Friday, January 2, 2009

Vampire Knight Guilty (Ended): Crafty

Vampire Knight is a very intriguing story. It managed to hide its biggest surprise factor very well until the time is ready to reveal itself. In fact, it purposely deceit the audience by lead them to a different route while slowly putting together the solution to the ultimate puzzle. It is indeed a brilliant story.

The ending, in my opinion is somewhat anticlimactic. The boss battle just doesn't feel that exciting. Also, I didn't quite like the pace of the last couple of episodes. There are just lots of idle time with someone sitting there wondering, pacing. Lots of them, in my opinion are unnecessarily slow. However, because of the the final climax isn't that great, it reduced the contrast between the climax and the lengthy post-climax follow-up, in turn, reduced the "wash" effect of weak follow-up after the climax.

One other thing I like to mention is that I'm not quite seeing the purpose of breaking up the story into two separate series. The story is pretty much one continuous flow from the beginning to the end. Though the end of the first series is somewhat a break point, but it's also significant enough for the next event following that I personally wouldn't take a stop there.

Final scoreboard (out of 5):

Drama: 4.5 (Very good)
Comedy: 4 (Nice touch to lighten up a serious drama)
Action: 4.5 (Vampire Fights!)
Art/Animation: 5 (Love the art work)
Sound/Music: 4.5 (Love the music, too)
Character: 5 (Great depth)
Plot: 4.75 (Intriguing)
Ending: 4.5 (Somewhat anticlimactic)

Re-watch value: 3 (Nice story to re-live through)

Overall (not average): 4.75 ~ Very Nicely Done

Recommendation: This, combine with the first series, would be recommended as one of the "must watch" animes from 2008. Though it may not be earning any award, it is still one great series.

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