September Anime Challenge: Vampire Knight

To some students, school is already filled with monsters like pimples, homework and psychotic physical education teachers. In Vampire Knight it is not glowy cute vampires like in the Twilight series or a group of nerds led by a cheerleader like in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The monsters are darker, much more beautiful and just love your blood type.

Vampire Knight was created by Matsuri Hino as a manga bearing the same name. The anime was produced by Studio Deen. Kiyoko Sayama directed it. Takefumi Haketa did the soundtrack. The anime is 26 episodes but are broken down into two seasons: Vampire Knight (13 Episodes) and Vampire Knight Guilty (13 Episodes)

The main protagonist is Yuki Cross a human girl, whose earliest memory is about a stormy night in winter, ten years ago, when a vampire attacked her and she was rescued by another vampire named Kaname Kuran. Everything before that night is a blur and she cannot remember.

Yuki is the adoptive daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, a school for human students by day and vampire students at night. Yuki is in love with the mysterious vampire that rescued her. As the series progress, she starts remembering her past, suffering from hallucinations and her mind sinks into darkness and corruption, which forces Kaname to awaken her and lead her to her true identity.

Another plotline involves the tale of Zero Kiryuu, who struggles with dark thoughts of hatred towards vampires since his family were wiped out by vampires and this turned him into a person slowly turning into one, the transformation only held bay with medication.

Week 1 September 06 to September 12, 2021

Episode 1- 3

Konnichiwa Minna and welcome to our Vampire Knight Challenge. This month we give you Shojou recommendations and this week we recommend an olf favourite from an old Monthly challenge you may have missed.

Nana 

Nana is based on the Manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. The manga itself ran from 2000 to 2009 in Cookie Magazine when it went on hiatus. The anime series ran from 2006 to 2007 and was animated by Madhouse, directed by Morio Asaka and written by Tomoko Konparu. It has a brilliant music score and boasts memorable openings by actresses from the series such as the series first and third openings and third ending songs which were performed by Anna Tsuchiya.

The anime series’ name takes inspiration from its two main characters who are both Nana by name. Small town girl Nana Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo, hoping to live her dream life while the other Nana, Nana Osaki used to be a member of a popular punk rock band in her home town and now finds her in the city of Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a vocalist. These two Nanas meet on the train to Tokyo, and later run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment and decide that they must be roommates. The series shows us their friendships and lives in a classic slice of life style was the Nanas chase their dreams. Read more on Nana on our May 2019 Anime challenge page. 

We hope you enjoy the Vampire Knight Challenge and will give our recommendation, Nana a chance. Have a super sugoi week.

Week 2 September 13 to September 19, 2021

Episode 4 – 6

Konnichiwa Minna and welcome to our Vampire Knight Challenge. This month we give you Shojou recommendations and this week’s recommendation is from the magic girl sub-genre, the popular

Cardcaptor Sakura

Kinomoto Sakura is only 10 years old, but it is her responsibility to protect the world from the mystical Clow Cards (which she accidentally released, by the way). She discovers that she has magical abilities after she frees a deck of magical cards by accident from a book in which they have been sealed. She’s given the task to catch the cards in order to save the world from an unspecified impending doom. Being the creation of Studio CLAMP, she has a lot of crossovers and references to other CLAMP anime and manga. In xxxHolic, she is mentioned when Yuko states that Sakura is living with her boyfriend (Syaoran). Kimihiro Watanuki also mentions her while holding onto Sakura’s staff. She makes a cameo appearance in the anime Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Sakura appearance as a spirit that guides Princess Sakura back to her friends. Our girl Sakura is popular, popping up in a lot of anime, but her 70 episode series Cardcaptor Sakura is a great place to begin your journey with her. It ran from 1998 to 2000 and there are a sequel series as well, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and a CardCaptor Sakura Movie.

We hope you enjoy the Vampire Knight Challenge and will give our recommendation, Cardcaptor Sakura a chance. Have a super sugoi week.

Week 3 September 20 to September 26, 2021

Episode 7 – 9

Konnichiwa Minna and welcome to our Vampire Knight Challenge. This month we give you Shojou recommendations and this week’s recommendation is a romantic fantasy named

Snow White with the Red Hair (Japanese title Akagami no Shirayuki-hime).

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is a heartwarming show about a red-haired herbalist called Shirayuki (which translates to ‘White Snow’ or ‘Snow White’). The prince in the kingdom where she lived becomes so obsessed with her and her red hair (which is very rare in that world, it seems) that she is forced to flee her country. While fleeing, she makes a friend with a man who helps her who happens to be a prince. He aids her and she decides to become a royal herbalist at his court. The anime was produced by Warner Bros., Hakusensha, Showgate, The Klockworx Co. Ltd., Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Docomo Anime Store, BS Fuji and Bones, which handled the animation. The anime was directed by Masahiro Ando and the script was written by Deko Akao. The first 12-episode-season ran from July to September 2015 and was followed by a second season in 2016. Read more on Snow White with the Red Hair on our July 2020 Anime challenge page. 

We hope you enjoy the Vampire Knight Challenge and will give our recommendation, Snow White with the Red Hair a chance. Have a super sugoi week.

Week 4 September 27 to October 03, 2021

Episode 10 – 13

Konnichiwa Minna and welcome to our Vampire Knight Challenge. This month we gave you Shojou recommendations but we must look at one last element of Shojou anime that is interesting, the stereotypes of anime characters you can expect in a shoujo anime. We all have that favourite stereotype characters that we look for in anime, perhaps the shy girl because we love that kawaiiness in anime, or that accident-prone girl that put a smile on our face. Let’s explore that and more in this useful video guide.

We hope your favourite shojou character type made the list. Enjoy the rest of the Vampire Knight Challenge and have a super sugoi week!