Vampire Knight Guilty

Title:Vampire Knight Guilty
Vampire Knight 2
ヴァンパイア騎士 Guilty
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Notables: Animation - Studio DEEN
KISHIO Daisuke
Yuuki wants to know more about her true family and her forgotten past and starts a research. The secret will be revealed. Yuki, Kaname and Zero will show the begining of a new mystery and a forbidden love.

Continuation of the story told in Vampire Knight.

Series aired Oct thru Dec '08.
13 TV Episodes (~24min).
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Watch 10 10 10 10 10 10 Violet D [series:1890#1393]
Vampire Knight Guilty episode 13 and the Final or was it. I really liked this one and I thought the story was exciting and even the ending had me wondering. Is Zero going to hunt Yuke down at some point and kill her or is it going to be forgotten. Now she is a full blood Vampire and Zero is Vampire hunter. They end it with Kaname and Yuke leaving together and her telling Zero she will be waiting for him to show up. So this is the cliffhanger they end the story with. It leaves you wondering this isn't the conclusion.

Last updated Tuesday, March 10 2009. Created Tuesday, March 10 2009.
Watch Stretch [series:1890#628]
(Watch+ or Rent-)

(All episodes watched):

...and this one picks up right where the first one left off. Zero Kiryuu is back, having somehow recovered from his seemingly hopeless descent into "Level-E" status, which leaves Yuki relieved but also mystified. He is widely believed to be responsible for the death of the pureblood vampire Shizuka Hio, which earns him a death sentence. In fact, however, it was Kaname who both killed Shizuka and healed Zero by allowing him to suck a little of his own pure blood. Though Kaname does not admit this, he places Zero under his own protection; Zero, being deeply in his debt, is in no position to expose him. And simmering just below the surface is the Yuki-Zero-Kaname love triangle.

So far, so good, was my initial impression of VK Guilty. New OP and ED sequences are about all that's new, plus Kaname risking the wrath of his vampire superiors by shielding Zero. Presumably the only reason he spared him was because he fears Yuuki would be devastated if this close friend of hers was to die. There's a naughty, tempting atmosphere to this show; certain guys are devilishly handsome, but they're also vampires, after all. Character designs seemed slightly different from the first season at first, as if the crew was having a little trouble keeping them uniform. Perhaps it was all my imagination. A good joke here and there certainly doesn't hurt. Numerous characters are skillfully pitted against one another, resulting in a lot of brewing anger, vengeance and suspicion, which keeps things intriguing. Zero's evil twin reappears, adding yet another faction to the struggle for power and love.

I'm not altogether certain that I like the shocking explanation of Kaname and Yuuki's relationship that appears in episode seven. Something had to happen, certainly, but this seems to kill a lot of the tension and naughty excitement rather than ratcheting it up another notch. The term "cop-out" comes to mind. Many of my basic assumptions about this show had been suddenly turned upside down, leaving my brain scrambled to the extent that I likewise didn't know what was up and what was down anymore. I began to wonder how--or if--the series would hold my attention for the remaining episodes.

The romantic triangle was still intact, since Kaname hadn't been disqualified after all; still, I couldn't think of him in the same way. No matter how things would work out, I must give this show--and the first season--credit for creating an intriguing mystique of life and politics within a credible vampire aristocracy. Wealth and power are always intriguing, as is the notion that there's a sublime price to be paid for possessing them--a concept being refurbished here in a novel way.

VK Guilty didn't interest me enough for me to pay the close attention that is necessary to keep track of all the different factions and who is an enemy of who. This became obvious in episode 11, when I was clearly supposed to feel moved as a certain character dies--except that until a couple of minutes before, I had thought of him as a pure villain, and therefore I couldn't bring myself to feel much pity for him. It seemed that a relatively colorful character, who I had thought would be the chief bad guy, had been dispensed with and a somewhat more shallow one would play that part. The final episode seemed rather anti-climactic, as a surprisingly large part of it was wrap-up after the crisis. The final choice Yuki made regarding her lover seemed unexciting; no good reason was expressed, it seemed almost a choice by default. It almost felt as if the show's makers hadn't even realized that the viewers were expecting a thrill after watching two seasons which revolved around this decision. Vampire Knight Guilty ended with more of a whimper than a bang, but since I never got thoroughly engrossed in it, I can't complain too much. It was fairly fun while it lasted.

Last updated Friday, May 28 2021. Created Saturday, October 11 2008.

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