Title: Vampire Knight Vol 5
Author: Matsuri Hino
Publisher: Shojo Beat
Publication Date: September 2008
Classification: 18+ Manga
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! Zero is suspected of killing Shizuka Hio, the pureblood vampire who murdered his family. Incensed, the vampire senate sends assassins to Cross Academy to execute him. Will the Night Class intervene, or will Kaname let Zero take the fall?
After all of the action in volume 4 this volume wraps up some of the questions from the previous volume. In the end of volume 4 Shizuka Hio is killed by Kaname but Kaname leaves before anyone can find the body. Zero gets basically set up for her murder and killing a pureblood is not allowed so there will be repercussions. The vampire Senate sends vampire hench-men to kill Zero for his crime. This makes it seem like Kaname has a darker side since he might very well be willing to let Zero die for his crimes.
I did like this volume because even though there isn’t a ton of action there is more character development in this novel. There could very well be a darker side to Kaname because we know at this point that he does care for Yuki even though he doesn’t always show it. The big question is how far is Kaname willing to go in order to get rid of Zero? After all Zero is getting closer to Yuki and he is crossing lines by drinking Yuki’s blood. Since Kaname is a pureblood and very powerful in his own right everyone is on their toes wondering what actions Kaname will take next, does he take Yuki as his own even at the risk of her hating him for doing something to Zero?
Overall, I did enjoy the character development in this volume and the end left me cheering. I don’t want to spoil the ending but I really always did like his character from the beginning so I’m excited to see what will happen in volume 6. So for this volume I will give it 4.5 hearts for continuing on the storyline in a great way with characters that are really growing on me. The only complaint I have about this series so far is that sometimes the drawings of the vampires look very similar, so sometimes it is hard to tell some of the vampires apart.