Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 3 by Matsuri Hino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Warnings: physical violence, terrorist attack (bombing, suicide bombing), blood-letting
Yuki and Zero have finally decided to give their relationship a go, after decades of being ‘friendly’ in the eyes of everyone else. It was also convenient that most of the detractors are dead now, so after going and personally delivering some warnings, they are free to be with each other. Even Ai is in hibernation, so things are quiet – until they aren’t. The headmaster of Cross Academy is starting to show signs of decline, and that also means we are reminded of the mortality of the vampire hunter bloodline; but his longevity means Aido has a research subject. Meanwhile, stirring up more trouble are a group of anti-vampire humans that don’t agree with the assimilation of the vampire and human societies, which becomes violent in this volume.
This volume was more of the quiet moments – Yuki and Zero talking about their future and their relationship, Cross nostalgically remembering about Juri and how he met her and how the idea for the Cross Academy came to be. Even in the distant future, Kaname is looking at the idyllic life of the town where he lives, wondering what it took to achieve that peace (he doesn’t remember his vampire life), and deciding how he wants to live his human life. But yeah, then there was those anti-vampire folks coming in and destroying stuff, so I guess we have a new antagonist for this series?
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
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Releases on July 2, 2019