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Vampire Knight 1

4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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At prestigious Cross Academy, there are two sessions of classes, the Day Class and the Night Class. As the school's Disciplinary Committee, Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu keep watch over the Day Class students, who are all infatuated with the beautiful, elite Night Class students. As Guardians, Yuki and Zero must also protect the secret of the Night Class--they are all vampires!

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JSSPU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a review of the English Dubbed version of Vampire Knight so far. As someone who has seen the entire Vampire Knight series in Japanese, I was very excited to hear that it was being dubbed in English. I have now watched the first four episodes of the English dub. Many people were worried about the choice of Vic Mignogna for the role of Zero, but in my personal opinion, Vic's performance is the strongest of the the three leads. While his voice may not be 100% perfect for Zero, his great acting skills make up for it, and he does pitch his voice to a lower register (a tone reminiscent of his performance as Ikkaku in "Bleach). Yuki's English voice is a pretty decent fit, but the acting fluctuates in skill - sometimes it is good and sometimes it is lacking. Kaname's English actor was, in my opinion, the weakest choice. His voice does not really match the character and the acting is very flat. I can only hope that he will improve as the series progresses. The supporting cast is actually pretty good. Headmaster Cross, Aido, Seiren, Kain, Yori, Ruka, and many of the other smaller characters are well-acted and enjoyable.

Overall, the series is decent. It is nice not to have to read subtitles and the English dub helped me understand certain plot points that confused me in Japanese. The leads could be stronger, but the supporting cast is quite good.
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"Vampire Knight" is the story of a high school girl torn between two platonic lovers; or four fangs, in this case. After all, when it comes to vampire fiction, any horror noob knows that a vampire's bite is essentially synonymous with sex. And since so many romantic anime are so annoyingly coy about physical expressions of affection, that makes vampires a welcome addition to the shojo (girlie anime) genre. Now the heroine is free to get her rocks off and the boys have to do all the sucking for once. Now I know what you're thinking: "is this an anime version of Twilight? Well, sorta kinda, yeah. But it isn't all that bad. In fact, it wasn't far from being really good. The vampire mythology is unique without deviating too far from established genre norms and some of the characters are quite likeable. As far as vampire anime goes, you could do worse. There have been two seasons, with the second titled "Vampire Knight Guilty". This is a review of the first 13-episode season.

Yuki is the adoptive daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy; a social experiment where humans go to school during the day, and vampires attend at night. Yuki is a Prefect (guardian), which is to say it's her job to keep the peace along with her partner Zero, who comes from a family of renowned vampire hunters that were slaughtered by a powerful ladyvamp. Since every girl in the day class is smitten with every boy in the night class-who are prone to temptation- this is a rough job. While Zero's fierce demeanor is enough to keep the screaming throngs of wannabe Bellas in check, the diminutive and soft-spoken Yuki has a comically hard time with crowd control. The vampires and hunters work together to exterminate any stray vampires who go out of control, known as level E's.
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I'm really excited for the dubbed to be finally coming out. I enjoy the sub version so much but it will be nice to be able to listen to it in a language I understand more. Like many people I am a little worried about the dubbed voice actors. Not so much Vic, who will play zero, because the character he voiced in the Air series was also a pretty "depressed" character. But I'm wondering how Yuki's voice is going to sound. The voice actresses for her in the sub I feel is just so perfect. But all in all I'm excited for the dub because this is one of my favorite animes, just because I enjoy the characters and their relationships. =D
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I have to be real about this, I was expecting more out of this anime. Maybe becasue it had to do with vampires I was expected something that was gonna blow my mind away. Of course, I am not telling you to buy this anime, it's good, but I was not hooked like other anime for example balck butler, darker than black, and etc. But it is a good anime, but I was expected it to be more darker for a dark anime. I have bought all of season one and two, but havent watched season two yet....but I will want to know what happens. I do recommend people to watching this anime on youtube before buying it. Just in case, but it's a good enough anime for me to buy and watch sometimes. Great anime artwork, great voice actors, but something is missing, I just don't know what it is yet^^
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In this one, you get to learn about the school's day class and night class and how they came about. There are also some secrets and hidden pasts, most which won't be found out til later on. It's quite a take on the whole vampire legend.
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I ordered this because I had read the manga in Shojo Beat magazine and had fallen in love with the characters (although I did come into the storyline well beyond where this DVD begins). The first two episodes were very slow, but started to give a little background information on two of the three main characters. Granted, things did need to be explained, but there had to be a better way to do it.

Zero and Kaname are very interesting young men, however, if I had to listen to Yuki whine once more about this, that, or how much she owes Kaname I was going to strangle her. She's so wishy-washy and needs to grow a backbone. Her never-ending need for sympathy reminds of a saying out here...sympathy is in the dictionary between s**t and syphilis.

Even with her whining I can't wait for the next installment and will purchase it as soon as it comes out.
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