Friday, October 19, 2018

Manga Review: Vampire Knight: Memories, Volume 1, by Matsuri Hino

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 2017
Volumes: 3+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Immortal tales of the past and present from the world of Vampire Knight.
Vampire Knight returns with collection of stories that delve into Yuki and Zero's time as a couple in the past and explore the relationship between Yuki's children and Kaname in the present.
After a fierce battle between humans and vampires, a temporary peace was established, but Kaname continued to sleep within a coffin of ice...
Yuki gave Kaname her heart to revive him as a human being.
These are the stories of what happened during those 1,000 years of Kaname's slumber, and the start of his human life.


I guess this takes place during the time that Kaname is asleep, though parts are background and future; it's a bit mixed together.
The volume opens with Sayori, as we get to see her first impression of Yuki, and on through her life as Yuki's friend, as she grows older and they don't. Seeing her relationship with Hanabusa develop is really sweet, as he's a character I've always enjoyed, even if you know it'll be bittersweet.
We see glimpses of the other vampires, as they go on with their lives. We see Yuki and Zero as their relationship gets time to develop; they're always around each other, even if they're conflicted. And we get to see Yuki's kids as they grow older, Ai and Ren, as they wait for Kaname to wake up and tell him what's happened.
While the differences in timeline didn't really bother me, some of the story still felt a little off. I don't know if it's that Ren and Ai seemed under-developed or if I just didn't really care for them. And then Yuki and Zero's relationship... After everything with Kaname, I'm still conflicted on how I feel about them.
I'm going to read more, but I would like Hino to move onto something else, start a new story. I think I'm over this series, maybe.

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