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From writer Matsuri Hino and director Kiyoko Sayama (the english adaption is directed by Kristi Reed) comes the Anime production of Vampire Knight, the television series. The setting is Cross Academy and the primary characters are Yuki Cross, Kaname Kuran, Zero Kiryu and the students of the academy. The premise of the story revolves around the question of whether or not mortal humans can coexist with immortal vampires.

The plot line; Yuki Cross, a day time student and adopted daughter of Kaien Cross, was attacked by a vampire as a young girl only to be saved by another vampire, Kaname. In later years, this act of forbidden kindness become the basis of Yuki's desire to protect the secret of her hero and his classmates of the night class. With the help of her best friend, Zero, she assumes responsibility for keeping the mortals of the day class segregated from the immortals of the night class, all of whom are vampires. The day class students are drawn to the beauty of the night class students while completely unaware of the truth that lies beneath the surface.

There does exist a bevy of conflicts for the show's characters. The most obvious of these conflicts is the ongoing relationship between Yuki and Kaname. Kaname has an obvious attraction to Yuki but must be careful to not act upon these feelings as interaction between mortals and immortals is strictly forbidden. For Yuki, it is simply a question of loyalty, or is it something more?

Zero is a reluctant co-protector of the tenuous co-existence between the two classes. Zero holds a deep rooted hatred and mistrust for the vampires based on his family's tragic history at the hands of the immortals. He is genuinely torn between his friendship with Yuki, his devotion to the school and his desire for revenge.

The weekly episodes are laced with secrecy, conflict and innuendo. The characters are all forced to live within the confines of two different worlds, the world they understand and a world that threatens their very survival. In the end, the elite Cross Academy must excel in-spite of the secrets that could destroy the academic institution and it's reputation.

TV Tokyo
2 Seasons, 26 Episodes
April 7, 2008
Anime
7.8/10
Cast: Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker
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  • Vampire Knight Guilty Episode 14

  • Vampire Knight Guilty Episode 12

  • Vampire Knight Guilty Episode 11

  • Yuki is continually haunted by visions of blood. Nevertheless, she is determined to find out about her past from Kaname, but he repeatedly evades her question. Zero sees Yuki looking troubled and goes to the Moon Dormitory by himself.

  • While the Night Class is at the Aido family's vacation home, Yuki, driven by her desire to stop hurting Zero, tries to regain her memory of the past and becomes haunted by even more powerful visions.

  • The Night Class goes to the Aido family's vacation home during the long break, but Hanabusa decides to stay at the academy because he suspects Kaname had something to do with Shizuka's death.

  • After Shizuka Hio's death, peace is restored at the academy. As usual, Yuki is busy with her duties as Guardian when Zero, who has been gone for quite some time, comes back.

  • After suffering a mortal wound, Shizuka quietly dies in Ichiru's arms. Meanwhile, Yuki and Zero try to find where Shizuka may have gone, but Zero is constantly thwarted by his Level E seizures…

  • Yuki learns that Maria's true identity is Shizuka, the pureblood vampire who bit Zero and turned him into a vampire. With this information, Yuki accepts a deal from Shizuka and offers her blood in order to save Zero.

  • After suffering a mortal wound, Shizuka quietly dies in Ichiru's arms. Meanwhile, Yuki and Zero try to find where Shizuka may have gone, but Zero is constantly thwarted by his Level E seizures…

  • There is a rare commotion in the Moon Dormitory when the Night Class gets word that Takuma's grandfather will...

  • Yuki makes a secret decision regarding Zero, who is now determined to fight his affliction until the very end. Yuki feels guilty for betraying Kaname and keeping a secret from him…

  • Zero tried to sink his fangs into Yuki, but he was able to get hold of himself just before he succumbed to his urge. However, there is someone who is trying to kill him: the new teacher Yagari…

  • A new ethics teacher, Toga Yagari, arrives at Cross Academy. His looks, which are atypical for a teacher, are all the buzz among the Day Class students, and even Zero seems to have lost his usual composure.

  • Seeing the state Yuki is in, Kaname takes her from Zero, who is left speechless when he realizes what he has done. Yuki cries in frustration, unaware of Zero's secret, even though they've known each other for a long time…

  • As a duty of the Disciplinary Committee, Yuki and Zero must conduct a surprise inspection of the students' belongings at both the Sun and the Moon Dormitories. Just as they are about to enter the Moon Dormitory, Zero suddenly leaves the school grounds…

  • Tomorrow is the annual St. Xocolatl's Day, when it is customary for the girls at the academy to give chocolates to the boys. Although Yuki is busy patrolling the school grounds to catch the Day Class girls trying to sneak chocolates to the Night Class boys the day before the event, she finds time to make chocolates for Kaname as her token of appreciation. Meanwhile, the Headmaster catches Zero succumbing to a mysterious seizure, and it seems he may know the cause of Zero's suffering.

  • The prestigious private school, Cross Academy, consists of two sessions, the Day Class and Night Class. Although the Night Class consists of students that are all beautiful, intelligent elites, they are in fact vampires! As members of the Disciplinary Committee, Yuki Cross and her childhood friend Zero Kiryu keep a close watch over the students of the Day Class, who are infatuated with the Night Class students, while acting as appointed Guardians for the Night Class to protect their true identity.

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