Title: Vampire Knight Vol 4
Author: Matsuri Hino
Publisher: Shojo Beat
Publication Date: April 2008
Classification: 18+ Manga
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Zero warns Yuki to stay away from Maria Kurenai, the new Night Class transfer student, although he won’t tell Yuki why. Kaname is also wary, and he sends Ichijo to watch Maria so she doesn’t start trouble. Who is this girl, and why does she have the entire Night Class on edge?
After the place that volume 3 left readers in I had to read the fourth volume right away. In volume 3 we were able to see a new transfer student named Maria join the Night Class at Cross Academy. Sweet and innocent as she might appear Zero and the students of the Night Class know differently. Yuki is warned to stay far away from her but she doesn’t exactly understand why. Everyone tries to keep Yuki out of danger because Maria is really a pureblood vampire, meaning she can change a human into a vampire. However, Yuki is a stubborn girl and she might just find herself walking into a trap when Maria tells her she knows how to save Zero from becoming a level E vampire.
The story really takes off in this volume with many twists and turns that center around Maria. Of course there is some fun in all of the dark times in this volume because there is a grand ball going on at the academy. We get to see a bit more romance between Yuki and Kaname in this volume which was great to see. For so long Kaname was hanging around in the background of each volume but he is finally stepping up. Not only is Kaname becoming more of a focus in the storyline but we learn he has a few tricks up his sleeve and we have to wonder just what Kaname, a pureblood vampire himself, is capable of.
Overall, I really did enjoy this volume, more so than the previous three. I felt the storyline was such a rush in this volume, I mean that in a good way. There was never a time to get bored with the twists and turns of the storyline and the romance that is slowly starting to form between Yuki and Kaname. I didn’t really like Kaname in the beginning volumes but now he is starting to grow on me and I understand his actions better. Most of his actions really center around Yuki and keeping her safe even if that means sometimes Kaname has to let Zero take the lead on a few things. Overall the art is still great, some of the chapter covers have great images again and I’m really excited about where this series is going. I’m going to give this volume 4.5 hearts because it was my favorite volume of this series so far.