Vampire Knight

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Vampire Knight
Vampire Knight, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of first volume of Vampire Knight released in Japan by Hakusensha on July 10, 2005.
ヴァンパイア騎士 (ナイト)
(Vanpaia Naito)
GenreDark fantasy,[1] romance, supernatural[2]
Written byMatsuri Hino
Published byHakusensha
English publisher
English magazine
Original runNovember 24, 2004May 24, 2013
Volumes19 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKiyoko Sayama
Written byMari Okada
Music byTakefumi Haketa
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 7, 2008 June 30, 2008
Episodes13 + Omake (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Vampire Knight Guilty
Directed byKiyoko Sayama
Written byMari Okada
Music byTakefumi Haketa
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Viz Media
Manga Entertainment
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Neon Alley
Original run October 6, 2008 December 29, 2008
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Vampire Knight memories
Written byMatsuri Hino
Published byHakusensha
English publisher
Viz Media
MagazineLaLa DX
Original runJune 10, 2016 – present
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
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Vampire Knight (Japanese: ヴァンパイア騎士 (ナイト), Hepburn: Vanpaia Naito) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Matsuri Hino. The series premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa magazine and officially ended in May 2013. Chapters were collected and published in collected volumes by Hakusensha, concluding with nineteen volumes released in Japan. The manga series is licensed in English by Viz Media, who has released all nineteen volumes. The English adaptation premiered in the July 2006 issue of Viz's Shojo Beat magazine, with the collected volumes being published on a quarterly basis.

Two drama CDs were created for the series, as well as a twenty-six episode anime adaptation. Produced by Studio Deen, the anime series' first season aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between April 8, 2008, and July 1, 2008. The second season, aired on the same station from October 7, 2008, to December 30, 2008. The anime uses many of the same voice actors as were used for the drama CDs. The anime adaptations were licensed for release in North America by Viz Media, the DVD released on July 20, 2010.[3]


Yuki's earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, where she was attacked by a rogue vampire and rescued by Kaname Kuran, a Pureblood vampire. Now ten years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, Kaien Cross, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her childhood crush, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. At her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend whose hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear leaves him determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions? In this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. The price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death. Should Yuki truly find out what was in her past, is the truth going to hurt her worse than not knowing?



The first chapter of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa. The individual chapters were collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Hakusensha, in nineteen volumes which were released in Japan. The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. In addition to publishing the individual volumes, the series was serialized in Viz's Shojo Beat manga anthology from the July 2006 issue until the magazine was discontinued after the August 2009 issue. It is licensed for English release in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, which released fifteen volumes. The final volume was released in English on October 14, 2014 by Viz Media.[4]


Since the manga's conclusion, Hino began releasing a series of special chapters, which take place after the end of the final volume. On November 8, 2013, Hino released the first special chapter titled "Life (, Inochi)",[5] which was licensed and released digitally by Viz Media on December 9, 2014.[6] The second special chapter, titled "I Like You (あなたのことが好きです, Anata no koto ga sukidesu)", was released on February 10, 2015.[7] On December 10, 2015, the third special chapter, titled "Love's Desire (愛の望み, Ai no nozomi)", was released.[8] On February 10, 2016, the fourth and final special chapter, "Between the End of One’s Life and Heaven (命の終わりと天国の間, Inochi no owari to tengoku no aida)", was released. The Lala issue also announced that a volume compiling the special chapters will be released in June 2016.[citation needed] Hino is currently releasing a brand new, spin-off manga called Vampire Knight Memories, which began in June.[9]


Studio Deen produced a twenty-six episode anime adaptation of the Vampire Knight manga, using many of the same voice actors featured on the drama CDs, written by Mari Okada, and directed by Kiyoko Sayama. The episodes started airing on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 7, 2008, and ran until the season conclusion on June 30, 2008. The episodes were also aired at later dates on TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co. The second season, named Vampire Knight Guilty, premiered on the same station October 6, 2008.[10][11] The final episode aired on December 29, 2008. On July 24, 2009, Viz Media announced it had acquired the license for the Vampire Knight anime and would begin releasing it to DVD on July 20, 2010.[12] In the UK, the first volume was officially released on DVD via Manga Entertainment on November 22, 2010. In Australia, ABC3 began airing the series (English-language version) in March 2011 and began repeats on July 3 later that year.

The series uses four pieces of theme music. The opening themes of both the first and second season are performed by the duo On/Off, with "Futatsu no Kodō to Akai Tsumi" (ふたつの鼓動と赤い罪) as the opening for the first season, and "Rinne Rondo" (輪廻 -ロンド-, Rinne) as the opening for the second one. Kanon Wakeshima performs the first season ending theme, "Still Doll", and also the second season's ending theme "Suna no Oshiro" (砂のお城). The soundtrack is composed by Takefumi Haketa and consists of 30 tracks (including the opening theme and ending theme).

Vampire Knight was made available for streaming on Hulu,[13] Netflix,[14][15] and Crunchyroll.[16]

Light novels[edit]

Three light novels created by Matsuri Hino and Ayuna Fujisaki were published in Japan by Hakusensha in 2008 (the first two novels) and 2013 (the third), respectively. The novels feature side-stories that use the characters of the manga, but are not specifically based on chapters from the series.[17] The first novel, Vampire Knight: Ice Blue's Sin (ヴァンパイア騎士 憂氷の罪, Vanpaia Naito: Aisu Burū no Tsumi), was published on April 5, 2008.[17][18] The first story within the novel looks at an incident that occurred at Cross Academy in the year preceding Yuki's arrival about a Day Class student named Fuka Kisaragi, while the second story details an incident that occurred while Zero was still in training to be a vampire hunter alongside Kaito Takamiya, another boy training under Toga Yagari to be a vampire hunter.[17]

The second novel, Vampire Knight: Noir's Trap (ヴァンパイア騎士 凝黒の罠, Vanpaia Naito: Nowāru no Wana), was published on October 3, 2008.[17][19] The story focuses on two minor characters, Nadeshiko Shindo and Kasumi Kageyama, from the manga, following their respective unrequited love at Cross Academy, as well as detailing a case that happened when Akatsuki Kain and Ruka Souen go to visit Senri Shiki and Rima Toya's modeling studio.[17]

The third novel, Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams (ヴァンパイア騎士ト 煌銀の夢, Vanpaia Naito: Flail no Yume), was released in 2014, featuring side-stories about Rido Kuran, Sara Shirabuki, and Yuki's and Zero's activities during the timeskip. The third novel is the only novel thus far to have been licensed by Viz Media and released in North America.[20]

Other media[edit]

Two drama CDs have been released for Vampire Knight. The first, LaLa Kirameki, was released as an extra with the September 2005 issue of LaLa. The second, Vampire Knight Midnight CD-Pack, was released only via mail order.

Vampire Knight DS (ヴァンパイア騎士 DS, Vanpaia Naito Dīesu) is a Japanese dating simulator based on Vampire Knight that was released by D3 Publisher in Japan in January 2009.[17]

In November 2008, the official Vampire Knight, titled Vampire Knight Fanbook: Cross (ヴァンパイア騎士 ファンブックX, Vanpaia Naito Fanbukku Kurosu), was published in Japan. In addition to providing additional information about the series characters and story, it includes images and details from Hino's storyboard.[17] The fanbook has been licensed by Viz Media and was released on October 19, 2010.[21]

A 94-page Matsuri Hino Illustrations Vampire Knight was released on July 5, 2010, the artwork included one original double page spread created for the Artbook and a compilation of 100 previously released Vampire Knight color artworks.

A live-action musical adaptation was announced and staged at the Hakuhinkan Theater in Tokyo from January 21 to the 25th, 2015.[22][23] Another musical took place July 1 to the 5th, 2015.[24]


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  2. ^ "The Official Website for Vampire Knight". Viz Media. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Voice Actors Named for Animated Series Vampire Knight". Dread Central. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  4. ^ "Viz Media Announces the Finale of Matsuri Hino's Series Vampire Knight". Anime News Network. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "New Vampire Knight Side-Story to be Published in Lala Fantasy Special Issue". Anime News Network. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  6. ^ "Vampire Knight: Life, Volume 1". Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Vampire Knight Manga Gets New Chapter in February". Anime News Network. 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  8. ^ "Vampire Knight Manga Gets New Chapter in December". Anime News Network. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  9. ^ "Matsuri Hino Launches New Vampire Knight Manga in June". Anime News Network. 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  10. ^ "Vampire Knight 2nd Season to Air in Japan in October". Anime News Network. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  11. ^ "Vampire Knight Guilty Sequel's Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  12. ^ "Vampire Knight Licensed by Viz Media". Anime News Network. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  13. ^ "Vampire Knight". Hulu. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  14. ^ "Vampire Knight". Netflix. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  15. ^ "Vampire Knight". Netflix. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  16. ^ "Crunchyroll and VIZ Media Team Up, Death Note and More Join Anime Catalog". Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Vampire Knight News". Shojo Beat. 5 (1): 288. January 2009. ISSN 1932-1600.
  18. ^ "Vampire Knight Comic" (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Archived from the original on 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  19. ^ ヴァンパイア騎士凝黒の罠 (in Japanese). ASIN 4592187016.
  20. ^ "Viz's Shojo Beat Adds Vampire Knight Novel, Chika Shiomi's Yukarism". 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  21. ^ "Viz Gets Gente, Library Wars, Grand Guignol Orchestra, Nice to Meet You, Kamisama (Update 2". Anime News Network. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  22. ^ ""Vampire Knight" Gets Musical Adaptation in January 2015". 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  23. ^ "Vampire Knight Manga Gets Stage Musical in January". Anime News Network. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  24. ^ Paul Chapman (2015-04-26). ""Vampire Knight" Musical Returns to the Stage as "Vampire Knight - Revive"". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2017-11-03.

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