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Vampire Knight began as a manga series created by Matsuri Hino in 2004. This is the original series on which the anime and musical are based.

The original manga series ended in 2013, and it was followed by a sequel titled Vampire Knight: Memories which is currently being serialized.

Release

Japanese release

The original manga was serialized in LaLa magazine from November 2004 to May 2013. It ran for 93 chapters collected into 19 volumes, published by Hakusensha under their Hana to Yume label. The chapters were later re-released in a 10-volume collection under their Hakusensha Bunko label.

After the completion of the series, Matsuri Hino released several post-series oneshot chapters; the first was released in LaLa Fantasy magazine, and subsequent chapters were released in LaLa DX magazine. These were later collected under the title Vampire Knight: Memories, and the series officially began serialization in LaLa DX. The series is published by Hakusensha under their Hana to Yume label.

English release

The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Viz Media, who releases them under their Shojo Beat label. All of the original nineteen volumes have been released, and Vampire Knight: Memories is currently being released as well. Additionally, Vampire Knight was serialized in Viz's Shojo Beat manga anthology magazine beginning in the July 2006 issue, and continuing until Shojo Beat was discontinued with the July 2009 issue.

The series was licensed for English-language release in Singapore by Chuang Yi, which also released Chinese versions of the manga. However, Chuang Yi ceased operations after releasing just eighteen of the original nineteen volumes.

The series is licensed for English-language release in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. Initially, Chuang Yi's versions of the series were imported and released with Madman Entertainment using a new ISBN. When Chuang Yi ceased operations, Madman Entertainment partnered with Viz Media to release the rest of the series.

Plot Summary

Yuki Cross' earliest memory is of being attacked by a scary vampire and saved by Kaname Kuran, also a vampire. Ten years later, Yuki and vampire hunter, Zero Kiryu are at Cross Academy as school guardians protecting the "Day Class" human students from the "Night Class" vampire students. The story follows Yuki's discovery that her childhood friend, Zero has spent the last four years trying to fight his transformation into a vampire and he has finally succumbed. Yuki struggles to help Zero fight his bloodlust and to recover her own lost memories, while suspecting that Kaname knows more than he is saying.

When his uncle, Rido Kuran returns to kill Yuki, Kaname is forced to reveal her secret by biting Yuki and reawakening her true nature as a Pureblood vampire and returning her memories of being Yuki Kuran, his supposed younger sister. Rido is killed by Zero and Yuki while Kaname faces and destroys the Rido's allies, the Vampire Council, revealing himself to be one of the original vampires and the founder of the Kuran clan. Yuki and Zero part as enemies after Zero reveals he intends to end everything, by killing all Purebloods even her. Yuki leaves with Kaname and they return to the Kuran family home and the story restarts a year later with Yuki dealing with vampire society and new enemies, such as Sara Shirabuki.

Volumes

For a summary of each chapter, see: Chapter Summaries.

Vampire Knight volumes

Vampire Knight: Memories volumes

Image gallery

Main article: Manga/Image Gallery

See also

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