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Vampire Knight Vol. #15 Manga Review

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Vampire Knight Volume 15
Vampire Knight Volume 15

Back to school with this latest volume!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Matsuri Hino
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
English Adaptation: Nancy Thistlethwaite

What They Say:
With Kaname missing, Yuki must now step in as acting head of her clan to maintain the fragile peace between the human and vampire societies. Will she be able to regain the trust of the vampire aristocrats, much less Aido?

After a bit of gossip, we see Yuki discussing Kaname with Cross. She tells him that she knows nothing, and he tells her that evil vampires have begun acting. Later on, Yuki helps a young girl recover from a vampire attack, and goes off to hunt down the vampiric attacker. While doing so she meets Zero once again, and afterwards begins taking action to change things on her own. It turns out that Yuki’s plan is to reinstate the Night Class, which she does by visiting a number of her vampire acquaintances. Though the older vampires are resistant to the idea, the younger ones agree to follow along. Zero comes back to the school as well, prepared to hunt down anyone from the Night Class if they step out of line.

Once the Night Class is re-established, they decide to follow Yuki out in order to hunt down some violent vampires. Meanwhile, Kaname keeps plotting mysteriously and tensions flare up between Zero and Yuki. Sara begins interacting more directly with the plot by joining the Night Class along with her harem, and additionally begins production of a new better-tasting blood tablet, which is surely something more sinister than what it sounds like. As the volume comes to a close, Zero gets closer to both Maria and Yuki, even allowing the latter to drink his blood.

In Summary:
Really, not much of note happens in this volume, outside of the usual dosage of drama and angst. The biggest change that comes with this volume is more a regression towards the old status quo, which doesn’t really pack much of a punch. Meanwhile, the villains (as well as those of ambiguous morality) continue plotting in the background, but nothing really comes of it. Hopefully one of the big players makes their move with the next volume, but for now this remains a rather dull and uneventful book.

Content Grade: C+
Art Grade: A
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B

Age Rating: 16+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
MSRP: $9.99