Note that this is a review of the anime, not the Manga(I've given up reading it).
Nothing really special and stands out in this anime but if you want some romance anime series to keep you up for just a couple of hours, this one you'll enjoy. I like this one but I don't think it's one of those anime's that will be remembered for long. The one thing that really stood out as far as I'm concerned is the opening song for its first season(Vampire Knight),Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi by On/Off.
Twilight, anyone? Yes, a lot of people has compared this with twilight. And if you liked Twilight, then there's a 99% probability that you'll like Vampire Knight too. Our Bella is Yuuki Cross, a "day class" student at Cross Academy. Instead of a Team Edward vs. Team Jacob, we have a Team Kaname vs. Team Zero. But I have to admit that Vampire Knight is not your typical romance anime. This is one strength of this series. Or should we attribute it to the vagueness of dialogues that one cannot fully decipher the meaning behind the stares, the meaning behind some Shakespearean lines that can be interpreted in different ways? You see, to be honest, even if having finished watching Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty(composed of 13 episodes each; around 25 minutes per episode), I can say I still haven't had enough understanding and dissecting it. I wanted to search more, create some more theories..and yes, what I'm actually saying is that I wished everything was clear. Yes, answers were given but should we confine ourselves to what has been provided? The answers were even vague if you ask me . I still can't figure Yuuki's feelings in the end. And I still don't know if Kaname was really the person he revealed he was. I'm not satisfied with how it ended.
Another strength of the series is the characters. And sadly, the lead girl ain't one of them. I'll tell you why later. But anyway, I'm referring to all other characters. Who really stood out are the two main guys: Kaname Kuran and Zero Kiryu. Not only were they well-drawn so that fangirls would swoon but they were so crafted in a way that the depth of their personalities would exude. Most especially the character of Kaname. He is my favourite character in the series, not only because he looks hot(lol) but what really stood out is the mystery that lies behind his character. He is unreadable, he says one thing but his eyes don't speak. You can't read him. There's so much more than what he shows, or, says. Add that to the deep/lifeless voice of the dubber which leads the viewers to interpret his words or acts in different ways. You'll think he's a good guy, you'll also think he's up to something. You'll think he loves Yuuki, you'll also think he only sees her as a sister. You'll think he uses people around him, you'll also think he has a deeper plan. Who exactly is he? And what does he have to do with Yuuki's life? This is where the unpredictability of the story comes in . And yes, this series is not predictable. Could get bland and dragging, you could say that, but unpredictable. You'll find yourself getting surprised at some plot twists. I won't get into details but some of these interesting twists are Zero's life having some major "changes", some revelation about Yuuki's identity, and the return of a pureblood who's set to change their lives.
Yuuki has feelings for the mysterious pureblood Kaname after having saved her from another vampire when she was a kid. Our second guy(Kiryu/Zero), happens to be a nemesis of Kaname,not because he's a wolf, but because his parents got killed by vampires. Sounds typical right? It is, but still, its watchable(especially given that it's not that long). Although this is really a romance story, the irony is that there isn't really much of sweet scenes to speak of. There's not much knight-in-shining-armor moments, but then it could still work positively. It leaves the viewers with some sense of reflection as to why they say such things, act like that. Our imaginative self starts to work. Not much action with our love triangle, not too adversarial between the two guys(or am I asking too much) but I guess the flaw is with the lead girl. She's a weak character IMHO. You can't empathize with her, instead, you'll get annoyed. Add to that her monologues and self-debates that could just get my eyes rolling. She's your typical Cinderella: selfless, loving, etc. She is an uninteresting character.
Actually, this series is slow-paced. This could be squeezed into 10 episodes only, if we're really being technical about it. So in a nutshell, here's what I have to say: this anime series will be loved by the young and the young at heart. Storyline is so-so (I say so-so because despite the fact that it could get boring and cheesy, the twists and cliff hangers will also hold your attention). The characters are all well-crafted except the lead girl. Soundtrack is awesome.