It consists of twenty-six episodes, with thirteen episodes in each season.
The series was produced by Studio Deen and directed by Kiyoko Sayama. Many of the voice actors featured on the drama CDs returned as their characters for the anime.
The first season began airing in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 8, 2008 and ran until the season concluded on July 1, 2008. The episodes were also aired at later dates on TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co. The second season, Vampire Knight: Guilty, premiered on the same station on October 7, 2008. The final episode aired on December 30, 2008.
On July 24, 2009, Viz Media announced it had acquired the license for the Vampire Knight anime and would begin releasing it on DVD on July 20, 2010. In the UK, the first volume was officially released on DVD via Manga Entertainment on November 22, 2010. In Australia, ABC3 began airing the series (English-language version) in March 2011 and began repeats on July 3 later that year.
The anime was made available for streaming on Hulu and Netflix.
Yuki Cross's earliest memory is of being attacked by a vampire and being saved by Kaname Kuran, also a vampire. Ten years later, Yuki and vampire hunter Zero Kiryu attend Cross Academy as school guardians protecting the "Day Class" of human students from the "Night Class" of vampires. The story follows Yuki's discovery that her childhood friend, Zero, has spent the last four years trying to fight his transformation into a vampire, and he has finally succumbed. Yuki struggles to help Zero fight his bloodlust, although it might pull her further away from Kaname. The situation intensifies when a new student, Maria Kurenai, transfers to the Night Class, and she seems to have something to do with Zero's past.
The second season, Vampire Knight: Guilty, picks up shortly after the first with Zero returning to Cross Academy. Yuki begins trying to figure out her forgotten past as her hallucinations grow more intense, and Kaname avoids giving her answers. Zero visits the now awakened Maria Kurenai in an attempt to find answers, but she only provides a cryptic clue suggesting who the true enemy might be. The Vampire Council intends to find justice for the murder of the pureblood Shizuka Hio, and they target Zero, but Kaname intervenes to stop them. A new evil rises in Cross Academy, and Kaname takes steps to keep Yuki safe.
For a summary of each episode, see Episode Summaries.
Vampire Knight (season one)
|#||English title||Original title||First aired|
|01||Night of Vampires||ヴァンパイアの夜 (Vanpaia no Naito)||April 7, 2008|
|02||Memories of Blood||血の記憶 (Chi no Memorī)||April 14, 2008|
|03||The Fang of Penitence||懺悔の牙 (Zange no Fangu)||April 21, 2008|
|04||Trigger of Condemnation||断罪の銃爪 (Danzai no Torigā)||April 28, 2008|
|05||Moonlight Festivities||月下の饗宴 (Gekka no Sabado)||May 5, 2008|
|06||Their Choices||彼等の選択 (Karera no Kuraimu)||May 12, 2008|
|07||The Scarlet Maze||緋色の迷宮 (Hiiro no Rabirinsu)||May 19, 2008|
|08||Gunshot of Sorrow||嘆きの銃声 (Nageki no Burasuto)||May 26, 2008|
|09||Crimson Gaze||紅の視線 (Kurenai no Aizu)||June 2, 2008|
|10||The Princess of Darkness||闇の姫 (Yami no Porisonā)||June 9, 2008|
|11||Consequence of Desire||望みの代償 (Nozomi no Dīru)||June 16, 2008|
|12||Vow of the Pureblood||純血の誓い (Junketsu no Puraido)||June 23, 2008|
|13||Crimson Chains||深紅の鎖 (Shinku no Ringu)||June 30, 2008|
Vampire Knight Guilty (season two)
|#||English title||Original title||First aired|
|14||Burden of Sinners||宿命の罪人達 (Shukumei no Giruti)||October 6, 2008|
|15||The Eternal Promise||永遠の約束 (Eien no Paradokkusu)||October 13, 2008|
|16||The Azure Portrait||瑠璃玉の肖像 (Ruridama no Mirāju)||October 14, 2008|
|17||Devil's Awakening||悪魔の胎動 (Akuma no Ribidō)||October 27, 2008|
|18||The Subordinate's Trap||従属の罠 (Jūzoku no Torappu)||November 3, 2008|
|19||The Fake Lovers||偽りの恋人 (Itsuwari no Ravāzu)||November 10, 2008|
|20||The Kiss of Thorns||茨の口づけ (Ibara no Kisu)||November 17, 2008|
|21||Spiraling Recollections||追憶の螺旋 (Tsuioku no Supairaru)||November 24, 2008|
|22||Revival of the Mad Emperor||復活の狂王 (Fukkatsu no Enperā)||December 1, 2008|
|23||Prelude to the Battle||戦いの序曲 (Tatakai no Pureryūdo)||December 8, 2008|
|24||Two Souls||二人の命 (Futari no Raibuzu)||December 15, 2008|
|25||World's End||世界の果て (Sekai no Piriodo)||December 22, 2008|
|26||Vampire Knight||ヴァンパイアの騎士 (Vanpaia no Naito)||December 29, 2008|
Characters and cast
- Yuki Kuran, voiced by Yui Horie (JA) and Mela Lee (EN)
- Zero Kiryu, voiced by Mamoru Miyano (JA) and Vic Mignogna (EN)
- Kaname Kuran, voiced by Daisuke Kishio (JA) and Ezra Weisz (EN)
- Kaien Cross, voiced by Hozumi Goda (JA) and Christopher Corey Smith (EN)
- Ichiru Kiryu, voiced by Mamoru Miyano (JA) and Vic Mignogna (EN)
- Hanabusa Aido, voiced by Jun Fukuyama (JA) and Bryce Papenbrook (EN)
- Takuma Ichijo, voiced by Susumu Chiba (JA) and Spike Spencer (EN)
- Ruka Souen, voiced by Junko Minagawa (JA) and Dorothy Elias-Fahn (EN)
- Akatsuki Kain, voiced by Junichi Suwabe (JA) and Troy Baker (EN)
- Rima Toya, voiced by Eri Kitamura (JA) and Carrie Savage (EN)
- Senri Shiki, voiced by Soichiro Hoshi (JA) and Steve Staley (EN)
- Seiren, voiced by Risa Mizuno (JA) and Colleen Villard (EN)
- Maria Kurenai, voiced by Mai Nakahara (JA) and Laura Bailey (EN)
- Shizuka Hio, voiced by Fumiko Orikasa (JA) and Wendee Lee (EN)
- Rido Kuran, voiced by Tarusuke Shingaki (JA) and Patrick Seitz (EN)
For more characters, see Characters.
The series uses four pieces of theme music for the opening and ending themes. The soundtracks are composed by Haketa Takefumi and both consist of 30 tracks, including the opening and ending themes.
|1||Opening||"Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi" (ふたつの鼓動と赤い罪, lit. "Two Heartbeats and Red Sins")||On/Off|
|1||Ending||"Still Doll"||Kanon Wakeshima|
|1||Soundtrack||"Vampire Knight Original Soundtrack" (ヴァンパイア騎士 オリジナル・サウンドトラック)||Haketa Takefumi|
|2||Opening||"Rinne - Rondo -" (輪廻 -ロンド-)||On/Off|
|2||Ending||"Suna no Oshiro" (砂のお城, lit. "Sand Castle")||Kanon Wakeshima|
|2||Soundtrack||"Vampire Knight Original Soundtrack II" (ヴァンパイア騎士 オリジナル・サウンドトラックII)||Haketa Takefumi|
- Wikipedia: Vampire Knight
- Viz Media official page: Vampire Knight
- Aniplex official page: Vampire Knight (Japanese)
- TV Tokyo official pages: Vampire Knight (season 1), Vampire Knight Guilty (Japanese)
- Anime News Network: Vampire Knight, Vampire Knight Guilty