls him an idiot for letting Rido control him. Badly wounded, she is sent back home by Ichijo.

Seiren (星煉, Seiren?)
A student of the Night Class, she is Kaname's unofficial bodyguard. She is usually the first to defend Kaname from anyone she regards as a threat (this can be seen when Zero pointed the Bloody Rose at Kaname for saying that Zero sympathized with a level E vampire). It seems she also acts as a spy for Kaname.

Other Character's

Headmaster Kaien Cross (, Kurosu Kaien Rijichō )?)
Yuki's adoptive father, who also took Zero into his home for several years. Headmaster Cross dreams of peace between humans and vampires, and established the Night Class to promote understanding between the two races. Cross is shown to have a habit of provoking Zero and is eccentric in some ways, but he has a serious side as well. It is revealed that he is a former vampire hunter. He also seems to be close to Kaname, and seems to know Kaname's parents (whom are dead and founded the peace treaty) since he is indebted to them. He has always known that Yuki was a pureblood vampire.
Toga Yagari (, Yagari Tōga)?)
The current top ranked vampire hunter, Toga Yagari, formerly trained Zero to be a vampire hunter. He had lost his right eye due to trying to save Zero long ago. He showed up once at Cross Academy serving for a short while as a Night Class teacher, and to decide whether Zero is considered dangerous or not. He appears briefly in volume five, when he appears shocked about the council's decision to punish Zero. He also appears in the near end of chapter 36.
Shizuka Hio (, Hiō Shizuka)?)
The pure blood vampire who bit Zero; even her fellow vampires are uneasy around her. She is called "Mad Blooming Princess" by her fellow vampires. A manservant whom she loved (a former human vampire, said to have never fallen to Level E) was killed by a Kiryu vampire hunter. Enraged and out for revenge, she attacked the Kiryu family, killed Zero and Ichiru's parents, turned Zero into a vampire, and took Zero's twin, Ichiru, in as a devoted servant. Shizuka's blood can prevent Zero from falling to Level E, and thus Yuki risked her life for Zero to be able to drink Shizuka's blood. However, to protect Yuki, Kaname kills Shizuka and drinks her blood, leaving only a small amount for Zero to drink. Unfortunately the blood was drunk by Ichiru who arrived at the scene first. Before dying, Shizuka warns Kaname that he will live in darkness and has summoned a sinister future for himself. She was Rido Kuran's fiancée, but they never got married due to their deaths.
Maria Kurenai (, Kurenai Maria?)
A very distant relative of Shizuka Hio. Her mind was taken over by Shizuka in return so her body could be a little stronger, since she was often sickly. Maria has returned to her family after the Shizuka incident, but has asked Yuki that if she sees Ichiru, tell him Maria wants to see him again.
Asato Ichijo (, Ichijō Asatō?)
Asato is Takuma's grandfather and a member of the Vampire Council. He wanted to become Kaname's guardian after the death of Kaname's parents, but Kaname did not accept. He has allowed Takuma to attend Cross Academy for the purpose of spying on Kaname. His age and demeanor brings fear to many vampires, though Aido and Ruka openly confront him when Asato implies his desire to drink Kaname's blood. Many people call him Ichiō-sama (First Elder).
Sara Shirabuki (, Sara Shirabuki?)
A beautiful pureblood vampire of the Shirabuki family. She appears at a party held by the Aido family stating that "We purebloods have to stick together" to Kaname.
Rido Kuran (, Rido Kuran?)
A pure blood vampire, Senri Shiki's father, and Haruka Kuran's elder brother. He is supposed to be dead and his true body appears that way; however, he is still able to transfer his soul to other bodies and take control. His eyes are two different colors (crimson and blue), and when his soul is transferred to a different body, that body has eyes of two different colors. Rido's soul currently is in control of his son's body.
According to Asato Ichijo, he is the true head of the Kuran family. He currently is secretly reviving himself and gaining power, which only the council members know. Ten years ago, he was killed by Kaname when Rido attempted to kill Yuki as a sacrifice for undisclosed purposes. Rido is also aware that his fiancée, Shizuka Hio, was killed by Kaname.
Juri Kuran (, Juri Kuran?)
Yuki's mother and a pure blood vampire who resembles an older version of Yuki. Juri was the wife of Haruka Kuran. Ten years ago when Rido Kuran appeared, she was the one who erased Yuki's memories because she wanted her to live a normal human life at the cost of her own life. Headmaster Kaien Cross stated that he is in debt to her. Her last will was for Kaname to look after Yuki. It is also revealed that she is the sister of Haruka Kuran and that it is not uncommon for pureblood vampires to marry their siblings.
Haruka Kuran (, Haruka Kuran?)
Yuki's father and a pure blood vampire. Haruka was killed by his older brother, Rido Kuran, in his attempt to stop Rido from killing Yuki ten years ago. He revealed that the Vampire Council are trying to use pure blooded vampires for the value of their existence and the power of their blood. It is revealed he is siblings with Juri Kuran, yet loves her as a woman despite of that.

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Vampire Levels



Vampires have interbred with humans extensively, and they organize their society based in the purity of their blood. Level A is the Purebloods - a very small but very powerful minority. Only a bite from a Pureblood can change a human into a vampire. Pure Blood siblings can marry each other to keep the blood line pure, in fact this is not rare . Level B refers to Noble vampires with advanced powers. Ordinary vampires make up Level C, by far the largest group. Level D is comprised of vampires who were once human; they are a small group, as turning humans into vampires is forbidden and only a handful of Level A vampires would dare to. The final designation, Level E, is separate from the others because it is reserved for former human vampires who have become violently insane . Falling to Level E is considered the inevitable fate of all former human vampires, who can never completely accept their vampiric instincts and their need for blood. Level D or E vampires are left in the care of Level B vampires so they can keep them in check.
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Thx for sharing~
this anime look like interesting ~
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I'm still waiting for this anime to show up it's coming this april right?? along with some other more animes to watch~
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I can't wait ^^
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yeah... I can't wait for the anime but the manga is nice to... I wonder what will happen next.. im only at chapter 38.. the manga is here at cr.. but there are only 37 chapters here at cr..hope they release the next chaps....T_T read and watch vampire knight.....
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Check on oder website for animes or mangas folks ^^V
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Oh..i had read the manga..but i really cant wait for the release of the anime..XD..i hope it going to be as good as the manga..wah..finally going to see kaname talking and moving..=p haha...
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april 7th! just another few more days
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yeah another few day's..~♫
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I can't wait! Vampire Knight is the best! I'm sure its going to be a hit...
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I can't wait either...
It's going to be so exciting when it premieres...
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I have high hopes for this new animation, I will wait patienly until is realeased.
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I watched the first ep in raw. It was really good and Zero does look a bit different in the anime but it's amazing ^^

I love the songs they used for this anime and the seiyuu did a good job.
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I can't wait til the anime gets subbed! *tingles with excitement*
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OoO... i can't wait 4 it
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