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Voice Actors Named for Animated Series Vampire Knight

Voice Actors Named for Animated Series Vampire KnightVIZ Media has announced the first names to join the voice cast for Vampire Knight, the upcoming animated series based on the bestselling manga by Matsuri Hino.

For those unfamiliar with the storyline of the popular graphic novel, Vampire Knight takes place at Cross Academy, which is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Vampire Knight is an important series that demanded skilled actors who could portray these complex characters without sacrificing any of the intensity and emotional drama each one exudes,” says William Germain, Director, Programming & Music Sales, VIZ Media. “We also know there are a lot of fans of the manga that have been waiting for this series so we wanted to bring in some very talented people who we know will take Vampire Knight to a whole new level. Look for more news coming soon about the North American debut!

VIZ Media sought out a cast of talented voice actors and the recording expertise of Bang Zoom! Entertainment to bring this series to life. Their efforts paid off with the following names already signed on:

  • Yuki Cross, the adoptive daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, is played by Mela Lee (below, left).
  • Veteran anime voice actor Vic Mignogna (below, center) plays Zero Kiryu, a student who is a year older than Yuki Cross and comes from a family of vampire hunters.
  • Finally, Kaname Kuran is portrayed by Ethan Murray (below, right). In the series Kuran is a pure blooded vampire and the current Head of the Kuran Clan. He once saved Yuki from an attack by another vampire when she was seven years old and also serves as the president of the Night Class and the dorm leader. Kuran is both feared and respected by the other Night Class students.
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    On January 17, 2010, Vampire Knight Volume 9 ranked No. 1 on the New York Times Manga Bestseller list. Currently the series has two volumes in the top ten. Click here to read a preview, and if you like what you see, links to the first three issues on Amazon can be found below.

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    • Vanvance1

      Just another excuse for the Japanese to trot out their underage school girl fetish.

      • ImTheMoon

        no, vampire knight is more about manservice then fanservice.

        • The Woman In Black

          Woo hoo! That’s what I like to hear. :)

          • Pestilence

            What on Earth is manservice?

            • The Woman In Black

              From the Urban Dictionary: Usually used to refer to Japanese animation aimed at adolescent girls; when a male character is naked or topless for no reason other than the enjoyment of the viewer or reader.

            • Floydian Trip

              Does it also mention Twilight New Moon in there?

            • Terminal

              I have to admit, that was a good one.
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              “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

            • ImTheMoon

              Well there are similarities the story does centre around pretty vampires, but these ones actually do stuff. The manga it’s based on is technically a romance and is mostly aimed at girls, for that reason it has aspects of reverse harems, manservice, and even a little yaoi. It’s not bad, but not great either… it’s one of those things you feel shame for liking but can’t bring yourself to stop watching or reading.