I am going to start of by saying that when this review was written i had not read the manga, i have only watched the anime and will talk about that only.
Vampire Knight will appear as just your average hackneyed shoujo series where all you will se is sexually frustrated fangirls go wild over relentless biting and sucking of blood and ofcourse the time spent of nuzzling the necks of one another,(think True Blood). It also contains what most people would associate with a vampire series. The vampire are members of a secret society, the main characters are a girl and a boy, where one is going to become a vampire. The vampires are shown as pale but pretty humanoids with red eyes, but in the end Vampire Knight will only be delivering angst, angst and more angst with truckloads at a time. I belive that sometimes angst can be beaitiful if it is used in the correct way, otherwise it will get boring quite fast and works best as support. The series started quite solid but would just end up falling down the pit into the realm of cheese. With a boring vampire lore that gives impression that this series originated to be focused on 12-year-old insteed of being created from an artists imagination.
I belive that apart from the three main characters Vampire Knight has a very one dimensional cast with a lot of unimportant appearances wich do not require much or any depth at all. over all the 12 episodes the main characters will be rather static, Only Zero will show any noticeable change in his character and personality. the voiceacting is however really really good. It is very suitable at all times.
To me it seemed like the producers did not know what they wanted to create. Half of the time there would be screwball comedy, and the characters would shout their lines at the top of their lungs, crying exaggerated tears, smiling goofy smiles, and having their fist waving in the air as soon as they got angry. The other half of the time there would be nothing but romantic melodrama with characters making love-y doe eyes at one another, reciting monologues about the cruelty of fate while very little of interest actually happens in the story.
In the end Vampire Knight first season was a disappointment to me, but i am not yet going to write a conclusion other then this or recommend anyting else until i have watched the second season and se what that will bring, i hope that it will be able to save this sinking ship.