In this episode, we delve into Vampire Knight, teen angst, anime, and the taboo that lurks behind many vampire relationships.
Introduction to Vampire Knight:
Vampire Knight is based on a shōjo manga series written by Matsuri Hino, first published in 2005. Studio Dean produced the anime adaptation of the series, using many of the same voice actors featured in the drama cds. The show follows Yuki Cross, a teenage girl and a guardian who strives to keep vampires secret from the humans. Yuki's first memory is of a blood stained field of snow where Kaname Kuran, a Pureblood vampire, saved her from an "evil vampire." A vampire-hunter-turned-school-headmaster adopted Yuki, and later Zero Kiryu, a young boy from a family of vampire hunters. The show is set in an eclectic boarding school, designed by vampire Kaname Kuran and Kaien Cross (vampire hunter/adoptive father).
Introduction to the show mythology:
A horrible catastrophe struck the world and vampires crawled forth from the wreckage.
Aristocrat vampires are born vampire but are not "pure" and have human "contamination" in their lineage. Humans can be converted into a vampire through a Pureblood vampire's bite, but will degenerate until they are a Level E or "The End." A Level E vampire reverts to only the basest of instincts and retains zero humanity. The only way to avoid becoming a Level E is to consume the blood of their Pureblood maker.
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